Both of the men’s teams have recently won promotion having won their respective divisions in England Hockey’s West Hockey League. This is the first time that both men’s teams have achieved this in the same season.
The 1st team narrowly missed out on promotion last season, but with the addition of some new players the team set their target to win their division. Things didn’t start well slipping to defeat in the first fixture but they picked themselves up to rebound against Old Bristolians HC who later turned into their title rivals. This victory kick started a run of nine straight victories which saw them scoring 60 goals and only conceding 9.
Despite this, the team went into their last 6 games knowing that only perfection would get them promotion. Wins came one by one and the final day of the season they headed to Mendip HC who themselves needed to win to avoid relegation. A couple of early goals settled the nerves and after an attacking performance on par with some of their best of the season they ran out 10-3 winners and were Concorde Division 1 champions as a result of a significantly greater goal difference! Next season they will play in Division 2 West and will play teams from as far afield as Bridgend and Swansea.
Overall they played 22, won 19, drew 1 and lost 2, scoring 116 goals, conceding 23 and had 8 clean sheets.
Captain, Jon Day, commented: “We used 26 different players including a debut for Dan Francis who whilst he may only be 13, certainly didn’t look out of place and has a bright future ahead of him.”
The 2nd team began their season with the hope of doing well, but in the end, they too achieved promotion from Saxon Division 2 into Saxon Division 1, securing an equally impressive 15 victories, 92 goals, and 3 draws.
Ollie Rodway, 2nd team captain said: “An integral part of our success this season has been the rapid progression of our younger players. They have shown tremendous improvement in their skills, fitness, and understanding of the game.”
New club chair, Katherine Sears, said: “Both of our men’s teams have had a truly remarkable season. I am confident that we will continue to build on this success in the coming years. Watching all our teams, including our three ladies’ teams and our superb Academy section, grow and develop is an incredibly rewarding experience for all of us.”
She added: “We always have space for new players. You can be any age from 7 to 70 and start with no previous experience. Although we are currently playing matches in our summer season, our main season starts again in September. If you’d like to join us, please have a look at our website."