Captain Harry Simons had a lot to smile about taking debutants Banbury HC to the England floor hockey tournament in London and clinching a well-deserved bronze medal to finish 2021 on a very high level.
There were tough opposition teams including the Allstars HC team which featured two British players, Jack Waller and Rhys Smith. Banbury also had some firepower with Scotland international Kyle White in the squad.
Banbury opened with a flattering 4-0 victory over the HC Superstars with White securing a hat-trick and captain Harry Simons grabbing the fourth.
They then faced JK Hockey and earned a difficult 4-3 victory with Pete Lamb scoring an excellent goal from the baseline and captain Harry Simons scoring a second overall winner. Kit Lamb was on fire in goal saving a few shots and the hard work of Ally Rose, Joe Allen and Alfie Lawrence in those opening games paid off as Banbury took control.
They went on to face the Allstars team from Great Britain and lost 2-5, then Ashmoor HC lost 2-4, but they rallied in the last game of the group stage by beating West Herts HC 5-2 to qualify for the bronze medal game against Ashmoor. HC.
They had to do it without captain Harry Simons who missed the bronze medal game with a head injury from a deflected ball.
Banbury took revenge against Ashmoor HC after losing to them in the group matches with a fine 2-1 victory and Ady Simons taking the winner.
Banbury HC Manager said: “It was a great achievement for the Banbury Men’s 1 who entered this competition for the first time. All credit to Harry Simons for bringing this team together and winning the bronze medal for Banbury. “