After days of rain, the weather was kind to us on Sunday 17 March when OPs took to the astros for the annual OP v School hockey matches. Staff members David Byas, Sarah Metcalfe and Peter Horne umpired the games with the OP men’s team playing two halves of 30 minutes and the OP ladies playing three sessions of 20 minutes.
The ladies played some challenging hockey with the return of OP regulars Olivia, Charlotte, Laura, Jess, Lydia, Fran and Helen. Sophia and Lucy were playing for OPs for the first time and made a real impact with some good attacking play and a great goal by Lucy. Further goals were scored by Laura and Lydia and some great defensive work by OPs, who were playing without a goalkeeper for the entire match, kept the score at a 3-3 draw on the final whistle. Special thanks to parent, Janet Anderson, for stepping in at the last minute to play for the OPs.
The OP men’s team had some strong individual players in the squad again this year as well as the welcome return of Adam and Ed who have not been able to make it back in recent years. 2012 leavers John MC, Andrew J and Sam made their debut for OPs along with Joe and Tom adding strength and depth to the squad. During the first half OPs struggled to get into their stride and despite good pressure around the goal area they could not produce a score. After a productive team talk at half-time the OPs were much more organised in the second half and played some competitive hockey. However, the school side were too strong in the end and despite some excellent goalkeeping from Andrew J for the OPs, the school were the victors with the final score standing at 3-0 to the school.
After the matches everyone gathered in the pavilion for a drink and a catch up to round off a great morning. Thank you to all those who took part or came along to watch.
OP Ladies’ Team 2013
Lucy Butcher (1996-2005), Helen Bayram (2003-2007), Olivia Byas (1999-2008), Charlotte Flint (1997-2008), Laura Horne (2001-2008), Jess Blake (2003-2010), Lydia Edwards (1999-2010), Fran Rickatson (1999-2010), Sophia Eggleston (2004-2012), Janet Anderson (current parent!)
OP Men’s Team 2013
John Skinner (1975-1982), Mark Robson (1993-2000), Ed Gale (1993-2003), Adam Haines (1993-2003), Stuart Boneham (1998-2005), Andrew Welton (1996-2006), Mike West (2001-2008), Sam Knight (2001-2008), Joe Michniewicz (1998-2009), George Pollard (2003-2010), Thomas Beachell (2004-2011), Sam Berridge (2005-2012), John Micklem Cooper (2005-2012), Andrew Johnson (2005-2012)