2019: Western 2A finalists, BUCS Western Trophy Runner ups, Hampshire Cup Semi Finals
Hi there, welcome to the page for the First XI. My name’s Fred Davies and I’ll be your captain for the year, with Michael Gimson helping as your VC.
I’m really looking forward to a successful season, with promotion from our BUCS league being the main priority. We played extremely well last season, being nominated for AU Team of the Year and just missing out on promotion in an all or nothing game against Exeter 4s. The season also saw us to the final of the BUCS cup where we faced Bath 3s, sadly losing on flicks. With these unfortunate losses we’re going to be coming at this league with all guns blazing for promotion. In the upcoming season we will be playing Exeter 5s, Bath 4s, Bournemouth 1s, Southampton Uni 2s and Solent 1s.
We are also aiming to finish strongly in our Saturday league, which gives us good practice for the BUCS games. As members of the First XI we’ll be setting an example for the rest of the club and playing at a high standard.
I believe that first years need to be integrated into the team as quickly as possible to make things better for everyone. I know how important it is for everyone to be welcomed and respected immediately so that the team can play as well as possible.
With the return of last year’s coach, Tim, I’m really focused on performing well on the pitch, but we’ll also be doing a lot of socialising off. The legendary club socials on a Wednesday are a great way to get to know everyone from the other teams and show off your non-hockey abilities while trying to maintain your dignity, and we’ll also be doing plenty of team activities as well. We will do our best to show you the best and worst that Southampton has to offer.
Training will be 2 hours on a Monday night at Wide Lane, with games every Saturday and every other Wednesday as well as an hour-long fitness session on Friday evenings.
Preseason will be held during fresher’s week. Please feel free to send me or the club a message if you’d like to attend. The sooner you guys get involved in the team, the better. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and having a successful season.