Hockey has enjoyed its busiest ever term at OSH, with a full fixture programme across 1st XI, U15s and U14s age groups.
Our U14s were all new starters to hockey in September and, after a half term of learning the game and its rules, have been playing fixtures pretty much every week since. Though that elusive first victory has yet to be achieved, the performances and results are improving week on week. Will Kay is captaining the side and shows great promise in the middle of the park. Alex Woodley and Will Edwards have been busy in the heart of the defence whilst Bailey Butcher has shown an impressive work rate up front.
The highlight of our U15s season to date was a 2-1 win, away at Loughborough Grammar School, a game in which the boys played by far their best ever hockey. There has been a gradual improvement throughout the side with Alex Ramsarran, Ed Richardson and Seth Steele all enjoying a strong start to the season. Liam Lorentz particularly, is to be commended for his wonderful enthusiasm and commitment to hockey in school and in matches and he sets a fine example to others.
Our 1st XI has enjoyed wins over Wolverhampton Grammar, KES Stratford, KES Camp Hill, Solihull and Queen Mary’s Schools. The larger part of the squad has been playing at 1st team level for three years now and it’s a delight to see how much every single player has improved in that time. Of course, it helps having the inspirational Dan Dew, playing weekend hockey in the Midlands Premier League, in the side, but this is very much a team effort. Nearly all the side are playing weekend hockey at club level which gives them a strong platform to take hockey into their adult University and working life and secures an aditional friendship group when school days come to an end.
We have even more fixtures planned for the Lent term – so enjoy the Christmas break hockey players!