Saturday 23rd January saw the first competition of the year for Penrith canoe club, giving an insight into just how much difference Christmas indulgence made.
The A team were up against 4 experienced teams of the night, two of them being local rivals. The night unfortunately was not as planned, leaving Penrith to fester with 2 draws and 2 narrow defeats, disappointed to not have taken more points from the tournament.
The first game against Welsh Warriors, an experienced team, was a tight one, with barely any opportunities for both teams. Penrith led 1-0 through Jack Dunn for most of the game, conceding a last minute goal to settle the game as a draw.
The first derby of the evening followed, against Lakeland based in Kendal. Again, it was a game where both teams gave as good as they got, but Lakeland just edged out the A team to take the 3-2 win, with goals from Jack and Alan.
The penultimate game against Penrith’s other local rivals, Red Rose, was an excellent match from both teams with great defence, passing, teamwork and arguably Penrith’s best showing of the night. Ending in 3-3, Jack, Alan and Chris scoring, both teams will have been disappointed, as it could easily have gone either way; a draw was, perhaps, a good compromise.
The final game against Birmingham University was surprisingly a quick starter, Penrith scoring a couple of goals rapidly and Birmingham then responding just as quick, culminating in a 4-3 win for Birmingham, again great team work to set up goals for Chris and Jack (2).
All in all, a disappointing night as it could just have easily been 4 wins for Penrith. Saying that, it could also just have easily been 4 losses so the team can take many positives from the evening and look forward to the next set of fixtures in February.
Photo L to R : Tim Mather, (Alistair Brock), Chris Archer, Alan Fisher, Jack Dunn