2020 Team Of The Year - Part 2

Team Of The Year
It may have been a difficult year but 2020 was also the perfect exhibition just how spirited the hockey family is.

From amazing fundraising efforts to club stalwarts continuing to play a huge role in ensuring their clubs keep moving forward, here is the second Team Of The Year as nominated by you.

Team Of The Year - Special XI 2

Name: Peter Mackerell
Club: Formby HC
Nomination: Peter has played an instrumental role in allowing his club – and the juniors in particular – to keep playing hockey in the last few months. As ground chairman, he was a key figure behind the laying of a new pitch in March last year and also led a group of volunteers keeping the club in good order for an eventual return. He ensured the facilities were Covid secure, has umpired and also captained the men’s 3rd XI.

Name: Victoria Thomas-Parker
Club: Brookfields HC
Nomination: Determined to do something to help others, Victoria organised for her club to do a socially distanced 12 mile walk during the first lockdown. Between them, the members raised more than £1,000 for Walking With Wounded – a fantastic effort.

Name: Elliot Barling
Club: Hertford HC
Nomination: A ‘young man who has plenty to offer’, Elliot has not only been the umpire coordinator for the club – organising officials so games could be played – but has also coached the women’s section, been the lead coach for the U16 girls’ team and helped drive the club forward.

Name: Tina Simpson
Club: Badminton & Pucklechurch HC
Nomination: Described by her nominator as a ‘totally selfless person who I have so much respect and love for’, Tina has been an influential figure for many across the last year. She used all the skill and knowledge from her job in a local authority to ensure the club could pass their risk assessment to resume playing, working with local facilities to ensure all criteria was met. Always putting others before herself, her nominator also said: ‘I thank her for her hard work as I know she deals with a lot but is always one to help others before herself both on and off the pitch’. She is also a very handy player across all areas of the pitch.

Name: Charlie Lankfer
Club: Pelicans HC
Nomination: Charlie stepped in as chairman of the club at the start of the current season, which is also their centenary year. He’s had to deal with plenty thanks to the current pandemic but has pushed the club forward and also helped the men’s 3rd XI to the top of the league. The club hope to recognise his efforts and celebrate their anniversary when it is safe to do so.

Name: Leanne Traynor
Club: Longridge HC
Nomination: Leanne has dedicated 20 years of her life to the club and currently holds a huge number of roles at the club. She is currently vice-chair, secretary, accountant, vice-captain of the 1st XI, a junior coach, an umpire and the umpire secretary. Furthermore she’s also one of the best and most reliable midfielders at the club, has a full-time job and is raising two daughters. Her nominator said: ‘Longridge Hockey Club would be non-existent if not for Leanne! I am proud that she to call her my cousin and she truly deserves recognition finally for all her amazing hard work.’

Name: Jonny Ireland
Club: Lymm HC
Nomination: Jonny has pulled off some impressive feats to help Lymm HC over the last few months. Most notably, he produced and sold ice cream to raise more than £1,000 for the club and helped organised mixed inter-club hockey games when they couldn’t travel out of their area. As well as being the men’s club captain, a coach and an umpire, we agree that ‘more hockey clubs need a Jonny Ireland!’

Name: Judith Barton
Club: Reading HC
Nomination: Judith’s dedication to ensuring young people can play hockey is brilliant. She is at the club from 07:00 until late every weekend without fail and plays a huge role in organising one of the largest junior sections around. She also runs the ‘Hungry Hut’ so parents are kept well nourished too and has been the club’s Covid Officer, ensuring they meet all the guidelines. She is ‘an absolute diamond and an amazing asset’.

Name: Emma Peacock
Club: Somerset Gryphons HC
Nomination: Another person who dedicated the first lockdown to helping others, Emma set up a running challenge and raised more than £2,000 for Dementia UK in the process. Awesome work!

Name: Sharon Colvin Cooper, Lorna Thompson, Chantelle Hodgson
Club: Redcar HC
Nomination: It may have been a tough year but these three members of Redcar HC have been an inspiration, working incredibly hard for the club to keep it going in spite of everything. We hope they get their rewards and can return to the pitch before too long.

Name: Izzy Gardiner
Club: Broxbourne HC
Nomination: A very talented young player and member of the women’s 1st XI, Izzy has also used her voice to speak out for state school hockey players who haven’t been able to access pitches to train over the last few months.