Boys' Hockey 2002/03

Events and Results

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1st XI Captain: Jeremy Harris P

E Devon College W 7-0 Aaron White x3, Matt Lancelles x2, Mark Lloyd, Jeremy Harris
Torquay Boys Gr' L 2-4 Aaron White, Matt Lancelles
West Buckland W 4-0 Tom Dorse, Aaron White x2, Matt Lancelles
Wellington L 0-3  
Queen's Taunton D 1-1 Aaron White
Kelly College L 0-1  
Exeter College W 3-0 Jeremy Harris, Aaron White, Matt Lancelles
Clifton College L2-4 Aaron White, Michael Sole
Old Blundellians W 3-2 Matt Lancelles x2, Aaron White
Exeter School L 1-8 Jeremy Harris

This season was similar to the previous one. The squad had changed very little apart from one or two of the young stars beginning to prove themselves, in particular Mark Lloyd and Harry Jones showed great potentail. The enjoyment of hockey was retained throughout the season and a spirit mixed with grit and determination proved to be the formula for most of the matches.

The first match was a convincing defeat of E Devon College with Matt Lancelles and Aaron White a formidable pair up front. Next followed a hard game where we narrowly lost to Torquay Boys Grammar but it highlighted both our strengths (spirit and work-rate) and weaknesses (defence!). A good victory over West Buckland was a useful morale booster, but the effect was reversed after a less inspiring performance against Wellington. We then enjoyed close and competitive games against Kelly and Queen's Taunton. Then came an interesting first for many players, namely playing on a water-based astro, where we played some of our best hockey to defeat Exeter College. The game against Clifton was, as usual, hard fought but again we lost in the final quarter of the game. The OB game provided some light relief and a welcome victory for youth over experience. The season ended with a much weakened side having an 'interesting' time against Exeter School!

The team thanks Mr Swain for another term of excellent coaching and Mr D-G for his own inimitable brand of team management. Jeremy Harris

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