TEAMS pitted their wits against each other as the Three Counties League got under way at the Blessed George Napier School’s sports hall.
Playing matches once a month, the competition features teams from Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Surrey with under 13s and 15s contesting two separate leagues – one six-a-side and the other four-a-side.
Ilmington-based IPSE started the four-a-side league in fine form, winning 7-3 against Shooting Stars (Farnham) and 10-1 against Rhinos from Chipping Campden.
Shooting Stars also demolished Rhinos 9-2.
The six-a-side matches involving the same teams followed a totally different pattern with IPSE overcoming Shooting Stars 7-1, Matthew Davis netting all seven goals, before edging out Rhinos 3-2 courtesy of a clever William Palmer goal with seconds to go to maintain their 100 per cent record.
The final U13s match saw Shooting Stars take a 3-1 against Rhinos but were pegged back and Josh Anderson scored a last-gasp goal for the Rhinos to secure a 5-5 draw.
In the U15s competition, only the four-a-side matches were played. Defending champions Fireballs from Surrey went down 6-2 against Arrows, for whom Sam Drew was in fine form, and also lost 4-1 to Eagles.
The reformed Cotswold Cobras were beaten 2-1 by Fireballs and also went on to lose to Arrows (5-1) and Eagles (8-2). In the match to decide top spot, Arrows got the better of the Eagles 2-1.
Elsewhere, St James look the team to beat in the Cotswold Floorball League ‘A’ team competition.
They showed no mercy against CCS with a 6-0 triumph and followed that up with 7-0 victories against both Tredington and Willersey, leaving keeper Oliver Thombs with a clean sheet in the three matches.
Anderson claimed a hattrick against Tredington, while Palmer and David Musgrave scored two apiece.
Palmer got his hat-trick against Willersey, but Musgrave better that with four.
CCS fared better against Willersey, with sheer hard work earning them a 3-0 win courtesy of Jamie Short, Sian Nurse and Elliott Thombs.
Tredington proved to be an even sterner test, with an early Davis goal being cancelled by Tom Hatch’s equaliser. Tommy Heath put the Warwickshire side 2-1 up against the run of play before Davis settled matters.
In the final match of the evening, Dani Flower’s opportunist strike and Hatch’s goal gave Tredington a 2-0 lead against Willersey which they did not relinquish despite a late powerplay.
Next week, Blockley, Mickleton and St Davids will meet at CCS on Tuesday. On Thursday, the girls’ league sees St James (the holders), Willersey and Shipston meet at CCS.