On Saturday, the Gloucester Panthers Division three team dedicated their match against Chatham to Sonia Tonks.
With a home ground advantage, the team started with a minute’s silence before launching into the game with fervour.
Vic and Dale Tonks were determined to honour Sonia’s wish to “bloody give ‘em some” and they didn’t disappoint.
The game started strong for the Panthers as Michael Green began assaulting the opposing goal, scoring several goals.
Chatham were not without response, scoring two goals in the first half. Winger, Piet Vanden Brink also scoring for the Panthers to take the team 6-2 up in by the end of the first half. T
he second half saw Chatham remaining scoreless as Gloucester continued their assault on the score line. Jacob Bird adding another goal to their tally.
Dale Tonks lead his own charge against Chatham and with only ten minutes remaining, the team pulled up fullback, Vic Tonks into the forwards with the hope of getting a goal however his son, Dale, finished off his hat trick of goals to finish up the game 10-2.
This certainly made up for the Division two’s crushing loss, 0-8, to Chatham last Thursday.
The Gloucester Hockey Club wish to offer the sincerest condolences to the Tonks’ family with the loss of a wonderful and spirited wife and mother.
Her presence on the sidelines, supporting her family and acting as third umpire during all of the team’s home games, will be much missed.