Hallam’s season on ice as the weather wreaks havoc

Hallam’s third team made a perfect start to their game against local rivals Sheffield University Bankers, going a goal up after ten minutes - only for the game to be abandoned a minute later due to a frozen pitch.

Temperatures had plummeted as the sun went down and icy patches appeared around the Bankers goal mouth.

The game was abandoned in the interests of safety.

This week, the thirds were due to travel to Hull University but that match has been postponed due to Hull Uni’s pitch being damaged by water and ice.

Instead, Hull will travel to Abbeydale for a 10.15am start - weather permitting!

They then sign off for their Christmas break with a game against Hallam’s fourth team, who were beaten 6-1 in the corresponding fixture which opened the season.

The weather also curtailed Hallam’s second team’s trip to Newcastle University, and they will hope that the visit of Kingston-upon-Hull will go ahead this week (11.45 at Abbeydale Park).

Preston 2s are the visitors on the 15th.

Hallam’s fourth and fifth teams also saw their games postponed due to the weather, against York University and Doncaster respectively, but the sixth team did get some action - drawing 3-3 with Leeds University.

Both sides gave good accounts of themselves, but Hallam will rue missed chances after hitting the post a couple of times.

A win would have lifted into third place at the expense of their opponents - but Hallam do have three games in hand.

Their two remaining games are away at second-bottom new team Worksop, and then away again next week at Doncaster who are fourth bottom.

Six points would fill them with Christmas cheer, and could put them in the top two.

There was no such luck for Hallam’s seventh team, however, as they lost 6-2 to Doncaster.

Saturday’s fixtures, Abbeydale Park:

Mens thirds v Hull University, 10.15am. Mens seconds v Kingston-upon-Hull, 11.45am.

Mens fourth v Leeds University, 1.30pm. Mens seventh v Kingston-upon-Hull, 3pm. Womens seventh v Otliensians, 4.30pm.

Away fixtures:

Mens third v Hull University, 2.30pm. Mens fifth v Airedale, 1.30pm. Mens sixth v Worksop, 2pm.

Sheffield Ladies Hockey Club, meanwhile, have produced a 2013 naked calendar to raise money for their club and their chosen charity, the MS Society.

Nicki Best, the Ladies Club Captain for Sheffield Hockey Club, came up with the idea and said: “The worst bit was probably the shots where we had to lie on the pitch, which, luckily for us, was frozen.

“If anything we helped the club by defrosting the pitch for the day!

“It was a hilarious morning and I can only thank all the girls that were involved.”

Profits from the calendar will go to Sheffield Hockey Club and the MS society.

The calendars are on sale now, costing £10.

Calendars are available by order behind the bar at Abbeydale Sports Club, or by contacting Sheffield Hockey Club via email on calendar@sheffieldhc.co.uk