Hockey: Season starts tomorrow

LAST Saturday at their Come & Try Day, Thurrock Hockey Club proudly displayed their new look for the coming season. Thanks to sponsorship from Millane Contract Services Ltd the club were able to supply every player with a complete set of kit in the club colours of black and amber. As there are over 100 players it is one that the club is pleased to receive. Millane Ltd are a local company based in Basildon with new offices in Great Portland Street and are a multi-discipline roofing, building and maintenance company covering London and the South of England.

The Come & Try Day was very successful with players of all ages turning up to try their hand at hockey and to see whether it is a game they would like to play. There were also current players who came along and wanted to join from other clubs in the area.

It will be a challenging time for the Mens First team who have gained promotion, but with a new coach, Manjinder Sehmi, and five new quality players adding to the squad, should hopefully make the transition from 3SE to 2S a bit easier. Although the friendly against a very strong Peterborough 3 didn’t go as well as hoped it gave the team a chance to get a little more match fit and try out a new playing formation. Most clubs at this level have been training over the summer and Thurrock need to work and train hard over the next few weeks until the start of the new season on September 24. Steven Abbott, Keith Major and Derek Staton have remained captains of Mens 1, 2 and 3. The new Academy team, under the captaincy of Dave Everett, has entered the league and it is the first time in many years that the Mens have a fourth team.

The ladies start the new season full of hope, both Ladies 1sts and 2nds were demoted and are determined to have a more successful season. The 1sts are losing two of their squad to university but welcome back Miriam Nichols after a year absence. The Seconds are losing four of their squad and will be fielding a young and inexperienced side at the beginning of the season. The ladies section have however managed to enrol some new blood and they will be supporting the Ladies 3rds challenge to ensure their place in division 3 again, for four consecutive years the ladies have avoid relegation by one point! The season starts this Saturday with the Firsts travelling to Sevenoaks, while the Seconds open their season under new captain Charlene Curtis with an exciting match away at Wapping. The Thirds play hosts to East London with push back at 11 am. All are welcome to come along and support!

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