9th November 2013
Past Reading players Old and New got together on Saturday to give Surbiton a hockey lesson. John Wyatt, Tom Bertram, Rhys Joyce, Simon Mason and Colin Cooper joined the Rustlers regulars and were ruthless in putting The Surbiton over 35 side to the sword.
Sadly Howard Hoskin and Ben Barnes were unable to play this time but never the less Reading were a strong side with Older boys Cookman, Holden and Briscoe rolling back the years.
All enjoyed themselves and hopefully will get back together soon. A further get together is planned for the 8th of Feb 12.00am at Reading (it is Bens 40th birthday that week!) – the return game again against Surbiton followed by a reunion lunch afterwards where it is hoped that some of the Older Current 1st Xl players will come along to add their verbal support by the pitch and in the bar.
Reading Rustlers London League Vets Champions again and Renegades fighting to retain their play off slot
The Rustlers put together a stunning 12 match winning streak to secure the London League Vets title for 2010/11. The Rustlers won every match from early November 2010 through to last Saturday, when they beat Surbiton 5-0 to take the league title with two matches to spare. This was an impressive feat and once again leaves a strong Richmond side humbled into 2nd place. The season has included a number of hard fought battles and close one goal wins and is testament to the resilience of the Rustlers as well as their ability to keep possession and score vital goals when the pressure was on.
The Rustlers again scored over 100 goals in a season making them a crowd favourite for their band of faithful followers!! The recruitment this season of internationals such as Rob Thompson and John Shaw combined with already established international Rustlers such as Richard Dodds and Don Williams has enabled them to put out exceptionally strong teams when the pressure is on (and when availability has allowed!), although ultimately the success has once again been down to the team work and professionalism of the whole squad.
This is the 11th league win in the last 12 years making the Rustlers the most successful team in the Reading Hockey Club history; so hats off to Nick Barton who has masterminded this winning streak for all 12 years as well as juggling his squad to cover both the Rustlers and Renegades fixtures.
Not to be completely outdone the Renegades have forced their way into a play-off position and currently lie 4th in the London League 5th Division. Winning their last 2 away matches would secure 4th place and take them into the end of season Cup competition. The Renegades have not shown the same consistency as the Rustlers (indeed they have had a tendency to blow somewhat hot and cold over successive weeks!) but the fact that they are playing teams many years younger (and quicker) has meant they have needed to be at full stretch to climb up the league to their current position. For the 2011/12 season the Renegades (adopting a new team name to be revealed at the end of the Season) will also play in the London League Vets (Division 2) allowing the squad to play against other vets teams which will provide a more sociable and consistent level of hockey for the old boys! And now that we have two pitches at Sonning Lane the club will no doubt have record takings at the bar throughout the 2011/12 season whenever the two teams play at home together!
Our thanks to Nick Barton for managing a fine balance between the two teams week-in / week-out and thus allowing so many ageing hockey players to continue enjoying fun, competitive and winning hockey.