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Kobras at St Andrews

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The Madras tournament is traditionally the nice one - a summer's day in St Andrews should be balmy warm, the surroundings are nice, and Madras have been known to turn up with cakes from Fisher and Donaldson. It's well worth turning up for on the whole.

Not this time though. The U10s got away with it, but everyone else played in torrential rain from beginning to end. Your coaches were a couple of proverbial drowned rats at the end of it.

It was eventful stuff too. Fraser volunteered to play a couple of games for Carnegie and got a crack on the knee with a stick in return. He cheered up when he learned that the next game gave him a chance to play against (and humiliate) his sister though. 

Jessica, just coming back from holidays, had to shake off her fatigue to play her first game at U12. "A bit nervous" we were told. That was before she started running rings round everyone. Fatigue did catch up with her after a couple of games, but normal service was restored with a generous supply of biscuits between games, and she came away with a goal to her credit.

Iona was on fire, going round, through and over anyone who dared to get in her way. One of the opposition goalies seemed to be a bit irritated by having to pick the ball out of his net quite so often.

Finlay was playing like a man possessed, and revealed a feisty side to his quiet demeanour when the opposition started to get a bit flashy. Quite right too.

Thanks to Dave and Dan and Stuart for helping with the team supervision, and well done to everyone who braved the rain to play, particularly those who doubled up to play at more than one age group. What would we do without you?!

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Summer workshops

Tonight saw the first of our summer skills workshops, with the focus on short corner skills. It's fair to say that everyone got a great deal out of it - it makes a big difference to be able to focus on one area for two hours solid, without having to worry about time or temperature. Top banter among the coachees and some really good progress on upping the short corner standards across the club.

Many thanks to David McIntyre for volunteering to do the coaching.

The workshops are open to adult members and to the older Kobras. For the next couple of weeks, we have advanced and basic skills workshops running in parallel. Details below. If you haven't signed up but are interested in coming along, just let us know via the club email.

12 Jul Advanced: Disguised passes, Basic: Indian dribble
19 Jul Advanced: Tomahawks, Basic: Slap
26 Jul Advanced: Aerials

 

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Korinthians versus ladies

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Last night the Korinthians marked the end of their season with the annual match against the L2s (although there appeared to be quite a few players who resembled Ladies 1s players involved!)

As ever, the Korinthian spirit was nowhere to be seen, and it was another hard-fought encounter with the Ladies losing out to a last minute deflected goal from the "oldest swinger", Lesley. Final score 4-3, with consolation prizes downed in the Muirs afterwards.

Roll on next season!

 

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Drag night

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Lots of fun down at KAS tonight, as we welcomed Scotland international player Gavin Byers, who was running a drag flicking workshop for a select bunch of players from around the club. The weather was rotten (almost as bad as my photography), but it's fair to say that a good time was had by all. Alex MacKinnon was the star of the show, pinging the ball into the top corner with gay abandon.

 

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Long-duhration walkies

Congratulation and thanks to last year's club president, Gurdi Duhre, who walked the West Highland Way a few weeks back and has used some of the proceeds to subsidise all those lovely Kinross Hockey Club stick bags that arrived a few weeks back.

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Potty in pink

While it may have looked like a dangerous band of escaped lunatics, yesterday's invasion of the KAS pitch was in fact the participants in the annual Playing in Pink tournament, the annual fancy dress bash at which ladies teams from all over the place compete to outdress, outplay and ultimately outdrink each other, all in aid of charity.

They made quite a sight...

For the record, Kinross Pink were the winners and a good time was had by all.

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Dev squad debuts

Sunday saw the first outing of our girls development squad - a close encounter with Grove Menzieshill on a sweltering afternoon at KAS. Huge fun was had and honours were even, as Kinross corrected a two-goal deficit at half-time to end it 2-2.  

A great learning experience for everyone and a prospect of good things to come. Thanks to Tricia MacPherson for the pics.

