RIP Steve Pratt; friend of North Wilts HC
We heard recently that Steve Pratt, a great friend of North Wilts Hockey Club very sadly passed away on the 2nd February 2020. He gave his time freely and was a glass half full kind of guy. He will be missed.
His passion for the game was infectious and his passing has touched many within the club
Glyn says, “He had an obsession with ‘stick shielding’. I always remember him as a gent and as an umpire who tried to maintain a sense of fun with players“
Damo added, “From what I remember he loved to umpire and talk us through the game and tell us what we should be doing at the same time… he will be sorely missed”
Mike G. remembers his passion for free-flowing hockey, “One of my abiding memories was hearing Steve, when he was umpiring, shouting ‘play on, play on, it’s a man’s game’. Rest in peace dear friend.”
Very much “old school” – for all the right reasons. A fair few of the ladies have stories, very much along similar free-flowing hockey lines. He’s remembered by them for “his enthusiasm when signalling, and being vocal throughout the game so everyone knew to ‘Play on! Advantage. Play on!!’ “
As an umpire, he was strict and fair. In particular, Pixie’s main memory of him was, having “had a clash with him once and was sent off!”.
His love and support of North Wilts Hockey Club continued even after he moved away from the UK. He was a regular “international” guest umpire at out Summer 6s Hockey Festival and enjoyed socialising with players as well as wearing a yellow jersey. Having umpired at national-level tournaments in South East Asia he was easily our most esteemed umpire!
His joy for life and passion for hockey was always evident, however in his own words, he was also a humble man, “content living the simple life i have; my family, my church. Thats all i need”.
Rest in peace Steve. You will be sadly missed by all at North Wilts Hockey Club.