Ladies O35s v. Barnes – 27.11.16 match report

Oxford  2-9  Barnes

Due to a slight underestimation by our captain of London traffic, our final 3 players arrived at the pitch with a whole 60 seconds to warm up before taking on Barnes in the Over 35s Shield. Barnes sadly hadn’t tired themselves out with their rather lengthier warm-up and came out at us very fast – fast, and young, and skilful. Continue reading

Women’s O35s v. Jersey – Cup match report 15.10.16

Oxford  1-9  Jersey

After about 200 emails to try and arrange this first-round Cup tie with far-flung Jersey, I soon realised why Katie Smith had been so keen to pass on the ‘honour’ of captaining Oxford’s ladies’ Masters (that’s a polite way of saying Over 35) team. In order to assist with our exotic visitors’ travel arrangements, the game was moved a day forward to the Saturday. Naturally, I had every confidence in the fitness of my squad, most of whom would already have played a league match earlier that day. Continue reading

Ladies’ Over 35s v. Leamington – 7.11.15 match report

England Hockey Women’s Masters Over 35s Trophy

Oxford  3-3  Leamington (Leamington won 4-2 on penalty strokes)

Oxford’s Ladies’ Over-35s side had one of our best games in our 5-year existence to date against strong opposition in this Trophy match. We were already a little worried when they turned up and none of them had grey hair or appeared to be anywhere near 40… Continue reading

Ladies’ Over-35s quarter-final showdown v. Colchester – 02.03.14

So, after a busy week of studying the form across the ladies’ section, captain Katie Smith made her final selection of the mighty 11 who would take part in the 240-mile round trip to Colchester for the quarter-final of the England Hockey Masters (Over 35s) Trophy. Realising the supreme fitness of these 11, she decided that subs would be an unnecessary distraction. Continue reading

Oxford Ladies’ Vets marginally lose out on the championship title!

Oxford ladies' over 35s team with their runners up medals

Oxford’s over 35s celebrate their silver medals

On Sunday 28 April, Oxford’s mighty youth policy team travelled to the weekend finals of the All England Over 35s Ladies Trophy to play Hereford at Beeston Hockey Club in Nottingham. All players were highly charged before the match with nerves being kept at bay with some old-fashioned mint imperials and a song for birthday girl Paula Burgess. Continue reading

Ladies’ Over-35s through to Quarter-Finals of EHB Masters Trophy!

Oxford’s mighty Masters (over 35s) side was in action for the first time this season as they travelled to Northampton Saints on Sunday for the first round of the EHB Women’s Masters Trophy. Affectionately described as “the youth policy” by acting captain Katie Smith, our 12 players included players from every single one of our seven women’s Saturday teams. Continue reading

Ladies’ Vets v. Epsom in the over 35s cup – 13.11.11 match report

Epsom 10 Oxford 0

On Sunday, the mighty Oxford Vets travelled to sunny Epsom for the second round of the Ladies Over 35 Cup. Obviously it was hard to believe that certain players could be in that age bracket (!) but a team of 11 faced the opposition.

The Oxford team was depleted not only by broken thumbs, flu and holidays (not allowed next year) before the game, but a serious groin strain to Tinny meant we were also without our top striker. The passion and commitment of the whole team was summed up by the fact that Tinny travelled and stood on the pitch to distract the opposition, even though she could barely walk. Her echoes of ‘RUN’ as she smacked a long ball up the pitch set the team into fits of laughter regularly.

Oxford had the first chance of the game, when Sarah made a great run into the D, picking up the ball and striking it early and hard but, sadly, just a couple of inches the wrong side of the right post. This proved to be one of our rare trips into the opposition’s D. By half time we were 3-0 down, as the opposition were well drilled and fit.

Captain Katie Smith went for a tactical formation change, and Oxford came out strongly in the second half. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few minutes until Epsom suddenly got a taste for scoring goals. The final score was a little flattering although Epsom dominated throughout. One Epsom striker managed to score a double hat trick, flicking the ball into the net at every opportunity.

After a pitch injury with 5 mins to go, Katie Smith standing with the ball, asked the umpire what she should do now, expecting the answer to be a bully (excitedly, just for old times’ sake, for those of us who can remember starting every match with a bully off?). With exceptional speed and wit, the umpire replied ‘Just score’! How embarrassing is it that even the umpires were desperate for us to get into the attacking D?

That said, a great time was had by all mainly due to the sense of humour that prevailed throughout. Having ‘thrashed’ Banbury in the first round, we should be proud of paving the way for the future as no other Oxon clubs could raise a team for this event.  Marianne Bint was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ for her steady control and crucial tackles although everyone gave of their best and enjoyed the well-spirited game.

Hockey was the winner!