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BOEHC reach National Trophy Final

Monday, 9 May, 2016 -- Helen Wilson

Blackheath and Old Elthamians Hockey Club took on Guernsey in the England Hockey National Trophy Final at Olympic Park on Sunday 1 May 2016. Sadly, the team fell at the final hurdle against the five-times finalists in a pulsating game that had everything to offer. The Kent/Sussex regional league champions had ten past and present Elthamians in their ranks and were so close to adding a National title to their emphatic league championship campaign.

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The boys had a great set of results on their journey to the final:

Won vs Old Bordenians (4-3)

Won vs Waltham Forest (6-1)

Won vs Wotton under Edge (5-3)

Won vs Didsbury Northern (6-0)

BOEHCIn the gripping final against Guernsey, OEs Mike Lawrence (2007) and Chris Harden (2011) were on the score sheet within the first half with the two teams tying 2-2 at half time. Guernsey were far to strong for BOEHC in the second half and ran out comfortable winners (7-2). Upwards of 300 members of the club were there to cheer on the BOEHC heroes and, despite the result, it was a fantastic achievement to reach the final and an outstanding day out for all concerned. OEs Tom Archer (2009), David Lawrence (2014) , Ben Stafford (2011) , Ed Bull (2012) and Tom Harden (2010) were also in the squad as well as current 1st XI Captain Jake Owen and Eltham College Gap Student Sacha DeMarigny. The side was coached by Eltham College's Hockey Professional, Calum Giles, and managed by the school's Head of Hockey, Edd Thorogood.

Even though the season ended with the disappointment of taking a National silver medal, the squad were crowned League Champions in the regular season winning the Kent/Sussex regional Premier by 12 points with Chris Harden and Mike Lawrence scoring 36 and 35 goals respectively.

 

The club and its squads have had a wonderful year across all sections, both Senior and Junior and it is no surprise that with all the hockey now played at Junior level, the link between the club and school is producing wonderful success.

BOEHC is now in its fourth season since the merger of Blackheath HC and Eltham College in 2012 and with the club now based on site at College Meadow both club and school hockey has gone from strength to strength. There has been a vast amount of success across all aspects of school and club hockey, with Eltham College reaching three different age group finals and becoming U18 Kent Cup champions, and BOEHC gaining their second promotion in four years to become a South Premiership club for the first time in a decade.

The club has been reborn as one of the top clubs in the South East of England sporting seven men's sides, four ladies' teams and 250 juniors with many of the schools' boys and girls featuring across all areas of the club. Additionally, there there is a huge number of OEs who have returned to play their club hockey at College Meadow.

BOEHC is an open club, not just for OEs or residents of Blackheath, and will soon be offering "back to Hockey" for those who used to play. For further information on the club and how to join please visit the website at www.blackheath.co.uk or contact the Chairman, Matt Wilde, on chairman@blackheath.co.uk