They might be the shortest, they’re certainly the youngest, but Andover Hockey Club’s Under- 8s are already proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with. And with former adult club members representing Great Britain in competition, it just goes to show that from small acorns, grow great oaks.
Today’s players are currently flying high after an impressive show at the Mini’s Festival in Romsey. Two Andover teams competed in a tournament against Winchester, Bournemouthand and Southampton amongst others. Playing ten games between them, the two Andover sides won eight, drew one and lost one match.
It’s testament to a thriving youth section that’s nurtured by club leaders and it goes to show that a sporting legacy is alive and well in Andover. The original men’s hockey club was founded in 1895 and since then, play has only been halted for the two World Wars when members were forced to put their country ahead of hockey. Now they ‘fight them on the’ all-weather pitch at Charlton Leisure Centre; their official grounds since 1985.
There’s been recent success too for Andover Ladies first team. They go into the second half of the season brimming with confidence and looking to maintain their unbeaten run, as they look to challenge Yateley for the top spot in the Hampshire League.
The men’s first and XI are in the Hants/Surrey Regional Leagues with the Men’s third XI in the Hants Open League. There’s even a veterans’ team representing Andover in theWessex Masters League.
Now there’s an added boost to the Andover teams – having just signed a three-year sponsorship deal with HugoFox.com, the Club can only go from strength to strength. With an active social calendar and a real sense of ‘family’ within the club, they were obvious beneficiaries for HugoFox.com sponsorship. It’s not all ‘jolly hockey sticks’ but it will be a merry Christmas and here’s hoping a winning new year for all at Andover.
For more information, visit http://www.andoverhockeyclub.co.uk/