Posted 28 May 2013
As the end of the academic year approaches, members of the Harper Adams Hockey Club are taking time to reflect on what has been an eventful and prosperous season.
The club has gone from strength to strength both on and off the pitch, with a host of successes throughout the year. The season concluded with the Ladies 2nds team finishing second in the league, and the Ladies 1sts finishing third in the league.
A particular highlight for the firsts, captained by Rosie Rowsell, was winning 17-0 against Warwick University in the Midlands Conference Cup, where the team reached the quarter finals.
Despite a shaky start for the 2nds, captained by Emily Crisp, they completed the season in style by beating Worcester 11-0 - their fifth consecutive win.
Both Men's teams played well all year, although will be relegated.
21-year-old REALM student, Emily, from Dereham, Norfolk, said: “Aside from our performance on the pitch, the club has become very close knit, with lots of mixed socials and new friends made.
“We even introduced our very own Harper Adams Hockey Club onesies and some of the girls were lucky enough to go on tour to Salou in Spain at Easter, playing in a tournament with universities from all over the UK.
“We’re really looking forward to the next season with the executive working hard to ensure improvements are made and as many new students and returning placement students sign up as possible.
“Our kit was sponsored by Kuhn so we would like to thank them for the support.”
The club trains in squads to help cater for all abilities, with membership open to anyone, regardless of experience.
One-to-one coaching is also offered to help members to improve and mixed inter-club matches are scheduled to integrate the different squads.
Training takes place twice a week after lectures on a flood-lit AstroTurf, with coaching from Martin Hall.