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Men's hockey team optimistic for new season
1:54pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
CHELMSFORD Men head into the 2013/14 season with a renewed sense of optimism.
In spite of facing a fourth consecutive season outside of the National Leagues, there is a sense of optimism the team is heading in the right direction.
Since relegation from the National Conference East, following the 09/10 season, Chelmsford have consistently found themselves frustrated mid-table runners.
Now though there is a blend of stability in the coaching and management, while both experienced and new players are coming into the squad.
Head coach Dillet Gilkes has been at the helm of the squad for two full seasons and is optimistic about the third.
One of the introductions for the season is new captain Rob Hartley, who takes over after Adam Hunter stood down after three years in the role.
Hoping to lead the side to greater successes this year, he is similarly cautiously optimistic about the team’s prospects, and said: “I think this year could be a very interesting year as we have been pushing for the last couple of seasons and working on a certain style of play.
“We’ve held on to a core set of players who have played this way for several seasons, plus new addition who are picking it up pretty quickly it makes for a good chance for a push high up the league.”
East Premier A will be the battleground for the men from September 22, and there are a number of new faces to adapt to.
There are four new sides compared to last year’s fixtures list, including Peterborough 1st XI, coming down from the National League and replacing their own 2nd XI; and Rhamgaria, Wisbech Town and Norwich City all being promoted from East Premier B.
Chelmsford Men’s 1st XI begin their league campaign away to Wapping Hockey Club, on Saturday, September 22.
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