Town’s new team mak­ing big strides

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - IN­LINE HOCKEY

DUR­ING 2016 a group united by their love of ice and in­line hockey de­cided to start a Mac­cles­field-based team.

Ev­ery week a group of in­di­vid­u­als, ini­tially, started meet­ing at the Multi Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre (MAC) once or twice a week.

The ses­sions were made up of drills, skills and full matches, run by the club’s pas­sion­ate coach, Rod­er­ick Zusker.

As word spread the team grew, new equip­ment was pur­chased and they found a new train­ing fa­cil­ity, at As­tra Zeneca’s Mul­berry’s Cen­tre, which al­lowed the pro­gres­sion to play with pucks rather than balls.

The early stages of 2017 has seen the team go from strength to strength, cul­mi­nat­ing in their first com­pet­i­tive out­ing recently.

The team trav­elled to Mar­ket Dray­ton where they com­peted in the West In­line Hockey C League. Mac­cles­field won their open­ing game 5-4 against Wrexam, were then nar­rowly beaten by Con­nah’s Quay 4-3, and fin­ished in style by beat­ing Lough­bor­ough 4-3 in the dy­ing se­conds.

The results on the day left them in sec­ond place in the league, and they were com­mended for a great start and also their team spirit. A great day was had by all of the play­ers and spec­ta­tors and the club look for­ward to com­pet­ing in the league against teams from across the North of Eng­land.

The group cur­rently meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 9pm till 10pm at Mul­berry’s, and also try to meet for ad­di­tional ses­sions when time per­mits.

A spokesman said: “We are a pas­sion­ate and very wel­com­ing group, we have a well bal­anced group of around 20 play­ers com­pris­ing of males and fe­males aged be­tween 18 and 50.

“The club is are al­ways on the look out for new play­ers of any stan­dard. We ask that any­body who is in­ter­ested in join­ing the team, or who would just like to try in­line hockey for the first time, con­tact the club via our Face­book page.” Team Con­nah’s Quay Mac­cles­field Sal­ford Wrex­ham Lough­bor­ough Crewe Hit­men New­port Knights

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