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AGM highlights

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The AGM is rarely the most exciting event, so well done to everyone who turned up last week. For those who couldn't make it (or have better things to do), here are the important bits and pieces.

NEW COMMITTEE
President: Doug Ogilvie
Vice-President: Lindsey Knight
Club Secretary: vacant
Treasurer: Andrew Montford
Men's Club Captain: Vince Banks
Ladies' Club Captain: Nadia Breach
Ladies Club Secretary: Susie McIntyre
Men's Club Secretary: Mike Young
Junior Convenor: Andy McIntyre
Child Protection Officer: Fiona Rae
Social Convenor: Vicky Carver

TEAM OFFICIALS
(Captains and vice captains)
M1s: Dave Goodenough (Lachlan Scott)
M2s: Pete Smith (Muttley Getley)
L1s: Amy Weatherup (Philippa Orr)
L2s: Wendy Marshall: (Becca Thomson)
Ladies Indoor Beth Robinson
L1s match secretary: Lynn Jack
L2s match secretary: Laura Little
Korinthians Convenor: Lindsey Knight

SUBS
All rates will be increased by £10 per annum for next season. This is the first increase for 3 years for adults, and since time immemorial for Kobras. The new rates (per month, over 10 months) are therefore:

Adults £21.00
Youth £16.00
Social/U14 £9.50
U12 £8.00
U10 £6.50

WARM UP AREA
KHC has been asked by Kinross Astro to consider funding a planned warm up area adjacent to the pitch. The proposal was that the KHC committee should seek the authority of the AGM to take the project through to completion. The proposal is subject to obtaining funding and planning permission. In the event, the meeting decided that it wanted to review and authorise an agreed and costed plan. It was therefore agreed that the KHC committee could proceed with the project, but that an EGM would be required to authorise the spend.

*Please note that this is not an official record of the AGM and the minutes therefore supersede anything in this article.

 

 

 

 

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Busy morning at KAS

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It was an early start, but a glorious morning for the some of our Kobras who were doing the hockey leaders course.

We need extra hands on deck to cope with all the small people we have had joining the club (and if any adults are interested in getting involved, do let us know!)

The course coincided neatly with the first "come and try hockey" sessions for parents and partners, so our new coaches had some genuine beginners to try their skills out on, and got a bit of knockabout game as well. 

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Annual dinner 2018

Friday saw the annual awards night and dinner at Lochleven's larder. A fantastic time was had by all, and considerable amusement was had too, with the gentlemen's second team demonstrating that they are even nimbler on the dance floor than on a hockey pitch, although some cruel people suggested that this is not saying much. 

Lists of prizewinners below, plus a few rather grainy photos of the ravers in actions. Congratulations to everyone who won an award. Keep up the good work.

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PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Pete Smith

MEN'S SECTION

Young Player of the Year
Alex McConnell

Most improved player
Ben Volland

FIRST TEAM

MVP
Ollie Burton

Top Gun
Ollie Burton

Players' player
Lachlan Scott

SECOND TEAM

MVP
Ben Volland

Top Gun
Dougie Ogilvie and Vince Banks

Players' player
Ralph Hepburn

LADIES SECTION

Young Player of the Year
Robyn Graham

FIRST TEAM

MVP
Lindsey Knight

Top Scorer
Vicky Carver

Players' player
Sally Montford

SECOND TEAM

MVP
Becca Thomson

Top Scorer
Catherine Wray

Players' player
Sarah Collins


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The big match

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Lots of excitement among the girls with the Development Squad's first competitive game taking place against Grove on Sunday. (Nothing like a challenging start!)

The match is at KAS at 130pm. If you can make it along to support them, I'm sure they would appreciate it.

Bring pom-poms.

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Well done Ross

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Congratulations to Ross Telfer, who has been selected for the Midland U14 squad. The interdistrict final will be on 19 May at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

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