East Antrim Hockey Club

In Association with Amazon.co.uk

East Antrim Hockey Club
We're Reading

Short Corners,
Long Memories

Search Articles


  • 1st XI Captains Report
  • Thoughts on 2007
  • Its that half way point again....
  • Seaside Town Painted Green as Seconds Continue Demolition Derby
  • Mutterings of a Comeback Kid
  • Seconds shatter critics with resounding victory
  • A new Beginning
  • No more jet lag for the Seconds...
  • 1st XI Captain’s Diary
  • TOUR!!!!!

    Contact Us


    © Copyright 1996- 2024
    East Antrim HC
    All rights reserved.
    Non Sibi Cunctus.

    HomeMembers OnlyNewsClubHistoryFun StuffMultimediaWeb Site Specification

    Features - 28/12/2006

    By The Webmaster

    1st XI Captain’s Diary

    Called round to the 2nd XI Captain’s house to find him playing conkers with his vice-captain. When I asked what they were doing, they claimed it was part of a new “Option Analysis” technique - in this case, which players got selected for the 2nd XI. “What do you do outside of the conker season?” I asked. “Well, later in the year we play marbles”.

    Told the chairman how pleased I was to see the 2nd Captain taking selection seriously. The Chairman apologised for them playing conkers. “Oh don’t apologise. After the selection meetings I have been to in the past, they’ve finally come up with a technique I can understand.”

    The Chairman told me that he is writing a report for the “Sporting Life”. His research has shown that conker-made selections are nearly twice as likely to be accepted by Selection Committees than those produced by any other children’s game.
    They are also three to four times more likely to be adopted than those generated by traditional methods of determining skill and ability.

    This conker technique has proved remarkably accurate. So much so that I have decided to adopt the same procedure to selection of the 1st XI.

    It is time to plan who will form the team for the cup match. As usual there is bitter rivalry. No-one wants to be selected for the 1st XI. In previous years we have tried ballots, points systems and the old Captain’s standby - personal favourites. All have resulted in acrimony and season-long recriminations. Not so this year. Conkers at two paces in Glengormley!!!