Heroes one & all

What a fantastic weekend at Ice Sheffield. Once again David Grant (Big Dave Steeler) & Gareth Hubback managed to put on another wonderful event, ably assisted by several volunteers and over 70 hockey players playing for five charities. The best news from the weekend was that over £12,500 was raised for those causes, which were Help for Heroes, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Breast Cancer Care, Dreams Come True and Prostate Cancer Charity.
The games this year were spread over Saturday and Sunday. First a round robin group stage with a 25 minute running clock. Top two into a 30 minute running clock final while third to fifth played another round robin of 20 minute running clock to sort out those placings. Due to the abilities on each team ranging from ENL to absolute beginner, there was a buzzer every 90 seconds to signify a line change. There was also no icing or offside and the play started from the netminder after a goal was scored.
I was playing for The Children’s Hospital Charity this year and we started against Breast Cancer Care, in front of a superb crowd of around 400 people. Not bad when you consider this was Rec standard hockey. Things started well as we won 5-1 and I scored a rather cheeky goal as the BCC netminder left the puck just beyond his reach on a line change and I gleefully skated on to it and smashed it home. Unfortunately for me, that would be the only time I hit the net all weekend.

After Saturday’s action we knew we had to beat Prostate Cancer in the first game on Sunday to make the final, while our opponents would be be either Dreams Come True or Help for Heroes.
As the Children’s Hospital is a charity local to Sheffield, the team was mainly made up of local players, with five of us from Nottingham making up the rest of the team. As you can imagine there was some great banter in the locker room, none of which I could possibly repeat on here!

With Saturday done and dusted, most got changed and headed to Walkabout bar in Sheffield, where we had the run of the upstairs area, a buffet and a live band. A great night was had, perhaps a little to great for some who reportedly rolled in at 4am!
The pale faces and gaunt expressions were all to evident as we took on Prostate Cancer in the first game on Sunday. Thankfully we were too strong for them and we won 6-1 to secure our place in the final later that day. The next game would decide who we played in the final as Dreams Come True took on Help for Heroes in a winner takes all match, which Heroes won 3-0 to complete the final line-up.
The plate competition for places 3rd to 5th saw Breast Cancer Care take the honours as they beat both Dreams Come True and Prostate Cancer to secure 3rd place, while Dreams Come True beat Prostate Cancer to take 4th with the plucky Prostate Cancer team, containing several players who had never played before, finished fifth.

The final was expected to be a close affair as both teams finished on six points each and drew 3-3 in the round robin stage. However the Heroes were just too good for us on the day, skating away with a deserved 5-1 victory in front of another larger crowd to take the trophy. Naturally we were gutted to lose, but learning the total raised soon made us smile again.

So Help for Heroes deservedly became Forum All-Stars winners for 2011, but you know what, every single person involved were heroes, as £12,500 raised for charity will testify. Roll on next year.

6 Responses to “Heroes one & all”

  1. 1 bisonpete July 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Great write up Jono, proud to be part of a magical weekend.

  2. 3 Jimi Drinkall July 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

    You forgot to mention I scored!! ;o)

    Jimi D

  3. 4 Sully July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    What about Coach of the tournament?

    • 5 The Cat's Whiskers July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      That would have to be the new Dunn-line luxury one I saw outside Ice Sheffield on the Saturday 😉

  4. 6 Kes snith July 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Great write up of the weekend Mr Bullard, and thanks for the mention of my little gaff lol! You won’t be so lucky to get a cheeky goal next year 😉

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