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LADIES 2s PROMOTED TO NATIONAL LEAGUE
Our ladies 2s will be playing in the National League Conference West next season after a wonderfully successful 21/22.
After facing the threat relegation in recent years, the 2s have shown an exceptional turn of pace and cannot wait to compete at national league level next season and for many seasons to come!
Back in September, the 2s welcomed both new and familiar faces alike to the team. Notable welcomes go to Bryony Woods, Sophie Pettegree and Annabel Dalby, Frank (Becky Loonan) & Maddie Scott. Thank you also for bringing up the average age and welcome also to our U18 contingent who keep us young at heart!
At the beginning of the season, we set ourselves the goal of finishing the season in the top half of the table. At Christmas, having only lost one game (to eventual league winners Oxford Hawks 2s) and with a couple of goal fests under our belt, it became clear we needed to re-assess, and in a very positive way.
We remained in a ‘Top of The Table Battle' till the final whistle of the final game; and in the end we finished 2nd in the table on 52 points with 16 wins, 4 draws and just 2 losses.
Oxford Hawks 1s finished 3rd in the NL Conference West and this meant that our league winners, Oxford Hawks 2s, could not be promoted to join them. After a flurry of emails and studying of the EH league rules, it was confirmed that the 2nd placing team would be promoted - that’s us!!
It’s not all been plain sailing, the cookie doesn’t always crumble sky-navy-sky. Nonetheless, the 2s are nothing if not a tenacious bunch. More than once taking a couple of years off Chris (and Bryony), we do love a game of 2 halves!
I would personally like to say a huge thank you to the commitment the team has shown. The girls are such a kind and friendly bunch, with a good helping of competitiveness in all the right ways. It’s been an absolute pleasure to captain the team! Also a huge thank you to Sammy for her vice-captainship & warm-up expertise.
I know the entire team would like to join me in thanking Chris, we really couldn’t have done it without you! One last thank you to Brian Cox (not the physicist!) and his wise words. Brian kindly stepped in on match days when Covid struck Chris down.
Finally, and sadly, a farewell to those who leave Reading Hockey Club at the end of the season. Longy (Jess Long), Dunners (Georgia Dunlop) & Georgia Hector, we will miss you loads!
Bring on next season!
Boo (Rebecca Ward)
Ladies' 2 Captain
Could you join this lovely lot?
We are hosting an umpiring course on Sunday 24th April, from 9:00 - 17:00.
If you are interested you need to sign up ASAP before England Hockey open up the course to non Reading Hockey Club members. Spaces are limited.
Want to improve your understanding of the rules of hockey? Want to help your team mates and the club?
We urgently need more players, parents and supporters of the club to become qualified umpires.
For more information and the sign up link, check out your Pitchero emails from 28th March or you can find it in a recent post our Facebook Members’ Group.
Please contact email Anna on [email protected] or Liz on [email protected] if you have any questions.
It’s not too late to get your tickets for the end of season part this Saturday!!
Join us from 19.00 and celebrate the season and our Men & Women 1s promotion back to the National Premier League 🏆
Dress code - Black Tie, Suits and Party Dress.
Full information and tickets available on the RHC website shop.
Oxford Hawks Men 2-4 Reading Men: Premier League promotion secured for Reading - Reading Today Online Reading Men can look forward to life in the Premier League after they secured promotion with an away win at Oxford Hawks.
@readinghockeyclub ladies' 2s have secured promotion into @englandhockey National Conference League with their second place finish in the @southcentralhockey_ Prem Div 1.
@oxfordhawks 2s took the title but can't be promoted as their 1st team is already in the Conference League.
Congratulations to all the players, and coaching and support staff on an a fantastic achievement and hard work this season.
Congratulations to the women’s 1s on winning the @englandhockey Div 1 South and securing promotion to the premier league next season. Amazing work from players & coaching and support teams. Well done everyone.
Celebrating 40 years of ladies hockey at Reading Hockey Club, our current ladies' first team captain and a founding member of the ladies section. 🎉🏑
Todays, our Ladies 1s manager, Richard Dixon will be interviewed by Tim Dellor live on Radio Berkshire starting at about 6.40pm. Tune In! 🏑🎤💙
LADIES 1S PROMOTED TO PREM!
Our Ladies 1s have secured promotion to the premier division next year with a game in hand.
We have had a 5 year break out of premier division hockey, and the push for promotion has been building significantly for the past 3 years. 2 seasons ago we finished second, last season we were comfortable at the top of the table before the league was null and voided due to Covid - and this year we have done it!
We have had 23 players play in the 1s throughout the season including 9 debuts. Everyone involved throughout this process has made massive contributions to us achieving promotion.
We set a goal at the start of the season that this was the year that we were getting promoted. We found ourselves 5 points behind top of the league heading into the Christmas break, which was a slightly disappointing place to be. However our post Christmas record has been great with - 6 wins and 2 draws. These results alongside others have meant we leapfrogged into the lead and are now comfortably 5 points ahead with 1 game to go.
A big moment in the season was our game against Sevenoaks at home. We were tied on points heading into this game with the outcome deciding the new leader in the table. We had a fantastic crowd down that day who made it an amazing atmosphere to play in. It was an exciting game of hockey (hopefully for the spectators as well), we built throughout the game, were dominant throughout and played some lovely hockey on the way to a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Mia Moore.
Huge thank you to the team behind the team: Martin Schouten (Head coach), Richard Dixon (Manager) and the team at OnePhysio who have supported us week in week out!
Thank you very much to everyone that has come down to support us both home and away throughout the season - your support has been awesome and much appreciated by us all.
Our final game is this Saturday 2nd April vs Wimbledon, 2pm at home. It would be great to have a crowd down to support the game and join us to celebrate our promotion in the club house afterwards. As always any support is hugely appreciated by the team!
Lucie & the team
Join us for the end of season party from 19:00 on Saturday 9th April. Dress code - Black Tie and Party Dress. Full information and tickets available on the RHC website shop.
Game Day!! 💪🏼
Here is todays squad to face Southgate under the lights this evening 👊🏼
Back at The Lane!!
The men made it back to back wins last weekend and go into the final 3 games of the season with a 2 point lead at the top of the table. 3 big games to go the first being back at home this Saturday evening as they welcome @southgatehockeyclub to The Lane!
🛎 v 🔴
🗓 Saturday 19th March
🏟 Sonning Lane
Get down to the lane tomorrow and support the boys as they push for promotion. All support is greatly appreciated by the team 💙
Back on the road!!
The run continues and another fantastic 3 points last weekend as our ladies push for premier league promotion!
They make the short trip east along the M4 this weekend as they face 3rd placed @slough_hc!
⚫️🟣 v 🛎
🗓 Saturday 19th March
🏟 Slough Hockey Club
If you fancy a short trip to support the girls as they look for promotion to the Premier League. All support will be appreciated by the team 💙
A couple of dates for your diaries for the end of the season 🗓
Game Day!! 💪🏼
Here is todays squad to face Sevenoaks this afternoon 👊🏼
One the road again!!
An all important 3 points in the road last weekend for the men as they go back to winning ways. Another trip on the road awaits today as they travel to @sevenoakshc looking to maintain their position at the top of the league!
🐿 v 🛎
🗓 Sunday 13th March
🏟 Holly Bush Lane
Wish the boys luck and if you’re in the area pop down and support the boys 💙
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