End of Season Report
By Chris Jenkins
Well, it’s been yet another eventful season, as we approach our ever shorter summer.
First up, I need to thank the captains and coordinators of the section. So, a big thank-you to Rich, Swarbs, Macca, Jenna, Keri and Pippa for getting the teams out and performing each week. For making sure as a Club that we didn’t get fined or docked points, as well as dealing with the intricacies of the HA, thanks to Sophie and Craig (and Boiler) – the whole section owes you a beer.
Through our mini coaching team of Andy and Robyn, we grew to over 90 children and now offer sessions throughout the week.
The kids entered several competitions throughout the season as we regularly put out 5 teams at U8, U10 and U12 levels. A big thank you to all the kids; and the parents who helped throughout the season. Pete Darley has done a fantastic job in revamping the programme and set up a great base for the future.
Yet again, the standard of hockey in Hong Kong has improved across the divisions, but the Men’s teams have held their own and 2012 proved a very successful one. The A team only lost a couple of games throughout the year, while the B team were promoted and are having a great season in their new Division. The C team has developed from a social team into a well-organized winning team. We are looking to create a D team next year to accommodate increasing numbers from within the membership.
It has been a great year for the Ladies too, with the A team beating all-comers in Division 2. The B team has acquitted themselves well and had some great results against the stronger teams in their league, eventually finishing third. The C team continues to surprise and have a great time on and off the field.
The Ladies swept the board when it came to silverware with the Ladies A being crowned champions in League 2. We have high hopes for them in the First Division next year. Both the ladies A and C team won their respective leagues’ seven a side tournament – a fantastic achievement. Fingers crossed for the Men’s A team to chip in with the HA Cup.
On the social side, the Section has held many successful events including barefoot bowls, over 100 people for the Christmas party and the ever popular pool party.
We sent teams to tour Singapore from both sides of the section, performing admirably both on and off the field. We hope to undertake more tours including Penang and, further afield next year.
I’d like to thank our Head Coach, Andy Smith, for all the hard work he has put in over the year; sadly he had to return to Europe to reunite with his family. He may be back in Hong Kong one day.
Last but definitely not least, a big thank you to Kerry Hassel who has been with us since the first days of the section. We have been exceptionally lucky to have a coach of his experience and skills. His influence amongst the ladies has been immense and he will be very much missed.
Best of luck to Matt Deayton as he takes over the role as Section Convenor – HKCC Hockey will be in very good hands!
Enjoy the summer (hockey starts again in June!)
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