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1s are Mens Premier Division Champions & will play in Europe!
Congratulations to our winning team and their support crew. What a fantastic weekend - beating Surbiton on Saturday in the semi final and then East Grinstead today with an amazing 8-3 win. Thanks go to all our supporters who have been with us come rain or shine and to all our sponsors.
This has been a dream which has been in the minds of our lead members for some time, as Brian Hanlon tweeted: "Creedy, remember when I told you that if you built it, they would come? What happened today was because of what you built".
Full weekend report from Peter Marsden:
Semi final: Wimbledon 2 Surbiton 0 Final: Wimbledon 8 East Grinstead 5
Wimbledon hockey club are now the second largest hockey club in GB and the mens team are the National Champions. A great team performance and everyone involved, staff, sponsors, members, volunteers and players, deserve a huge pat on the back!
In 2006/7 the mens first team were last in the Hampshire/Surrey Premier Division 2. In 2015 they are officially the best team in the country and representing England in Europe. That’s a staggering journey and shows what can be achieved with ambition, talent and hard work.
In the finals weekend at the Olympic Park, Wimbledon’s first obstacle was to overcome local rivals Surbiton in the semi final. On a sunny afternoon in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, the hockey was at times nervous and tense. The matches were in the European format of four seventeen and a half minute quarters. Into the final quarter, the game was still locked with both sides having had chances and both keepers, Kettle for Surbiton and Bailey for Wimbledon, having outstanding performances.
The breakthrough came on 57 minutes. Wimbledon had been edging ahead on chances and won a short corner. Up stepped 18 year old Blake Govers to shudder the back board. Surbiton tried to come back, Wimledon remained solid in defence and the best chances were at the other end. Stephen Ebbers clinched it on 69 minutes with a finely taken flick from an angle as Wimbledon continued to press.
This was a great all round team performance with James Bailey outstanding in goal.
Sunday saw blue skies, sunshine and excitement. The season had come to a head with the game against all conquering East Grinstead(EG). Within 3 minutes they were off to a flier as Great Britain star Ashley Jackson put them ahead as the ball scuttled around the Wimbledon D. Oh dear! Was this going to be one of those days? Wimbledon shrugged, came back and after 6 minutes were back level as Blake Govers got the first of his five goals. His short corner was stopped but he converted the rebound.
East Grinstead were pressing and the Wimbledon defence defended several short corners until they got another of their own on seventeen minutes. This time Govers scored directly though the keeper did get a hand to it. On 17 minutes Ben Hawes slanted a great long ball towards the EG goal and 18 year old Jack Waller deftly deflected it into the far corner for a great third goal. 3-1 to Wimbledon and could this be their day? EG had their own ideas and came right back with goals in the 23rd and 33rd minutes. Half time and the scores were level at 3-3.
This Wimbledon side have mettle. In the third quarter they came out fighting and overwhelmed EG. Wimbledon thought they might have had a penalty stroke as Waller was impeded but the resulting short corner was saved. However James Osborn, despite playing with a facial injury from Saturday, won a second and Govers again performed. 4-3. Next it was the turn of Ali Brogdon who had always looked dangerous. In trade mark fashion, he outpaced the EG defenders, scorched into the D and slammed the ball home. 5-3! EG looked shocked and were even more on the back foot as Govers scored from yet another short corner to make it 6-3 at the end of the quarter.
The anticipation in the final quarter was that this was still not all over. EG are an outstanding side but it was Wimbledon who came out flying. A brilliant long ball from Hawes on 54 minutes found Phil Ball who finished in great style to make it 7-3 and then just to make sure, Govers added another four minutes later. At 8-3 Wimbledon were coasting.
EG came back and scored two consolation short corner goals from Ashley Jackson in the 64 and 66 minutes but by then it was all over.
This was an outstanding squad performance from a Wimbledon side who have so much going for them, Well coached and organised with a great work ethic, they have flare and talent in abundance. And one must not forget the age profile. You have two very experienced Olympians in Ben Hawes and Ben Marsden, steadying the ship, a clutch of enormously talented internationals in the driving room backed up by great team men such as Tom Millington and Tejinder Hanspal. Add to that the exuberance of youth. Let’s not forget that 6 of the goals in the final were scored by 18 year olds.
A word about those who often go unmentioned. Well done to England Hockey for organising the event and venue and for selecting the umpires who were outstanding, Finally, a very special thanks to the Wimbledon supporters, who were first class.
For everyone who has been involved, a wonderful achievement ...........a day to remember.
Squad: Bailey(GK), Millington (GK), Woods, Osborn, Marsden, Hawes(Capt), Hoare, Weir, Cerulus, Ball, , Brogdon, Roper, Sloan, Kinder, Ebbers, Farrant, Govers, Hanspal, Waller, Gregg
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