It was good to see everyone back out on the hockey pitch (using it for the purpose it is intended for and not as a local playground for the Adel bored teenagers of lockdown), catching up with friends and team mates and trying to remember which end of a hockey stick to hold.

The weekend’s games were all about having fun, participation along with a bit of healthy exercise to blow away the cobwebs built up over the last 3 months.  All of the games were keenly fought, closely matched and played in the right spirit. Perhaps the odd umpiring decision helped make some score lines closer than they might have been!

Whilst last Saturday was a welcome back to the pitch for all of our members, it was also the chance to say goodbye to one of our longstanding ladies players who is moving back to her homeland of Cumbria in the next few days.  Jenny Wright (or Gwynney to some of us who remember her early years) joined Adel nearly 20 years ago and since then has been a first team stalwart (other than pregnancy seasons!), mixed team regular, sociable tourist, Adel OAPs engine room in the midfield at summer league, junior coach and all round great friend and team mate to everyone at the club.  She has also overseen pre-season fitness training with husband Phil (her very own Mr Wright) and helped raise the bar across the club when it comes to squad fitness levels.

On the field, she was always competitive, displaying the Adel Til I Die spirit in every match (occasional glimpses of red-mist were sometimes misunderstood by the umpires) and a player who could always be relied on to pop up with a goal when it was needed.  It goes without saying, everyone at Adel will miss Jen and our loss is very much Carlisle’s gain, especially if Heidi and Joey turn out to be hockey players half as good as their Mum.  The number of comments on her farewell Facebook post give you an idea of how popular a club member she has been.

Good luck with the move Gwynney, stay in touch and you are always welcome back whenever you are in the area – if you could still make it for the odd OAP Wednesday evening summer league game, I know the rest of the squad will be relieved to see someone who can still run around the pitch.

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