Old Halesonians Hockey Club had a memorable season-ending weekend with both the
Men’s 1st and 2nd XI being able to celebrate successes.
Following last season’s restructure of the league system, the 1st XI found themselves placed in Warwick Printing Midlands Two. Going into the final weekend, the side were level on points with Olton chasing the final promotion place, with Olton having the advantage of a 4 goal lead in goal difference. Hales were confident though as they travelled to face lowly Khalsa.
However, the hosts made it nervy in the opening stages for Hales and it was clear it
would not be an easy game. Once Hales opened the scoring through Chris Wattley though, the goals started to flow. Captain Cole Hickman scored a hat-trick, Wattley followed up with another tap in and Sam George and Paul Woodall grabbed a goal each. Khalsa pulled two back but the win was secure. A nervy wait brought confirmation that Olton had only drew their game, conceding an equaliser in the final minutes, resulting in promotion for Hales.
They will be back playing in Midlands One next season, the highest division the club has ever been in. Captain Hickman said after the game, “I want to congratulate the lads on a very successful season. It has not been easy, but they can be proud of what they have achieved especially in the second half of this season.”
The 2nd XI have had a fine season in the South West Premier, and had already secured promotion going into their final game at home to also promoted Pershore, either side knowing a win would result in them being crowned champions. Going into the game with an impressive 94 goals scored, Hales showed their class in front of goal as they rattled in a further 5 to come away with a comprehensive 5-1 win. Graham Knight added two to his personal collection making him top scorer for the club this year. Also on the score sheet were Joe Thorn and a brace from Matt Oakley. Captain Josh Thomas said, “I was pleased with such a dominant performance to finish a superb season.” The 2nd XI will play next year in West Midlands Division One.
Elsewhere, the ladies also won 5-1 against Bromsgrove, placing them in 3rd in Division Two of the Worcester leagues. It will be the highest the side have finished in a number of
seasons and with a number of young players coming through the future looks bright.
Any juniors wishing to join the club are invited to come and give the sport a go. Junior
training takes place every Sunday at King Edwards Five Ways school.
More information can be found on the Old Halesonians Hockey Club Facebook page.