Spalding Hockey Club's Fred Morris is named in England Hockey’s Team of the Year for 2020
Spalding Hockey Club stalwart Fred Morris has been recognised for his tremendous commitment to the sport.
Morris has been named in England Hockey’s Team of the Year for 2020 after the sport’s governing body asked for nominations to be submitted about individuals who have gone above and beyond for their clubs.
The individuals selected in the team ranged from volunteering with the elderly on Christmas Day to completing gruelling challenges and ensuring clubs could return to the pitch safely.
Morris – a past chairman and current coach at the Surfleet-based Glen Park club – was nominated for his consistent hard work and continuing to develop junior and walking hockey.
Known as ‘Super Fred’ at the East League club, his nomination said that Spalding ‘would be lost without him.’
Clubs in the East League – which features Spalding andLong Sutton as well as Bourne and Deeping – are currently playing the waiting game to find out if their campaigns can continue.
The season has been suspended due to the national lockdown which has also brought a halt to all activities and training sessions.
Competitive matches haven’t been played since the end of October and league officials are facing a race against time to stage enough fixtures to fulfil the requirements to run a minimum season.
League secretary Neil Liversedge explained: “The national lockdown means that no league hockey can currently take place and we fear this will be the case for some time.
“Certainly to even run a minimum season in a majority of divisions (where teams play each other once) it will require all of the East region to return into tier two by the end of February.
“Prior to the second lockdown in November, the East region was in a good position with a high percentage of games played as it demonstrated that within our clubs there really is a great desire for members to return to play in a safe manner.
“As a league management committee you will understand that currently it is impossible to plan anything as all games are suspended.
“We do continue to plan for the minimum season. However, we will communicate this more clearly once there are some green shoots in the field of returning to play.
“We do need everything to go our way so that we are all in tier two by the time the current lockdown is reviewed.
“We cannot and will not resume games until England Hockey state that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have authorised the return to level five of their Return to Play Guidelines and then we will only be facilitating clubs being able to play competitive sport.
“However, we are sure that the wish for everything to go our way is reflected by the whole of the hockey community, so that we can start to live life with some semblance of normality.
“Let’s hope we can get back to the hockey field and enjoy each other’s company safely some time in the near future.”
Spalding’s men’s first team had been enjoying a decent campaign in Premier B, currently occupying fifth spot, while the second string were fourth in Division 3NW.
The thirds are third in Division 5NW with the fourths and fifths among the leading lights in Division 6NW(N) in third and fourth spot respectively.
The ladies will be setting their sights on rising up the Division 2NW standings with the second and third teams in comfortable mid-table positions.
Long Sutton’s men’s first team are second in Division 3NW with the second string in ninth spot in the same division while the thirds currently top the Division 6NW(N).
The ladies first team is one place above Spalding in Division 2NW while the second team will be looking to move away from the lower regions of Division 4NW(N).
Bourne Deeping’s men’s first team are currently at the foot of the Division One standings after six successive defeats while the seconds are mid-table in Division 4NW.
The thirds and fourths are eighth and ninth respectively in Division 5NW while the fifth team are sixth in Division 6NW(N).
The ladies first team are second in Division 2NW having won five of their six league games so far.
The third team is currently second in Division 4NW(N) with the unbeaten second string just three points and one place behind having won all three of their league games so far this season.