THC – A message from the Board January 2019
Let me firstly welcome you to the second half of the playing season, with league games well underway again, the weather (currently) being kind to us and many teams sitting in enviable positions within their respective leagues.
2019 is a big year for Tring Hockey Club, with the 2019-2020 season later in the year marking the centenary for the club. THC was formed 100years ago and it is truly gratifying to see the club still going strong all these years later, and continuing to be an active part of the Tring community.
Stick shapes may have changed, shorts and skirts have become shorter, cotton has been replaced with man-made fibre, there is no longer an offside rule (much to the good say all umpires) but the ethos of our club remains the same; to provide a family and socially orientated club that provides the opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy playing hockey.
The Club is already planning some events to mark the occasion and I’ll come back to that later.
We saw some changes in the Club during the first half of the season; a well-timed coalition with Aylesbury men creating the new Kites team. This not only helped to strengthen the men’s section, it also mean that players had more opportunity for regular games on a Saturday.
In the Ladies section we have been able to enter a L3 team into the league for the first time in many (many) seasons and what a team it has proven to be. Along with the L2, the L3 are currently sitting at the top of their league and this success shows the excellent work in our junior section, nurturing players ready for the big time of Saturday league games.
As always we are pleased to announce our End of Season Presentation Dinner. The date is Saturday March 30th and the venue will be our clubhouse at the Cricket Club. This is our club night where we recognise key players and officials across the club.
More details will follow but for now please Save the Date. We really hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Now back to our centenary. We couldn’t let this momentous occasion pass without fanfare. To that end a number of events are already planned:
May 11th – return of the Vase winning Men’s team. They will play The Super Vetsat Tring Astro in what should be an excellent demonstration of award winning hockey (but maybe just played a little slower than in 1999when we won the Vase)
Then on Saturday 21st September 2019 we will hold a Centenary Ball which will be open to players, supporters, ex members of the Club, our overseas friends in Hilversum, other halves……
Clare Whitehead is co-ordinating and is looking for volunteers to join a small team working all aspects of the Centenary. If you are interested please contact Clare via Facebook or Clarewhitehead_854@hotmail.com
The Centenary gives us a great opportunity to market THC. While the Club continues to thrive on the pitch we have experienced some struggles keeping the Club afloat with costs rising every season. It is absolutely vital to the well-being of the Club that subs are paid in a timely manner and by all players. There are options available for payment and the Board is open to listen and consider appropriate requests from players for additional support in paying subs. Sponsorship and fund raising activities can alleviate some of the pressure so if anyone has any ideas or contacts, especially given the opportunity our centenary offers us, please let the Board know.
Hopefully the beast from the east (no not Berko or other teams based out that way) will stay away for the remainder of the season and let us continue to enjoy our hockey on a Wednesday night at training and then again on the weekend with Senior and Junior games.
Let’s continue to play hard and have fun.
Patrick (and the Board)