East London get new season off to super start with Essex Cup and Rose bowl double!
PUBLISHED: 10:10 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 06 September 2018
East London Hockey Club had double reason to cheer ahead of the new league season after picking up two pieces of silverware at the weekend.
Their men and women took on rival clubs from across Essex, including Redbridge, Basildon, Southend, Colchester, Old Loughtonians, Crostyx, Upminster and Old Southendians.
And they came away with the Essex Cup and Essex Rose Bowl titles after some excellent displays.
The men’s seconds had won the cup for the past four years and beat Redbridge, Basildon, Southend, Old Loughts and Crostyx, while drawing with Old Southendian, to make it five in a row.
They scored 13 goals without reply on the day, with Steve Canwell named player of the tournament for outstanding play and distribution of the ball from centre-half throughout the competition.
The women had finished runners-up in the Rose Bowl last year and were keen to reclaim the title they had won back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.
They topped their group with three wins and a draw, then beat Basildon 4-0 in the semi-finals.
But there was nothing between them and Upminster in the final, which ended in a 1-1 draw and went to penalty flicks.
Anastasia Nicholl and Claire Bergin kept their composure to convert for East London, while goalkeeper Perdita Elizabeth was beaten only once by Upminster as East London came out on top.
Nicky Sevel was named player of the tournament for her skill, determination and excellent all-round performance on the day.
Elsewhere, a combined women’s seventh/eighths finished second in the Chelmer Cup after a win and four draws and a club spokesperson said: “It’s a fabulous start to the season and a sign of things to come for East London Hockey Club as the winter season fast approaches.”
The new East League season begins on September 22, when East London men host Havering in Premier B.
The women are also at home on opening day as they welcome Ashford in East Division One. East London will field a total of 18 teams this season.
Fixtures – men, East Premier B: East London v Havering; Div 2S: Hertford v East London II; Div 3SE: Wapping V v East London III: Div 4SE: Wapping VII v East London IV; Div 5SE: East London V v Wapping VIII; Div 6SE: Wapping IX v East London VI; East London VII v Saffron Walden IV; Div 8SE: Romford II v East London VIII; Div 10SE: East London IX v Saffron Walden VIII; women, East Div 1S: East London v Ashford; Div 2SW: Wapping II v East London II; Essex Premier: East London III v East London IV; Div 1: East London V v Wapping V; Div 3: Wapping VII v East London VI; Div 4: East London VII v Southend III; Div 5: East London VIII v East London IX.