South Bucks make their point to secure title victory
THERE was no dampening South Bucks Hockey Club’s men’s celebrations as they secured the MBBO Division Six title on Saturday,
The Farnham Common side needed just a point at home to Oxford Hawks 6ths to confirm top spot with three games left, and they looked set to take all three when Tim Jacobs put them in front midway through the second half.
Although Oxford equalised with just 20 seconds left on the clock to deny South Bucks a win to kickstart their celebrations, the silverware was in the bag.
Head coach Mel Ive said: “We just needed a point, and while we would have prefered a win, it didn’t put a dampener on our celebrations as it really showed that, as a club, we’re on the up.
“The club has gone through some ups and downs. Two years ago the entire ladies’ first team moved on because they wanted to play at a higher level and so did a few of the men.
“There was a question mark over the club’s future, but we’ve risen like a phoenix from the flames, and now even have a veterans team and a huge youth section, which we never had before. In school teacher terms, because that’s what I am, I would say ‘could have done better’. But it was a very hard fought game, and our keeper, my brother David Ive, made some great saves.”
The ladies, meanwhile, picked up only a third win of a difficult season with a magnificent victory over promotion-chasing Maidenhead Ladies 5ths in Trysports Division Five.
Shahanaz Siddiquei scored the only goal of the game in the first half, and while some cracking saves from keeper Billie Hancock kept South Bucks in front, player of the match was awarded to Divya Panwar.
Ive added: “The ladies have had a difficult season. They are mainly teenagers with three adult players, of whom one got pregnant and two got injured, so beating Maidenhead was a great result.”
South Bucks Hockey Club’s James Fenton in action against Oxford Hawks