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Ash­ford Hockey Club are to ben­e­fit from a lu­cra­tive two-year kit spon­sor­ship deal with Chil­ham-based Au­to­quip.

It’s a real fam­ily af­fair with the com­pany co-owner Brian Davis be­ing father of the club’s first team player Ben.

The launch took place at Ball Lane on Satur­day, at a lunch hosted by pres­i­dent Ge­off Play­ford with Davis Snr the prin­ci­pal guest af­ter the an­nounce­ment was de­layed last month due to de­liv­ery prob­lems.

Club chair­man Paul Daw­son said: “The sup­port from Au­to­quip is gen­er­ous and has helped the club to pro­vide a new kit for six men’s and three ladies’ teams.

Skip­per Sam Han­d­ley said: Black­heath .. 15 11 3 1 62 32 36 Gore Crt ....... 15 9 2 4 63 45 29 Old Bord ....... 15 8 3 4 53 35 27 S’oaks 2 ....... 15 7 4 4 42 32 25 Ash­ford ........ 15 7 4 4 39 35 25 Tun Wells ..... 15 7 2 6 40 33 23 Burnt Ash ..... 14 6 2 6 37 38 20 Folke­stone ... 14 6 1 7 36 36 19 Maid­stone .... 15 4 5 6 36 36 17 Craw­ley ....... 15 5 1 9 40 49 16 Can Pil­grims . 15 3 1 11 24 58 10 Mar­den R...... 13 1 0 12 21 64 3.

Ash­ford 2 Craw­ley 1, Burnt Ash 1 Mar­den Rus­sets 1, Old Bor­de­ni­ans 5 Folke­stone 1, Sevenoaks 2nds 1 Gore Court 3, Tun­bridge Wells 1 Black­heath & OE 2.

Black­heath & OE v Ash­ford, Craw­ley v Gore Court, Folke­stone v Can­ter­bury [3] Pil­grims, Maid­stone v Burnt Ash, Mar­den Rus­sets v Tun­bridge Wells, Old Bor­de­ni­ans v Sevenoaks 2nds. Cliftonville .... 15 11 2 2 56 32 35 BBHC ........... 15 11 2 2 41 17 35 New Becc ..... 15 9 5 1 47 29 32 U of Kent ...... 15 8 2 5 40 43 26 Black­hth 2 ... 15 6 4 5 35 33 22 Old Bord 2 .... 15 6 4 5 37 38 22 Cant 4........... 15 6 2 7 44 45 20 Burnt Ash 2... 15 4 4 7 37 36 16 Ash­ford 2 ...... 15 4 2 9 35 47 14 Mar­den R 2... 15 3 4 8 35 51 13 S’oaks 3 ....... 14 2 2 10 27 45 8 Maid­stone 2.. 14 2 1 11 35 53 7

BBHC 2 N Bec­ce­hami­ans 0, Black­heath & OE 2nds 3 Cliftonville 4, Can­ter­bury [5] 4ths 3 Sevenoaks 3rds 0, Maid­stone 2nds 3 O Bor­de­nian 2nds 4, Mar­den Rus­sets 2nds 3 Burnt Ash 2nds 3, U of Kent 1 Ash­ford 2nds 1.

Ash­ford 2nds v Can­ter­bury [5] 4ths, Burnt Ash 2nds v BBHC, Cliftonville v Mar­den Rus­sets 2nds, New Bec­ce­hami­ans v Old Bor­de­ni­ans 2nds, Sevenoaks 3rds v Black­heath & OE 2nds, Univer­sity of Kent v “The club is all about the fam­ily. It was a great day at the week­end and epit­o­mised what our ethos is all about.”

Re­splen­dent in the new kit, Ash­ford men’s 1sts recorded their first win since the Christ­mas and new year break with a 2-1 win over Craw­ley.

Matt Reeve and Han­d­ley were the scor­ers in a game pre­ceded by a team break­fast and bond­ing ses­sion.

