Sutton Valence Vets
Playing no League hockey but only friendlies, the Veterans’ team comprises players of differing backgrounds and experience, but all with a keen intention to enjoy their games, and the company of like-minded others. Technically, Veterans start as young as 35, though, ideally mid 40s is better. Sutton Valence Vets current team’s ages span from mid 40s to over 80, and they are always looking for returning past players or those current ones who have become tired of League hockey, and want to enjoy the game again.
This season the Vets will again be playing Southern Counties’ Hockey Conference teams, both home and away. This gives a stronger base to the Vets’ match list, though it means some longer travel to take in teams in the Thames Valley area. It is hoped to still allow for games against Chelmsford and Canterbury Friars, though as both play League hockey, available times are limited. The Tonka Tournament at Chelmsford did not happen last season, due to clashing with a Junior Tournament. It is not yet certain if it is to happen this season, though for other reasons.
Past weather-related problems with the teams still having home grass pitches, and a reluctance on the part of some of the Thames Valley teams to play on grass anyway, is leading Conference to accept that more, and maybe most, games in the future will be played on astro. Valence Vets are happy to play at home or away and on either surface.
Anyone wanting to get back to competitive but enjoyable hockey should get in touch.
Vets voted 'Team of the Year' at Southern Counties' Hockey Conference AGM 30th April 2018. Not based on results, fortunately, but on the team that others "most enjoyed playing against, on the pitch and in the bar"