New recruits as A&C reaps benefits of Team GB Rio heroics
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.
Legacy: Cathy Hollies in action for Amersham & Chalfont Ladies