The 2nds drew 1-1 at Univer­sity of Kent in Kent 1, while the thirds lost 3-2 at Hol­combe 5ths.

Ash­ford ladies drew 2-2 at East Lon­don in the East Women’s League Divi­sion 2 South East.

The 2nds beat Bec­ce­hamian Kent 1. F’stone 2....... 13 11 2 0 45 16 35 Hol­cmbe 2a .. 14 11 2 1 42 14 35 Herne Bay .... 14 6 5 3 34 27 23 Gore Crt 2 ..... 13 7 1 5 35 30 22 Tun Wells 2 ... 14 6 2 6 28 29 20 Hol­combe 3 .. 14 5 3 6 25 24 18 Cant Millers .. 13 5 2 6 27 29 17 Old Will 2 ...... 14 5 2 7 28 34 17 Ash­ford 3 ...... 13 5 0 8 37 48 15 Black­hth 3 .... 12 1 4 7 23 33 7 Old Bord 3 .... 14 0 1 13 29 69 1

Folke­stone 2nds 3 Can­ter­bury [6] Millers 0, Gore Court 2nds 0 Old Wil­liamso­ni­ans 2nds 2, Herne Bay 2 Hol­combe [4] 2a 2, Hol­combe [5] 3rds 3 Ash­ford 3rds 2, Old Bor­de­ni­ans 3rds 4 Tun­bridge Wells 2nds 5.

Black­heath & OE 3rds v Folke­stone 2nds, Can­ter­bury [6] Millers v Ash­ford 3rds, Gore Court 2nds v Hol­combe [5] 3rds, Hol­combe [4] 2a v Old Bor­de­ni­ans 3rds, Old Wil­liamso­ni­ans 2nds v Herne Bay. U of Kent 2.... 14 10 2 2 47 26 32 Sut­ton Val 2 .. 14 10 1 3 52 25 31 Deal .............. 14 9 3 2 67 33 30 Gore Crt 3 ..... 15 9 2 4 44 35 29 S’oaks Shad . 14 8 1 5 37 26 25 BromBeck 5.. 15 6 4 5 42 37 22 BBHC 2 ......... 15 6 3 6 35 43 21 F’stone O 3 ... 15 6 1 8 32 35 19 Gill Anchs 2... 15 5 1 9 39 46 16 B Ash 3 ......... 14 3 4 7 22 37 13 S’oaks 4 ....... 15 1 3 11 25 63 6 Ash­ford 4 ...... 14 1 1 12 21 57 4

Sevenoaks 4ths 0 Sut­ton Va­lence 2’nds 5, Deal 3 Brom­ley and Beck­en­ham 5ths 3, Ash­ford 4ths 5 Bex­ley­heath & Belvedere 2nds 0, Sevenoaks Shad­ows 3 Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans 2nds 0, Burnt Ash (Bex­ley) 3rds 2 Folke­stone Op­ti­mist 3rds 0, Gore Court 3rds 2 U of Kent 2nds 5.

Sut­ton Va­lence 2nds v Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans 2nds, Folke­stone Op­ti­mist 3rds v Sevenoaks 4ths, Sevenoaks Shad­ows v Univer­sity

New 3-1 in of Kent 2nds, Brom­ley and Beck­en­ham 5ths v Burnt Ash (Bex­ley) 3rds, Bex­ley­heath & Belvedere 2nds v Deal, Ash­ford 4ths v Gore Court 3rds. Deal 2 ........... 12 10 1 1 47 7 31 New Becc 3 .. 11 7 2 2 25 15 23 Graveshm 2 .. 11 7 1 3 31 13 22 Black­hth 5 .... 10 6 2 2 29 14 20 Ash­frd Crus... 11 5 2 4 36 26 17 Mar­den R 5... 12 3 2 7 20 32 11 Gore Crt 6 ..... 10 2 1 7 15 35 7 Old Bord 5 .... 11 2 1 8 12 46 7 Hol­cmbe 5A .. 10 1 0 9 8 35 3

Ash­ford Cru­saders 0 Deal 2nds 0, Mar­den Rus­sets 5ths 4 Gore Court 6ths 4, Grave­sham & Well­come 2nds 1 New Bec­ce­hamian 3rds 2, Old Bor­de­nian 5ths 0 Black­heath and OEs 5ths 5.

