Commonwealth Games medallist Henry Weir says the sky’s the limit for Wimbledon Hockey Club this season.
The Dons are embarking upon their second term in the Premier Division of the NOW:Pensions National Hockey League after promotion in 2012/13.
Weir is full of confidence ahead of the new campaign following his bronze medal with England in Glasgow, alongside Wimbledon team-mates Phil Roper, Alastair Brogdon and Michael Hoare.
He said: “The top four was a dream target last year after getting promoted, but this year it’s very realistic.
“It helps that all four of us played well at the Commonwealths, but the rest of the squad is also in great shape.
“The vision for Wimbledon Hockey Club is to be the best side in London, and to be consistently in the top three teams in the country.
“With the players and coaches we have in place we are perfectly capable of doing that.”
England claimed a dramatic bronze with a 4-2 shoot-out win over New Zealand.
The side will hope it marks a turning point after coming fourth in the past two Commonwealth Games and two World Cups.
“The Games were fantastic, I definitely didn’t expect them to be as good as they were,” said Weir.
“The experience of the athlete’s village was the highlight for me; it was so exciting being around all the other athletes.
“I definitely haven’t got used to the bronze yet – it’s all still very fresh and I’m over the moon. I’m just trying to get back into my normal routine now.”
Weir is taking a hard-earned month away from hockey, after an intense summer at the World Cup and the Games with England.
It is the longest time that he and his fellow Wimbledon internationals will have off before the Rio Olympics, but Weir is desperate to get going again.
“I’m absolutely raring to go to be honest. It’s really important we start well this year,” he said. “Last season we were new in the league and it took us a few games to start getting results.
“We don’t have that excuse anymore and there’s no room to drop points if we want to get into the top four and qualify for Europe.
“For club hockey Europe is the biggest stage, but we are focusing on winning in the league and getting a play-off spot so we can start to get experience of playing in those huge games.”
The Dons kick-off their season on September 13 with a London derby, away to rivals Hampstead & Westminster.