A very short handed U13s squad made the long journey to Coventry over the bank holiday weekend for one of the final games of the season. Due to some of the regular players being unavailable and the U11s having a home game, numbers were depleted and the game actually looked in doubt earlier in the week. Thanks to people rearranging other commitments, we managed to get a team together and the efforts everyone went to were much appreciated, Because to the numbers, each of the players knew they had to step up if we were to overcome the home side in what we knew would be a tough game and so were fired up to do their best.
The game started well and due to some excellent play, the Bulldogs soon took control. By the end of the first period the Bulldogs were leading by 4-0. Things settled down a little in the second, as the pace inevitably slackened off but the Bulldogs kept up the pressure and at the end of the second period they had extended their lead to 6-0.
Despite a lack of numbers, the Bulldogs controlled the game for large periods with the puck spending most of the time in their opponents half and, although Coventry put up their usual spirited and physical performance which eventually got them on the score sheet in the last minute of the game, the Bulldogs finished on top with the final score of 10-1, This was a spectacular effort considering we had such a short handed squad. Every member of the team can be justifiably proud of the way they all stepped up when the time came and each one of them demonstrated a true Bulldog spirit. This determination, combined with some skilled tactical plays and encouragement by coach Andy Brown saw the Bulldogs take the points in a memorable and hard earned victory.
Bradford Bulldogs U13s played their first away game against Manchester in
their new identity as the Trafford Tornadoes on 03/10. The Bulldogs opened
the scoring after just 13 seconds and went two up just over a minute later
in what was to prove a long afternoon for Trafford. From the start,
Bradford dominated their opponents and led 8-0 after the first period and
17-0 after the second with the final score being 28-0. The Bulldogs
completely overwhelmed the home side with some remarkable hockey skills
demonstrated by all members of the team. They also managed to keep a clean
sheet with penalties, not receiving a single one throughout the entire
Trafford, to their credit, did not let the score deter them at any point
and continued to try hard right to the end. They also kept their
discipline, unlike some other teams who have been on the receiving end of
similar scores against Bradford in the past and as a result took very few
penalties in what was an exceptionally clean match.
Bradford quite frankly played some awesome hockey and the passing, skill
and determination shown by all the lines was great to see. Although
defeated, Trafford can be very proud in the way they handled themselves in
what must have been a difficult game for the home side. It’s fair to say
both teams were a credit to their respective clubs on the day.
The Bulldogs U12’s travelled to Nottingham to face a team who had only
conceded 3 goals in their first seven matches and so they were expecting a
tough game. Bradford started the game strongly against their hosts, but
despite this soon found themselves a goal down when Nottingham scored on a
counter attack. Bradford struck back soon afterwards to level the score and
then took the lead to finish the first period 2-1 up. The Bulldogs came out
strongly in the second period and added three more goals to lead Nottingham
by 5-2 at the end of the second. At the start of the third Bradford managed
to extend their lead to 7-3 but Nottingham managed to pull back two goals
in the final few minutes to make the final score 7-5 to the Bulldogs. MVP
for the Bulldogs was net minder Courtney Smith who pulled off some
spectacular saves that even had the home fans applauding. Overall it was a
brilliant performance from the Bulldogs squad who were missing some key
members due to the holidays.
After two postponed matches, the U12s finally kicked off their season at the third attempt on Saturday with a match at home against Hull. The Bulldogs were hoping to carry on their form from the end of last season which saw them hand league champions Sheffield their only defeat. After a relatively cautious start, the Bulldogs soon settled into the groove and by midway through the first period had made their intentions clear with with what turned into a remorseless assault on their opponents net, firing in goal after goal without reply. Despite this, Hull showed great team spirit and never gave up but by the end of the match the score was 23-1 to Bradford, with Hull finally managing to find the net in the dying seconds of the game. Overall the game was a great start to the season and which, despite being one sided, showed that Bradford are capable of some great hockey.
MVP: Alex Lutwyche for debut in nets and almost achieving shutout except for the last 23 seconds before the end of the match
Three excellent games and two wins tonight for the Bulldogs U10’s at home. Despite being down on numbers again, their only loss was to an eighteen player squad from Billingham in a close fought match that could have gone either way. A lot of good passing and teamwork went on in all three games. Two players also made their debut appearances for the team, Marcus and Oscar and the latter topped it off with a fine goal. Once again a brilliant team effort, the lads all did themselves and the club proud.
This weekend saw a depleted Bulldogs U10 squad missing a few regulars take a trip to Deeside for their U10 X-ice event. The trip also saw a couple of debuts, one for Conner Stevens in his first ever match and one for Jack Ridley, a U10 regular having his first time in anger between the sticks as the Bulldogs net-minder. First up against the Bulldogs were Blackburn who came to try and win but in the end were beaten by the Bulldogs 7 – 3 in what was a good game to watch. The second team we faced were the hosts Deeside, who always provide a tough physical game and this one was no exception. Despite this, the Bulldogs dug deep and came away with a 5 – 4 win in a nail-biter of a finish. The final game was against Manchester which saw the them concede a goal to the Bulldogs in the first few seconds. It was all downhill from there for an uncharacteristically lacklustre Manchester side who despite some valiant efforts had no answer to the passing game and skill of the Bulldogs who sliced them open time and again with both teamwork and flashes of individual brilliance. The final score was a 9 – 1 demolition by the Bulldogs but the score really did not reflect their dominance over what is normally a very good team. Overall a brilliant team effort from a depleted squad which saw each of them step up to the plate. Every single one of them played an absolute blinder and each came away quite rightly with their heads held high. Three games, three wins. It can’t get any better than that.