GCHC win the double in undefeated season
(28 April 2017)
Having only just been promoted back into the Premiership after topping Division 1 last season, Grey women's hockey defied all odds to win both the league and trophy in emphatic fashion this year.
GCHC – Started from the bottom now we’re here:
As the 2016-17 season commenced, GCHC were without doubt the underdogs of the premiership. After an unfortunate demotion 2 years previously, the girls had to pull together and fight their way back to the main competition. This was done with undeniable style as Lorea Johnson captained us to the top, setting the standard high for the new season.
Our first match was against Castle, and having absolutely no idea what to expect we went in with the attitude to ‘just do our best’. Turns out our best was pretty good and a 4-0 victory gave the first insight to what the season might hold. From this point onwards, the only way was up. GCHC just went from strength to strength. Training became more than a social catch up. The energy of the squad, and the knowledge that this year GCHC could do something special, kept spirits high through the foulest of weather and as the season progressed, our efforts paid off. GCHC smashed the league, not losing a single match and scoring 65 goals whilst only conceding 3.
The next question; why stop at just the league? The first cup match against Collingwood was a daunting prospect especially when we faced a sea of purple socks. But, that actually worked to our advantage. By keeping the majority of the squad regular GCHC players, we knew Emma Whalley is lethal and ready on P spot and that it would be easier to run through a brick wall than get past the defence. The result shocked many at 5-0 to Grey, none more so than Collingwood who are rumored to have held back some DU players for later stages in the cup! From there, nothing could stand in our way. We won the quarters 8-0 and the semi-final 4-1. The final saw a turn out that stunned many, supporters flanked the pitch with banners, beer and banter and cheered the girls home to a 5-0 win over Mildert to end the season.
It has been an epic year, and an absolute pleasure to captain and play with such a fantastic group of girls. And just in case you missed it #WEDONTLOSE.