So, finally the weather relented, we got some hockey, and what a good day it was. An enormous amount of effort had gone into fielding 4 men's teams, and it paid off with three wins from four.
The Ladies' 1s had had availability issues of their own, and gained a creditable draw with two late goals, while the Ladies' 2s returned to winning ways with an exciting 5-4 victory - one for the supporters, obviously.
The Men's 1st XI played their first hockey for 7 weeks and, after an uninspiring and goalless first half, eventually ran out 4-0 winners at Old Bordenians with some assured hockey. They have two games in hand on the only side above them, Folkestone, who they play at home next week - one to come along and watch!
The Men's 2nds beat Gore Court 9-3, with hat-tricks from Zak Osborn & Ian Tipples, while the 4s also won at home, 3-2 against Old Bordenians.
The only defeat of the day was for the Men's 3rd XI, who lost 5-2 at Canterbury - this was the game for which it had been most difficult to raise a team. We need all players to make a bigger effort to make themselves available, otherwise we are going to find ourselves conceding games.
So, on to next week: Paul will be sending out the availability request shortly, so please respond promptly and endeavour to be around to help out your teammates.
From this season, Russets members are ALL expected to comply with the new Players' Charter, which is set out below - it is a simple set of concepts designed to maximise the enjoyment experienced by club members, opponents and match officials. Payment of your subscription will be taken as your commitment to abide by the Charter.
The club's Disciplinary Committee will deal with any major breaches, so please all practice good habits from the start of the season. More...
The season is now well under way, and all those wishing to play Saturday (senior) hockey are encouraged to attend one or more midweek training sessions, as outlined below.
Tuesdays: from 4th October, 7pm to 8.30pm at the Club Astro, and open to all club members that intend to play Senior hockey on Saturdays.
Wednesdays: up and running weekly, for Ladies only, again 7pm to 8.30pm at the Club Astro.
Wednesdays: up and running weekly, for the Men's Performance Squad, at Bethany School, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
If you have any queries, please contact one of the senior team captains.