The Ashvillian Festival of Hockey took place on Sunday 20th March 2016 at The Peter Holt All-Weather Pitch, Ashville College:
It was a delight to umpire such a close match between the Old Boys and the 1st XI. The result of 6 – 3 to the 1st XI was rather flattering, or so you would say if you were a member of our veteran’s squad. It truly was a game of end to end skill with thoughtful, tactical skill from both sides.
Regretfully we had to abandon, hopefully only for the current year, our tournament format as player after player regretfully informed us they had prior commitments one week from Easter. This did not dampen the enthusiasm of those present, who enjoyed the game in balmy, sunny, Spring conditions.
The conclusion of the game was followed by Brunch in the Richardson Room, where Derek Mitchell, a veteran OA himself (1948-1954), presented the Sunderland Trophy to the highest goal scorer Henry Ogilvie and Peter Holt, who said he had enjoyed the game immensely, presented his trophy to the winning team. The Angela Holt trophy for man of the match was awarded to George Thompson.
It was delightful to see Andrew Johnson return to catch up with those who returned and a huge thank you to Phil Holmes, Richard Horsley for greeting and umpiring. Our thanks go to Lynn Conway for liaising with the Old Boys and preparing much of the groundwork for yet another successful venture.