Hockey's Team Reports
Hockey's Team Reports10 Jan 2022
Men's E Team
The Es are looking to continue to keep up the momentum for the coming season after getting crowned as the champions of the league in the 2020-2021 season. The team welcomes a number of fresh faces to the line-up. Dai Nosu, Adrian Ho, Luis Lui and Phil Holmes have joined to add pace and skill across the midfield and forward line. We also welcome back Graham Dove and Conor O’Donovan, and are hoping to get Nick Hawkins, Joe Donald, Angus Emmerson and Martin Kwik back into the lineup before too long.
This year’s starting lineup is similar to last year with Jonny Brock and Matthew Truman up front. Rajat Mathur, Dan Billig, James O’Shea and our skipper Tom Hamilton dominating the midfield. The defence remains strong with James Billett, Justin Davidson, Nick Studholme Wilson and Charlie Poulton as the back four alongside with Zico Chan in goal.
The Es started the season strong with 3 wins in a row. Special mention to Charlie Poulton’s first goal of the season against IUHK A. However, we have been hitting a slump lately as we drew 3 and lost 2 in the last 5 games and are currently in 4th place. Hopefully we’ll get back on our feet and start winning games and finish strong for the remainder of the season.
After a championship winning season, we at the Men's F team found ourselves with only a handful of players ready and able to return in September for the new season as we bade farewell to those who left HK, retirements and interclub transfers. We were also waiting for those stuck in quarantine and with injuries to return.
Low on numbers, our scouts had to go far and wide to recruit new talent. From calling up former comrades and bartering, to making scouting trips to Parisian themed bars in LKF. No mountain was too high and no Valley was too low for our scouts when it came to putting together a ragtag title defending squad for the Club’s “social” team.
Results from pre-season matches were not ideal, as one would expect from a new squad just starting to gel and understand each other’s strengths. However, the commitment and desire to improve were evident early on, with eleven plus F men heading to the smurf turf every Thursday come rain or Bank Holiday, to find out whether practice does in fact make perfect.
Although, perfection is yet to come, the time spent is slowly bearing fruit. From what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, we are somehow sitting on the right side of the league table at the halfway point of the season. We boast three forwards, Jaques, Derek and Seb, in the league top scorers’ list and not to be out done, through Darren and the back four’s goal line heroics we also have one of the best defensive records in the league… so far.
Of course, the season hasn’t been completely kind to us as we lost several key players through injuries and family commitments, for whom we wish the best and hope for a speedy return.
Whether this is going to be a rebuilding or a title defending year remains to be seen, but there is still a lot of hockey left to play and we can’t wait to find out. Let’s Go!!
Ladies' A Team
In a blink of an eye, we are almost half way through the season 2021-2022. This year, the ladies' A team is captained by Kelsey Zeegers and Katy Mountain. Simply reading through the match reports sent out by these two after every game, there are so many things to celebrate in just these 3 months!
First, we are super excited to have the ‘supermums’, Hannah Wright and Sophie Forrest, return to the team. After a year out, they play like they just took the summer off from hockey, like the rest of the team, yet they have come back with the cutest supporters in the stands! What’s more, congratulations to Emma Sturgess (Steve) and our No.1 Supporter James Byers for tying the knot back home and having their wedding celebration in Hong Kong in early October!
With the rest of the team remaining the same as the previous season, we have been able to build on what we have created and go further. A few pre-season friendly games against the men's team allowed us to practice our set plays and set the tone for our official league games. With a 3-2 win against Coyotez as our first league game result, we have played better as a team game after game ever since - 6 wins out of 6, with 39 goals and more to come!
In November, we had a break from the winter league, so the HKHA organised a match series for the HK Women's team in preparation for the Asian Games qualifiers. Melanie Miers, Leigh Cumings, Kelsey Zeegers, Hannah Wright, Emma Sturgess and Tiffany Chan were selected to play for the Barbarians team. Coby Lau represented HK in the two friendly matches.
Thanks to our coach Steve Rook (Rookie) for putting his heart into all the training during the 3-week period when there were no league games; all of us have picked up some new skills and are ready to rock and roll in the remaining three games in December!