The Ladies' losing start to the season continued, with goals from Helen Vesma & Charlotte Dodds in a 5-2 defeat to the league leaders.
Russets' men's final friendly fixtures were a stern challenge, with 'taking the positives' the order of the day rather than a celebration of sound victories.
The 2nd XI faced a strong and pacy Anchorians 1st XI, losing 7-4 in an exciting match played in a sporting manner. The strength in depth looks good for the new season, with most people now having dusted off the cobwebs, and there was much optimism to be drawn from the combative nature of the performance.
A well-balanced 3rd XI exercised great control in beating the 4th XI 7-0, keeping the ball very well and scoring some good goals. On the flip side, the 4th XI battled very well and showed that their defensive organisation is in good shape for the season ahead.
The 5th XI lost 2-1 to Crowborough, missing many chances before finally registering in the final move of the match. With introductions now complete, the focus will be on establishing a rhythm over the opening weeks of the league season.
Weekly hockey training will start on Tuesday 2nd September at the club's astro, from 7pm to 8.30, with the bar being open to re-hydrate and socialize afterwards. Club training is open to senior players and those youngsters intending to play senior hockey.
Please bring a spare shirt, so that we can easily organize two balanced teams - white &/or yellow and a dark shirt. Also feel free to bring along anyone you know who might be interested in joining us for the new season.