WALLINGFORD HC played host to a festival of hockey, showcasing all aspects of our thriving ladies section.
With The Hithercroft bathed in glorious sunshine on Sunday, spectators were treated with some fantastic entertainment. Our Back 2 Hockey ladies took part in their first fixture, beating a combined Kidlington and Abingdon team 2-1. The event, partly funded by England Hockey, was designed to give players, who have been training regularly over the last year after returning to the sport, a taste of competitive action. Two goals from Jenny Capon saw Wallingford earn a 2-1 victory. The sides also took part in a seven-a-side round-robin tournament.
A Wallingford invitational XI, which included players from across three of our teams, then played host to international opposition in the form of American side University of Scranton. The students from Pennsylvania triumphed 1-0, Elizabeth Tolley scoring the only goal, but it was a fantastic contest especially in 25C heat. Due to the hot conditions, the match was split into four quarters of 17 minutes. Wallingford thought they had equalised, but Heather Merryweather's strike from a short corner was above the backboard.
Club secretary Claire Satchwell said: "It was a fantastic day. "Our Back To Hockey ladies enjoyed every minute and have improved so much. "A big thank you to England Hockey for the funding. "It was also great to welcome the University of Scranton to our club and to watch such a good-spirited match."