Iain remembered at club festival

Morpeth's Adam Craggs in action during the match with Grange from Edinburgh.
Morpeth's Adam Craggs in action during the match with Grange from Edinburgh.
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THERE was plenty of fun and games at Morpeth Hockey Club as it held its annual festival in memory of former player and captain Iain Cole.

This year the 16 teams, including the local ones, camped out and as well as the friendly competition there was entertainment from a band and kareoke at the Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club building.

The men’s winners were Liverpool Sefton and Roseberry from Middlesbrough were the victorious women’s team.

Iain’s mother Eileen presented the Coley Cup – given to the most sporting and best spirited team – to the Morpeth Outcasts, who were made up of players from the junior section.

Ladies First Team Captain Nicky Bowler said: “The weekend went very smoothly and all 16 teams had a fantastic time. Thankfully, the weather wasn’t too bad for the first year of camping out.

“The band went down really well and we even had a group of lads from Essex that were staying at Longhirst Hall who joined in with the hockey and social activities when they came along to find out what was going on.

“This was the fourth running of the event and it has got bigger and bigger each year. Hopefully, we can get some sponsorship to help improve it again in 2012.”

Iain, who died in a road accident in 2007, captained the club from 2001 to 2003 and was awarded Full Club Colours for his outstanding contribution to club life both on and off the pitch.