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We have lost many of our core players this year due to various circumstances: moving on to pastures new, taking on new jobs and lives out of Porto. Since September ´13 we are sad to say good bye to Liam Donnelly, Richard Davidson, Greg and Katie Stotesbury and Zé Pedro Matos who have formed a central part of our teams. Despite this, we have managed to continue playing on most Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, albeit with smaller numbers.

It was our turn to host the annual Lisbon game in 2013, which was held in March. The Club provided an excellent hockey dinner, which was enjoyed by a good turn out from both teams. Thank you to Mark Weeks for being pitch captain for both games and for his encouragement of our players.

The men´s game was played on the artificial surface at Parque da Cidade. Though we had fewer players to choose from due to unavailability and injury, we only lost 1-2; seeing the Men´s Dawson Trophy return to Lisbon. Despite the reduced numbers, we showed some excellent skills due in part to practising more often on our artificial pitch at the Club. Youenn Magnant, our goalie, saved some terrific shots and Mark Weeks scored our only goal.

The mixed game was held on the grass pitch at the OCLTC, we drew 1-1, Lisbon retaining the trophy. Again, a competitive game and luckily with no major injuries considering the greasy grass surface due to heavy rain the day before. We had many more players for the mixed game on the Sunday which allowed us to roll players on and off so that everyone who wanted to got a turn on the pitch.

Thank you to all the players for demonstrating great spirit and teamwork on the pitch. We look forward to an enjoyable new hockey season.

Should you wish to join us, we welcome players of any ability and experience at our social games held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons at the OCLTC. Please contact one of the hockey committee members for any further information

 The Hockey Sub-Committee



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