With the year drawing to a close it’s time to assess where we are as a club and look to 2014. Half of the Men’s sides have now finished their games for the season and I’m sure will be looking forward to the Christmas break. Let me take this opportunity to give everyone a round-up of where each side are sitting currently.
The Men’s 1st XI have endured some unlucky results so far but having lost just once in their last six games in both league and cup fixtures, they’ll be looking to progress after their winter break and push on from their 5th placed position they’re currently occupying in the Conference East. They’re also enjoying an England Hockey Cup run with the Quarter Finals to be played on the 9th February 2014 away to Old Loughtonians. Please add that date to your diaries and get yourselves over there to support the lads in full voice.
The Men’s 2nd XI currently occupy 9th spot in the London Premier and although results have been a little disappointing for them of late, I know the performances have been improving each week and they’ll be pushing themselves up the table in 2014. The juniors being brought through are showing signs of great improvement as they come to terms with their new level.
On the subject of juniors, the Men’s 3rd XI are on the up. The club’s young sides league position of 10th shows how tight their division is with just 4 points separating the bottom side with 5th. The number of away games they’ve had to play so far has been a huge factor and I know they’ll be looking to pick up back to back wins on the return home fixtures in the new year.
The Men’s 4th XI have finished the year on a bit of a low, poor availability meaning they’ve picked up just 1 point from their final 4 games but still see themselves sitting mid-table and on the top four chase. The juniors coming through have proved they are more than capable of the step up and continue to be ever present in the side.
The Men’s 5th XI have adjusted well in their new division, currently sitting 4th, having won promotion comfortably last year. Goals seem to be flowing comfortably for the guys with one of the best records in the division.
The Men’s 6th XI have endured some tough Saturday’s so far this year but with a new skipper taking control of the side they’re looking to fire themselves back up the table. With one game left before the break they’ll certainly be looking to continue on from the fantastic away win of this week.
As our newest side, added this season, the Men’s 7th XI, are building nicely. The mix of youth and experience has adapted and are currently sitting 4th and with games in hand of those around them. They’re hoping to push on, currently just 3 points off of second spot.
Our Men’s Vets are currently struggling slightly at the foot of the table but with such strong opposition in the division they’re in they’ve given a good account of themselves. The lack of players has caused some struggles but they’re just 3 points from safety and will be hopeful of pulling themselves up the table.
The Ravens are sitting comfortably in mid table, some great wins and performances on the road see them just 3 points from the top of the table.