Review from last season
Last season has been difficult for the Warriors. The previous captain stood down near the outset with the reigns being taken up by the joint venture of Paul Clark, Andy Langton and Sean Brimsmead-Williams. This was the only way to maintain some weekly presence within the team as all of us had other commitments that meant we could not individually offer 100% cover.
The team had to be rebuilt whilst engaging in challenging games in this tough league group. We had the welcome additions of John Swann, Colin Hickey, Simon Manley,Tom Poole. Simon did end up being promoted further up the selection table and Tom Poole suffered a nasty climbing injury, which, following the last report, is expected to keep him out of the coming season as well. However they both added strength to the team at a time when we needed to show that we were making progress. The other two, Colin and John stayed with us for the season and created the new back bone to the team. Both were regarded by all players very highly with Colin making player of the year, John coming a close second but also receiving the new player of the season trophy.
As the matches progressed the Warriors were gaining in strength and skills resulting in several close run games. Our first win turned out to be a 2 edge sword for the club, as it was against our other West Central Division 2 team, the Wizards where we secured a 2-0 victory. The next victory was highly notable and was a 5-3 win over North Somerset A, a title chasing team, the result probably stopping them from being promoted.
Despite the challenges over the season the most noticeable aspect about the Warriors was the team spirit and the effort put in throughout. Rarely did heads drop and for the captains it was a pleasure to have these club members in our squad.
This coming year Paul Clark will stay on as Captain supported by Martin Palmer as Vice Captain. Our objective being to finish in the top four.
My objective is to put the Warriors back on the map and achieve a final position of within the top four of the league table.
We shall continue to enjoy our hockey on and off the field as we have done for many years. I shall be looking for the usual 100% commitment with as many players participating in the weekly training to help keep abreast of what our coach is looking to achieve. The team shall continue to welcome all new players who want to have fun mixed in with a sense of commitment to win.