In my final ‘Chat’ of 2007 I wish members, sponsors and all other friends of the Club a Happy Christmas and the very best for 2008. I also take this opportunity to thank all officials of the Club for their hard work so far this season.
Needless to say the past three months have contained some ‘downs’ but they are well outnumbered by the ‘ups’ which I have been pleased to cover in my jottings.
Personalities and events
The Fancy Dress Mixed Hockey planned for Saturday 29 December has been cancelled. The interest in this event was minimal – if that!
Congratulations to Carl Sitch on retaining his place in the England U18 training squad.
The Club has been chosen by NE14 HOCKEY.com, sponsors of the East Leagues, as their Club of the Week following the run of ten wins out of ten by the Men’s 1sts – after which they promptly lost away to Cambridge City! But despite this result the squad has had a superb first half of the season.
Best wishes to Sandra Elliner who is recovering from a knee operation following her hockey injury.
The Mixed squad have received a bye in the first round (Sunday 10 February) of this season’s national trophy and they await their opponents for the second round to be played on Sunday 24 February.
The Men’s Veterans after their narrow national cup win away to Bishop’s Stortford have been drawn to play Bournville away on Sunday 17 February.
Before the above events the Ladies’ and Men’s squads will be taking part in the national indoor league over the first two weekends of January. The Ladies will be in action at Whitgift School (South Croydon) (5/6 January) and Perdiswell Leisure Centre (Worcester) the following weekend (assuming results go their way in South Croydon) in Division 2 South and the Men, after winning Division 2 last season, will be making the big step-up to Division 1 to be played in Eastleigh, near Southampton.
The Ladies, captained by Debbie McAllen, will play Reading, Wimbledon and three regional qualifiers while the Men, captained by Tom Sumner, will be up against Barford Tigers, Doncaster, Guildford, Havant, Sheffield UB, St Albans, Stourport and Surbiton.
I wish the very best of luck to both squads.
Three important dates for your 2008 diary please –
Saturday 2 February – Savoury & Sauvignon Soiree
Saturday 1 March – Race Evening
Saturday 12 April – Silent Auction & Spring Prize Draw
With kind regards and very best wishes.
Elvis in Denham