The Bring a Parent Day was a pretty big success for the club with dozens of parents joining their kids on the astro. It was great to see mums and dads get their first taste of hockey or rediscover their competitive spirit from their teens. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Tilly Boa and Jamie Carnegie at the University and all of the Madras players who helped out.
How many Madras Players and coaches can you spot in the picture?
After the enjoyment of our summer hockey sessions (accompanied by fantastic weather) it is time now to focus on the new season ahead and training will resume on Thursday 20th August, 20:00 at the University of St Andrews Sports Centre. If you are new to area and are looking to play some hockey or if you are looking to dust down your hockey skills after some time away from the game, you are very welcome to join our sessions. At £2 for adults and £1 for children the sessions provide great value and a fun way to get fit.
The first team open their new campaign with a game against Grove Menzieshill 3rd XI on Saturday 12th September at the University Sports Centre. The second team’s first game of their new season is against Perthshire 4th XI on Sunday 13th September in Perth.
Madras FP Men’s 1st Team open their 2014-15 on Saturday 13th September with a game against Grove Menzieshill 3rd XI in Dundee. The 2nd XI play their first game on the following weekend. The training sessions on Thursday evenings at the University of St Andrews sports centre have so far been well attended with a greater emphasis being placed this year on improving fitness.
It will be interesting to see if this change in training regime helps the Teams get through their long season with the first team due to play 22 games before the end of April.
We have some excellent news to report. The Club has been allocated a number of pairs of tickets for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games hockey tournament (details below)
If you would like to take up this opportunity to see high quality hockey played in Scotland, could you please let either Richard Tough or Jeremy Upton know by 5.00pm on Thursday 17th July.
See you in Glasgow.
||£ per Ticket
||Total Per Game
||Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Match
||Semi Finals and 5 v 6
||SCO v ENG, AUS v WAL
||SA v AUZ, SCO v WAL
||IND v WAL, SCO v SA
||7v8 and 9v10
The Midland League season has now reached the half way point with both 1st and 2nd Teams having played their last matches before the winter break. Matches will resume on Saturday 15th February for the 1st Team and Sunday 16th February for the 2nd Team. There is a chance that we might play one re-arranged game on Saturday 8th.
Overall, it has been a positive start for both Teams this year although there have been a few ups and downs. It has been great to see a number of new faces joining the club this season including some people returning to the game after a few years away.
The Club Committee members hope all players and supporters enjoy a well earned break (hopefully with some time put aside for exercise) and look forward to seeing existing and any new players at the first training session of the New Year on Thursday 9th January, 20:00, at the University of St Andrews Sports Centre.
The first Midland Hockey League fixtures were played on Saturday and it was a good opening weekend for both the 1st & 2nd XI’s.
The 1st’s recorded a 2 – 1 win against Harris 3rd XI with goals from Moray Brodie and Lloyd Sayer, built on a strong midfield performance. The 2nd’s beat Monarchs 3rd XI by the same margin in a very open game with the goals coming from Bartholomew Upton and Lloyd Sayer.
Short corner routine worked to perfection
Madras on the attack
The full fixture list for 2013-14 is now available under the Fixtures tab so get the dates and times into your diary.
Madras FP Men’s Hockey Club held their 50 anniversary celebrations in St Andrews on Saturday, 7th September. Over 30 current and former players enjoyed a tournament at the University Sports Centre in the afternoon under the watchful eye of Dave Duncanson. Three teams of mixed current and former players battled out 3 rounds of matches. All of us enjoyed friendly but also competitive hockey, glorious sunshine and even a fly past by the Red Arrows.
In the evening over 60 current and former players (including representatives from every decade of the Club’s existence) came together for a dinner at the Scores Hotel. Those present were able to hear speeches from players who had been involved with the club throughout the last 50 years including one of the Club’s founders, John Fraser as well having an opportunity to view a selection of material from the Club’s archives, courtesy of Ivor Hutchison.
A selection of photos from the day will be posted under the photos tab on the Web site so watch this space! Here’s to the Diamond celebrations