Horsham Hockey Club target indoor promotion

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HORSHAM Hockey Club are gunning for promotion to Division 1 of the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships.

A stunning set of results saw the ladies first team win all five of their matches this weekend to be crowned Division 2 South winners, and they will now go head to head with the top three teams from the South and North Division in a battle for their place in next January’s Division 1.

Played annually over two weeks, the Super Sixes are a real test of skill and fitness ahead of the resumption of the outdoor league later in the month, and Horsham exceeded expectations by winning their regional division. It’s hoped the achievement will boost confidence for the remainder of the England Hockey League East Conference campaign, in which Horsham have a battle to avoid relegation.

Over the two days of competition at Whitgift School in Croydon, Horsham beat Barnes, Hounslow & Ealing 5-0; St Albans 4-2; Maidstone 4-0; Old Loughtonians 5-2 and Surbiton 4-2.

Coach Warren Gilmour said: “It was a great performance and most of the girls in the squad play outdoors too, so it was a good effort and will obviously get our confidence up for the remainder of the season.

“Indoor hockey is very good for the basic skills, fitness and close skills, it really does help for the outdoor game, there are real benefits..”

A top three finish was the target initially, but Horsham surpassed that ambition as short corner specialist Jess Dean took centre stage with a glut of goals.

“I wouldn’t say I was shocked with the results. The girls put in a great amount of effort, they were focused and we even kept a couple of clean sheets which is almost unheard of in indoor hockey,” Gilmour added.

“I’m now looking forward to the next stage and I think we can go quite well in that. The main thing for me was that all 11 players played their part, everyone contributed.”