Posted on 16th Apr 2018
2017/18 Season Recap
Congratulations have to go to the 1st and 4th XI’s (team photo above) on winning their leagues and securing promotion to South League Division 2 and Surrey Open League Prem respectively, I am happy to say that Chris Way’s return as player coach has had the desired outcome in taking our 1st XI back into South League and a step closer to National League I also hope that he has had an impact on the rest of the club through a changed approach to coaching this season. This season was also a notable one for Andrew Pike with him passing the 250th goal mark in South Leagues, he is now currently joint second all time scorer with 268 goals.
The other end of season positions are:
2s – 7th in Surrey Div. 1
3s – 11th in Surrey Div. 2
5s – 11th in Surrey Open Hockey League Div.2
Wasps – 11th in Surrey Open Hockey League Div.3
6s – 6th in Surrey Open Hockey League Div.4
OP’s – 6th in Hampshire Div. 7
Pitts – 2nd in Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance
Some teams have had more difficult seasons but these times have at times made sacrifices to help ensure that the 1s and 4s achieved promotion and have also helped some of our younger players develop in a tough environment. One issue we have had this year has been occasional struggles with availability and My thanks goes to all the Captains and to Mark Robinson (Chair of Selectors) for ensuring that we have got out 9 teams on the majority of the weeks of the season. For next season can all players please consider their availability to play for other teams when their “normal side” do not have a game or are at a time that does not suit your other commitments.
Looking forward to next season I know that we will definitely need a new captain in the 5’s (good luck to Matt as you move to pastures new), but if anyone feels that they would like to captain or help captain a side next season please speak to me or your current team captain as we are always looking for people who are keen to get involved and help run teams either in an admin role or as the on field captain.
I am aware that for the past couple of seasons there have not necessarily had a dedicated coach for the club session on a Thursday night and as we look to recruit a coach to replace Chris we have decided that we are aiming to ensure that we have two coaches for both training sessions to improve the training further.
A significant number of U18 players have played Men’s league hockey this season I would encourage those that haven’t already done so to consider doing so next season, once you are 13 you are eligible to play adult hockey and we will always aim to find a team that suits a players ability and potential.
Some of you may be aware that England Hockey have recently released plans to restructure and increase the National League by an additional 20 teams in 2019/20, this means that at the end of next season there could be some significant impact on the structure of our leagues as additional teams from South Division 1 will form part of the additional 20 teams.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions on anything that we could be doing better please let me know.
The majority of jobs that need done to keep the club running are done by volunteers, from Jamie ensuring the bar is stocked and till banked, to Barry and John keeping on top of the maintenance and sweeping the pitches and emptying the bins. Unfortunately over the past few years the number of volunteers have dropped and I would appeal to you all to consider what if any time you can give volunteer to help the club.
I have enjoyed my first season as Men’s Chairman and I am happy to continue for another season but I would also invite anyone who wants to stand as Chairman to let me know and we will have a vote.
Dates for you diaries
Saturday 21 April, Dinner Dance – For those that are coming it starts at 7pm with Dinner served at 7.30pm
Saturday 28 April, Club Day - a chance to come down and play some social mixed hockey, kindly being organised by Ashley and Gilly Carter please register your attendance here https://tinyurl.com/ycxgsm6f.
August – Preseason is likely to start
Saturday 1 September, Welcome/Trials Day and AGM the format is currently to be decided and will be announced nearer the time.
Lastly imminently we will all be affected by the new General Data Protection Regulations and the club are taking steps to ensure that the systems used by the club are compliant, this may involve moving to a new membership database so please keep an eye on your emails for any news on these changes.
Thanks for your efforts this season on and off the pitch, enjoy your summer break and I look forward to welcoming you back next season.
Woking HC Men’s Chairman