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Sunday, October 22, 2017
BHF League Round Up & BCA Fall in New York

Budgies - Sandpiper Action
Budgies 15 Sandpipers 0

The Budgies got their Bermuda Hockey Federation season off to a flying start picking up a 15 - 0 win over a very young Sandpipers team.

Bermuda National team player Jasmine Patterson led the team to victory scoring 6 times, while her National team teammate Alex Francis added a hat-trick, youngster Sydney Fisher also added a hat-trick. Robin Stemple, Amy Fox and Angela Dunstan all added a goal each.

Mixed Team A 10 Pink Robins 0

The Mixed A Team defeated another youth team the Pink Robins 10 - 0, all ten goals came via Field Goals, Colin Campbell, Georgia Harris and Harry Koolman all scored hat-tricks, while Nicole Andreason added the other.

Canaries 1 Ravens 6

The Ravens began their season picking up a 6 - 1 win over the Canaries, Georgia Harris scored twice for the Ravens, they also got one goal from Malini Aircardi, Chrysda Smith, Jessica Hollis and Juliette Ferrari-Mccomb, while Abbie Fernandez scored the lone goal for the Canaries.

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New York (Bermuda) Islanders Two 1 Westchester 3

The Islanders got off to a shaky start in the opening few minutes of the match as they struggled to adjust to the delayed high press trap that was being employed by Westchester.

A combination of last ditch defending from Michal Ming-Woodley, Aizaya Smith, Justin Dill and Goal Keeper Troyunde Davis kept the game scoreless until the 11th minute when Westchester scored a field Goal on a drive up the line off a turnover that was bouncing crossed into the circle and found an unmarked Westchester player on the back post who slotted the goal in past the Keeper.

Islanders seem to raise their game after this goal and after a slight tweak to the playing formation began to dominate the next 20 minutes of the games. Quick passing through the midfield and counter attacking through early release balls pinned Westchester into their half and provided plenty of opportunities for Islanders.

Islanders would tie the game in the 19th minute through some clever interplay in the midfield by Hemijah Bean and Nathan Simons who release the ball down the line to Samuel Thompson who flicked the ball passed the diving Westchester Keeper. Islanders were unlucky not to have taken the lead two minutes later when the Westchester Keeper made a brilliant diving save off a penalty corner flick by Donovan Simmons.

Islanders should have taken the lead in both the 24th and 25th when after some clever midfield skills crossed the ball onto the back post to wide open players who deflections went wide of the goal. These misses would prove to be costly when Westchester took advantage of a mental lapse in concentration by the Islanders defense and scored a breakaway goal in the 31st minute with the Westchester defense lobbing a 90 yard aerial ball to a wide open unmarked forward as the Islanders defenders had pushed too high up the field.

The shock of giving up this goal after a period of domination caused a further mental lapse as one minute later Westchester would increase their lead again off an easy field goal to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.

The Islanders came out in the second half to make a game of it and dominated most of the second half. Islanders had several chances to score in the second half but were kept off the score sheet through the outstanding play of the Westchester goalkeeper who made several key saves.

Shots by Donovan Simmons, Joshua Thompson, Nathan Simmons and Samuel Thompson were all saved by the Keeper. In addition Islanders had several other chances on shots and deflections that went wide of goal. Despite all these chances Islanders we unable to find the back on the net again and the game ended 3-1 in favor of Westchester.

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