Marlow Hockey Club’s Boys under 18 squad gathered last Friday 22 June at Marlow Sports Club to celebrate winning the National Outdoor Club Championship. The squad, their parents and officials from the Club praised the fantastic support they had been given from coaches and managers Kate Porter, Kevin Chappell and Ruth Tyler.
Joining the celebrations was Marlow’s Mayor Chris Funnell who said “this is an amazing achievement for the Boys, they should be very proud of themselves; their success enhances the Towns 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!”
Marlow beat National League clubs Reading and Surbiton on the way to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out final win against Bournemouth to win the first ever Boys U18 National Club title in the 109 year history of the club.
Keith Packer, Marlow’s Chairman said, “This is an amazing achievement in a fantastic year for the club. We have a record number of 609 hockey players this year and both our U18 Boys and U16 Girls won national club titles. 4 of our 5 ladies teams were promoted, our Men are adding a 6th team next season and even our Mixed Team were national club runners-up. All of this, plus plans have been approved for a much needed new clubhouse for all the sports at Marlow Sports Club.”