Gore Court 6ths v O Bor­de­nian 5ths, Black­heath & OEs 5ths v Grave­sham & Well­come 2nds, N Bec­ce­hamian 3rds v Ash­ford Cru­saders. F’stone O 7 ... 14 9 2 3 53 37 29 Hol­combe 6 .. 13 9 1 3 39 18 28 Cob­down 2 ... 13 8 2 3 19 16 26 Herne Bay 4 .. 14 8 1 5 34 23 25 Black­hth D .... 12 8 0 4 27 8 24 Sut­ton Val 4 .. 13 7 3 3 30 16 24 B Ash 7 ......... 14 5 0 9 21 36 15 New Becc 4 .. 13 4 2 7 21 34 14 Maid­stone 6.. 12 3 1 8 29 42 10 Ash­ford 6 ...... 14 3 0 11 25 57 -32 Grave­sham ... 14 1 4 9 14 25 7

Cob­down 2nds 5 Ash­ford 6ths 1, Burnt Ash (Bex­ley) 7ths 0 Herne Bay 4ths 2, Hol­combe 6ths 4 Folke­stone Op­ti­mist 7ths 6, Black­heath and OEs Dy­namos 3 Sut­ton Va­lence 4ths 1, New Bec­ce­hamian 4ths 1 Grave­sham & Well­come Uni­corns 1.

Sut­ton Va­lence 4ths v Maid­stone 6ths, Ash­ford 6ths v Hol­combe 6ths, Cob­down 2nds v Burnt Ash (Bex­ley) 7ths, Grave­sham & Well­come Uni­corns v Black­heath and OEs Dy­namos, Folke­stone Op­ti­mist

PWD L F A Ps BromBeck 2.. 17 12 3 2 41 17 39 Haver­ing ...... 17 10 3 4 34 22 33 Black­heath ... 17 10 2 5 35 19 32 Wap­ping 2 .... 16 9 4 3 51 18 31 B Ash ........... 16 9 4 3 32 16 31 Cant 2A ........ 17 9 4 4 42 31 28 Ash­ford ........ 17 7 5 5 38 22 26 E Lon­don ..... 16 6 4 6 30 19 22 Tun Wells 2 ... 17 5 2 10 26 38 17 Red­bridge .... 17 2 2 13 18 55 8 BBHC ........... 17 1 4 12 26 61 7 Thur­rock ...... 16 1 1 14 15 70 4

Brom & Becks 2nds 2 Tun­bridge Wells 2nds 0, Burnt Ash 3 Black­heath OE 1, Red­bridge & Il­ford 1 BBHC 3, East Lon­don 2 Ash­ford 2, Haver­ing 1 Wap­ping 2nds 1, Thur­rock 3 Can­ter­bury 2A 6.

BBHC v Thur­rock, Black­heath OE v Red­bridge & Il­ford, Tun­bridge Wells 2nds v Burnt Ash, Ash­ford v Brom & Becks 2nds, Can­ter­bury 2A v Haver­ing, Wap­ping 2nds v East Lon­don. F’stone O 2 ... 17 13 2 2 48 22 41 Mar­den R...... 16 12 3 1 46 20 39 Herne Bay ..... 17 9 2 6 43 29 29 Ash­ford 2 ...... 16 8 4 4 35 26 27 Hol­combe 2 .. 17 8 4 5 35 19 25 Tun Wells 3 ... 17 6 4 7 25 23 22 BromBeck 3.. 17 6 4 7 28 27 22 BBHC 2 ......... 17 5 4 8 32 39 19 S’oaks Acrn .. 17 5 4 8 35 39 18 New Becc ..... 17 5 2 10 16 39 17 Black­hth 2 .... 16 5 1 10 19 32 16 Ash­ford 3 ...... 16 0 2 14 11 58 1

Hol­combe 2nds 3 Folke­stone Op­ti­mist 2nds 3, Tun­bridge Wells 3rds 3 Black­heath and OEs 2nds 1, Sevenoaks Acorns 0 Brom­ley and Beck­en­ham 3rds 1, Ash­ford 2nds 3 New Bec­ce­hamian 1, Bex­ley­heath & Belvedere 2nds 5 Ash­ford 3rds 0, Herne Bay 1 Mar­den Rus­sets 2.

