Newmarket Hockey Club Juniors have enjoyed a great season, with numbers attending training on Sunday mornings at Newmarket Leisure Centre doubling over the last 6 months. The club have made developing the junior section a priority for this season and are delighted to now have over 55 junior members, with players coached in age groups of U13, U10, U8 and U6.
Earlier in the season, all of the players enjoyed some friendly matches when the juniors from Ely and Cambridge Nomads visited Newmarket, but with fewer members then and less playing experience they found the going tough. They learnt from this though and, with the commitment they have shown to training, they have come on leaps and bounds since.
So, last weekend was a bit of a milestone when the U13 and U10 players their first competitive matches, travelling to Breckland Leisure Centre to take on Thetford Hockey Club Juniors.
The U13 squad, made up of girls and boys, played 7-a-side hockey on half a pitch. Playing together for the first time, the team played some fantastic hockey to record a convincing 8-2 victory.
The U10 teams played the England Hockey “Quicksticks” 4 a-side game, and with Newmarket fielding three teams and Thetford two, this enabled a round robin competition with all teams getting to play each other in quick matches of 5 minutes each way. All of the matches were contested in a great spirit with some impressive play and lots of goals giving the onlooking spectators something to cheer about. Newmarket Jockeys were the inform team on the day though, winning all 4 of their matches to finish as winners ahead of Newmarket Yellow, who won 4 out of 5 matches. In 3rd was Thetford 1 followed by Newmarket Blue in 4th and Thetford 2 in 5th.
This weekend is the last session of the season for the juniors, with some fun activities and games planned for all of the age groups before the presentation of the annual end of season awards. If you are interested in finding out more or joining NHC Juniors next season, you can check out the club website at www.newmarkethockeyclub.com or get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia, Lucy, Annabel, Rebecca, Oliver, Felix, Hugh, Grace, Olivia, Henry & Victoria.
Megan, Sam, Alex A, Isabella & Millie.
Hugh, Jack, Bridget, Tyrii & Lily.
Toby, Alex, Alana, Romilly & Katie.