A new record for membership


Each year, the membership starts a bit lower than it ends the previous season and people move on. Then it builds up over the season as Kobras join up. As a result, we only know how well we are doing on membership in June.

The end of the Kobras season is now just a week or so away, and paid-up membership today reached 208, a new record for the club. There are also a dozen trialists about.



Dads and lads and all and sundry

So we decided we’d run the Dads and Lads sessions again this year, and it’s fair to say that things got off to a slow start with only and handful of hardy souls turning up in the damp weather at the end of May. But as the weather has picked up, more and more people have been testing the waters, and we are now basically accommodating anyone who fancies a run around on a Sunday afternoon.

Seriously good fun.

Highlight of this week was undoubtedly Kenny Little, now into his fourth week as a hockey player, who, in the middle of a game, decided he’d attempt a tomahawk.

On the run. From a crazy angle.

And pulled it off!

A few of the old hands looked a bit crestfallen to me, although they’d cheered up by the time we took this photo.




End of an era

Last season marked the end of an era for the ladies section, as David Parry stepped down from umpiring after many years of service to the club. Apparently it all started with a bit of pressganging (from unnamed parties), after which he never looked back and the ladies section was blessed with knowing that they would always have one umpire available.

David (or ‘Mr Parry’, as he was deferentially known by the ladies section, always keen to stay the right side of an umpire) was back at KGV on Tuesday for a short ceremony to thank him for everything he has done for the club and the handing over of a small token of our appreciation.

We wish him all the best




Masters miss out

The O35s Interdistrict Ladies Tournament was held at Kilgraston last Saturday. Spirits were high despite rather dismal weather, however the Midland squad (comprising an Olympic Bronze medallist, a few current Scottish Masters players and 7 Kinross players) was unfortunately unable to retain the trophy. Lots of money raised for charity, and with any luck some new Midland strips!!




Golden Bart


Well done to Bart and his Midlands teammates, who came home from the boys’ interdistricts with a gold medal. Bart, sharing the goalkeeping duties, only let one goal past him in the whole tournament, which is hugely impressive.

Izzy and the girls had a tougher time of it, coming away in fourth place.




Dads and lads and "lads"

The first Dads and lads session of the summer kicked off over the weekend, with a few more or less wary dads and other assorted beginners pitting themselves against some lads, most of whom were “lads”, which is to say they were either daughters, or adults who just needed an extra runaround.

Great fun, particularly with Gerrold showing us how hockey is played in the Netherlands. Apparently it’s very much like the way it’s played in the Kinross Gentlemen’s Second Team, although as the picture below shows, the Dutch have added hockey “chic”.

Roll on next Sunday. Drop us a line if you’d like to join in.




Annual dinner

The traditional end of season bash took place at the clubhouse last Friday, with much swankiness and glamour on display, and that was just from the Gentlemen’s Second Team.

Dougie ended his term of office as president with a moving speech about his bladder issues, as well as covering all of the season’s major events and achievements, and handing out thanks and gratitude to all. Beth revealed herself as something of a raffle ninja, getting through dozens and dozens of prizes in an astonishingly short time, and despite the fact that the Ukrainian cognac kept reappearing on the table of prizes yet to be awarded. The non-alcoholic mulled wine, now long past its sell-by date, reappeared for the fourth year running.

Most importantly, this year’s gongs were handed out to worthy winners, and the awards ceremony was full of the usual gushing acceptance speeches and streams of running mascara (that was the Gentlemen’s Second Team again).

Winners this year were as follows:

Most valuable player
FirstsGrant OgilvieAmy Weatherup
SecondsJames FennaJoanne Pearson
Top gun
FirstsGrant OgilvieVicky Carver
SecondsDouglas Ogilvie Wendy Symington
Players' player
FirstsLachlan ScottAlice Lamont
SecondsAndrew MontfordShona Graham
Most improved playerJoe JenningsFiona Rae
Young player of the yearBen VollandNikki Dall
President's awardSusie McIntyre

Here is a photo featuring some of the winners, and also a few people who just wanted their photos taken.


Special thanks to Vicky Carver for organising everything so beautifully.

Same time next year?



Some more leaders

Congratulations to everyone who did the hockey leaders course at KAS a couple of weekends ago, in many cases dragging themselves away from their revision schedules in order to be there.

We are now looking in pretty good shape for coaching staff for the kobras.




Soho 2

We’re thrilled to announce that Soho Wealth have agreed to sponsor the men’s and Kobras section of the club for another three years.

Many thanks to Steven McColl for his continuing support (both on and off the pitch!)




Stepping up

For youngsters, one of the joys of playing for a small club is the chance to push on quite quickly, as creaking legs among the older contingent create opportunities.

So there was young William, expecting a season of gentle paced goalkeeping in Div 4, but instead getting pushed on to play in Div 1 with the firsts. And here he is savouring his first victory at that level.

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P..p..pick up a pizza

It was freezing cold for the girls Dev Squad game against the ladies seconds last night. That was bad enough, but the ladies had put out a very strong team too. So all in all, it was a pretty tough evening for the girls, who came out on the wrong end of 4-1. Still, a good time was had, and lot was learned and, to compensate, there was pizza from La Cigne in the clubhouse afterwards.

The girls may have come second in the hockey, but they are undoubtedly champion pizza eaters (as no doubt all the best athletes are).




Maintenance day at KAS


Great works were done at KAS this morning, with a small but hardy group of volunteers turning to learn the ropes of pitch maintenance. We ran the drag mat over the pitch and the leaf vacuum round the edges, treated the moss, swept debris from round the outside of the boards, inspected the nets and the banners, cleared gunge from under the gate grating and sprayed some weeds.

It was just over an hour’s work to do everything required, so hopefully not too onerous. We hope we will be able to make this a regular date in future so the pitch stays in top condition. Many thanks to all those who took part.

Duncan and Angus Nichol
Gerrold Kuijpers
Wendy Marshall
Kate Bayne
And three generations of the Jennings family!

The pics are courtesy of Joe, who caught Gurdi and I in “supervisory” mode.