Reunion marks GEC centenary

GEC hockey club reunion.'Hart Field, Lower Hillmorton Road
GEC hockey club reunion.'Hart Field, Lower Hillmorton Road

Celebrating 100 years since the BTH Sports Club Hockey section was formed, about 100 players, former players, long suffering wives and partners and their children met up for the first time since the final dinner in April 2007.

GEC Rugby Hockey Club merged with Rugby Hockey Club that year to become a leading force in Midlands hockey.

The players on Saturday ranged in age from 21 to 67 and some had not played on astroturf!

All enjoyed a reasonably light-hearted competition and were watched by many of their betters and elders.

The results of the games were immaterial but the renewed friendships were priceless.

The age range of the spectators took in players who had played for the club in the forties, fifties, sixties and seventies and some of the players had performed for the club from the sixties through to the merger in 2005.

Brian Edwards, who is now in his eighties, thoroughly enjoyed the day. He first played for the club around 1946.

George Sherman another club stalwart, who played between the fifties and the eighties, enjoyed watching his son Jon who sadly finished in the bottom placed team captained by the last chairman Jon Bass.

The after-match celebration continued at a packed Old Laurentian Club where an excellent in-house buffet rounded off the day.

The day was such a success that suggestions have been made to make it an annual event but you can’t celebrate a centenary every year - can you?