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Basingstoke Hockey Club build up to new season
8:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Hockey Club kicked off their 2013-14 campaign with a win and a draw in their opening friendlies and an action-packed club open day.
The ladies’ first team signaled their intentions for the season with an emphatic 10-1 win away at Fareham. This strong performance puts the team in a great position as they set themselves an ambitious target to improve on last year’s league position.
The men’s first team opened their season with an away friendly against Trojans, a team firmly placed in the league above.
Trojans took the lead midway through the first half after a defensive mix-up, but Basingstoke quickly struck back with an equaliser. New recruit Dean Record picked up the ball in a fast counter-attack, beating a defender and rounding the ’keeper to open his account for the club.
The second half saw Basingstoke take up a dominant position and take a 3-1 lead. Danny Bowden latched onto Alex Hope’s pass for 2-1, before Graham Lang’s drag-flick secured the third.
The hosts responded with a goal from a penalty corner and another with the last play of the game to snatch a draw. Although a disappointing end to the game, Basingstoke can be happy with a solid performance against strong opposition.
For everyone else, the season kicked off with the club open day. Starting with the juniors and followed by the ladies’ and men’s sessions, the day offered a great chance for new and old players to meet up and dust off their skills.
This season is shaping up to be an exciting one for the club, following on from a fantastic summer.
After running a hugely successful hockey festival, the club ran a number of schemes to get people involved in hockey. The Back2Hockey sessions proved particularly successful, with 32 ladies attending the six-week course and enjoying the opportunity to get back into the sport or try it for the first time. The club is delighted to welcome these new players as they join the ranks of the growing ladies’ section.
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