2020: Western 2A runners up, BUCS Western Trophy semi-finalists, 3rd in Hampshire 1st Division
Welcome to the page for the SUMHC 1XI. I’m Callum Rolfe, a 4th year aerospace engineering student and captain of the team for the 2020/21 season, with Elliot Lewis as my VC. We play in Western 2A in the University (BUCS) league on a Wednesday and in the Hampshire 1st division on a Saturday. We also compete in the BUCS and Hampshire cup competitions, as well as fielding an indoor team at the Southern Conference Finals. In the 1XI, you will be setting an example for the rest of the club and playing at a high standard.
In recent years, the team has gone from strength to strength, consistently challenging in every competition and scoring an average of over 100 goals per season. However, in Spurs-like fashion, we are yet to translate these performances into silverware. Unlike Poch and the boys, our chance is not over, and most of our team remains together. As such, we are all committed to shared goal of ensuring we do everything we can to get one step further this time around.
Our commitment extends to training (which takes place on Mondays and Fridays) as well as to the infamous Wednesday club socials. These are great way to get to know everyone from the other teams and show off your non-hockey abilities while trying to maintain your dignity… We will do our best to show you the best and worst that Southampton has to offer. We will also be doing plenty of team socials as well. We take our hockey very seriously, but having a laugh together off-pitch is just as important and makes it all worthwhile: Scoring 21 goals in 3 games against Solent University 1s was fun, but only because we did it as mates.
I look forward to a really successful season, and am sure that some of you reading this will be a big part of that success. Preseason will be held during fresher’s week, so don’t hesitate to send a message to the club or myself if you can attend: We know how important it is for everyone to be welcomed and respected immediately, so that the team can play as well as possible. The sooner you guys get involved in the team, the better.