Mar­den Rus­sets v Black­heath and OEs 2nds. Kent gained re­venge in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Lib­erty Tro­phy by de­feat­ing the county who had beaten them at the same stage last year. They pro­gressed to the last four on Satur­day with a 138-104 win against Dorset, a match played at Vic­tory In­door Bowls Club in Portsmouth. The first half saw Kent hold on to an early lead but as the match pro­gressed, Dorset went ahead and gained a 15-shot ad­van­tage. How­ever, Kent fought back to claim the win and a earn a home semi­fi­nal show­down against Northamp­ton­shire on Satur­day, March 12. Early in the quar­ter­fi­nal, ad­van­tages on Ian Hon­nor’s, Andy Thom­son’s and Shaun McCaughan’s rinks off­set the other three rinks be­ing down but in the end there were great come­backs es­pe­cially on Marc McCaughan’s rink as they re­cov­ered from 18-4 down to even­tu­ally win 23-22. M. Bint (Swale), S. Coyle (Swale), M. Cheese­man (Cyphers) and I. Hon­nor (Swale) 22 P. Ward (Dorset) 21; P. Har­ris (An­gel), L. Har­ris (Cyphers), A. Rodger (Swale) and M. John­son (Swale) 22 C. Foun­tain (Dorset) 21; M. Fisher (Folke­stone), Lee Shoo­bridge (Swale), P. Bar­ni­cott (Swale) and D. Han­more (An­gel) 18 B. Pauley (Dorset) 16; C. Mor­ris (Swale), J. Kelly (Oys­ter), T. Monk (Cyphers) and S. McCaughan (Folke­stone) 25 B. Patterson (Dorset) 13; K. Moss (Thanet), A. Evans (Mote Park), A. McCaughan and M. McCaughan (both Folke­stone) 23 N. Voss (Dorset) 22; P. Field (Cyphers), D. Holmes (Folke­stone), R. Ken­drick (Swale) and A. Thom­son (Cyphers) 28; D. Nut­man (Dorset) 11.

Ash­ford IBC men’s team were un­able to repli­cate the suc­cess of their home Kent League match against Prince Arthur. On home soil Ash­ford had tri­umphed on all six rinks but at Gilling­ham, it was Prince Arthur who came out on top, 143-84. Ash­ford ladies were beaten 142-93 by Folke­stone in the Kent League. The high­est win­ning rink for Ash­ford was the four of Gill Hawkes, Ann Rut­land, Chris Breeds and Au­drey Blythe, who won 27-13. Mean­while, the Army lifted the In­ter­ser­vice Tro­phy, a com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing three teams of ex-ser­vice men and women. Each team con­sisted of eight Ash­ford IBC mem­bers. Hon­ours have been shared since the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan in 2013, with each ser­vice pre­vi­ously win­ning once. This time the Army came out on top with 11 points (104 shots), the Royal Navy were se­cond with nine points (87) and the RAF third with four points (80). The Army’s non-play­ing cap­tain, Belinda Wil­liams, re­ceived the tro­phy from sec­re­tary of the board Jill Howard. In a changed for­mat, where each player played in two games of three wood pairs, all six rinks were used, in­creas­ing the in­volve­ment of play­ers.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4207014 Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4206953; FM4206987, below

Club chair­man Paul Daw­son with spon­sor Au­to­quip’s Brian Davis

Ash­ford ladies’ 2nds take on New Bec­ce­hamian. Below, Ash­ford men’s 1sts in their

new kit

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