Tring players on form as Herts Masters take regional crown

The Herts Masters saw off Cambridge in the final of the East Region Masters Hockey County Championship
The Herts Masters saw off Cambridge in the final of the East Region Masters Hockey County Championship

Tring quartet Paul Davies, Gary Arthurs, Ian Styles and Steve Warr played their part as the Herts Masters saw off Cambridge in the final of the East Region Masters Hockey County Championship.

The tournament was set up as part of a new initiative to promote to masters hockey in the region and attract more players to the game.

Masters hockey caters for players in various age groups, from over-35 for women and over-40 for men, through to over-60.

Initially, regional preliminary tournaments were held at both masters over-40 and over-50 level, with the winners going through to the final.

The over-50s final took place in Cambridge between Northern Preliminary winners Cambridge and Southern Preliminary winners Herts.

It turned out to be a tight game, with Herts edging out Cambridge 1-0 in a very good advert for masters hockey.

The first half performance from Herts was outstanding – played at a pace that Cambridge simply couldn’t live with.

The pressure eventually took its toll as Herts scored from a short corner, before defending their lead well for the remainder of the half.

Herts continued to press forward after the break and won a number of short corners, but Cambridge stood firm.

At the other end, a combination of strong defence and fine goalkeeping kept Herts at bay, and they saw out the remaining time to clinch the win.

The cup was presented to the Herts team by Rob Oakley, director of east region masters hockey.

Players who are fit and fancy trying their hand at masters hockey should contact Herts masters representative Ken Hall at hertsmastershockey@virginmmedia.com