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2007-2008 80th Anniversary Hockey Review

Stroud Hockey Club celebrated its 80th Anniversary this year, culminating in the end-of-season Annual Hockey Day and Dinner Dance last Saturday. Many older faces put in appearances during the day and evening celebrations and the glorious sunny day played host to some entertaining hockey ; proof indeed that Stroud Hockey Club has a strong presence in the community and much to offer. The evening celebrations included photographs, clippings and other memorabilia from past and present.

The past season saw the Men?s 1st XI finally win promotion to North Division 2 after an agonising number of years finishing so close. Everything fell into place for them this time, from day one looking a good bet to go up. The team performed consistently well and were able to hold on for victory even when odds were stacked against them. It was also fitting that coach and 1st team captain, Rob Fynn, finished the season as top scorer, an unlikely occurrence given his defensive position ! Liam Tunney showed his class as midfield maestro, winning 1st team Player of the Year, while Hermes Carlyon continued his rise to grab the Most Improved Player award.

The Ladies? 1st XI finished the season in their highest position for several seasons, on occasions producing some excellent performances against the strongest sides. A little more consistency could see them vying for promotion next season. Sarah Tudor deservedly proved a popular Player of the Year with Jude Hudson taking the Most Improved Player award.

The Men?s 2nd XI struggled with personnel changes for much of the season, coming unstuck in matches they should have won, yet showing true class in other games. The potential is there to be a real threat next season. Andy Murray was Player of the Year, much down to his tireless presence, and Rob Gleed won Most Improved Player. With the addition of a Men?s 3rd XI next year, we are actively looking for more recruits, so contact us if you are interested in playing.

The Ladies? 2nd XI had a fine 4-0 win in their final League game. Their fighting spirit and enjoyment of the game epitomises Stroud Hockey Club?s raison d?etre. They have struggled for a goalkeeper and for a full side this season, so anybody interested in playing next season, please contact us. Andrea Preston was Player of the Year and Faye Harding was Most Improved Player.

Junior hockey at Stroud goes from strength to strength, both boys and girls playing fine passing hockey. Many victories were forthcoming, although the Men?s Badgers side found it difficult to maintain their winning streak after Christmas. The Girls? Vixens team took several fine scalps this year. Joe Jarman won the Badgers? Player of the Year award for his outstanding midfield work, while the Most Improved player of the Year went to Finlay Dixon. Laura Thwaite won the Vixens? Player of the Year, with the Most Improved Player award going to Ellen Creech. Tuesday evening Junior training consistently gets between 30 and 40 boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 or 9 to 15 or 16. Many of the boys are now ready to graduate to Men?s hockey and there will be a Men?s 3rd XI starting next season. To ensure enough players are available for this new side, we are keen to attract more male players to the club, so if you are interested, please contact us. Rich Cartmell won the Men?s Young Player of the Year and he has made the transition from Badgers to 2nd XI this season. Angharrad Roberts won the Ladies? Young Player of the Year.

The Mixed team has played regularly this season, giving much enjoyment to those involved. Jude Hudson is clearly enjoying herself as she picked up a second award, this time for Mixed Player of the Year. Anybody interested in playing next season should contact us or let the Mixed captains know that they are keen.

Finally, Stroud Hockey Club is going from strength to strength but is always on the lookout for new players, men, women and juniors. There will be some hockey over the summer period, but Tuesday night training will not start again until the 2nd week of August. Keep your eye on our website ( for more information. Contact Tim Norman on 01453 751885, Rob Fynn on 01453 764514 or Lesley Macdonald on 01453 750749 for further details or email

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