Martin receiving his Order of Merit from FIH President Leandro Negre at the FIH Congress Dinner held in Dubai. Martin Gotheridge was awarded the Order of Merit by the International Hockey Federation at a dinner held during the FIH Congress in Dubai in November 2016.
Order of Merit is the FIH’s highest individual honour. The award was given to Martin for all of his wor
The mens vets A side retained the annual Highfields Masters Summer League trophy, after coming out on top after 14 games over 7 Monday nights, just pipping Burton to the title.
With a cast of thousands, we again entered 2 sides, and the B side finished a creditable mid-table. Well done to new vets captain Ed Binder, thanks to Mark Carroll for sorting sides, and Highfields for running the ---- read more
Mixed Results - It's a win for Bridgford!
Bridgford mixed 7's team beat Melton in the final on Friday evening 26th June at Highfields, having taken 3 points from the hosts (Players HC) in a 2-0 win to make the play off for 1st and 2nd place.
The final played out at 0-0 in a closely contested match which saw a Melton goal disallowed (didn't go 5), some amazing at ---- read more
WBHC first male International Player
I am delighted to announce that Tom Barratt has become our first ex-junior and senior male player to play International Hockey. Tom was born in America, and he made his debut in the USA Chile match earlier this month. He was voted MOM and has since played 4 more matches for Team USA. He is currently training full time at their California training camp. Some links: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-field-hockey/features/2014/august/01/us-mens-national-team-begins-second-summ ---- read more
New Kitten AND Baby Christmas
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Holly Victoria Cattaway on 17th Feb, weighing 8lb 3oz. Congratulations to The Cat and Georgina. In addition we are delighted to announce baby Evie Hammond born on Christmas Day, mum Kirsty and dad Dan are comtemplating the interesting issues that the poor choice of day will bring over time, or perhaps not! Either way Evie is a delight at 7lb 10oz and I can vouch for her powerful grip. ---- read more
Not Getting Club Email?
I have noticed that AOL has decided that our legitimate emails are spam and therefore are bouncing our emails to members who use an AOL email address. If that is you please ask AOL to desist or change your email address to one that isn't so silly. ---- read more
Ladies rearrange the vase!
After a good 11-0 win over Aztecs (thanks to Don Cortez and the smallpox virus for inspiration) the ladies 1s travelled to sunny Liverpool for their second round EH Vase match against Liverpool University 1s. After a swift calculation we noted the average age of our team to be approx 30, (had to take socks off) we agreed (well I did) that experience would have to be the difference between the sides. And so it proved. In an exciting second half we pulled back to 3-3 and looked set for a win ---- read more
U18s Done Roaming
The Cannock boys were pleased to draw WBMHC in the third round of the EH U18 Cup, after all, they had comprehensively beaten our U16’s last season and they are…..Cannock. Their coaches were more cautious though and were right to be so.
Having ended last season as losing Plate Finalists the first game in the Cup this season presented a quandary; after two good years in the Plate (quarter finalists in 2010-11) maybe it was time to start taking some better scalps, or perhaps another nice run in the plate, after a heroic first round cup exit, would be good (especially considering we had lost eleven of last year’s squad). But our opposition, ---- read more
Nobody Does it Better
Hockey is not a sport in decline at West Bridgford. Far from it when I can announce that our most successful team of all time with an untarnished 100% playing record is our new 10th team. Skippered by Bob Douglas and supported by a fabulous mix of developing youth and too many years experience to calculate, the new? team won their first match at Belper on Saturday 29th September. By my latest calculation there is a 52 year age gap between the oldest and youngest, in what other team sp ---- read more
2NDS WIN NATIONAL TROPHY FINAL ON GOLDEN GOAL - READ A VERSION OF EVENTS HERE ---- read more
U18 Boys take Silver Plate at Oxford.
Qualification for EH Finals Day is a success in itself. On the day, you are entering a new ‘festival’ competition of shorter games in which luck and nerve play a big part. This is an occasion to show hockey being played and umpired in ‘the right spirit’. All teams were there to win, but you had to accept that there would be winners and losers, good decisions and poor decisions, but it should always be a day to remember and cherish whatever the out ---- read more
Well done to our boys U18s and our girls U12s who were involved in finals over the weekend.
The boys beat Reading on penalties to get to the National Plate Final where they were beaten 3-1 by Belper. A full report will appear later but well done to a great bunch of lads who have done brilliantly to get so far. Thanks to Clive Notman and Glyn Abba, who have managed and coached the team and to all the parents who have supported us with lifts all round the country, while we qual ---- read more
SHE HAS DONE IT AGAIN !
The England teams, athletes and their successes over the past year were warmly celebrated on Wednesday at the annual Hockey Writers’ Club Awards.
