Nick’s looking up in quest for World Cup spot

Nick Morris, Belper Hockey Club'Photo by Terry Fletcher
Nick Morris, Belper Hockey Club'Photo by Terry Fletcher

Nick Morris is hoping to continue Belper Hockey Club’s pedigree of producing international players, as he aims to reach the 2016 World Cup.

Nick, who is first team manager and club secretary, recently made the move up from the England Masters over-40s side to the over-45s.

A cluster of club members are currently impressing on the international stage, most notably youngster Hollie Webb.

Webb is currently with the women’s GB team as they attempt to move a step closer to the Olympics in Rio by competing in a World League tournament in Spain.

The side had won three from three at the time of going to print.

As for Nick, last weekend he competed in a two-legged test series against Belgium and although they narrowly went down to a couple of defeats, he was delighted to bag a brace of morale-boosting strikes.

His next focus will be the home nations tournament in Edinburgh at the end of this month where he will hope to impress sufficiently to be selected in the final squad for August’s European Championships in London.

Speaking to the Belper News, he said: “I moved up to the over-45s and it’s been good fun so far.

“I got picked for the squad for the tests against Belgium and despite the defeats, I got myself a couple of goals.

“We’ve got the home nations later his month and then the squad for the Euros will be announced after that.

“Hopefully everything falls into place and it’s all about building towards the World Cup which takes place in Australia next year.”

Another club member hoping to impress for his country is Tom Sherratt, who will be representing the England Masters over-40s as he looks to follow Nick’s path to the European Championships.

In terms of the club’s general state, Nick says that the volunteer-run club continues to punch above its weight.

He added: “It is a constant battle to try and compete with other sides because they’re either coming at it from a professional point of view or they’re attached to universities.

“As a volunteer-run club it is difficult to compete.

“The men’s senior side were competing at the top not long ago and as a result we then got the juniors coming through. Then all of a sudden the players get older and juniors rise up and so you have to replace them.”

“I think we do extremely well considering what we’re up against.”

“We’re not based in a city and as I say we’re volunteer-led, but we have our fair share of success.”