No games this week but fortunately we have a very special treat for you. Having travelled all the way from Peterborough to watch his son and the rest of the 1st XI lads play in their title-deciding clash against John Moore, Ian Chitty a.k.a. Leggings Snr. was confused to find he'd turned up before his son had. Unfortunately the day wouldn't get much better from there, as the Lancaster lads would go on to lose the game 6-4 as well. Fortunately, Mr. Chitty has very kindly provided us with his own hilarious take on proceedings.
End of term round-up
All in all a hugely successful BUCS year for LUMHC. At the start of the season, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams were all looking for steady seasons after a difficult few years. Expectations have been exceeded greatly by what has happened on the pitch this season, with the 2nd and 3rd XIs both winning their respective leagues and the 1st XI only narrowly missing out on the last day of the season. Whilst everyone can be extremely proud of their efforts thus far, the season is far from over; the 3rd XI have their playoff final against Liverpool John Moore on an unspecified date next term, whilst all 3 teams will be looking to greatly improve on last year's Roses showing this year in York. BUCS season reviews for the 1st and 2nd XI will be up on the website shortly, meanwhile have a nice relaxing Easter, ready to go for pre-Roses training in a few week's time.
A fantastic term rounded off fittingly
Lent Term finished the way it had begun, with large amounts of alcohol and fun. With Week 10 deadlines and tests to contend with, the turnout at social on Wednesday for Bellend's last social in charge was impressive. As everyone arrived in Bentley's in their whaviest garms, it came as no surprise that Bellend decided to end his reign of terror with one last hurrah in the form of a club buckfast. This was only proceeded by a rather slow game of Marines, which was intermittently slowed down by calls of 'Benny, you'. Needless to say, the tempo of social picked up after the buckfast, with Dynamo and Bellend's 2008/09 Morecambe FC Third Shirt being the main casualties of the night.
A number of hockey lads then met up on Friday as they don't have any friends outside of hockey, and celebrated the end of term in the best way possible, by gurning at the Lancaster Photographer in Sugar and finding a shoe that somehow made its way into every single picture of the night.
Thanks to the social secs
The whole club got together at training on Monday to present Bellend with a small gift, as an act of gratitude for the huge amount of effort he's put in this year. However, the commitment from social secs Eileen and Flo should also not go unnoticed. Being in attendance for every single Wednesday and Saturday social is a pretty thankless task, but both of this year's social secs have gone above and beyond the call of duty to deliver one of the best years off the pitch in the club's recent history, and it is in no small part down to them. A special mention goes to Eileen, who has continued to turn up to socials twice a week, despite not playing hockey anymore and often having American football games on the Sunday. Thanks must also go to emergency social sec Alvin, who stepped into the breach when he was needed, even turning up to organise Gallon Challenge when he wasn't participating in the social. Whilst the social secs may not always get the recognition they deserve, everybody at the club appreciates the huge sacrifices they have made this year. Having had their last social on Wednesday, they now hand the reigns over to Beryl and Pugh, who take over after Roses, with a big job to do to match the effort of their predecessors.
The holidays ahead
The majority of the club have left Lancaster to try and rest and recuperate before the big pre-Roses push in 3 weeks time. However, a strong band of individuals are still in Lancaster, waiting patiently for the start of tour, which shall occur on Wednesday. After a few days in Lancaster on pre-tour, the lads and lasses head for Lloret de Mar under the guidance of Tour Sec Hopeless, on what should be a very merry and joyous trip. A week after getting back from Spain, the whole club then rendezvous back in Lancaster for pre-Roses training, which starts on Tuesday 18th April.