Jane Peggs retires after 43 years with Wisbech Town Hockey Club ladies 1st team, as Long Sutton Hockey Club 2021/22 season draws to a close
Long-serving ladies first-team star Jane Peggs is hanging up her stick after more than 40 years on the field for Wisbech Town Hockey Club.
Jane celebrated her final game for the club during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cambridge City 3rd XI at Harecroft Road. She made her debut as a teenager back in 1979, and scored her side's only goal at the weekend.
She spent a year each with the third and second string sides before moving up to the first team, where she spent the next 41 years.
She was a member of the Wisbech Town Ladies 1st team which went unbeaten during the 2010/11 season, and the Wisbech Town Ladies Veterans side which reached the National Finals Day at Lee Valley in 2017.
Jane said: "The time is right. I have no regrets, and plenty of fantastic memories to last a lifetime. Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey Club will always hold a very special place for me."
She has also served as ladies club captain, and, on three separate occasions, ladies 1st XI captain; she has also held the positions of club chair twice, club secretary, membership secretary, and vice president secretary during her time with the club.
Hockey chairwoman Natalie Ward said: "I am privileged to have been Jane's team-mate, captain, and friend for many years.
"She has been hugely influential to both myself, and many others. Her drive and determination have been evident on and off the pitch; and the positive position that we find ourselves in as a club today is a testament to her passion and dedication.
"Jane has worked tirelessly to secure generous donations for the club, making it a place that the whole community can be exceptionally proud of. Current club personnel, and those who will attend the club in the future, will be forever in her debt. She is one in a million, and whilst I respect Jane's decision to retire from playing, it has been an honour to step onto the pitch with her on so many occasions.
"I will greatly miss her ‘do or die’ attitude, and we are all very grateful that she will remain an integral part of the club."
The club wrapped up its season with a series of impressive performances over the weekend.
The men's first team beat Sudbury 4-1 to secure their place in Division 1 North, with goals coming from Dominic Stannard, Sam Markillie and a Tom Jupp brace.
Head coach Charlie Baxter said: "It has been an extremely enjoyable, but at times difficult season for the men’s first team; but remaining in Division 1 is no less than the team deserves."
Wisbech men's 2nd XI thrashed local rivals March 8-2. After going 2-0 down, captain Jonathan Shippey, Mike Lawrence, Scott Welcher, Drew Harvey, Nick Osborn and Josh Porter (3) sealed the win.
The ladies' second team lost 1-0 to Cambridge City 5s, with skipper Harriet Bateman optimistic about her side's progress ahead of next season.
Lily Cooper netted a hat-trick as the ladies' third team ended their season with a 7-4 away win at Newmarket 3s.
Captain Nicola Greville, Andrea Eggleton, Oliwia Bolka and Sarah Champion were also on target.
The men's third team lost 5-0 away at Cambridge South 4s.
Long Sutton Hockey Club's sides also rounded off their campaign over the weekend; the men's first team sealed a 7-3 win over City of Peterborough 4s. Josh Baker opened the scoring from a tight angle before quickly adding his second, with Gary Hales joining in on the action.
Josh Fyson scored, with Baker grabbing his third and fourth and Hales adding another too.
Sam Gray was named man of the match.
The men's second team finished the season having won 20 or their 22 games, keeping 11 clean sheets and scoring 100 goals.
With the title and promotion in the bag, they romped to an 11-0 win over Cambridge.
Batten notched five, with Will White (2), Ian White (2), Watt and Josh Norey scoring.
Daniel Simpson was named man of the match as the men's 3s beat Bourne Deeping 4-1. Josh Norey, Gary Hales, and Matt Braginton were on the scoresheet.
Finally, the ladies 2s played out a 0-0 draw with a strong Ely side as another exciting season drew to a close.