Following the semi-retirement of Dom Male, who took Horsham Hockey Club’s Men’s first team through two promotions over 5 seasons, the club has appointed Tenjinder Hanspal as coach for the 2017-18 season.
Affectionately known as ‘Titch’ throughout the hockey community, Hanspal is one of the all-time top scorers in the National League, last season helping Sevenoaks win promotion to the Premiership. Now 39, for the time being he will remain as a player for the Kent club who play on Sundays, but devote his Saturdays to Horsham, run midweek coaching and plan overall strategy starting with pre-season fixtures.
Skipper Andrew Isaacs is delighted to have secured the services of such a notable forward. ‘Last year we had one of the best defences in the league, but scored the second lowest number of goals,’ he explained. ‘We hope that having a mentor of Titch’s calibre will galvanise our front line and the goals will start to flow.’
Manager Al Campbell still hopes to be able to call on Male’s services as a player, but explains that the ex-coach is feeling the years. ‘Dom went through a lot of pain last winter with various niggles and injuries, wants to spend more time with his young family, and also feels that he had taken the side as far as he could. The club will be forever grateful to him for his spectacular achievements, and we respect his decision.’
The season starts on September 30th and there is a new look about a South Prem division that now includes Winchester and Oxford University who gained promotion last term, and Indian Gymkhana who dropped down from the National Conference.
‘We see 2017-18 as a season for consolidation,’ says Campbell. ‘A couple of stalwarts have retired, we’re hoping to announce a few new signings, and a mid-table finish would nicely position us for a charge in 18-19.’
Updated 08:00 - 16 Aug 2017 by Stephen Watson