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Hockey round-up: Olympic gold medallist McCallin joins Maidenhead Ladies 1sts' coaching team

Eddie Westacott and Shona McCallin


Maidenhead HC Women

The England hockey player and Olympic gold medallist Shona McCallin has joined Maidenhead Hockey Club's coaching team.

Shona will bring her wealth of experience to the ladies first team, coaching alongside fellow England and Great Britain player Phil Roper.

She was welcomed to the club by captain Eddie Westacott last week and, when her schedule allows, will be at training on a weekly basis, helping the side to improve throughout the season.

The side could do with her help. They're currently sitting bottom of South Hockey League Division 1 with only a point to their name. On Saturday they were narrowly beaten 1-0 away at Tulse Hill & Dulwich Ladies 1sts.

Lindsey Lucas, chairwomen of Maidenhead Hockey Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Shona will be joining our coaching team here at Maidenhead Hockey Club.

"All of our members share a real passion and enjoyment for the game and to have Shona here is a true honour and a real boost for the players.

"We really are a very friendly and welcoming club and we are continually looking for new members to join – of all abilities.

"I’d really encourage anyone who is thinking about getting back into the sport or even trying it out for the first time to get in touch and come along for a trial session.”

This Saturday Maidenhead Ladies 1sts take on the unbeaten league leaders Hampstead and Westminster Ladies 2nds at Altwood School.


Marlow HC

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the 12 teams representing Marlow Hockey Club last weekend.

The men’s 1st team lost for the first time this season, going down 4-1 to a strong Reading 2nds. Charlie Thrush netted the side’s consolation goal.

Some stout defence, particularly in the first half, helped the men’s 2nds to a 2-2 draw against Oxford 2nds. Dan Field netted twice for the hosts who missed a penalty stroke and will feel they did enough to win the match.

Elsewhere the men’s 3rds were beaten 3-1 away at Wycombe 3rds, the 4ths lost 2-1 at home to Eastcote 4ths and the 5ths succumbed to a 5-2 away defeat at Reading University 5ths. The Strollers managed a 1-1 draw with Purley Veterans.

The Ladies 1sts were beaten 2-1 at home by Witney in a close contest, while the 2nds moved up to second after their stalemate at home to Wallingford.

The 3rds draw 1-1 with Oxford University 2nds and the 4ths were held to a goalless draw by Milton Keynes 2nds at home. The 5ths were 4-1 winners at Kidlington and the 6ths defeated Wallingford 5ths 3-0.

There were also some stunning results for the juniors with the u18s beating Wycombe 6-0 and the u16s girls A team winning a close game against Richmond 2-1.


Windsor HC

Windsor Ladies 1sts gave Oxford University Ladies 3rds a lesson in clinical finishing as they ran out 5-0 winners on Saturday.

Laura Hayes stroked them in front from a short corner before Sally Khoury finished off a fine move to make it 2-0.

Mel Van Huffel’s deft deflection from a wayward shot made it 3-0 and was an object lesson of chasing down what looked a lost cause.

Maxine Bonnage contributed her customary strike with a bullet of a shot just before half-time before Khoury gave Windsor further breathing space with a fifth after the break.

Windsor remain unbeaten in Division 1 and have scored an enviable 17 goals in the process. They make the short trip to Maidenhead Ladies 3rds tomorrow (Saturday).

Windsor Ladies 2nds conceded from a well-worked penalty corner to lose 1-0 against Amersham & Chalfont Ladies 4ths. They’ll be hoping to bounce back at Sonning Ladies 4ths this weekend.

A high scoring, high tempo game from Windsor Men’s 1sts saw them beat Oxford Men’s 3rds 5-2 this weekend. Will Biff, Charles Lambert, William McKegney, Ali Parkes and Frank Schuddemat were all on target for Windsor with Ben Brearey replying with two for the visitors.

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