Men’s Capital League 1 2013 season – by Phillip Jorgensen
This season we struggled with keeping the same players on the field from week to week and began the season with Tim Black and Chris Hotchkis out due to injuries. This was a heavy loss to the defence, and the team found it hard to find a combination that allowed them to play their usual style of hockey.
Mid-way through the season we were fifth on the ladder and it looked very likely that we might not make the four! To the credit of the leadership group, senior players and coaching staff, we regrouped and spoke to the team. Following this, the team worked together and had a determination that saw the dismal start to the season turn around. We entered the play offs in third position and finally had a full squad, though; this was more through sheer determination on the part of several players who played through injuries.
In the Semi-Final, we played United; it was a tough gutsy game by our boys. The game went into ‘golden goal’ extra time Central wining 4-3. The Preliminary Final we played Old Canberrans, and we played a very clinical game and never let Old Canberrans into the game and won 3-0.
The Grand Final our chance to win back-to-back premierships, something only a few weeks ago we thought might not happen. We played Wests who were favourites, they scored early and at half time we were down 2-0. We entered the second half with determination and fighting spirit that saw us run over Wests late in the game to win 3-2. The victory was well deserved and as senior players noted after the game it was one of the sweetest wins they have ever enjoyed in their winning Central history, finishing off a season from ‘hell’ to win.
Jason Sleeman announced his retirement from first grade. Jason began playing with Central first grade in 1994 and has played over 330 games for us, Well Done Jason and thank you for your loyalty to the Club
Statistics: this seasons CL1 played 20 games: won 9, drew 4 and lost 7.
Leading goal scorers: Matthew Hotchkis, Daniel Hotchkis and Chris Jorgensen.
Best and Fairest: Chris Jorgensen
Most Promising Player: Liam Hackett-Hansson
Players Player: Matt Hotchkis
Luke Black, Tim Black, Andrew Tomadini, Chris Hotchkis, Chris Jorgensen, Jarred Brown, Jason Sleeman, Daniel Hotchkis, Matthew Hotchkis, Jason Donohoe, Toby White, Liam Hackett-Hansson, Thomson Stuckey, Simon White, Jamie Cummins, Nic Bowman, Troy Sutherland.
Coach: Phillip Jorgensen
Assistant Coach: Warwick Hotchkis
Managers: Joyce Hotchkis and Robert Tomadini
Time Keeper: Gary Firman