At least one of the men got to play some hockey this summer!

The club are very proud of Stuart Carrick, our Mens’ 1s captain, who played for Scotland in the Masters European Championship in The Netherlands this summer.

Scotland had a challenging first game against the top team in Europe at the moment, The Netherlands, and although they lost, they fought well and even got some nice compliments from the Dutch crowd. They went on to a disappointing draw with Germany after letting the equaliser in at the death but made it through to the quarter finals where they faced England. They went 3 down to England in the first half and despite getting 2 back in the 3rd quarter couldn’t find another.

This left Scotland fighting for 5th. They first met Italy who also had a (former) Winchmore Hill & Enfield player, Lorenzo Giunta, in the line up. Scotland won 5-1 despite Stuart’s goal being given as a short corner! In their final game, Scotland beat current home nations champions Ireland 2-1 in a very close match to finish 5th overall.

The ladies entered two teams in to the Southgate Summer Hockey League this year.

The A team had some mixed results early on with very close score lines until a brilliant 5-0 win over Hampstead and Westminster and continued on to qualify for the cup competition in the second half of the summer. They finished 5th in the cup with 2 wins and 3 losses which included a memorable 5-0 win against Harrow who had been unbeaten all summer.

After starting with a defeat, the B team’s highlight of the summer came early on when in the second match they beat Southgate Hot Shots 2-0. There was a series of losses until a magnificent 5-0 victory over Hendon and Mill Hill. The Bs played in the plate competition for the second half of the summer where they came 5th overall with 4 losses but rounded the summer off with a nice 2-0 win over Hendon and Mill Hill once again.

The final match of the summer was the rescheduled As v Bs which saw 20 players and the greatly missed Rob Deane take to the pitch. Presumably inspired by the Durham warm up going on next to the pitch, the game was a brilliant show of talent and enthusiasm and nodded strongly to a few more wins next season!

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