The HCG girls at the top

The HCG girls at the top
The HCG girls at the top

First in its National 2 group (third French level in field hockey), the women’s team of the Hockey Club of Grenoble will certainly not be able to move up to N1… the fault of infrastructure problems, recurring for fifteen years.

“We recruited well this year. This created a great dynamic, which could also attract new players in the future and give us a little visibility at national level. » For Jérémy Lepecq, one of the figures of the Grenoble Hockey Club (player and manager of the men’s team, responsible for infrastructure and slots, and in charge of communication), the results of the women’s team are obviously the big satisfaction with the current exercise.

2e at worst

With almost six goals scored per match and still none conceded in eight matches, the Grenobloises dominate the Nationale 2, before the last three matches of the season, on May 25 and 26 in Paris. “The N2 title will certainly be decided during the final match against Amiens, current second. But the girls are almost guaranteed to finish in the top two, knowing that 1er goes up directly, and the second plays a play-off match against the penultimate of N1”, specifies Jérémy Lepecq. Suffice to say that they are very serious candidates for N1 next year… except that they do not have an approved field for this level. “We play on a synthetic pitch designed for rugby and 7-a-side football. The carpet is higher, slower and the ball bounces more than on a specific field hockey pitch. We have an exemption for the N2, but we would not have it for the N1. »

Field problem

However, HCG has been negotiating with the City of Grenoble for fifteen years to obtain approved land, “even if it means sharing it with other sports. Our application was even accepted to recover one of the three approved carpets which will be used for the Paris Olympics tournament, but the town hall refused. We also went to see La Tronche, which studied the project but had to give up due to questions of financial arrangements and complicated work planning. » Obtaining additional training slots, since this year, and the installation of a container to store the equipment are nevertheless part of the few advances obtained by the HCG from the City of Grenoble.

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