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On Sunday 9 April members of the junior section of Haslemere Hockey Club and their parents met at The Edge, Woolmer Hill after the final training session of the season to reflect on what had been yet another great year. Chris Meech of Barons of Hindhead, a loyal sponsor of the junior section for the past 15 years, was also present, and food was kindly arranged by the parents.

The number of junior players had increased by 15% in the year, reflecting the emphasis the club puts on coaching, squad management and child protection. Peter Gillespie, Director of Junior Hockey, paid thanks to the many coaches, trainers, squad managers and helpers who all contributed to this success.

Prizewinners by squad were (Squad Player of the Year and Most Improved Player, respectively):
o U8s, Freddie Russell-Jones and Jonathan Ashton;
o U10s, Will Coleshill and James Burnet;
o U12s, Harry Tenwick and Charlie Van Oppen;
o U14 Boys, Jake Gidley and David Jameson / Jamie Statham (shared);
o U14 Girls, Alexa Walker and Connie Blake;
o U16 Boys, Alex Jackson and Charlie Head;
o U16 Girls, Lizzie Henderson and Megan Waller.
Trophies were awarded as follows:
o Barrow Hills Cup (highest junior female goal scorer): Charlotte Elsmore;
o Netbusters Cup (highest junior male goal scorer): Jamie Foster;
o Moodies Cup (junior female player of the year): Vicki Henderson;
o Lloyds Bank Salver (junior male player of the year): Harry Tenwick.

The Chilton Trophy, for the most-successful junior team, was awarded to the U14 Boys in recognition of their fantastic season, in which they lost just one match – the very first of the season – and were worthy joint winners of Wessex Division II league.

U18 Boys prizes will be awarded at a later date. The next season begins on Sunday 17 September, and full details of how to register will be posted later on the club’s website.

Peter Gillespie