New club appointments

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ed Thompson as OCHC Treasurer and Sarah Mann as Ladies Captain. Read on to find out what brought them to OCs and their new roles but firstly, we’d like to put on record our sincere thanks to Kate Tanner, our outgoing Treasurer who has played a huge role in the club’s development over the last 10 years.

Ed told us “I first got involved in OCs around 6 years ago when my oldest son joined the U6’s.  Having played hockey during school and University, watching the dedication and energy from the volunteer coaches rekindled my own passion to get back on the pitch. I signed up as a parent coach and then got involved in midweek “knockabout” sessions, which led to me finally making my OC debut in the 18/19 season for the newly formed 3a’s. After chasing the shadows of people significantly younger than me for a couple of seasons, I have now found my spiritual home playing more “age appropriate” hockey for the Barnstomers (in between injuries!).

As a family we have loved being a part of OCs and the development on and off the pitch over the last few years has been amazing. But there is always more to be done so when the opportunity to get involved in the “other side” of the club came up I jumped at the chance. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the Committee and the wider OC community to help take the Club from strength to strength”.

Sarah brings many years of hockey experience to her Ladies Captain role, having played hockey since she was 12 and first joining OCs back in 1998. Following a break in 2014 with a knee injury, and then children, Sarah was drawn back into playing hockey occasionally before getting hooked again and fully committing to a team. Sarah went on to captain the Ladies 1’s for 3 years and then the 3s for 2 years and has enjoyed watching the club expand. Feeling like the club had given her a lot over the years, she was keen to give something back and is looking forward to working with all of the Ladies teams this season.