New re­cruits as A&C reaps ben­e­fits of Team GB Rio hero­ics

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AMER­SHAM & Chal­font Hockey Club ladies are ben­e­fit­ing from the Olympic feel­good fac­tor, ac­cord­ing to de­fender He­len Brown. The hero­ics of Sam Quek, now of

I’m a Celebrity fame, and her team­mates at Rio 2016 are al­ready pro­vid­ing a legacy of women want­ing to take up the game.

The knock-on ef­fect for Amer­sham & Chiltern has been an in­crease of bod­ies at train­ing scrap­ping for a shirt, which in turn means every­one in pos­ses­sion has to be on their met­tle or risk los­ing their spot.

“One or two of our team may have moved on from last year, but Team GB’s suc­cess has raised in­ter­est in women’s hockey, mean­ing num­bers at train­ing for us have in­creased,” said Brown.

“So there is huge com­pe­ti­tion for places now with no-one re­garded as a given on the team-sheet. The at­ti­tude to­wards train­ing is a highly drilled one be­cause every­one wants to play in the high­est-level team they can, and that dis­ci­pline then trans­fers into a Satur­day match sit­u­a­tion.”

Such com­pe­ti­tion looks to be pay­ing off as, af­ter re­cent back-to back blips, the ladies are back in a win­ning groove, their latest tri­umph a 4-1 win over Oxford 2s in Trys­port Premier One.

Great in­ter­play be­tween lead­ing scorer Alice Keddy and back-from- univer­sity Jess Rues saw the lat­ter put A&C ahead, but the scores were level at the break.

The hosts were dom­i­nant af­ter the in­ter­val, Rues bag­ging a sec­ond with a de­light­ful re­verse-stick shot be­fore Cathy Hol­lies fired home a third and Sarah Wood set up Katie Moore, another univer­sity re­turnee, to add the gloss with num­ber four.

The men’s firsts, mean­while, beat Mid Sus­sex 3-2 in the Vase on Sun­day, af­ter thrash­ing East­cote 2s 7-1 to get back to win­ning ways in MBBO Re­gional Two the previous day. Kevin Haigh scored four, while James Easter, Sam Fer­nan­dez and James McA­teer also net­ted.

Ger­rards Cross men are up to sec­ond in MBBO Three af­ter a 4-3 win over Walling­ford 2s, in which Jamie Bris­tow and An­drew Jenk­ins bagged braces, but a 4-1 home de­feat to Maiden­head 3s means the ladies re­main win­less and bot­tom of Trys­ports Divi­sion One. Two goals from Tom Ja­cobs, and one each from Michael Cox, Tom Crack­nell and Dom Sand­ford, earned South Bucks men a 5-0 win over Marlow 4s in MBBO Five, but the ladies went down 2-0 at home to Oxford Ladies 6s in Trys­ports Divi­sion Five.

PIC­TURE: GE­OFF BROWN

Legacy: Cathy Hol­lies in ac­tion for Amer­sham & Chal­font Ladies

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