Welcome to Sonning Hockey Club
We are a friendly and sociable Reading-based hockey club with a thriving membership in Mens, Ladies, Juniors and Mixed hockey.
New members are always welcome - please get in touch using the 'Contact Us' link above if you're interested in joining us or you would just like some more information.
Mens Section Information
I hope you have all been enjoying the glorious weather and managed to get a run out in the many fixtures we have had over the summer. Thanks to all those that have been instrumental in organising these games. The season is nearly upon us and what a season it is going to be.
This year will see us enter 7 teams in the MBBO league - there is no doubt this is a big step for the club. In fact the first weekend of the season sees Sonning 6s play Sonning 7s - clash of the titans and a pitch side must for all mighty 'ningers.
Pre Season Fitness:
Watch out for info re: pre season fitness......but please be working on your own. We want all the teams to be in good shape for the first league game!
This year we will be holding trials on Sat 31st August 11.30-13.30 - these will be aimed at shaping selection for the friendlies pre season, in advance of selection for the first league fixtures on 5th October. We have a packed pre season fixture list starting on 7th September. This will also be a good chance to catch old friends and have a social beer in the bar afterwards.
Men's 6s Legends v Men's 7s Heroes - 12th October
Today History was made as Sonning fielded 7 Senior mens sides in the league for the first time.
The rain held off; with the Legends in Blue and the Heroes in yellow, pre-match team talks began. This was soon interrupted so both teams could observe the landing of a hot air balloon on the adjacent cricket pitch. Many speculated that the balloon's occupant was a new big money signing for the Heroes but alas that was not the case.
The game started fairly evenly but the Legends showed more organisation and structure. This meant two past us in the first half including a lob of Alec Pond.
At the start of the second half the Heroes had most of the play with Wes, Ty, Jay, Jacob et al controlling the midfield and Jan helping out down the wing . However we had difficulties with the final ball past the Legends Old Guard who prevented us from scoring. We looked far more structured, especially in defense, however this could not prevent us from conceding three more goals.
There were many positives to take from the game. This was a brand new team and the first league game for Sonning for many players. I am sure within the coming weeks our communication and structure will improve and I look forward to picking up wins in the future.
Thank you to all the new players and colts who turned up for this historic match. Next time we face the Legends, we'll have the home ground advantage and will surely win!
Result: 5-0 to Sonning Legends
MOM: Joint winners - Jacob for his great distribution in the middle of the park and Rhys for his steady work between the sticks.
DOD: A unanimous decision of Pondy for being the tallest keeper but still being lobbed (and not being there to vote...)
Band night this Saturday, 5th October - don't miss it
Over 70 members have already sorted their tickets for this Saturday's band night with Echo performing and pie and chips to provide the energy for dancing!
Bar extension until 12.30am!
Contact Maria by midday Friday to reserve your ticket.