Ladies 1st XI
Chelmsford have always been amongst the elite of women’s hockey, both outdoors and indoors.
Chelmsford was one of the 10 founder members of the National League in 1989. Prior to this they had often featured in the National Club Finals. In 1979, they became National Champions and made their first foray into Europe the following year when they travelled to Leningrad and Barcelona as England’s representatives in the European Club Championships and came 5th. After that they made further appearances in the National Club Final and Semi-finals.
With the inception of the National league, Chelmsford qualified at the first time of asking by being successful in the East region play-offs. They have played in the National League ever since. For the main part, they have played in the Premier Division, although they spent 4 seasons in Division 1, before winning promotion back to the top flight in 1999. At the end of the 2004/5 season Chelmsford finished fourth in the Premier Division and represented England in the 2005 European Cup-Winners Tournament in Cologne, winning the silver medal.
Chelmsford has always been a successful Cup side, rarely failing to reach at least the quarter finals. They made three appearances in four seasons in the semi-finals between 1998 and 2001, and again in 2005.
Chelmsford has a long and strong tradition of indoor hockey. They have rarely been out of the top 4 since inception in 1977, when the National Indoor Championship began. Despite many appearances in both semi-finals and finals of the Indoor Championship at Crystal Palace, they have enjoyed their best success more recently since the development of the National Indoor League. They were National Champions in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005. As well as this, they have been play-off finalists since Finals Night was introduced in 2001. The 2004 season saw them enjoy their greatest triumph when they became Play-off Champions at Crystal Palace to add to their League title, winning all of their 10 indoor matches in the process. Chelmsford, England’s representative in the 2005 European Indoor Championship, won the bronze medal in Zurich and the Club hopes to build on this experience in years to come, having competed in the same competition in 2001.