A Message From The Chairman
I would like to start by offering you a warm welcome to Exeter University Hockey Club. To prospective players, we look forward to meeting you and to all returning members, welcome home. A big thank you must go to all outgoing members and last year’s committee who have dedicated many hours of service to this club. Best of luck with your future endeavours, we will always welcome back alumni with open arms!
Combined with the men’s side, EUHC ended the 2019/20 season as the third highest ranked BUCS hockey university in the country. Despite a premature end to the hockey season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EULHC had another successful season. We started with the introduction of BUCS Play app and a change in the BUCS structure which permitted our 1st XI to compete in the BUCS ICG Women’s Hockey National League. There was also a change to our 3 Saturday leagues sides as we moved to ISCA and UofE, which has strengthened our relationship with ISCA Hockey club. For our 1st XI, it was a year of away days, flying to Edinburgh and back in one day and across the season travelling a total distance equivalent to going to Ibiza and back! As it stands, our 1st XI have retained their
position in both their Wednesday BUCS league and the INVESTEC Women’s Hockey League Division 1 South playing in partnership with ISCA Hockey club. As for the wider club, there have been no relegations and a special mention must go to the 4th XI who achieved an excellent promotion and were undefeated all season until they were knocked out in their BUCS semi-finals. Also of mention is the 7s development squad who had increased fixtures and continue to prove to be a fantastic addition to the club. Disappointingly, we have not been able to enter either our men’s or women’s 7s into BUCS; however, we will push for this to happen for the 21/22 season.
Our club measures itself on its strong hockey performances but prides itself on the good times off the field. With over 50 years’ experience in Wednesday weekly socials, there is never a dull moment. Varsity is always a big highlight as is the famous Christmas Dinner with outfits ranging from the Grinch, a turkey and some rather questionable brussels sprouts and carrots. One of this year’s key successes was Movember. As a club, through the initiative ‘Moving for Mo’ which included a 5K fun run, we raised a total of £5,524. This was no mean feat and pretty impressive as there was not a single moustache amongst us! Despite not being able to hold our normal End of Season Dinner at the Mercure, we celebrated the season in style with the first ever virtual Zoom EOSD. Granted, there was a different atmosphere, but fun was had and rest assured there were still sore heads the following morning!
As we look towards the 2020/21 season there is still a lot of uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of our lives in one or other forms. Whilst England Hockey have been given the green light to return to play, we will still have to navigate through the challenging times ahead. As a club we will do our best to resume as smoothly as possible. If at any time you have concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with any one of us.
It fills me with great pride to be part of this hockey club. Much of our success is down to the depth of quality players in our club; competition to play for us is always stiff and this produces teams of players who not only perform to a high standard on the pitch, but also place real value on the opportunities they gain through attaining a place in the club. Whilst abilities range from top performing GB athletes to school players, we are all alike in our focus on achieving good results and performing to our personal bests.
On this note, I would personally like to wish you all good luck for the season ahead and to encourage you to grasp every opportunity that comes your way!
Chairman, Exeter University Hockey Club