Heartache in the ISHC national quarter-final, but redemption in the EH Cup for the Calday Hockey 1st Team.
The 1st team lost their first game of the season vs Taunton College away 5-3, with the opposition hosting a number of England players, the team put up a spirited fight. Leading 3-2 at halftime, after a hat-trick from M.Strong, things looked good at half-time but as the game went on Taunton got stronger. Taunton scored 3 drag flicks and with the game on a knife-edge going into the last 5 minutes they managed to score a scrappy goal to take the lead before scoring in the last minute to claim victory. A brilliant effort from the boys to compete with the opposite at this level.
Roll on Friday in the EH last 16, away to Bishop Vesey Birmingham, 2-0 down at halftime with Vesey playing some amazing hockey. At halftime, Calday sorted themselves out firing back into a 3-2 lead, the game seesawed dramatically with both teams taking then losing the lead. 5-4 to Vesey with 3 minutes to go, Calday pulled the keeper off and went all out to score. Sam Williams popped up with a deflection in the last minute to make it 5-5. Penalties it was!
Calday won 4-3 on pens with Xavier Swede making the winning save, an unbelievable game, amazing Calday fight and spirit again.