THERE have been a number of role changes at Wallingford HC over the summer, none more so than at the top of our Ladies and Men’s sections where we have new club captains.
With the start of the 2018/19 season now upon us, we caught up with both of them, starting with Josie Brettell. The defender/midfielder is no stranger at the club, having been at Wallingford for more than 17 years. But she is spearheading a new era for the Ladies section following Phil Morris’s decision to step down as club captain after four years. “I am excited about taking over from Phil, if a little daunted,” said Josie. “Phil did such a great job of ensuring that each member of the club felt part of the Wallingford HC family. My experience of Wallingford, over the last 17 years, has definitely followed the club motto ‘seriously fun hockey’. I hope to encourage others to enjoy their hockey as I do.”
Josie is no stranger to captaincy, having skippered our first and second teams, as well as played for the mixed side. She has been a key member throughout her time at the club, but is modest when it comes to her talent on the pitch. “I am happy to play anywhere but lack a bit of direction when shooting,” she said. “Skills are not really my forte unless kicking the ball and using the back of my stick count!”
The role of club captain is onerous and time-consuming, with a daunting jobs list throughout the week ending with the bit we all enjoy at the weekend – playing hockey! Josie has chosen to split the role into smaller sections, with Jenny Capon taking on the responsibility of managing Fixtures Live. She is, however, still looking for volunteers, whether you are a player, partner or parent, to help with membership co-ordinating and gathering weekly match reports for our website. Josie said: “The role of club captain is not one that is easy to fill. Phil had done such a good job and despite much publication nobody felt able to take on the commitment. I believe this will be an ongoing problem as we all lead such busy lives. My plan is to take on the role with the proviso that I cannot do it by myself. Phil and Claire (Satchwell) have been giving me a lot of support but they both already do a huge amount for the club. I have split the role down into smaller sections and would love some help! We all love to play hockey but our club can only survive if we all give a bit back. Please do get in contact if you would like to chat about any of the roles!”