As most of you know, Robert Gerrard proudly sponsors Crostyx Juniors, the younger section of the Woodford based Crostyx Hockey Club. And it’s high time for an update on how they’ve been doing this season!
It’s been a highly successful season again and the fact that the number of teams has grown from four to seven and now includes U14 girls, U14 boys and U16 boys is testament to the triumph and popularity of the club. The three new teams were all entered into the prestigious Home Counties Leagues and their performance was to be applauded. Overall, Crostyx now has around 150 junior players who are involved on a regular basis.
Part of the Olympic Legacy, the Lee Valley Hockey Centre was opened last June and Crostyx Juniors were proud to be there to witness its unveiling. The centre has now become the base for training and home matches for the U14 girls, U14 boys and U16 boys and the matches have typically been played on the stadium pitch, cheered on by a raft of strong home support.
High Standards in Indoor Hockey
IndoorHockey.co.uk is a well-regarded competition and one the juniors have entered for the past few years. Everyone who knows about hockey holds this competition in great esteem. All seven Crostyx Juniors teams were entered and everyone competed to a top standard amidst a very high level competition. The U14 girls finished 6th out of 12 – fantastic considering many of the sides were national league level – and many of the Crostyx girls were selected for the Essex County U13 and U14 squads as a result.
It was great to see the U10 and U12 boys and girls promoted from Division Two to Division One in the Essex Mini League: they performed with excellence throughout the season. The level in Division One is significantly higher so there was a fresh challenge for players and coaches alike, which everyone adapted to brilliantly.
In the U14 girls’ team there were lots of new faces and there was a comfortable win for them in their development league. The Mercian League was home to the U14 boys for the season. Despite coming up against strong opposition they still managed a mid-table season finale. And in the England East League they came 3rd out of 5 ahead of old rivals Old Loughtonians.
Finally there was a joint second place finish for the U16 boys in their Mercian Home Counties Colts Challenge League.
What a fantastic time the club’s had in 2015 – massive congratulations to everyone involved – and here’s to an equally exciting and successful forthcoming season!