Celebrations

40th Birthday - life begins at......

Aberdeen Bon Accord MBC Hockey Club celebrated 40 years of being a club having provided hockey to the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire areas since 1972.   'Bon Accord' is the motto of the City of Aberdeen meaning 'Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.'   This is something that is strongly reflected in our club, many members have made many new friendships and we have a strong connection with former members.  Players development and further development is foremost in our minds and as such gain many returning members when players come back to the city or otherwise.  A tradition we wish to maintain always. 

 Celebrate !

Aberdeen Bon Accord Ladies Hockey Club had merged with 2 clubs, firstly Nomads in 1989 and latterly with MBC Hockey Club in 2001. These mergers brought about one of the largest hockey clubs in Aberdeen with a membership split between both youth and senior players. The club is a fully integrated family oriented Club in the North East of Scotland and only one of a handful in the country who provide hockey for both sexes and all age groups, hence our tag line “Club for all ages”.

 

On Saturday 25th August 2012, the club celebrated with members and former members by having some fun games at Rubislaw Astro Turf pitch, sticks were dusted down and thankfully no muscles pulled !  In the evening we had a lovely 3 course meal at the Palm Court Hotel and had invited 3 esteemed guests to give a speech pertaining to the era they played.

 

Carrie Welsh with her BAMBC bands on !

First up was Carrie Welsh who joined the club around the late 70’s into the 80’s and she delivered a fabulous speech about the wonders of grass hockey and the fact we communicated via letter/postcards to inform players of the games!, she also alluded to one of our greatest achievements of that time, getting to the final of the Club Championships 1983 where we were up against Glasgow Western, the prize was Europe, sadly we lost 3-0 but gave the club the belief to go forward to National League in 1984, the only ladies club to do so  for many years. 

 



Wendy Stewart - Olympic hero


Second up was our Olympic hero Wendy Stewart, who was fresh back from umpiring for her now home Canada, we are so proud of her gaining this great achievement.  Wendy was cheered in with a guard of honour by our youngest members, a special moment indeed. Wendy’s era was to talk us  through the “Naughty 90’s”, she herself was a driving force behind the merger from Nomads. We did have success winning National League Division 3 in 1995 and then straight through Division 2 in 1996, getting back to Division 1 was a major achievement for the club and we had all worked hard to get there.




Iona MacDonald - Ginger Warrior !



Last but by no means least, Iona MacDonald stepped up to talk about the early years of the MBC merger, having been an MBC girl herself, she recently has come back to the club having been away in Glasgow.  The move from a ladies club to a mixed club was huge and gave us more scope to attract new players and to develop as a club. 

 


Angie Keith
It was not only an honour for us to have these people within our clubs during the various eras but having them with us to celebrate our 40th birthday was truly special.  Speaking to most who attended the event the club’s ethos hasn’t changed simply providing a sense of belonging for everyone who has been involved at any level within it.

 



Wendy Stewart and Club President Debbie Masie

The clubs future is bright we have been running the school hockey club for the past 2 seasons and gained a solid partnership with Cults Academy, which we are keen to promote and develop.  We currently have 3 sponsors, Adecco, Jamiesons Book-Keeping and Accountancy and MTM Homes along with an affiliation to Aberdeen Physiotherapy.  We are always looking to promote our profile within the community by providing training and taster sessions, flyer drops, social and charity events which means we are always on the look out for volunteers, both non-playing and playing, all parents, friends, sponsors welcome.



After the excitement of the Olympics and hockey being one of the sports, we hope to keep the momentum going towards the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014 and beyond.


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