After a season with many highs (and a few lows) the club celebrated recently with its annual dinner and awards night at the clubhouse, with a great turnout from across the club.
It was another tough season for the L1s in a very competitive Middlesex Premier Division finishing in 11th place having played 22, won 4, drawn 5 and lost 13. In any other season this would’ve meant relegation but due to a combination of results in the leagues above they escaped relegation once again with only one team going down from the Premier Division. Phew!
The L2s faired much better, with a young and exciting squad maturing quickly and producing some brilliant results throughout the season and pushing hard for promotion, eventually finishing 6th in Middlesex Division 3 with stats of played 24, won 10, drawn 4 and lost 10. Well done ladies, lots of promise for next season!
The M1s started the season slowly (again!) before finding their form in November and surging up the table to 4th place just before Christmas. However, a combination of injuries and coming out on the wrong side of some tight matches in the second half of the season saw the team finish in 7th place in East League Div 4SW having played 22, won 9, drawn 2 and lost 11.
Following last year’s promotion the M2s faced new challenges in Div 8SW, but with a young squad rapidly growing in confidence, the team stepped up magnificently returning great performances and results week after week, eventually finishing in 3rd place and securing back to back promotions with stats of played 19, won 11, drawn 2 and lost 6. Well done guys!
Ladies Top Goalscorer: Abbi Bailie-Sills (12 goals) Young Player of the Year: Ellie Bolton Player of the Year: Sam Deane
Men Top Goalscorer: Tim Mall (17 goals) Young Player of the Year: Rafi Zeff Player of the Year: Stuart Carrick
Club Team of the Year: Men’s 2nd XI Person of the Year: Balazs Endrodi
The men’s teams finished the season in style with the 2nd XI securing promotion as runners up in league 9SW having played 20, won 15, drawn 3 and lost 2 – a terrific performance from a new squad combining youth and experience, with several players completely new to hockey or stepping up from the junior section for the first time.
Whilst the men’s 1st XI narrowly missed out on promotion finishing third in league 4SW, the stats of played 22, won 13, drawn 2 and lost 7 don’t tell the full story. After five matches, it was played 5 lost 5, but a remarkable turnaround in form saw them surge up the table from November onwards, scoring freely in attack but equally miserly in defence, and forcing their way into contention in the league.
Meanwhile, the ladies section had a bit of a mixed season with this year definitely being a building year for the future. The ‘even greater escape’ was successful for the ladies 1s who secured 10th and avoided relegation from the Middlesex Premier division having played 22, won 3, drawn 6 and lost 13. After a great 5-0 win in the first game of the season, things got a little tougher, but they persevered and live to fight another day.
The ladies 2nd XI finished a comfortable 8th in Division 3, playing 20, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing 11. This season saw a wealth of new players coming up from the junior section and really making a difference in the team and learning from the more experienced players. The future looks bright for this new team.
The club celebrated at the end of a long (and extended!) season with its annual members’ dinner and awards night at the clubhouse.
Club Person of the Year – Nick Smith
Nick started the season playing in defence for the 2nd XI, before quickly returning to his more familiar position in goal. He played for the 2s, he played for the 1s, sometimes back-to-back on the same day. He played for the mixed team. He dropped everything to help the club out at short notice, when let down by others. He coached the juniors on a Sunday morning. He coached our new ladies goalkeeper on a Wednesday night. He’s the first name down on the teamsheet each week, and a very worthy and popular winner of the Club Person of the Year award.
Ladies Player of the Year– Karen Goode
Karen Goode has been a key player in the 1st XI this year as with previous years. She manages to come away from every situation with the ball and has been instrumental in the midfield both helping push forward but also always being there to defend. Never one to miss a game she has been incredibly dedicated this year and it shows in her gameplay.
Men’s Player of the Year– Jim Gatting
After a difficult start to the season, it was the return of ‘Jimbo’ in November that made all the difference. Solid in the centre of defence, great distribution around the pitch, and his 8 converted penalty corner goals transformed the fortunes of the 1st XI and propelled them up the league to a fine 3rd place finish.
Ladies Young / Most Improved Player of the Year– Freya Styman
The 2nd XI started the season with no goalkeeper but that all changed when Freya turned 13 and was able to make her debut for them. Saving a flick on her debut, she’s fearless in goal even taking on the men’s 1st XI in training. She and her brilliant attitude have made a real difference to the season.
Men’s Young / Most Improved Player of the Year– Leo Fernandes
A year ago Leo had never picked up a hockey stick. But after being roped in to help out the 2nd XI at the beginning of the season, he scored on his debut and never looked back, playing every match for the 2s and returning an impressive 11 goals, wrapping up the season by scoring on his debut for the 1st XI in the final match.
Ladies Top Goalscorer – Kelly Davids
2nd XI forward Kelly Davids was the winner of top goalscorer this year with a total of 9 goals. Not as high scoring as the men’s section but until the last weekend of the season, it was a close race between a number of ladies before Kelly managed to run away with it.
Men’s Top Goalscorer – Tim Mall
1st XI striker Tim Mall took home the honours with a fine return of 26 goals, securing top spot with a magnificent 5 (yes five!) goals in his final game, and playing a key role in turning around the fortunes of the team.
Team of the Year– Men’s 2nd XI
From early in the season it looked like the men’s 2nd XI were a shoe-in for the prize until the fast-finishing men’s first team pushed them close with their fine run of performances in the second half of the season. However, the men’s 2s kept on winning and held on to the top team trophy.