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Golborne Hockey Men's Section

Men's 1st X1

The Men’s 1st team have had another terrific season this year. After
being promoted last year into the North West Premier League (the highest
 league the club has ever been in), our aim at the start of the year was
 to maintain our Premier League Status. At the end of the season, we 
have managed to exceed expectations and secure a 3rd place finish - 43 
points, scoring 70 goals and conceding only 41, which is the lowest in 
the league. The team has gone from strength to strength with the 
addition of M Paine and C Tomkins into the squad and the team seems to
 be gelling together more every week. There have been ups and downs 
throughout the year but the highlight of the season has to be
 D Moorfield’s MoM display away against Preston scoring 4 goals and 
1 of them being an unreal drag flick! We will be eagerly awaiting the 
restructure of the leagues during the close season to see where we end
 up and hopefully can perform just as well as the last 2 years. 
Everyone who has stepped foot on the pitch for the 1st team this year
 has done the club proud and makes me happy to be part of such a great 
team.
- M Speight, Captain.

Men's 2nd X1

So 2019/2020, just made it and with multiple new faces as well 
as ins and outs we also saw 2 captains. The season itself was 
pretty much the same thankfully, no major concerns with the 
results but the one focus of the season, consistency. Sadly, 
we couldn’t manage it and with up and down performances with 
mixtures of players from different teams to fill gaps it just 
couldn’t be done. Finishing 6th was in the end a good effort 
but 4th would have been ideal but given availability of players
 at the end was limited, it was a good effort to get there. Huge 
effort and accordingly a big thanks to those involved this year.
- G Edwards-Jones, Captain.

Men's 3rd X1

Season 2019/20 has been a bit of a transitional one for Golborne Thunder. From the beginning, it was always apparent which teams were going to be the main players within Division 6SW, and that has been borne out when looking at the final
 league table.

With that in mind, the Thunders mantra of bringing players through from the junior setup and primarily enjoying our hockey, became more of a focus than that of previous seasons.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that the season has been quite challenging at times. The continued issues of having an overly large squad one week followed by a thread bare squad the next, have played havoc with our results, league positioning and our ability to build any tangible momentum.

That said, the season has given rise to numerous green shoots with regards to the future of the men’s hockey section. Tom has continued to flourish and I would expect him to be, at least, on the fringe of the second team next season. Luke has come into the team from junior hockey and will be better for the experience of having played competitive hockey for the majority of the season. Moving forward, another from junior hockey – Aaron – who joined us late in the season, will be another asset to the section next year. This progression is testament to the hard work and commitment put in by both them, and by all of the junior coaching staff.

A number of games have stuck in my memory, primarily the two games against the runaway League champions but also games where perhaps we haven’t come away with the result some of our play has perhaps warranted. The team have finished 8th with 22 points from 20 games, maybe four or five points off what I would have expected.

I’d like to thank everyone that has played for the Thunder this season – either as a bit part, or a regular player. I trust they have enjoyed their hockey as that is what playing for the Thunder is about. #wegoagain - S Farrell, Captain.