Half Season Report – Mens, Ladies, Juniors

The end of year is fast approaching as is the halfway point of our season. 

We thought it would be a good idea to give you all a brief overview from the different sections of the club of their performances and achievements so far this season. 

Ladies section

As the first half of the season draws to a close, we can take pride in a strong start across the Ladies section. The Ladies 3s currently sit in 3rd place in South East Women’s Division 4 Martlets, and the Ladies 2s are currently at the top of the same league, sitting four points clear of 2nd place. The Ladies 1s are currently in 8th place in South East Women’s Division 1 Martlets, after securing promotion last season.  

The end of the summer saw the very quick and exciting creation of a 3rd team, and after initial uncertainty as to whether the timing was right, the team has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of Michelle Payne. As we approach the second half of the season, we will begin to ensure that the Ladies 3s are sustainable as a stand-alone squad, with the ultimate aim of having three competitive Ladies teams, each playing in their own league next season, to enable a pathway for players (both junior and adult) who want to develop their hockey further, as well as those who want to play more social hockey with their friends.  

Men’s section

At half time in the season, it’s a mixed bag for Worthing’s six men’s teams. The 1’s are currently 6th in their league having recently risen up the table with 4 wins in a row. Their hard work implementing the sessions from their new coach is really starting to pay off. The two’s are not getting the points that their match play and training efforts deserve and will need some decent results in the second half of the season. Men’s 3’s are looking solid in mid table, but like the two’s the fours also need results soon to get them up the league. Men’s fives are mid table and have had some very good wins in recent weeks, and the sixes are also mid table which is fantastic considering how many personnel they have had so far, and how hard it has been to get squads together. It’s a real team effort for the 6’s and Mark Spiller, Ant Fuest and others have really done a good job. 

The highlight of the season so far is the arrival of so many new players. It’s always sad to see another club wind up, but the six lads who have come across from Littlehampton Hockey Club have dived straight in and had an impact across the board. Welcome to you all. 

Training is also well attended with Matt and Jez running energetic and engaging sessions, thanks to you both. 

The goal for next year is to ensure that the teams that need points are supported and there are plans in place to achieve that. Thanks to all the captains, vice captains, pitch side managers, and coaches for all your help so far. 

Junior Section Llamas & Girl’s Comets

Llamas have had an outstanding first half of the season and are currently top of the Sussex U16 development league by a clear 5 points (played 9, 8 wins, 1 draw). We also entered for the first time the EH U14 national cup beating East Grinstead in the first round. 

With a squad of over 20 players ranging from 11 through to 15 years managed by Rex Fuller, Llamas have had a strong pool of players to choose from so far this season giving some of the younger players match time and experience. The introduction of our new younger players to our Tuesday evening Llamas training sessions is proving successful in providing a clear pathway for the comets to integrate and experience hockey at an older level making it a potential possibility run a second development league girls side next season. 

Our U12 girls are a new team this season and are rapidly improving with the increased number of match fixtures we have arranged. Likewise, our U10 girls are a new side who had their first outing playing matches against other clubs only a week ago, these 2 young sides represent the future of our girl’s hockey.  

Junior Section Wolves & Boy’s Comets

The boys have had a strong first half of the season. Worthing Wolves are joint 3rd in the Sussex U16 Development League having played 7 with 6 wins and only 1 defeat up now. With 2 games in hand over those above, it leaves all to play for after Christmas. 

The Wolves have 4 new players this season who have moved up from the U12 Sunday Comets training – while 5 older Wolves are starting to play Men’s hockey with the 6th XI showing the pathway from U12 right through to adult hockey is working well. The Wolves squad is currently 17 players ranging from 11 through to 15 who train regularly with Dave Matthews (Twinkle) every Wednesday, rain or shine ! 

For the first time, we entered the U14 Boys National Cup. A narrow defeat in the first round and a tough plate draw, gave fantastic experience and a good measure of how far our new team has come in a short time. The Sunday U12 boys played matches at Crawley and at home to St. Francis & Brighton, whilst the U10s hosted EG and St. Francis – giving almost all of the Sunday Comets valuable match experience which is essential to put all the new skills into practice. More U12 / U10 matches to come in the new year.