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Bourne Deeping Hockey Club chairman Peter Moisey reviews their East League season

Bourne Deeping Hockey Club chairman Peter Moisey is hoping the Dragons can bounce back next season after a challenging campaign.

The Dragons endured a tough season last term which was ravaged by injury setbacks and player unavailabilities.

The season ended early due to the Covid-19 outbreak but, going into the final flurry of fixtures, four of Bourne Deeping’s five men’s teams were in the relegation places in their respective divisions.

Bourne Deeping Hockey Club will be aiming to bounce back next season.
Bourne Deeping Hockey Club will be aiming to bounce back next season.

A provisional list of divisions for next season released by the East League has placed the Dragons first team in Division One for next term – after being in Premier B – with the seconds in Division 4NW and thirds in Division 5NW.

The fourth and fifth teams will compete against each other in Division 6NW(N).

Speaking at the club’s virtual presentation night, Moisey praised the efforts of the players last season before setting his sights on a more promising new campaign.

Moisey said: “We are looking forward to getting the green light to play again, but this has given us time to reflect on last season.

“We had a quite few disruptions last season in terms of injuries and players fading away so we struggled for numbers across the club. Although it looked like an uphill battle at times, we stepped up.

“When you’ve been in this environment for a long time you see these things and you have good seasons and difficult ones.

“We did achieve the impossible on some weeks by getting all our teams out and, although most of it was fun but sometimes frustrating, we did get through it until the end of the season.

“We’re certainly looking forward to better results next season as we make a few changes.

“Myself and the committee were so greatful for everyone who has put in the effort and stepped up.

Bourne Deeping Hockey Club are proud of their flourishing junior set-up.
Bourne Deeping Hockey Club are proud of their flourishing junior set-up.

“There is certainly some that have gone above and beyond what you would have expected.

“We will continue to try and get as many people playing hockey as we can because we’re not alone in trying to meet that challenge.

“We found a solution last season in one way or another and we will stand together again ready to bounce back next season whenever that is.

“We continue to develop really good junior players who will be promoted through to our senior squads and we couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The ladies first team fared slightly better than their male counterparts and will retain their place in Division 2NW for next season.

The seconds were relegated though and they will join their third team colleagues in Division 4NW next term.

The end of seasons awards saw Andy Briault named men’s senior player of the season for the East League club with Isia Jasinska taking the ladies accolade.

Hugo Brill was male young player of the season with Elizabeth Nunn netting the ladies’ award. Ed Sarsby was voted clubperson of the season.

Team players player of the season awards were as follows: Men’s 6th – Daniel Feest; Men’s 5th – Joe Ashby; Men’s 4th – Lee Langley; Mens’s 3rd – Joe Wray; Men’s 2nd – Andy Briault; Men’s 1st – Joe Young; Ladies 3rd – Isia Jasinska; Ladies 2nd – Vicky Mumby; Ladies 1st – Alice Brookes.

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