Marlborough Hockey Club gets set for the new season
Sunday (September 4) was Club Day for Marlborough Hockey Club and about sixty players came to the College Astro-pitches for warm-up and practise games with mixed teams varying in size between 13 and 14 players - exciting stuff!
They all lined up to give a rousing cheer for Team GB's gold medal winning ladies hockey team at the Rio Olympics. The extraordinary tension of the final against the Netherlands was still fresh in the minds of many of the players - inspiring stuff!
So many members and potential members came to the Club Day that someone was sent out to buy more burgers and sausages for the after practise BBQ at the club house by the cricket ground.
For 2016-17 season, the Mens first team is captained by Anil Sud, and the Ladies first team has Penny Bowen and Vicky Moxham as joint captains.
The men's first eleven will be playing in the Central 1 Division of the GoCrea8 Hockey league. Their campaign opens with a home game against the Old Bristolians on October 1. They have several new players including a striker who has played at national league level.
The ladies' first team have two friendly fixtures on the next two Saturdays and begin their league campaign in earnest in the East Division of the West Clubs Women's Hockey League with an away game against Devizes on September 24.
The men's second team captain is Ed Watson and their third team is captained by James Lane. The ladies' second team captain is Louisa Gosling and their third team is captained by Daisy Beckwith.
The Club continues to benefit from the services of their coach Matt Way. A qualified PE teacher who works at St John's Academy, he is currently involved with Wiltshire Hockey as a Junior Academy Centre coach.
Evening training sessions at the College Astro-pitches start next week - men's on Wednesdays (7-9pm) and ladies' on Thursdays (7-9pm). And each session is preceded by junior development sessions: Wednesdays 6-7.30pm - boys years 8-11, and Thursdays 6-7.30pm - girls years 10 and 11.
The Juniors training session continue on Sunday mornings.