Keynsham hockey ladies win promotion
KEYNSHAM Hockey Club ladies 1st team have been promoted for the first time in 23 years.
After Covid stopped play for two years, the lifting of restrictions meant Keynsham ladies were raring to go for the 2021/22 season.
A great start in their Berkeley Division 1 campaign meant that by the halfway break over Christmas, they topped the table after nine matches with 25 points from a possible 27.
Turkey, Christmas pud and kilos of chocolate consumed, it was back to business in the new year, where they continued their campaign for promotion.
Their winning form continued, but their only loss, against their promotion rivals, saw Keynsham’s lead cut to a single point. This meant their last few results would be even more crucial, especially if it came down to goal difference.
The pressure really was on in their last three matches, and despite another two wins, it came down to a nail-biting last game of the season. Nerves were high among the players but so was their passion and hunger.
Everything they had worked hard for came to fruition in the last 70 minutes of the season. And they smashed it with a 5-0 win, prompting cheers and chants of “we are the champions” at the final whistle.
They finished three points clear with 47 and got promotion to East Division. Now roll on next season for road trips aplenty!