astro opening july 2009
The Astro Opening weekend was a great success with games celebrating the past, present and future of the club played over the two days. Chairman Eddie Byrnes, Club Captain Lawrence McNeight and long standing member Margaret Robson started the day off unveiling a plaque of members who contributed towards the funding of this fabulous facility.
Sunday saw the Badgers and Beavers have an inter-club tournament organised by Rich Lowry. Then the U18 boys showed us what the future holds for NSW and we now know why these young lads got into the last 16 of the country and the U15 boys got to the semi-final of the Plate last season.
The big game was next, when Tony Lydiate's unbeaten 6th team of the 1989 season took on The Eddie Byrnes Invitation XI. Lets just say that they remain unbeaten.
This ended a great weekend after we retired to the new clubhouse to have an ice bath and isotonic beer.
The first game was a South Wirral Old Boys Team against a Neston Select Team, incorporating a family theme in the starting line up. A great warm up game that ended with about 30 players on the pitch!
Then the Ladies National U18 Champions re-grouped for a game against a Neston Ladies Select Team. Some fine displays of hockey from the U18 team!
The last game on Saturday was the National League Old Boys against a Neston All Stars Team. The result was 4-3, but a great show of skill from the master craftsmen, who can still mix it with the best of them.