5 men's teams, 4 ladies' teams and too many boys' and girls' teams to mention playing at a vast range of ability levels from regional hockey to a very much slower pace of the game
Our Wildcats coaching takes in boys and girls from age 5 and we have members playing league hockey in their 70s
Our all-weather pitch is our own so we look after it! Wallingford Sports Park, our home, provides us with our own club hut, club room with bar, our own club changing rooms and many opportunities to play other sports such as tennis, squash and even petanque
We offer all of this for some of the cheapest club membership and match fees in southern England, offering discounted membership fees for new members and service personnel
Whether you're a current player looking for a new club or looking to return to hockey after a while we have something to offer you. We are also offering half price membership for all new senior members.
Keep an eye on the calendar below for details of social events and training and please do get in touch with one of our Club Captains for more information.
SOME of our members proved just why we are such a close-knit club by paying a visit to Alan Holmes.
Claire Satchwell, Hatty Wood and John Atkins went to Wallingford Hospital last week for a catch-up and to show him a new accolade which was presented for the first time at our annual dinner. Named in his honour, Hatty received the Alan Holmes Umpire of the Year prize and they presented him with his very own award to keep. Hatty outdid herself, with a bit of professional help, in getting Alan up on to his feet and walking. Claire said: “What a lovely afternoon. I felt part of something very special. It was made even more special by the obvious signs that other club members had been down to see Alan - the community spirit is strong at Wallingford.”
WALLINGFORD Ladies 3s battled hard but suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at the University of Reading 4s.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s loss, where the hosts secured victory late in the second half, confirmed Wallingford’s relegation from Division 2 of the Trysports Three Counties League. Despite ending the season with defeat against a strong outfit, it was great to see the side progress throughout the campaign. They showed fantastic team spirit, emphasised by a post-match trip to the pub, to take the fight to the last game. That’s it for senior hockey at Wallingford until September ... here’s to 2018/19!
ANOTHER year of seriously fun hockey at Wallingford and another enjoyable annual dinner to round it all off.
By the standing ovation they received, everyone was in agreement this year’s Dave Perry award winners were more than deserving. After a number of years of dedication and hard work regarding all things Wildcats, David and Freddy Shannon have put our juniors well and truly on the map and they are more than holding their own on a national stage – thank you for everything.
Evidence of the emerging talent at our club is the fact all four ladies awards went to young players, while the Flavell accolade (young female player of the season) was shared. Sisters Evie and Connie Potts have shone for the Ladies 1s and 2s respectively and we can’t wait for them to return to the pitch next year. The boys prize, the Grumball, went to Oliver Kerry, who has impressed for the 3s, 4s and 5s, and he will surely be moving rapidly up the club in the near future.
It’s fair to say everyone knows Les Cooke and it was fantastic to see him collect the Curry Pot for being an all-round good egg, whether it be coaching, playing, umpiring, or general maintenance jobs.
There was also a new award in the Alan Holmes Umpire of the year prize. This went to Hatty Wood, who received a named whistle, and it is fully deserved. She ensures every game is officiated and has been drumming up new umpires with success - thank you.
Our men’s 2s were deserving recipients of the team of the year prize after winning MBBO Division 3.
The annual dinner also saw our club captains entertain with their season round-ups ahead of stepping down from the roles. Phil Morris has been outstanding over the last four years and will be difficult to replace in the ladies section. She made the role her own, ensuring she was a major presence from the ladies 1s down to Back To Hockey, and attended every committee meeting with enthusiasm. Jonny Chitty was new to the men’s club captaincy last summer, but is also having to step down.
All that is left to say is a big thank you to Claire Satchwell and her team of volunteers for the hours they put in to make the annual dinner such a success.
Here’s to next season!
OTHER AWARD WINNERS
Players of the year:
|Mens 1st team: Guy Harrop||Ladies 1st team: Nia Geary-Andrews|
|Mens 2nd team: Ben White||Ladies 2nd team: Connie Potts|
|Mens 3rd team: Tom Jewell||Ladies 3rd team: Lily May|
|Mens 4th team: Ian Hadland||Ladies 4th team: Meg Tinker|
|Mens 5th team: Tom Bridge|
WALLINGFORD 4s rounded off a fantastic season with an impressive 2-1 victory over previous leaders South Berkshire 4s on Saturday.
The fine win saw the side finish third in Trysports Three Counties League Division 5 and deny their opponents the title. Courteney and Millie scored in a brilliant performance which saw the ladies finish the season with an impressive 11-match unbeaten run.
Meanwhile, our Ladies 3s still have one game remaining in their fight to stay in Division 2. Despite a battling and positive performance, they were beaten 3-0 at home by champions Abingdon. Club captain Phil donned the goalkeeping kit and pulled off a string of fine saves to deservedly be awarded player of the match. This Saturday’s game against the University of Reading 4s is a big one, with only goal difference separating the sides. Wallingford occupy the final relegation spot and it really will be a winner takes all clash in Berkshire. Come on ladies!