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With an average age of nineteen -- and one that was only that high due to old lags Chris Melling and Tom Gee -- the youngest first XI ever to represent HHC travelled to Bournemouth last Sunday to contest a Hants Cup quarter final.

Against all the odds, the team pulled off a stunning victory after penalty strokes with all eleven playing out of their skins. This was all the more amazing as Bournemouth fielded their first choice team, one that had taken four points from a possible six in two league meetings between the clubs earlier this season.

Tom, the men's club captain, was fulsome in his praise for the team's achievement; I have never seen such a collectively positive attitude, such huge commitment and so many players prepared to go beyond what they thought was possible to secure victory. It makes all the hours of hard work during the season worth it -- they really did the club proud.

A report will shortly be available in the results section of the site and, in due course, in the Herald. All our members should rest assured that the investment the club is making in junior development and the efforts it makes to ensure a smooth transition to adult hockey is paying rich dividends.

Great job guys.