Warrington power couple fire up Oaks
SUNDAY evenings in the Warrington household can be pretty polarising, with both of Sevenoaks’ first-team captains living under the same roof.
During the hockey season, Tim and Katy Warrington become the club’s power couple, leading the men’s and women’s teams respectively in their assault on the National League.
And while each knows to avoid the other around the house if their side is not on the right side of the result, Katy insists their shared responsibility is bearing fruit for the club.
Sevenoaks’ men have qualified for the promotion play-offs later this month at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre – where they will face off with Canterbury, Durham University and Team Bath Buccaneers for two spots in the Premier Division – after topping the Conference East for the first time during Tim’s tenure.
It has been a remarkable rise for Tim and co, only returning to the National League at the beginning of last season after four years in the wilderness, following relegation at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.
A brilliant run to finals day in the indoor competition has capped off a thrilling season for Sevenoaks’ men, and while Katy will not be joining her husband at the Lee Valley showcase – with the ladies’ side edged into second in Conference West by Wimbledon – she hopes she has picked up some of his leadership abilities.
“To have two National League hockey captains is quite rare in a couple I think,” she said. “I have seen Tim take on the captaincy from all the time that we have been together; I have seen all the ups and downs of the job, as he has been relegated, promoted, and now he is in the play-offs.
“He used to get a lot of cards, so I try not to emulate his captaincy in that way! But he has been quick to remind me that I have had more cards than him this season.
“But I have scored more goals than he has, which is the tally that matters!
“He is really good at linking up with his players during the week, and acts as a brilliant sounding board for tactics and things.
“So I think his leadership style is really good and I have tried to pick that up from him – they have had a great season.”
Katy only joined her husband in the role of skipper at the start of this season, while Tim has undertaken the job now for six years.
And while most couples might struggle with one partner committing all their spare time to their hockey club, she admits it helps that they both understand what the other is going through.
She added: “The previous captain had to go in for knee surgery, and I was vice-captain at the time.
“I was happy to step in and got the backing of the girls which was good, and have been doing the job since.
“We have been married for two years now and our garage is full of hockey kit. It is good that we both understand why our cars are so completely crammed full of hockey stuff !”
Winner: Sevenoaks skipper Tim Warrington