April 2017 – U12s
What a glorious day for the last game of the season for our U12s yesterday. They took on Airedale B and C team, Driffield B and Ben Rhydding C.
The regular U12s welcomed two players into the team who had made the step up from the U10s, so making a full squad of 9. They slotted straight in both showing how versatile they are by moving into different positions where needed. As we have come to expect over the season, there was great solid play from the Mini Bees with one sho…wing his county skills by not only saving shots, but really placing where the ball went.
However, this week we have not one, but two, shining stars of the team: They haven’t shared coach’s player but both won it outright as a result of outstanding hockey from the first whistle to the very end of the last game; controlling the ball and passing consistently well throughout the tournament or shouting with confidence for the ball when running into space. Players’ player was well spread across the majority of the team which shows what a great squad we have.
We are going to miss three players from our U12 squad as they graduate this year – they really make a difference both on and off the pitch. We will also miss the parents who have supported the whole team come rain, sleet and the occasional sunshine.
We are really looking forward to the Mini Bees’ presentation evening on Wednesday, 5th April at Bradford and Bingley Sports Club.
March 2017 – U10s
Glorious sunshine and an afternoon tournament made for happy Mini Bees, happy parents and a very happy coach.
Not knowing what standard they were going to be up against with their promotion into Division B, the Mini Bees were prepared for some tough games. They shouldn’t have been worried though as, with all the tournaments before, the Mini Bees stepped up to the mark and showed Yorkshire what they are made of. Their results were 0-0 against Leeds, 1-1 against Doncaster, 1-…0 win against Harrogate, 1-0 loss against York and 0-0 against Leeds Adel.
With all of their fantastic hockey it was incredibly hard to select one individual for coach’s player, as each and everyone one of our Mini Bees could have been awarded it today. Players’ player was just as difficult to choose with votes spread across the team.
So as Bingley Bees Hockey Club’s first U10s season comes to an end it is difficult to put into words how proud the coaches, parents and whole club are of the team. It was a big ask of the youngest members to step up against the bigger clubs and, wow, how they did. They have gelled as a squad, with over 11 players taking part over the season and seeing how they have grown as players, team mates and friends over this time, makes our junior coach very happy indeed. Three of the players have played their final U10s’ game today but lucky for us as a club, they will be more than ready to take on the U12s next season.