The Men have just won the Beeston Summer 6s league by a massive 6 points. Well done to all who played and to Josh for organising. Not sure why cider (not cidre) is in the frame, it should be Guinness. Dan tells me "I think we also scored the most goals and conceded the least", but I guess that is to be expected if you win the league! ---- read more
Second trophy of the season!
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
The Journeys ends for Vets...
The Vets road trip came to an end in Sheffield suffering a 4 – 1 defeat to a strong Bankers team. The day started badly as only thirteen of us arrived at the meet, already without our pace players Dixon and Worsley, we would be restricted to just one sub unless desperate and the need arose for the Fat Bloke to come off the bench to keep us at 11. Bank ---- 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
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 email@example.com 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.
Saturday 11th June Social
Social has had to be cancelled through lack of numbers wanting to attend
Brilliant news, we sold out at 7.15!! on Saturday. Thanks to all involved.
New rules from Saturday 27th February - read this!
A last 16 fuxture at home against Stourport. They are not a one man team, but one of their O50s still plays for their first team, so we knew he was good so we marked him closely. 5 mins in and he had turned our defence inside and out and scored 2. We double marked him, and 10 mins later he had finished his hat-trick and made a fourth, then he went off for a rest and let everyone else have a go. Although possession was fairly even, we got to half-time 5-1 down with only an Ebsworth shortcorner to show for our efforts. Knotty came back on, so we treble marked him, and despite Mark Carroll trying to sit on him, Clewsey trying to rugger tackle him, and Turpo using both sides of his stick to tackle him, he scored his 4th and Stourports 6th. They tired a bit, and after Ebsworth got another short, it was the fitness and speed of Jez that almost got us back in the game as we dominated the last 15 minutes, and he firstly turned his man and slipped the ball past the keeper, and minutes later drove down the line and crossed for Ebsworth to sweep in and complete his hat-trick. A couple of half chances towards the end were well saved by their keeper, but Stourport played out the last few minutes. Enjoyable quality game played mostly in good spirits. Thanks to all who played for the team this year
Club says "thanks" to Sue Summers
On the 10th October we attended a party to celebrate Sue Summers 25 years in hockey umpiring, over 10 of which she spent umpiring for Monarchs and latterly WBHC ladies teams.
Sue now umpires for Derby Hockey Club recently formed by the merger of Derby Asterdale and Rolls Royce hockey clubs. We had a number of representatives in attendance from WBHC, past and present, including Sophie Womack, Rachael Fell, Ruth Frost, Tracy Twin, Gail Knight, Julieann and Dave. We presented an engraved crystal glass thanking Sue for her years of umpiring for the club. A great night was had by all!
Lauren's Coffee Morning and Bake Off Success
Well Done! Lauren raised £283.46. Thank you to everyone who made, ate and bought cake.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW SEASON - NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Looking for a new hockey club? Just click on link below right to join, or contact email@example.com 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 after a challenging season in the National League and our Ladies 1s are in the Notts Premier 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 in August (see diary section to right) - new players, just turn up at West Bridgford School, and the Juniors start from September 6th at Becket.
Junior End of Season
See juniors page for end of season news.
Congratulations to Claudia Southwell who has won the Rushcliffe Young Volunteer of the Year Award. Claudia plays netball when not playing hockey and chairs the Sports Council. She is committed to encouraging the development of a range of new sports in schools so that all students are able to find a sport in which they can do well and express themselves. Well done Claudia. Here she is with Cllr Cottee receiving her well deserved award.
Don Guy, 1924 - 2015
The funeral took place at Wilford Hill on 25th February at 11:20, then afterwards at the Clubhouse for hockey "teas".
I'm sorry to have to report the death of Don Guy on Monday, Feb 2nd, at the age of 90, after a short illness.
Don was a stalwart club servant who epitomised all that is best in amateur sport. Always one to shun the limelight, he worked hard for the club, mainly behind the scenes, and was always one of the first to introduce himself to new members and to make sure that they felt welcome. It was hard to persuade him that he should be put forward to be president, an honorary post awarded in recognition of past service, later the club had no hesitation in electing him a life member. Don was no mean player, carrying on playing well into his 60s, and celebrating his 60th birthday in 1984 by winning the Derby Veterans' Trophy, a prestigious tournament at that time. I have a memory of playing in a team as a holiday student, where Don scored a rare goal, only to have it disallowed by the umpire - he hit the ball like a rocket, it hit the back stanchion and rocketed out of the goal before the umpire (who shall remain nameless) noticed. Don didn't complain, he got on with the game. That was him all over, one of the nicest people it has been my pleasure to know.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with Mary and the family. We will post details of the arrangements once they are known.
Monday Night Sessions for Y4 to Y7 Boys
These will take place at West Bridgford School starting Monday, Feb 10th through to Monday, March 2nd, from 6.30 to 7.45. Let Bob know if you would like to attend.
Barton away again in 2nd round of EH Cup, and 13 of us made our way to Uttoxeter on foggy morning. Fast (!) flowing game on big pitch with plenty of space suited our hockey, and at times looked really good, but Alan Hanson would despair at defending of both sides as we went for the 'we can score more than you' tactic. Ando started it off with lovely deflection, and from memory we took it in turns to score, but found ourselves 5-3 up at halftime, with a short from Ando, 2 shorts from Charlie, and a great aerial from Ando to Jez who rounded the keeper to score. Lets protect the two goal lead we decided, so naturally it was 5-5 within a few minutes, then 6-6 following another Charlie short. Suddenly it got tense, and tempers started to fray, but a great dribble down the back line by Jez and a slip to Ando put us in the lead again with 5 to go, and we slowed the game down, and took the win. Thanks to Wardy for dusting off his pads, and Chris Berry for coming over to umpire. Next round 8 Feb.
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 !
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SOCIAL EVENTS - INK THEM IN
8th October Quiz with a Curry 22nd October - Cheese and Pork Pie Night
Order Club Kit
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COOPS - a personal story
Geoff has continued to write an account of Coops from a personal angle, which may be of interest to his friends and family. Installments #1 2 and 3 are here .
NEW SEASON DOCUMENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org & 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.