“Festive Rallying Call”
As the Club now goes into hockey hibernation as a result of the season’s winter break we can all now look forward to the festive period in particular the clubs annual Christmas party being held in the Glen Tavern on the 20th of December and spending time with our family and friends before we are all back picking up our hockey sticks in mid-January.
Dunfermline City Hockey Club is in our fifth season since we formed as a new club and for the last four seasons we have successfully run two teams during this period as we continued to grow and develop our 1st and 2nd team squads as a club in the Dunfermline area.
I feel I need to make my December blog topic on a “Festive Rallying Call” to all our club members on a serious note to make you aware of my concern that in recent weeks we have seen a fall in the number of players making themselves available to play, with on a couple occasions us only having 13/15 players to fulfil our 1st and 2nd team fixtures that weekend. We have had to ask these players to double up on those occasions which are not ideal, and we cannot continue doing this for the remainder of the season if this trend continues.
It is worth pointing out that this season the club has had its most successful period in attracting new playing members since the start of the season with eight new members now playing on a regular basis namely James Luff, Sazz Kan, Ross Smith, Stuart Watson, Mark Law, Donald Kinnear, Thomas Pullar and Cairney Martin all making a valuable contribution to both our 1st & 2nd team squads but they need time to settle in and develop their skills and it is unfair to continue to expect them and others to double up most weeks.
I am sure you can appreciate that there is a gulf in class in the standard of hockey between playing in the East 1st division and East 3rd division and so far this season unfortunately we have not had the services of some of our more experienced 1st team squad members available for whatever reason which as you know has affected our 1st team results this season.
I fully understand that not everyone can be available to play each week or commit to play every match due to work or family commitments.
However, all I would stress is if you enjoy playing hockey, enjoy being a member of Dunfermline City Hockey Club then can you “Rally Round” by trying to commit to picking up your stick again on a more frequent basis when Hockey resumes again in January or the management committee may have to seriously consider the possibility dropping a team if it continues to prove difficult to fulfil our fixtures to the end of this season.
On a personal note and on behalf of all the club members I would like to wish David Tanton who broke his ankle during the recent match against Carnegie a full and speedy recovery and hope it doesn’t affect him getting to the bar at the Glen Tavern to buy his team mates a round of drinks!
Finally I would like to wish you all and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank all the members of the Management Committee for their support, commitment and hard work behind the scenes during the season on behalf of the Club.