Helen Richardson, the 29-year-old Great Britain, England and Reading central midfield player was this afternoon named UK Players of the Year for 2010 following the annual poll conducted amongst British members of the Hockey Writers’ Club. The former Leicester player, who returned to England 18 months ago fo ---- read more
Bob wins Rushcliffe Sports Award
We are delighted to announce that Bob Douglas was last night (8 July) announced as Volunteer of the Year at the Rushcilffe Borough Council Annual Sports Awards. They acknowledged Bob's help in setting up Club/School links last year introducing hockey to a number of Junior Schools within the Borough. The Club echoes the achievement, and thanks Bob for all his leadership and coaching of the Clubs Junior sections since establishment in 1986. ---- read more
Ladies junior squad under development - initial (milk) phase.
We welcome to the club 2 new junior members, prospective first team centre forward Olivia Rose Taylder, and trainee sweeper Martha Wren Sibley. Keep up the good work Sibbo and Dave, the Club is grateful for your initial efforts, and Liz and Faye for making it all happen.
A Golden Hockey Day to remember
"You will need some insulation tape on that"
Thank you to everyone who came to take part and to help out today. The weather was nothing like as bad as forecast and everyone (I think) had a great time.
Special thanks to Helen who patiently signed autographs and posed for photos all the time that she was with us. No doubt Geoff will be putting up some of these photos on the website. For me, I will be making special trips to Bridgford just so that I can travel on Helen's No 8 bus!
Pictures from Notts City Transport of the bus naming are here:
Pictures from the pitch and clubhouse with Helen are here:
Many thanks to Andy & Zak Pendlebury for the brilliant images.
WBHC Beer Festival
Despite us giving camra all the details of our forthcoming festival once again they have omitted our details from the Nottingham Drinker but now it has appeared on their web site list for festivals we still must make sure we publicise this event ourselves. Please tell everyone you know and encourage them to come on Thurs, Fri and Sat 17th -19th NOV. Beer list is here,tasting notes will follow. Unfortunately Sarah Hughes has a yeast infection and all beers are condemned so we could not get it this time.
Cheese and pork pie night
Oct 22nd we had an excellent evening, where else can you get this value for money. I bet you're sorry if you missed it
Ladies Back to Hockey
A great opportunity to get back into sport!
If you played hockey before at any level, school or Uni perhaps, or have never played before but fancy a go - then WB can offer you that chance!
A series of FREE one hour weekly coaching sessions, an informal no-pressure atmosphere, and all equipment provided, all you need to do is come along and give it a go.
Starts Wednesday 14th September 6.30pm at our West Bridgford School pitch, Loughborough Road, NG2 7FA
For more details contact Bob Douglas: Bob@wbhockey.co.uk, M: 07738762897
Fantastic stuff - what a performance by everyone - and well done Helen!
Mixed 7's win again!
Following last years victory at the Player's Mixed Summer 7's, WB have done it again!
Winning the league eventually by a clear 5 points, and unbeaten going into the penultimate match (first loss against Newark) victory was secured in the final game against hosts Players in the 8 match series
Comiserations to key players Suzy, Robyn and James W who missed out on the last night celebrations. Great team effort all round, and some great entertaining hockey. The fact that everyone who played either scored or assisted several of the 30 goals scored durng the competition proving the strength of our teamwork.
Thanks to Player's HC for organising another great competition, which was played in the right spirit throughout.
Ladies Hockey Fest Success
Well done to our ladies who competed in the England Hockey's Hockey Fest This summer. We came 2nd overall narrowly losing to Stourport on sudden death penalty shuffles in the final. However we did win the Rio themed fancy dress!
NEW SEASON - NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Looking for a new hockey club? Just click on link below right to join, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Martin 07768 526594 or Liz 07747 561774. We run 10 mens sides and 5 ladies sides plus numerous Vets, Juniors and mixed sides. Our Mens 1s are in the Midlands Premier and our Ladies 1s are in Midlands Feeder League. Our mens sides 2-4 are all in the highest Midlands Division they can be in. We have a good social side, and well known for the real ale served at our Clubhouse. If you have not played for years, or want to give it a try, look out for our 'Back to Hockey' family sessions running in July and August (see below). Formal Club training starts from 1st August (see diary section to right) - new players, just turn up at West Bridgford School, and the Juniors start from September 4th at Becket.
Local Hero and Golden Girl meets the President
Helen Richardson-Walsh popped in to ladies training on Wednesday evening to provide an important goal setting message for the ladies, "Bronze is OK, but Gold is what it is all about." The juniors were very excited to meet Helen and to "weigh" the European Gold Medal, while I suspect that the adults were even more excited. Helen was an inspiration as usual, with the message that if a local girl from 300 yards down the road can achieve gold then so can you. It helps if you are brilliant too I guess. Many thanks, admiration and good wishes for Gold in Rio, Helen. I have several pictures of the ladies with Helen, email if you would like the link to them. email@example.com
The police have warned us twice this season about blocking the pavement on Loughborough road. Please make sure that if you park on the grass outside our main gate you do not overhang on to the pedestrian walkway !
