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It’s been a fairly successful last couple of months for the Strode College Women’s hockey team.
The team have won half of their four games against other colleges. Firstly in September they enjoyed a 2:1 victory at home to Bridgwater College Women’s 1.
Then in October they won 1:0, again at home, to Richard Huish College Women’s 2.
However against Richard Huish College Women’s 1 they suffered a 2:0 defeat.
While away at Truro and Penwith College Women’s the spoils were shared after 3:3 draw.
In the AoC Sport South West Hockey Championship the team finished fifth. The other teams in the competition were Richard Huish, Exeter, Truro and Penwith and Bridgwater.
The 1st team haven’t enjoyed much success lately having not won a single game last year.
September saw a 9:3 loss away to St Brendan’s Sixth Form College 1st Team and an 8:1 loss at home to Bridgwater College’s 2nd team.
October proved no more successful with the team losing Both their away games. Firstly a 5:1 loss to Yeovil College’s 1st team and then conceeding nine times without reply against the 3rd team from Gower College.
November saw just the one game away against Guernsey College’s 1st team but that resulted in a 3:0 loss for Strode.
December also saw only one game and Strode managed to break their losing streak with a 5:5 draw at home to St Brendan’s Sixth Form College Men’s 1st team.
The 2nd team haven’t had a season to remember so far either.
It started well with their 4:2 win against Weymouth College’s 1st team but the six games after that against team such as Bridgwater, Richard Huish and Cabot Federation.
The team have conceded 29 goals in the process of their last seven games and scored just 11 goals themsleves.
The time is near once again. The moment where all aspiring football managers get the chance to live their dream. As the nights grow longer and the days turn colder, a new dawn awaits. A new challenge. A time where all men are equal. There have been no euphoric moments of success yet, no gut retching, heart breaking failures. Stories will be written, tales told and even some myths made. Someone might even get Woking from the Conference to the Champions League in six seasons.
Football is an interesting subject; it’s one that divides opinions between those who love it and those who hate it. It’s fair to say that it’s the marmite of the sporting world. Me? Well I’m very firmly a lover of football, and I think I know why some are haters.
I admit I never used to like football for a long time. I had already lived through three World Cups and during all of them I had never really paid any attention to the coverage on TV. I didn’t understand why the other male members of my family could be so entertained by it.
That was all to change when, at the age of 10, my dad took me to watch Yeovil Town play Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park stadium. I wouldn’t say I was instantly hooked but it did give me an insight into what made the sport so appealing: the singing and chanting, the roar of disapproval every time the referee made a bad decision and the deafening cheer when a goal was scored.
Sleepy Somerset was, if you remember, the starting point to the unforgettable summer. With leafy orchards, a tiny Glastonbury Festival, and a tor-less Glastonbury Tor, taking centre stage in the opening ceremony. Athletes of all nations planted their colours around it’s mysterious new tiers and Lord Sebastian Coe stood at its foot to send a message of peace and sporting excellence to the world. But was the image of Maypole dancing and parading sheep the one we would have chosen to show, or would a real Somer(set) Olympics be different?