Youth players show the future is bright for St Albans Hockey Club

Callum Emmerson in action for St Albans Hockey Club's 3rds. Picture: Chris Hobson

Callum Emmerson in action for St Albans Hockey Club's 3rds. Picture: Chris Hobson - Credit: Archant

St Albans Hockey Club’s youth players took centre stage on Saturday as they helped the men’s 8ths to a 4-1 win over Berkhamsted.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Burns and Sam Vance, 14, played a major part as the club’s newest team went second in Division 9SW of the East League.

The success of the teenagers comes on the back of the club’s half-term holiday camp, which saw several current international players coaching nearly 70 local young players at Oaklands.

Earlier in the day, a teenager-packed men’s 3rds, with boys’ captain Callum Emmerson to the fore, recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory over Richmond. On the road, the men’s 1st XI played out a goalless draw at Chelmsford in an even game which ended with unconverted chances at both ends.

The highlights of the weekend for the Tangerine Army, however, were two 2-0 away wins, achieved by the ladies’ 3rds and 5ths. Both teams are now second in their respectively leagues.


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This Saturday the unbeaten ladies’ 1sts head to Horsham, while the men’s 1sts headline another full programme of hockey at Oaklands in a 3pm pushback against City of Peterborough.

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