In the Doghouse
The School have asked / told us to remind all players and spectators to respect their policy of NO DOGS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. As the school owns the land on which the Clubhouse stands then that includes the Clubhouse. Please do not compromise our relationship with the school by ignoring this, their CCTV coverage is comprehensive.
Clubhouse for hire
The cricket club have decided they cannot afford the school pitch rent and have left us!! We can therefore use the clubhouse all year round and as such we will hopefully be having a function one afternoon/evening per month during the summer. Watch out for details. It will also be available for hire for birthday parties etc. Contact Derek for bookings.
Clubs First Re-Accreditation
We are delighted to report that West Bridgford Hockey Club has been re-awarded the England Hockey ClubsFirst Accreditation, hence the Club has again been independently recognised as providing a safe, effective and child-friendly club environment.
A lot of time, effort and paperwork went into this and special thanks to Martin, Geoff and Bob for their hard work
VETS STAGGER INTO LAST 16
Having comfortably beaten near neighbours Beeston in the last round, we drew unknown quantity Nuneaton at home on 16 Feb as our reward. Our experienced squad of 16 proceeded to show just how poorly we could pass, mark and give away possession. An early goal from Ebsworth was soon cancelled out by Nuneaton, but after half time further goals from Dizon and Smith gave us a comfortable 3-1 lead with 5 mins to go. We then decided we hadn't had a penalty flick competition for at least a season, so gave away 2 quick goals to draw the tie. However Gilly, Ebsworth, Gegg and Wurzel showed how to take flicks (Binder was luckily not required) and Captain Fat Bloke managed to save a dribbler. Onwards into last 16 and Bridgnorth at home on 9 March
Get Back Into Hockey!
Ladies Get Back Into Hockey sessions restart on Wednesday, Jan 8th at the new time of 6.30 to 7.30.
Not tried it yet? Come and have a go, we can lend you a stick if you don't have one.
Wonder if it's for you? Give me (Bob Douglas) a ring on 07738 762897 and I'll persuade you!
Men's First Team Award 2013
Last week our Men's 1st Team were announced as Rushcliffe team of the Year 2013. Earlier in the year we were narrowly beaten into second place at the EHA national team awards by Beeston. Congratulations to all the guys in the team and all who helped get them there, and that includes all the coaches, team captains and players who helped bring through the Club as many of the current team members have been with us as Juniors. We are very "home grown" so these awards do mean a lot, and are a celebration of the hard work and dedication of all our members who do it all for the love of the game and the Club. Thank you, and well done captain courageous Chris Collison.
Productive on and off the field!
Further good news for our junior development program and an early "heads up" for selectors -in the blue corner baby Ewan John Davison weighing in at 8lb 14 oz, and in the pink corner Imogen Faith Rolley tipping the scales at a more lady like 7lb 15oz. Congratulations to Rob Siobhain and Gemma.
physio available to all
IMPACT physiotherapy at Gresham Sports Pavilion, Wilford Lane are offering 10% off all treatment for club members and £5 off any initial consultation. This is a new clinic in addition to their existing ones at Long Eaton and Pride Park. See further details at www.impactphysio.co.uk or ring 0115 9816107. Also you can email the senior physio Phil Tranter at firstname.lastname@example.org for other info
MENS 1's ACTION PHOTOS
As a record of our success this season I asked local photographer Chris Perry to take some action shots of the Men's 1st team match against Sutton before Easter. Chris is happy to provide high quality prints if you would like to make a selection on this page (images), just make a list and send to me by email - details on the page.
Availabilities - please use your members record for this..> Bobs 2016 D Notice: here New Season Letter from the Chair: here
Subs Payment - BACS details on your members page or Credit Card / Paypal: here
NEW PLAYERS + TRAINING
Ladies Training: Start training on 2nd August 2016 on Tuesdays for 6 weeks, then Wednesdays from 7th September Juniors starts 7th September 6.15 - 7.15pm Ladies 7.15 - 9.00pm all at WB School New players can contact Liz Taylder, Ladies Secretary email@example.com & 07747 561774 Men's Training Adults starts Monday August 1st 2016 7.30 sharp - 9.20. at WBS. 14-16s starts Monday August tbc 1sts and 2nds on Thursdays from 18th August 7.30pm by invitation.
Junior Boys and Girls - Sundays from 9.30, starts from 4th September AT BECKET SCHOOL. See Juniors page for more details.