Tiverton started the year mid-way through their South East 2 season in dominant form. While beating Minehead B, ECV Hornets B, West Dorset A and both the A and B teams from Chard, Tiverton conceded just 2 goals and scored on average 10 goals a game to sit at the top of the division.
The middle of March saw the visit of University of Exeter F for what would be the title-deciding fixture. Tiverton fell short on that day, losing 2-0 at home as the Uni avenged their own home loss earlier in the season. Despite the result, Tivvy gained promotion to South East 1, with Cameron Main ending the season by scoring his 100th goal for the club.
Main was awarded player of the season at the end of season awards and was presented with the number 100 Tiverton shirt to honour his extraordinary achievement which was accomplished in only a few years since the club was formed. Stephen Walton was awarded Young Player of the Year and Glenn Redler picked up Most Improved Player twelve months after taking up the sport.
During the off-season Tiverton were kept busy with Summer League action hosted by Taunton Vale Hockey Club. The tournament was played in good spirit throughout and although they were underdogs going in to the competition's semi-final, Tiverton held their own and took the tie to penalty flicks. Experienced hands James Luckett, Andy Thomas, Cameron Main and Dave Hoaen put their flicks away. Sam Coffey saved the opposition's final attempt to take Tivvy in to the final.
The final was played a week later and was a competitive affair. Despite being 2-1 down at half time, Tiverton kept their heads up and took a 3-2 advantage. Their opposition fought back picking up two late goals to take the title.
An injury to Coffey in a friendly summer evening knockabout, which saw the Devon Air Ambulance arrive at the Exe Valley Leisure Centre, led to a series of matches during the summer to raise money for local charities. These included some mixed hockey matches with members of Tiverton White Eagles joining in.
League action recommenced in earnest at the end of September. With Tiverton now in the South East 1 division, the opposition was expected to be tougher. The team were unbeaten for their first six matches, but since then the club's form has been mixed with losses away to Minehead and East Devon A and a home defeat by their old nemesis, the Exeter Uni F team.
There is room for optimism going in to 2018. Tiverton rounded off the year with a home win against Ashmoor B and currently sit fifth in the league after 12 games, just 5 points off the top of the table. The first of the final 10 games of the season is on Saturday 13th January with an away trip to Exeter and Culm Vale Hornets A in what will be a must-win tie for the club.
Tiverton Men's Hockey Club would like to wish everyone involved in hockey in the South West a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2018.