On an uncharacteristically sunny and hot Sunday afternoon in the idyllic setting of the University of Cambridge, Vancouver Hawks fought valiantly against a strong Cambridge City opposition. Ultimately, Cambridge City’s 1st/2nd team proved too strong for the Hawks in the second half when fitness levels showed. The game was played at a very fast pace and the Hawks more than held their own in the first half and the score was 1-1 going in at half time, with the Hawks goal soundly finished by Dirk. With the match evenly poised at the beginning of the second half, both teams looked lethargic to say the least. So it came as a big boost to the team when Mike Foxcroft slammed home a goal for the Hawks from the top of the circle, putting the team into the lead. This was a major wake-up call for Cambridge City, who despite looking a little despondent rose their game and energy levels. As the Hawks tired and began to sit back, Cambridge City started to mount the pressure and the inevitable and well-deserved equaliser came in the middle of the second half. Other goals shortly followed through a series of good passing from Cambridge City, coupled with goalkeeper Chad playing through a serious knee injury which he picked-up in the second half, and despite his intrepid attempts to play through the pain, the Hawks found themselves without a keeper for the last five minutes. When the final whistle blew Cambridge City finished as deserved 6-2 winners. Fraser was named as man of the match for working tirelessly in defence and Chad was voted as the most inspirational player for playing through the pain for the benefit of the team. The afternoon was concluded on a positive note with some refreshments and amiable banter with the opposition in the local pub.
Dr Will Harvey