The May Bank Holiday weekend sees an unprecedented end to what has been a memorable season at Southampton Hockey Club.
Whilst we celebrate the end of season in style next weekend at the annual End of Season Dinner & Dance, hosted at St, Mary’s stadium; teams are celebrating their successes early this weekend!
On Saturday the Men’s 1XI finished their season with a win in the National Vase Final, beating Brigg HC 3-1.
Playing in white, the lads were naturally nervous ahead of the start, but these were soon settled as Rob O’Brien netted a short corner 5 minutes in. Brigg came back strong in the second half and equalised to make 1-1 before George Watling made it 2-1 and Charlie Griffiths found himself in the opposition’s D, to seal the win for Southampton five minutes from time making it 3-1.
The players’ want to thank the coaching staff and all the supporters who travelled to Lee Valley, making it seem like we were back at the Sports Centre! Thanks too to our sponsors Paris Smith LLP for supplying our kit to make us look the part and to local hockey clubs at Fareham and Havant to helped us in our preparations along with Rob Jenkins and Lia Waine.
Click here for the link to England Hockey’s match report.
Monday brought ‘Hampshire Day’ and with it two games for Southampton HC.
First up were the Men’s 3s who played a Basingstoke side. The men in blue absorbed pressure and some physical challenges, but ultimately were the better, fitter side, with some impressive passages of play ensure that possession was kept. Pressure mounted and Basingstoke conceded, resulting in the final score of 1-0 and Southampton become Hampshire Open Trophy Champions.
Finally the Ladies went into their Hampshire Cup Final, also vs Basingstoke, as the underdogs. Basingstoke who had won the league above SHC were a strong side and moved the ball well. SHC absorbed pressure well and at half time it was 0-0 our defensive team made some excellent tackles. The 1's had a number of well worked short corners and some great chances in front of goal. Sadly it wasn’t to be, Basingstoke scored from a straight strike off a short corner early in the second half to make it 0-1. Despite some great opportunities and some excellent passing, our Ladies simply could not find the back of the net. A really competitive game and hard fought right to the final whistle.
Updated 12:30 - 8 May 2017 by SHC Communications