Mens Veterans Hockey – 2014 report

Div 1 report

2014 marked the third year of ANU running two teams in the preseason Monday night Veterans competition. We welcomed several new youngsters to vets in Andrew Cosh, Marty Smith and Greg Ward, and we took under our wing two refugees from United, Matt Raymond and Jamie Smith. The injection of new blood meant that our Div 2 team was considerably stronger than previous years and they duly proceeded to dominate.

In Div 1, the old stagers - Toby, Chappy, Ollie, and Billy - celebrated their sixth Vets season in a row, and Gerry, Sidesy, Chafer, Simon, Mick, Rohan, and Karl all suited up for another year of thinking man's hockey. Our newbies quickly found that Div 1 Vets hockey is no walk in the park against 50-year-old dinosaurs. Nooo, it's more about trying to stop 35-year-old ex-Lakers and last year’s retired first graders making you look silly on a hockey field – and yes, I did manage to tackle Dean Dawson cleanly - twice. When not chasing the competition front runners from Crookwell, Billy and Wardy managed to knock in 6 goals apiece to share the Div 1 Shitter, mainly thanks to a couple of big wins against Central and Goulburn. That almost made up for the two previous agonising, snatch-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-a-draw games that we had against Central. We farewell Mick to southern pastures next year, but hope to get more 35-year-old pups joining the old farts next year for the best and cheapest preseason workout you will ever get.

 


Div 1 Vets
Back: Gerry Clementine, Mick Compton, Karl Newport, Mick Larkin,
Alasdair Sides, Andrew Cosh, Ollie Raymond, Paul Chapman.
Front: Greg Ward, Andrew Hambridge, Toby Nichols, Matt Raymond

 

Div 2 report

The incredulous face of a man shocked by the decision to drop him from a Div 1 team is quite a sight. The outraged face of a man replaced by someone from a lower grade is also quite a sight. The delighted face of a man who realises that it’s fun to play in Div 2 is a soft comforting blanket.

Rick Bushell had his first season with the Vets Div 2 team this year and we welcomed him warmly. Little did he know that the decision to drop him was not based on form or fitness, but based on his ability to control the ball and deliver it to a salivating salty set of streamlined strikers - yes, Rick Bushell was put in Div 2 to provide the Chudleigh-Banks combination ample goal scoring opportunities through his sumptuous service to the forwards - sorry about that Rick, I hope you still had fun - we did.

The promise of a strong season for the Div 2 Vets was also strengthened with the inclusion of Hackney, D. and Smith, M. who, with the assistance of Sear, C. in goals conceded only 7 goals in 7 games. Of course, if you don’t score the best you can do is draw, so, while that defensive effort is really quite good, let us now discuss goals.

32 goals scored in 7 games, including a solid 20 from the Banks Chudleigh combination. Outrageous!

 

Name

Games

Goals

B&F

James Chudleigh

7

14

0

Tim Banks

6

6

0

Robert Solomon

6

4

4

Rick Bushell

5

2

7

Peter Meadows

4

2

4

Denis Hackney

7

1

5

Anthony Moore

6

1

7

Steve Woods

7

1

0

Andrew Cosh

1

1

0

 

 

Denis Hackney (known defender) will contest that his goal was the most important as it gave us a nice 1 nil win over Daramalan in Round 3 enabling us to have an undefeated season. Nice goal there Denis. Peter Spud Meadows and Dr Rob Solomon rounded out the forward line nicely, scoring goals without disrupting the finely balanced equilibrium that exists between the other strikers.

Ian Miller took it upon himself to award the B&F votes for every game. Of note was his flat refusal to award votes to goal scorers. The B&F ladder (see previous table) was therefore skewed towards the mids and defenders. Such blatant favouritism has not been seen since the famous Nutmeg Conglomerate Press Bribe scandal of 2012 in which certain members of an otherwise irrelevant forwards group took it upon themselves to attempt to influence Old Post editorials. The abject failure of that plan was humiliating for all involved. The same outcome is expected for Miller’s tragedy of a plan. Nonetheless, congratulations go to Rick and Ant Moore who were our Best and Fairest players and would have been even if the Miller-Plan-Of-Evil had not been implemented.

Stephen Davies, Ian NoVotes Miller, Ant Yes Moore Please, Steve Woods and Jacob Woolley filled out the mids and backs nicely, enabling and providing some strong distribution options.

It is important to note that this season was the first season where an ANU Vets team has won every game in a season. A good thing there was no final in which to choke this year. And on that finals note, it’s important to remember that without the scoring of goals, the undefeated and winning status of ANU Mens Div 2 Vets team would not have been possible.

I am sure everyone is keen for next season, the author certainly is. See you then.

Ollie and Chuds