Midlands Tier 1
MBBO Regional 1
Having a gander at all the lovely chaps? You’re most welcome. Don’t they look wonderful?!
The Occasionals are a very special side - a force to be reckoned with on and off the pitch. We take our hockey seriously and enjoy it, training twice a week before pitching our wares against the best sides the MBBO Regional 1 and BUCS Midlands Tier 1 have to offer. Last year we had a solid record in both competitions, ending above the whippersnapper ‘Wandies’ of Wilberforce Road.
Gritty, hard-fought wins are often some of the highlights of the season and demonstrate the mental strength and talent within our team. We look to play entertaining hockey with the results (and crowd) to match. Our active social scene is crucial to the success of the team and it is an area where many chaps excel alongside the difficulties of their degree, performing excellently in tutorials and the Tiki bar alike.
The pinnacle of the season is undoubtedly the annual Varsity match against the ‘Wanderers’. The Best Day of the Year (BDotY) is a family occasion with the entirety of both hockey clubs watching on, offering the most insightful and encouraging words of wisdom an Oxbridge education could offer such as, “Cambridge eat their cornflakes without milk”. Last year I did not play for the O’s so it would be ungentlemanly to comment on the result. This year will be different.
We are currently confirming our new Head Coach (after the Blues headhunted O’s stalwart Mark Rutherford) and have approached many people like Alex Ferguson and Eddie Hearn. We are thrilled to have resumed negotiations with the omnipresent Perera to continue in his role as Assistant Coach.
We are very proud to boast players with international credentials among our line-up. They have brought much sophistication and a portfolio of V-necks in many pleasing pastel shades. We even have an internationally capped Cypriot sensation and Vice-Captain of the O’s in the form of Mr. William Butler-Denby.
Whether you’re an incoming fresher or just too good for the Blues we would love to get you involved. The hairlines of some of our ex-players are just one testament to our longstanding and distinguished history.
With this year's side including a great balance of returning and new players, I’m looking forward to a really exciting season of Occasionals hockey.
Occasionals Captain 2020/21