HOCKEY: Club day and last games of season

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club

On Saturday over 70 members of Rugby & East warwickshire Hockey Club enjoyed their annual club day. This gave players from all sections and abilities of the club a chance to play together in a small sided tournament.

This was followed by a full game with the Chairman’s select XI taking on the Colts XI. However, age and experience showed through as the Chairman’s side came out the eventual winners.

A very successful season for the hockey club, could not have been achieved without all the hard work from the committee, coaches, parents and players themselves.

With over 100 juniors now attending the regular training sessions and days such as this, the future of the club and hockey in Rugby looks very promising indeed. The club are always looking for old and new players of any age and ability to join.

REWHC Badgers XI 1

Daventry HC Badgers 1

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Saturday’s final game may have ended in a draw but was a cracker; testing the skill, team play and character of the Rugby juniors in hot, energy-sapping conditions.

The first half flowed from end to end but despite creating a few openings Rugby’s front men of Dickinson, Eyre and Snook found it hard to exploit any space in the packed Daventry defence.

Pushing Hill forward onto the right wing at half time had an immediate impact as he delivered a fantastic cross which was superbly tucked away by the in rushing Philipson.

Daventry responded and Rugby’s defence was tested with Murphy, Bryan and the Dickinsons dealing well with the pressure. Despite a goal-line save by Molly Brealey and a series of match saving clearances by the magnificent Michael Howard, in goal, Daventry eventually scored.

Rugby still looked dangerous on the break with Oglethorpe using his pace and skill but had to settle for the draw.

Warwickshire League Division 3

REWHC Ladies’ 2nd XI 4

Birmingham Wasps 1st XI 1

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The 2nds closed the season with an early morning match against an improved Wasps. Evie Baker scored Rugby’s opener, displaying silky skills as she weaved through the defence and slotted home. Julie Lines reminded us why she was the team’s highest goal scorer this season as she confidently placed the ball past the keeper. Sarah Kirk increased Rugby’s lead from a well-worked short corner routine.

Jane Phillipson, who had looked dangerous all game, finally scored a richly deserved goal. The defence of Laura Edwards, Elaine Duffin, Hannah Hook, Claire Dickinson and Man of the Match Jo Watling looked solid throughout. However, despite having the best defensive record in the division, were caught napping at the end of the game and Birmingham scored a consolation.

Rugby finished in 3rd place in the division, following promotion last season, so can be pleased with their efforts. Thanks to Captain M for her motivation throughout the year.