The Felixstowe Festival is a one day Men's Veterans tournament, this year held on 21 April 2001.
A sunny morning and early start saw the Vets on their way to the seaside for the Felixstowe Annual Hockey Tournament. South were drawn in the stronger of the two groups, with hosts Felixstowe, Bracknell, and cup-holders Waveney. The other group comprised Bury St Edmunds, Norwich Drifters and Braintree.
The opening game against a strong Bracknell side resulted in a well-deserved goalless draw. This was immediately followed by another nil-nil draw against the cup holders Waveney, which left the team feeling slightly disappointed. In the final round-robin game against Felixstowe both teams needed to win in order to reach the semi-final knockout stage. Cambridge South set off at a fast positive pace that resulted in an early goal scored by Geoff Butcher following good passing between nearly half the team. Alas, not a sign of things to come as Felixstowe fought back hard and eventually won 3 –1.
Cambridge South, left tied with Waveney on two points, faced sudden death flicks to decide the final group positions. Keeper Owen dived to his left and saved Waveney’s first flick before Ewart scored to allow South the reach a 5-6th position play-off match against Norwich Drifters. An evenly contested match, that Cambridge South should have won, was lost in the dying minutes to the only goal of the game.
So, a slightly disappointing sixth place from eight but a very enjoyable day and the consolation that we held the tournament winners, Bracknell, to a goalless draw and were the only team they didn't manage to score against. If only those chances… Below are the results.
|5th/6th Play-off||Norwich Drifters||0-1|