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Cambridge City A seal Mixed Summer League success




Cambridge City A, who won the Mixed Summer League. Top row, left to right, Top to bottom, left to right: Redvers Wilbur, Emma Owens, Lexi Small, Caroline Howard, Stuart Rye, Mark Guinness, Tom Rye, Beck Wandsworth, Ewan McGregor, Ella Forsyth; bottom row, from left, Viola Beneze, Milly Ely, Biz Whichello, Jacob Marshall-Grint, Maddie Anthony, Mike Balding, Miriam Marti-Pallet. Picture: Stuart Rye. (48418426)
Cambridge City A, who won the Mixed Summer League. Top row, left to right, Top to bottom, left to right: Redvers Wilbur, Emma Owens, Lexi Small, Caroline Howard, Stuart Rye, Mark Guinness, Tom Rye, Beck Wandsworth, Ewan McGregor, Ella Forsyth; bottom row, from left, Viola Beneze, Milly Ely, Biz Whichello, Jacob Marshall-Grint, Maddie Anthony, Mike Balding, Miriam Marti-Pallet. Picture: Stuart Rye. (48418426)

Cambridge City A have finished top of the Mixed Summer League.

The competition saw teams from City, Cambridge Nomads and Cambridge South take part, with City fielding three teams that saw players mixed from across the first to sixth XIs, South had two teams of more traditional first and seconds and Nomads had one side.

It was played over 10 weeks, and the league was wrapped up by City A, captained by Emma Owens, in a match against South B.

They needed a point to seal the title, but South made a better start by converting a penalty corner.

City were back on level terms when Ella Forsyth’s wayward shot was picked up by Mike Balding to score from an acute angle.

After Redvers Wilbur went close to putting City in front after a good run, they had a 2-1 lead at the break when Viola Beneze converted.

In the second half, South keeper George Toynton kept City at bay with a number of one-on-one saves.

South earned a penalty corner in the final minute, but Forsyth charged down the strike to deflect it over to seal the win and the title for the A team.

City C had needed to beat Nomads to keep the pressure on for the title, and did so by beating Nomads 4-3.

May Busher scored twice and Nat Farrant and Cypriot international Panos Panayiotopoulos were on target, with the Nomads keeper putting in a good performance.

City’s Charlotte Rye was named the Decathlon Mixed League player of the season, with South’s Sarah Haddow in second and City’s Dilip Goyal third.

“The league has been a wonderful event to be a part of,” said City’s Simon Webb.

“For us at City we have mixed up teams and got to know people we’d not otherwise have met. We’ve seen some great hockey and had a lovely time reconnecting.

“It’s also been good to see the talent at South and Nomads more often. It shows what a hive of hockey Cambridge has become.

“We all seem to be in agreement that it would be great to do this again next summer.

“Many thanks to Mark, Sharon and Tim who helped organise this. And to the umpires who turned up to help us play every week.”



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