Marlow Hockey Club’s Girls Under 16 squad gathered last Friday night (March 23) at Marlow Sports Club to celebrate winning the recent National Indoor Championship. The squad of 11 girls, their parents and officials from the Club praised the fantastic support they had been given from coaches and managers Kate Porter, Lottie Porter, Chris Kilminster and Jo Rees.
Joining the celebrations was Marlow’s Mayor Jocelyn Towns who said ‘this is a great achievement for the Girls, they should be very proud of themselves; their success enhances the Town’s already great sporting reputation. They are on the map now as they follow the footsteps of many of Marlow’s sporting stars; well done, brilliant result!’
The Marlow squad brought together team-mates from five different schools (Great Marlow, Sir William Borlase, Wycombe High, Beaconsfield High and LVS Ascot). They are Mia Lasocki, Molly Griffiths, Ellie Yeomans, Jemima Copeman, Sarah Pearce, Luisa Northing, Helen Windsor, Sophie Bowen Evans, Katie Windsor, Tilly Crampsie, and Flo Braybrooke.
They went to the National finals at Wolverhampton as South of England champions and battled through two days of matches before playing arch rivals from the Midlands Stourport in the final and beating them 2-1.
Coach Kate Porter said ‘I want to thank the girls for allowing me to coach them and to spend one of the best weekends I have had on a hockey pitch with them. They are a very talented group and I was honoured to have the opportunity to coach them’
The girls are part of the successful Hockey Club based at the Sports Club. The Hockey Club has seen marked growth over the last 7 years since the installation of the All-weather pitch and now boasts over 600 members. It is ranked as one of the top 10 Clubs in the UK for its work with young people. This further success at National level will only enhance that position.
Keith Packer, Chairman of the Hockey Club was quick to praise Kate Porter and all the Club’s coaches and volunteers who have helped make Hockey in Marlow so successful. The Hockey Club is part of a Community Club, Marlow Sports Club, which has mirrored the Hockey Club growth and now has over 2500 members covering seven sports.
The fantastic rise in numbers is one of the main reasons the Club is planning their upgrade to the Clubhouse. To provide much needed facilities for female and junior members and greater disability access.