Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club are celebrating this week after their Men’s 1st XI won the NOW Pensions National Vase final.
In a closely contested game the Men’s 1st XI blew aside their league form to defeat local rivals Basingstoke 3-2 and become National Champions for the first time in the club’s history.
Route to the final
- Newbury & Thatcham Men’s 1s 1-7 Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI 7
- Ramgarhia HC Southall Mens 1st XI 0-2 Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI Wootton Bassett Men’s 1st XI 3-5 Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI
- Quarter final: Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI 3-0 Crawley Men’s 1s Semi final: Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI 6-2 Bromsgrove Mens 1st XI
- Final: Camberley and Farnborough Men’s 1XI 3-2 Basingstoke Men’s 1XI
And they did with a home-grown team, with 6 of the 13 squad members having started their hockey career under the guidance of the club’s Colts scheme, which this year has seen record membership, with over 150 Under 16s joining its ranks.
Club Chairman Colin Forsyth said: “This is a brilliant and well deserved result for our Men’s 1st XI, and testament to the improving hockey at C&F HC over the last few years. It was great that so many of the players in the team had come up through the club over many years, starting off in our Colt’s section and now winning a national competition.”
The Men’s 1st XI – who have enjoyed three promotions in the last four years – defeated Midlands Regional Division side Bromsgrove 6-2 in their semi-final match to book their place in the final, which was played in Nottingham on May 3rd.
Speaking after the win, Men’s 1st XI captain Andrew Smith said: “To have achieved the feat of becoming National Champions is just amazing, especially as a Regional team who were up against National Division sides. It’s testament to the dedicated to the team, our coach and everyone who has supported us along the way.
“It’s also a great way to finish off the season and a fantastic boost for everyone involved in C&F HC – it really is a massive achievement. We’d like to thank everyone who helped out and the supporters who traveled to watch us play. Hopefully this will be a boost to every team who play for C&F HC and can give them that extra bit of drive and determination as they prepare for the new season during the summer months.”
The club, who play and train at Kings International College, currently have four men’s teams and three ladies’ teams, as well as veterans side The Owls and a blossoming Colts set-up.
Despite the success the team has enjoyed, Smith says that the club is always on the look-out for new players at every level: “We are a very welcoming club and run a Back to Hockey scheme for those who would like to try hockey, or get back in to it after time out. And players are always welcome to come along to our training sessions and have a run out.”
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If you would like to get involved, see our contacts page or contact Men’s 1st XI Captain Andy Smith on email@example.com and Ladies 1st XI Captain Ali Holme on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend our Back to Hockey sessions, which run on Fridays from 7-8pm, please contact Jacqui Boot on email@example.com.