A bunch of Ragamuffins won the prestigious Roger Brummitt mixed hockey tournament at Bretton Gate today (April 19).
But there was nothing scruffy about their performance all weekend and they deserved their final victory over competition legends Jurassic Beavers - a team of old-timers who are experts on grass pitches and who this season were bolstered by some younger, fresher legs.
But youth and athleticism conquered wisdom as goals from Bendan Sullivan and Tom Hagues sealed a 2-1 win for Ragamuffins, a team made up of mainly City of Peterborough players. Gary Hales scored for Beavers who were also grateful for Camerons Goodey’s penalty flick save which kept the final scoreline respectable.
Sulivan opened the scoring from close range towards the end of a first-half dominated by Ragamuffins, but Beavers levelled when Hales was allowed far too much time and space to power home from eight yards soon after the re-start. Hales is a former City of Peterborough first team skipper and sharpshooter who now plays for Long Sutton fourths, but lower level hockey clearly hasn’t dulled his scoring instincts.
Beavers drawing level appeared to galvanise Ragamuffins and in particular Tom Hagues. Hagues first won the penalty stroke, which Ross Ambler failed to convert, with a driving run and then cracked home the winning goal five minutes from time with a fierce reverse stick strike.
Ragamuffins first won the Brummitt in 2005 and then repeated the feat in the competition’s 50th anniversary event two years later. The result was a shame for Beavers stalwart Mike Yeoman who was chasing his 15th winners medal of a long and distinguished career. Injury prevented the former Welsh international from stepping onto the pitch in the final.
Beavers, who are no relation to the runners-up, were chasing a third straight Brummitt win, but bowed out at the second group stage
Another City of Peterborough team Sons of Pitches won the Plate competition beating Blue Green Zeds in the final. Grady Wing, Henry Ricketts, Nathan Foad and Adam Wilson scored the goals for the winners with Kirsten Hackett replying for the runners-up.
It was a first final appearance of any sort in 30 years of Brummitt competition for Blue Green Zeds.
A full results round-up and more photos will be in Thursday’s (April 23) Peterborough Telegraph.