Great end to year for hockey club

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

In perishing weather, Scarborough Hockey Club finished the first half of its 2018/19 season in style.

The men’s first team had a great win at home against Thirsk in the third division of the Yorkshire league.

Laurence Webb, Chris Tait, Rikki Lawrence, Mike Waterfield and Mark Gibson scored one each, taking the final score to 5-1.

Player of the match Tom Brough enjoyed a solid game in defence and moved the ball well.

The victory was the team’s sixth in a row, putting it in second place heading into the winter break.

The serious match was followed by fun and competitive hockey in a mini round-robin tournament.

Five mixed teams of men, women and youngsters were joined by friends and family.

The players said it was a great way to meet other people from the club who they wouldn’t normally get to spend time with because of the different training times.

Despite the cold weather, everyone left the Scarborough College pitch smiling.

A spokesman said: “Last year, the club was recognised as community club of the year for the first time since the Scarborough & District sports awards started in 1981.

“The club is in a great place right now and has the foundations ready for a future of providing a hockey club that caters for the needs of the local and wider community”.

The club is assisted in a training capacity by Mark Precious, who won the bronze medal with the British team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.