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Maidenhead Hockey club shortlisted for three awards at annual England Hockey Awards

Maidenhead Ladies 5ths.

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Maidenhead Hockey Club have been shortlisted in three categories at the annual England Hockey Awards.

The club features in the 'team of the year' awards, for both the men's and the women's categories, while one of its most committed members has been shortlisted for an 'unsung hero' award. The awards ceremony will take place tonight (May 11) in Leicester.

On the women's side of the club the Maidenhead Ladies 5ths team have been recognised for their excellent team ethos. The side was formed six years ago as a starter team for inexperienced players or beginners. It's also a gateway side for younger players (colts) to move through to the adult's game. Players from the 5ths now play at all levels of the club, including the ladies 1st team while the side recently finished in the top four of its division.

The men's Monarch's side have overcome several challenges to finish third in their league this year. They've developed the social side of the club increasing attendance at the post match teas and the improving camaraderie is being translated onto performances on the pitch.

Jonathan Crowther is up for the unsung hero award and has been an integral part of Maidenhead Hockey Club for more than 30 years. He's a player, an umpire, a treasurer and pitch facilities manager. He was recently instrumental in getting a defibrillator installed pitch side which came into use only four weeks after it was installed when an opposition player collapsed during a match due to a heart attack. Jonathan's actions in using the defibrillator, while the ambulance was on its way, bought the player valuable extra-time and he has since made a full recovery.

Dave Taylor, Chair of Maidenhead Hockey Club, said: “It is a real honour for the club to be featured in three different categories at this year’s awards. All of our teams and the individual players and members within them contribute to the welcoming and supportive nature and the success of our club. I wish all of those who have been shortlisted the very best of luck on the night. The whole club is behind them.”

The club is running its annual 'Back to Hockey' sessions from Sunday, May 19, 10.30am to 12 noon at Altwood School. They'll run for nine weeks.

Visit www.maidenheadhc.org.uk  for more information.

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