Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

Men's 1s Michael Dorgan Testimonial

 16th Feb 2019

20181013-M1sTeamFive games to go and five weeks of hard work and commitment left for the Men’s 1st XI.

Sticking to the process is most important at this stage of the season, especially considering the position we find ourselves in: defending our lead at the top of South League Premier Division 2.

We arrived at Staines on Saturday afternoon in good spirits, ready for another challenging day out. There were a few stalwarts unavailable in Pearson and Vincent, who have earned the reputation as a formidable force at the back for Guildford.

After the first half our forwards were somewhat out of sorts, struggling to find the rhythm we had been hitting for the last few months. We had to fight hard to break down a steady back four from Staines and were arguably too direct throughout the first half, paying the price by keeping Staines in the game.

The second half started much like the first, with the GHC men just not able to find their straps across the park. Staines were first to trouble the scorers in a game that was setting up as a tight one. Fortunately, this first goal against kicked the GHC Men into action. It was our South African junior international, Remke, who came to the rescue with his 12th goal for GHC.

That was that, a 1-1 draw away from home. The 1st XI remain unbeaten but all upcoming opponents will be fighting hard for a place in the top four to gain promotion. We will need to be better over the coming weeks to hold our position.


Michael, ‘the Guildford way,’ Dorgan said goodbye to the 1st XI after Saturday. Dorgan joined the club this season, having not played hockey for several years. His energy and commitment were very soon rewarded, and he soon made a starting place in the 1st XI his own. There are very few people who match his work ethic. Dorgan has added value to the squad, both on and off the field, and has been instrumental in us maintaining this unbeaten run for so long. We wish him and his partner all the best in the coming months as they take on an exciting adventure abroad.


This week, the men are at home at 3pm SUnday 24 February against Eastbourne. It is set to be a cracker of a game with Eastbourne scrambling for points and our first meeting having ended in a draw.

We hope to see many of you down at the pitch to support the GHC teams playing at home, including the Ladies 1st XI who kick off at 13:15 against Hampstead and Westminster Ladies' 2s.

GHC 1 – 1 Staines

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