Plenty to celebrate despite quieter future in store
Grantham Hockey Club may have played their last league match for the foreseeable future but that wasn’t going to stop them giving the 2015-16 season a suitable send-off at their end-of-season dinner on Saturday (23rd April).
With no pitch available for the coming season, the decision to exit from the East League was a formality, and duly ratified at the AGM which preceded the dinner.
However, rather than fold completely, the club has effectively been mothballed, in the hope that if a pitch becomes available locally in the future, a return to regular hockey will be on the cards.
Despite a difficult season, the club managed to finish in seventh place in the league, and celebrated some fine performances, including wins over Louth, Alford & District, draws against Bourne Deeping and Spalding.
A final 3-0 win away at Alford on the final day of the season saw the team close out their year with their heads held high.
At the awards ceremony, held at the Angel & Royal hotel, George Lodge was named as the Young Player Of The Year, Neil Baldwin the Player’s Player Of The Year and David Braunton the Captain’s Player Of The Year.
In a break from tradition chairman David Sykes then gave the Chairman’s Award to the entire committee for their work in keeping the club going during trying circumstances.
The floor was then offered up for members new and experienced to share their memories of playing for the club, which resulted in some great stories, plenty of laughter and a final toast to a club that, throughout its 109-year existence, has become something of a second family to many in and around the town.