Back to hockey …

With the second half of the season underway I thought it would be a good time to update our membership on activities both on and off the pitch. It has been a busy first half of the season with over 800 members back playing hockey freely which has been wonderful to observe.

On the pitch the new England Hockey League structure started in September for the adult section. We always knew it would be a time to work out if we had each team in the right league, so it is no surprise that some are excelling and some are having a tougher time. COVID hasn’t helped with consistency in availability but that’s the same for all clubs. The Men’s 1s have had a solid start to the season, sitting mid table and it has been fantastic to see crowds of 130+ watching our home games including an appearance from Sir Turtle. Their aim is for a top three finish so please do come and support them. The Ladies 1s are also pushing for promotion having won their last eight games on the bounce. They sit second in their league as do the Stormers and Warriors. The Men’s 2s, Barnstormers and Ladies 4s are all in the 3rd place too so eyeing promotion.

Our Juniors have had cup action with mixed results and the U14 girls showing their commitment as they travelled all the way to Cirencester. The Men’s Over 40s remain in their cup competition and we wish them every success.

A new milestone was achieved in early December as the Junior section fielded its first indoor teams in the girls U16s and U18s London League competition. For many it was the first time playing the indoor form of the game and a great experience. The Men’s 1s also entered their respective league and used it as an opportunity to bring through a number of our junior players, some of whom were with OCHC Juniors when it was established. For the full match reports click here.

I’m hopeful new restrictions won’t be imposed but there is always the possibility and if changes do come along we will update you as soon as any guidance is issued by England Hockey.
Best wishes to all for a healthy 2022.

Helen Hawes
OCHC Club Captain