Congratulations to those ladies from Sutton Coldfield hockey 1st XI who were voted Team of the Year at the England Hockey Awards last weekend.
After being shortlisted early last month, the Kukri kitted girls scooped the coveted award for England Hockey Ladies Team of the Season - seeing off stiff competition from Banbury, Maidstone, East Grinstead and Leicester.
The awards dinner was attended by captains Vicky Woolford and Becky Batsford, along with Jane Sixsmith who was also asked to present an award. 1st XI coach, Don Vinson, was nominated for performance coach of the season but lost out to the England U16's coach who had had an equally amazing season.
The ladies' award tops off their best season in several years where they won the EHL Womens Conference North, reached the semi final of the EHL Cup, and breezed through the playoffs without losing a game to gain promotion to the National Premier Division.
No rest for the wicked...training has begun already and the girls are looking ahead to their first match of the season against Bowdon Hightown - eventual winners of the EHL Cup. The game is hopefully being played at a newly laid Wyndley Pitch on the 17th September - all support will be greatly received we are told! So get down there and get behind the girls!
Congratulations to the ladies again, and to Don for his nomination.