Masters / Vets
We run an O40s and O50s side – please click on the buttons below to email the captains for each side.
After a break of several years from ‘formal’ competition participation, Westbury O40’s is once again alive and kicking having entered the England Hockey Championships Masters tournament 2017/18. Our plans are to include many of the ‘newer generation’ of Vets players, and ensure that we put out the best side possible for tournaments like this.
We will, however, ensure that any O40 who wishes to play Vet hockey can do through rotating our squad in friendly games and other ‘mini-tournaments’; we already have 3 of these scheduled across the year and aim to arrange more. In true Westbury style, the hockey is the primary focus, but the social side will be an important part of how we run our team.
If you wish to be involved, please get in touch
Masters Championships – Over 50’s match report from 12th November 2017
The Westbury and UB Over 50’s made a welcome return to national hockey on Sunday, heading to Bath University Sports Training Centre for an encounter with Bath Buccaneers.
It was, it has to be said, a rather splendid performance with some great hockey from both teams and Westbury successfully winning a place in the Plate Competition.
Bath were strong, they had at least three substitutes and several guest players (as permitted) from other Clubs. Westbury on the other hand utilised only our home grown talent, just 11 players having lost Tom to an early injury. The defence was awesome, Paxo making heroic saves and our backline keeping the Bath attack at bay. Our midfield was solid and got some great ball to the forwards who had the defence rattled and some near misses.
At half time we were just 1-0 down. We responded almost immediately to an early second half goal from Bath and it was 2-1 for much of the second half. Eventually Bath eventually managed to take advantage of our weary legs with three goals in quick succession. Undeterred we found some last minute energy and the game finished with Westbury strong on the attack once again. The final score, 5-1 to Bath perhaps didn’t quite reflect the balance of play but it was a very enjoyable game.
This is what veterans hockey is all about, a fine group of gentlemen, friendly and hospitable opposition and an excellent pint of ale after the game. Awesome!
Background on Westbury Masters / Vets hockey
Westbury Masters started in 1984 and played in tournaments at Passage Road and at Hereford until 1994. At that time veterans hockey was played by players over 35.
In 2003 the club entered the England Hockey Cup, their first venture at home to Hereford ended in a 3-3 draw, but the match was lost on a penalty stroke shoot-out. However, the club was encouraged by the experience of playing in this competition. Consequently the Over 40s have entered the Cup competition every year and have enjoyed taking part in these knock out cup games. There have been some very good wins particularly when they reached the last 16 of the Plate competition in 2004-05 season.
In 2012-13 the club entered the Over 50s Cup for the first time.
All these games give the club a chance to play teams who include past National League players in strong masters teams. Isca, Robinsons, Bournemouth, Plymouth Marjons all have current regional and national players in their sides and it has been a great experience to match our skills against them on the pitch. Off the pitch we have an excellent social side and entertain opponents at The Vic on Sundays.
Annual friendly matches are also organised with Old Bristolians, whilst Epsom, Blackheath (the oldest hockey club in the world) and Andover have visited Coombe Dingle on tour.
Five current masters players have represented the West in National Divisional Tournaments.
There is a dedicated core of club members who have been the back bone of the masters’ team throughout the last 10 years and more. We look forward to the younger masters players coming into veteran hockey and making an impact on the cup competitions