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2014 was year of mixed success for our CL2 team over the season. By the end of the year we had 33 players who had played in that league and each week seemed to be a different line up. Furthermore, this seemed to be the year of injury, illness, work commitments or holidays which had an unsettling effect on the team and we struggled to be consistent from week to week. Notwithstanding this, we had some excellent passages of play. One of our best games of the year was a 4-1 convincing win over St Pats early in the season. Matt Halpin played at centre half in a role that he was not used to but was pivotal in the middle. He dominated that game and set up numerous attacking opportunities for the team. We had me St Pats in 3 of the last 4 grand finals so to get a win over them was a great boost. Similarly we had a strong 2-1 over reigning premiers Wests early in the season. The highlight of that game was an outstanding stick save from Ryan Coleman, our young U18 goal keeper in the last few minutes of the game. The ball was rocketing into the top left and Ryan calmly deflected it as if he was playing with a tennis racquet. Ryan continued that form all season, keeping us in many games. He is a player with a ton of potential. Another newcomer to the squad this year who improved significantly throughout the year was Jack Bowden. I was always impressed with his energy and determination on the field and with continued efforts will be a main stay of the CL1/CL2 squad into the future. The long serving CL2 players continued to play well this year. Alex Trinder, Liam Tucker and Alex Knowles were always consistent and great role models to the ‘younger’ ones of the team. At a third of my age, Lewis McLellan grew from strength to strength, often playing both CL1 and CL2 games. We didn’t see much of Lewis towards the end of the season as his ever growing confidence and skill made him a regular in the CL1 side. At this rate he’s bound to be a better player than his old man!!
On a final note, this is my last year with OCHC for a while as Angie and I move to Newcastle for work. I will take such great memories with me of my time in CL2, particularly seeing the young players grow into men and take on the world. A special thanks to those who have supported off the field. To Maryanne Ellem – without her we’d struggle to field a team as she was the one always prompting to find out which of the 33 players would play this week. To Macca and Morgo for their selfless efforts coaching the combined squad, and to the regular CL1 players who pushed us each week in training. It was a great benchmark to aim for.
Yours in hockey,
Most Improved: Jack Bowden
Most Consistent: Ben Walker
Best and Fairest: Ryan Coleman
The 2014 season for the State League 1 team saw a number of new players join the team. Some were making the step up from junior hockey for the first time, others back to play with old friends.
Throughout the first ten rounds, we saw large changes in our roster due to injury and work commitments, and at one point had as many as nine core players away. Despite this the team was able to achieve consistency and held a respectable position on the ladder.
Our team was lucky in being able to secure three outstanding junior players, all playing senior hockey for the first time. Jack Bowden (now playing 2nd grade), Hamish Stafford, and Blake Smith all quickly found a place in the team, allowed us to crystallise our roster, and contributed to our result.
With one round to go, our team was facing a difficult task: win the final match or finish fifth on the ladder. In one of our strongest performances for the year, all players stepped up and we were able to win against a tough opponent. This win catapulted us into second place and the finals series.
The rest is well known – we had several great games of hockey, characterised by great teamwork, a positive attitude on and off the field, and great technical strength. Some excellent work saw us take out the grand final in 1v1s and put the OCHC name on one more trophy.
OCHC State League 1, by the numbers:
Total number of players in our team during the season: 26
Youngest player in our team: 1
Number of players under 18: 3
Oldest player in our team: 40
Number of injuries: 6
Number of grand finals won: 1
Number of goals conceded during 1v1s by our keeper: 0
Most Improved: Hamish Stafford
Most Consistent: Lennon Harley
Best and Fairest: Luke Rafter
It was an absolute pleasure leading the team the year. Their guts and determination to win games when we didn’t look like winning, to come up with magic goals to steal a draw, all led to us getting into the Grand Final and ultimately winning convincingly and getting Old Canberrans back on the SL2 Trophy.
During the year our core team changed several times as long term injuries forced players out, our mid week team folding which caused players to come into the squad, a random Pom coming into the team and all happening at the right time of the season.
Whilst we had 16 players on the card for the Grand Final, I have to say a massive thank you to the other 21 players we used throughout the year. That’s right, SL2 used 37 players this year. We had players coming up from SL3, we had some playing down from SL1 and we even had players that filled in where it was their only game for the year.
Also a big thank you to Kaylee Borrett and Andrew Fisher for all your help this year. You made my job that little bit easier.
I am really proud of what we achieved with all the changes we had and several times throughout the year I even had opposition coaches, captains and umpires say that we played the game in good spirit. This says a lot about the team and not too often in my life as a player this has actually happened and is a true reflection of the character of the team.
Most Improved: Alex Hutchison
Most Consistent: Damien Munday
Coaches Award: Andy Phillips
Best and Fairest: Angus Gibson
SL3 MSL3 Men started off the season on a high, with a bucket load of players in a combined team made up of SL3 and SL4 players. This team had a great mix of experienced and newer players, balancing out the team all across the pitch.
Towards the middle of the season, due to injuries and other commitments, we found ourself scraping for numbers each week. Thankfully Katie and Amy from womens SL3 were ready to step in whenever needed.
Numbers continued to drop, and by the last game of the season, we needed to forfeit, despite UC really wanting us to play so that they can get their goal difference up.
This team is made up of a good mix of Yound and Old, New and experienced players. Having the experince of Gordon Gregory in Defence with the legs of Alex Yates, and the goalie super powers of Greg, the leadership of Aaron Mcleod and Skill of Hugh Aukland, and the go go go attitude of James, Nicholas, Adam, John, Rhys, Patrick and Pav, the team was never without a dull moment on the sideline.
Coching these men has been so enjoyable over the years. They give it everything they have, they all play any position that I throw them into, take everything in their stride and never give up, even if the score line is 10- 0.
Most Improved: Patrick Brassington Bell
Most Consistent: James Pollard
Best and Fairest: Hugh Aukland