Pucklechurch by name, Winterbourne by nature Local hockey team looks for new players as season looms

October 02 2013
Local hockey team looks for new players as season looms

ALTHOUGH Pucklechurch may be more well-known for its annual beer festival and Her Majesty’s ‘hotel’ it has supported an enthusiastic ladies’ hockey team since 1974, when Dyrham & Hinton club (founded in 1967) changed their name to reflect that they were playing in the village. In the absence of an artificial pitch in Pucklechurch itself, the team calls the Winterbourne International Academy home.

ALTHOUGH Pucklechurch may be more well-known for its annual beer festival and Her Majesty’s ‘hotel’ it has supported an enthusiastic ladies’ hockey team since 1974, when Dyrham & Hinton club (founded in 1967) changed their name to reflect that they were playing in the village. 

In the absence of an artificial pitch in Pucklechurch itself, the team calls the Winterbourne International Academy home. 

Many of the players come from the Winterbourne and Frampton area, and the club is  always welcome new recruits to looking to come and join their “hockey family”.  

Over the summer, they’ve lost a few players through retirement and starting Uni, gained a few returning from Uni and maternity leave, and are always on the lookout for ladies returning to the game or wanting to give it a go for the first time.  

Pucklechurch hockey

The club currently fields one team in the West Clubs Women’s Hockey League Berkeley 2 Division, fill any gaps in the fixtures calendar with friendly games against local sides, and keep things ticking over throughout the summer months by entering a side in the Keynsham Summer League. 

Training has just started for the winter season again on Monday nights at WIA, and pre-season friendlies have just given way to league fixtures. 

After a promising Summer League, things are looking up for 2013/14.  At the end of the 2011/12 Season, the team were promoted to League 1 as part of a league re-structure, and found the step-up quite an eye-opener.

Pucklechurch hockey

Despite putting in some good team performances, and holding their own against some tough opposition, they finished bottom of the table and have returned to League 2 for the coming season. 

With new captain Zoe Hill, and vice captains Lisa Whitehead and Laura Davidge-Lumber at the helm, 8 wins, 2 ties, and only 2 losses in Summer League, things bode well for the new campaign. 

The team were buoyed heading into the new season with a 2-1 away victory against Swindon Ladies 2’s.  Two well-worked team goals, both finished by forward Abby Northam, saw us come from behind in the second half to steal a win against solid opposition.