After exams, exams and more exams it’s been a welcome return to all things hockey! Having stuttered at the start of the month with a loss and a draw, we really needed to win our last two matches to have a chance of sneaking into the playoffs and qualify for Investec Finals Weekend on 21 April.
After a fairly straightforward win against Slough we had to play Canterbury in our final match who were top of the league and needed a win themselves to clinch the league title. Tense does not come close and it was made all the more dramatic with snow coming down throughout the match. Leading 2-1, the last ten minutes were pretty nerve-wracking but we managed to hold on and are all absolutely thrilled to have made the playoffs and can’t wait for a fantastic weekend of hockey (come and watch us!) - get your tickets here!!
It was such a great advert for amateur sport with loads of fans enjoying the drama, despite the weather, and supporting their teams. Obviously for all our joy we couldn’t help feel for Canterbury who were visibly distraught by losing out on the title at the final hurdle.
Amateur sport is something to be treasured but we do of course rely on the goodwill and kindness of the public to exist. We’re currently trying to upgrade one of our two pitches from sand based (slow and knee shredding!) to water based (quick and soft!) and are running a brilliant online auction to try and raise some funds with great prizes such as Beyonce tickets at the O2, amazing signed kit and tickets from different sports and loads of other things suitable for all budgets! If you did get a chance to donate I’d be extremely grateful - www.surbitonhc.com
GB are back into the fulltime programme now although I’m still only involved part-time with my studying and it won’t be until my next round of exams are over on 23rd May that I’ll be involved fulltime again. I’m quite jealous of the girls all being back at Bisham on a daily basis but studying will have to take priority for a while.
Aside from that it’s been so cold that when I haven’t been playing hockey I’ve been hiding inside although I did get out at the weekend to watch Saracens thump Ulster at Twickenham in the Heineken Cup. It was a shame the other English sides didn’t get through but I can’t wait to see my sporting idol, Jonny Wilkinson, back at Twickenham – will do all I can to get to the game! Having said that it’s likely to be a confusing afternoon wanting Jonny to miss kicks but whatever happens, surely he’s good for a Lions spot Mr. Gatland!
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