It was apparent however that the mid 90s had brought a rather barren patch to Cardiff with Whitchurch dominating domestic hockey who resided numerous leagues above Cardiff. I took over the captaincy in the 1999 season and then began a rebuilding exercise led by Bill Hunt, Mark Shelton and...which included the introduction of overseas players . Yes this was the beginning of the onslaught of the 'Kiwis'.
The result was a dramatic turnaround in fortunes and Cardiff climbed the league structure year on year and by the end of the period of my captaincy in 2004 we were now the dominant force in wales hockey once again, regularly beating Whitchurch to win the national competitions. With National Championships came European trips and more memories. Maybe the lasting imagine of these is a crowd of local Belarussians chanting 'Nyet, Nyet Soviet' during our game against the Russians. Only problem was our Tour Manager Bill Hunt was key ringleader of the proceedings!
Deb meantime was a key member of the Ladies 1st X1 who during the same period had success themselves, competing in two European Championships during 1999 - 2005, one hosted by us in Cardiff, the other in Vienna.