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Tour Report

By Trish Smart (current parent)

On a glorious sunny afternoon in late April, 31 over excited and giggly parents congregated on the lawn in front of Staverton Airport for welcome drinks prior to our flights to Jersey. We were then bundled into 2 small chartered planes more reminiscent of skinny cigar tubes; for once being short had its advantages!

On arrival in Jersey we were met by William Kay, a past parent and our tour guide for the weekend. We were whisked off to our ‘Faulty Towers’ hotel to check in before heading to Rozel Bay on the north of the island. There followed a jolly evening with the local opposition teams, and a sumptuous dinner of suckling pig washed down with jugs of Sangria.

At dawn on Saturday morning some of the tourists were reported to be enjoying the local amenities; golf before breakfast and even a spot of swimming in the sea. The morning progressed with a hike along the coast with stunning views for some or cycling the narrow lanes to enjoy the local scenery. Saturday afternoon gave way to 2 superb hockey matches with a host of goals and we’d like to think fast and furious play. As the sun set on an unrivalled day, we were treated to an evening at an exceptional fish restaurant, ‘The Oyster Box’, with the sea lapping outside.

Sunday morning arrived and the tourists were not quite so bright and breezy after the previous day’s excesses. We proceeded to play in a mixed mini tournament resulting in nil all scores in every match. Sustenance was required and once again sunny Jersey provided us with stunning views and an equally stunning restaurant for our final moments on the delightful island. We enjoyed a long and lazy late lunch, with speeches and prize giving to finish off, before heading home in our ‘cigar tubes’ to the normality of a working week ahead.

It was a truly superb weekend on tour, for which we owe our thanks to our team manager, Greg Poole, for excellent organisation. The hockey results were inconsequential, but the camaraderie, team spirit and hospitality was outstanding. Where next…………….

If you would like to join this band of merry parents on a Saturday morning, contact Mark Smith (mobile 07766 878 356) for more details. New members are always welcome. We meet Saturday mornings throughout the year and Tuesday evenings in the summer term. We play a host of fixtures and our talent varies from young, old, novice to ex- internationals. Please do come and join us. It’s social, fun and very welcoming!