Pocklington School, Sunday 24 March 2019, 10,00am
There was no sign of last year’s ‘Beast from the East’, so happily the annual OP hockey fixtures could go ahead as planned. An extra feature this year was the inaugural OP netball match which really added to the event for both players and spectators alike.
Despite a last minute injury to former school hockey captain, Millie Barnes (09-18), and a number of regulars being unavailable, the OP ladies team had a strong contingent of players to take on the school including experienced goalkeeper Alice Cullen (08-15). This showed in the results as despite continued pressure from the school girls, the OPs won out in the end defeating the school 4-2.
The OP men also had some talented and experienced players in the team. However, injuries and a couple of late cancellations, meant they were a man down from the off, which weakened any advantage they may have had over the school boys. The OPs got off to a good start scoring the first goal of the match. However, in the end they were overpowered by the school who came away with a convincing 4-1 win.
The netball teams were out in full force for the first time in OP sporting history! Thank you to Lucy Hornby (02-04) for getting this event off the ground and to all the OPs who signed up to play. The OPs certainly enjoyed the game and the two sides were evenly matched which reflected in the final score of a 17-17 draw!
Thank you to the umpires: David Byas (Current staff, Hockey), Martin Davies (Current staff, Hockey), Peter Horne (Former staff, 82-18), Stuart Rawlings (OP 75-80, Hockey), Lucy Hornby (Current staff and OP 02-04, Netball), and Georgia Hird (Current staff, Netball) who generously gave their time to support the event and enable it to happen.
As in previous years, post-match refreshments were served in the pavilion and everyone enjoyed catching up with friends and staff.
A big thank you to everyone who came to play and please do come again next year. The provisional date for next year’s event is Sunday 22 March 2019.
OP Ladies’ hockey team 2019
Charlotte Atkinson (née Flint, 97-08), Laura Horne (01-08), Olivia Martin (née Byas, 99-08), Frankie Marsh (06-13), Vicky Hodgson (04-13), Ellie Stephenson (06-14), Georgina Lloyd (03-14), Kate Pratt (05-14), Alice Cullen (08-15), Camilla Eggleston (05-15), Emily Boddy (06-17), Libby Rhodes (15-17), Georgia Rothwell (07-18), Mia Parkinson (08-18)
OP Men’s hockey team 2019
Mark Robson (93-00), Andrew Welton (96-06), Guy Harland (07-12), John Cooper (06-12), Ben Byas (04-15), Joe Drydal (05-16), Ricky Blair (10-17), Will Blackburn (06-17), Harry Heywood (11-18), Rob Haigh (12-18)
OP Netball team 2019
Celeste Dunnet (née Deehan, 89-96), Abbi Dixon (92-97), Rebecca Henley (91-98), Rosie Whitfield (née Clappison, 91-98), Helen Stephenson (97-03), Sophie Burn (03-14), Rebecca Mann (10-17), Sophie McCracken (13-18)