Today we celebrated the life of our dearly loved Graham Seaton. A member of SUBHC for many many years, Graham devoted many a year to the successful running of our club, in umpiring and fixtures organisation and indeed playing.
We will be forever indebted to the work and love that Graham put into SUBHC, and he will live fondly in our memories! It would be great to see loads of you at the Dam House tomorrow to raise another glass to this club legend!
"For those Bankers unable to attend the funeral of Graham 'Thespo' Seaton this afternoon, rest assured that he had the kind of send-off he might well have wished for: surrounded by music, laughter, family and friends from hockey. A beautiful, if slightly unconventional service, with much affection in evidence. Few people have ever been eulogised by an umpire in full kit. We shall miss him, though in doing so, we should remember everything he achieved with and for the club. Farewell Seats."
- SUBHC Member
With all 10 teams in action last weekend, it was brilliant to finally get the season fully going. With days at Fortress Goodwin very much limited, it was excellent to see good crowds at all the home games. The Men's 3s had a rude awakening in Yorkshire Prem against a strong Huddersfield Dragons side, with the boys in blue soundly beaten. Big Tom Robb's Barmy Army will be sure to bounce back next week, and we loved the sight of many new faces joining the ranks. The L2s got their first win under captain Eureka, with a tense 3-2 victory against Leeds Adel. Lot's of new faces around and some debut goals - brilliant to see! The M1s got their first three points of the season against Deeside Ramblers, courtesy of two Deeside own goals...they all count lads - reports are still coming in, but Harry Fletcher can indeed confirm that Gunge's beard is, indeed, terrible. L3s were dominant in their 3-0 performance against a difficult to break down Doncaster Independent side, but with plenty of possession, the deadlock was always going to be broken. Finally at the fortress, Rawhide's 5s secured a 1-1 draw against a very physical side. The sight of young Henry Dale, fresh from his GCSE's, being brought down by Brigg shoves in the back brought a tear to the eye. An unfortunate result for the M5s, but an encouraging performance nonetheless. Elsewhere, rumours report that John Moloughney arrived on time to his meet for the 3rd week in a row. Sadly, the M4s went down 1-0 to Ben Rhydding, but reports tell me it was a close game (more shooting drills required, apparently, Platty!) The M6s secured a cracking 1-1 draw with Doncaster, a side brimming with more fresh new players, and reports from a proud Captain Sam coming back very positively. The L1s travelled away to Lindum, losing not only 2-0 but having also to shell out 40p both ways in order to get across the toll bridge. The L1s will, I'm sure, bounce back stronger this weekend. The M2s had a tough day trip to Durham Uni, but the lads will be back this weekend keen to make amends! Finally, the magnificent 7s, featuring yet more new players succumbed to a 5-0 defeat away to the bearded folk of Halifax (see Georges Moss for confirmation). The tough game didn't dishearten the 7s and they will be ready for the game this Saturday, thankfully keeper Harry Barrett's knee seems to be OK now after taking a "knock" last week.
Overall, 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, a mixed bag of results, and lots to be looking forwards to in this coming season!
Bankers are back at it again with all 10 teams in action this weekend.
The Mens 1s face Harrogate 1s away - with a 3-2 preseason victory already under their belt, Barry's Boys will be hoping to extend their winning run to two games.
Meanwhile, the M2s face off against the old foe, Hallam. The boys will be keen to show their stuff after the disappointment of last week, and this will certainly be a game to get down and watch.
The M3s travel the short distance to Rotherham 1s, hoping to get their season kick started with a win. The team is looking young and fresh, with lots of new talent from our SUMHC counterparts.
Meanwhile, Moloughney, under the caring guide of Uncle Hadfield, leads his new and exciting development team against Rotherham 2s at home. The juniors are really coming up trumps this season, so it will be exciting to see how they play!
Rawhide leads his 5s away to bottom of the league Slazengers 3s, hoping to pick up maximum points and make amends for the heartbreak from last week.
Jonny and Sam (Jam?!) lead the 6s against Slazengers 2s, in what will be a tricky game. But, if the 6s performance from last week is anything to go by, the 6s will certainly be a tough opposition!
The M7s play their first home game of the season against Huddersfield Dragons 3s, looking for their first win of the season and a chance to enjoy some hockey without being rugby tackled off the ball.
The L1s host Boston Spa 1s, a team who seem to have been at the top of North Div 2 South East since time began. Always a tough but enjoyable fixture for the ladies, Fingers will be hoping to lead her players to 3 points!
The L2s face off against Harrogate. With a cracking win under their belt last weekend, the ladies will be hoping for another three points under their belt!
The L3s, finally, travel away to Barnsley, hoping to make it 3 wins from 3! Lost's ladies are looking very strong, and early indicators are looking good for a promotion push this season!