War­ring­ton power cou­ple fire up Oaks

The Hockey Paper - - INVESTEC WOMEN’S CUP - By Jack Miller

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

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