SOUTHGATE PEOPLE – Milly Berndes-Cade

Well known to many, Milly is a Ladies 1 player and coach for the Ladies 4’s. Milly descends from a hockey family with Mum Jo playing for the 4’s, Dad Brian in the Magnums and brother Ben playing for the 4’s. She tells us in this weeks interview all about returning to SHC after graduating, being a hockey badger and top scoring for Oxford City!

Milly has also come board recently to take on the role of Social Media Manager for SHC to help us develop that side of the club. So look out for a bit more activity over our various Southgate accounts in the coming weeks. 

When did you and what led you to join Southgate HC?

 I played at Southgate as a junior and in the ladies section before going to university.  After ‘graduating’ in 2020 I knew I wanted to come back and play. After travelling near and far in our minibus for BUCS games its safe to say that I think Southgate has some of the best facilities to offer and this was definitely a factor in my decision to return.  

Before you joined where did you play?

During university I played for Oxford City for a season in my final year where we got promoted and I was top goal scorer so I’m hoping to bring some of that energy to Southgate this year! 

What have been the highlights of your time at the club?

I’ve made some really great friends whilst playing at Southgate so I would say that that is my biggest take away. 

How long have you been captain/coached X team?

This season I am co-coaching the fab ladies 4’s and often the ladies 5’s too with the assistance of Ellie Rob. I also play for the Ladies 1st XI.

How has the team been getting on this season?

Both teams are an absolute pleasure to work with and always turn up with a great enthusiasm to training and games. The ladies 4’s left 2020 on a big high beating London rivals Teddington and they now sit comfortably in sixth. Coaching has been highly rewarding this season considering how restrictions have limited getting out of the house for lots of people. I am really grateful to be able to contribute to providing some entertainment to both the team as I know how important playing hockey is to so many Gate members!  

What have been the challenges that have come with the job?

 Making sure that everyone is happy and enjoying the session! Both teams are so diverse so trying to keep everyone entertained is something I try really hard to do. 

When not captaining or coaching what do you in your non hockey life?

I’m a bit of a hockey badger so life without hockey is pretty dull! I’m currently a sports coach in schools across Enfield and Barnet so I still get my sporty fix! I studied English so I try to read as much as possible but when I’m not reading I’m probably watching the iconic Ru Paul’s Drag Race!!