Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club are celebrating this week after their Men’s 1st XI made history by securing a spot in the NOW Pensions National Vase final.
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 on Sunday March 23 to book their place in the final, which will be played in Nottingham on May 3rd.
The feat is a first in the club’s history and comes off the back of a highly successful 2012-13 season, which saw the side promoted to Regional Division 2 and enjoy a quarter-final run in the National Vase competition.
Speaking after the win, Men’s 1st XI captain Alex Wilson said: “I am so proud of the guys and what they have achieved. It’s been a tough season since we were promoted to Regional Division 2, but this victory proves that with our dedication and team spirit anything is possible.”
“Last year we made it to the quarter-finals, only to be knocked out by the eventual winners. So to go one step further and make the finals is such a massive boost for the team and the club as a whole.”
The club, who play and train at Kings International College, currently have four men’s teams and two ladies’ teams, as well as veterans side The Owls and a blossoming Colts set-up. Wilson believes that his side’s cup run will only help to broaden the ambitions of the club as a whole.
“This season has seen successes across the board for both our Men’s and Ladies’ teams, so for us to make history by reaching a National final just proves that Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club a very positive place to be,” says Wilson. “Hopefully we can go on and lift the trophy and that will provide inspiration for other teams at the club to go on to achieve bigger and better things.”
Camberley and Farnborough will be facing local rivals Basingstoke in the final. Basingstoke defeated Spalding on penalty flicks after the match finished 3-3.