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Team Opponents Date
Mens1  Sutton Coldfield: WB School 28/03 @ 13.30
Ladies1  Notts Uni 1s: WBS 21/03 @ 10.30 am
Mens2  LEEK: Leek high School ST13 6EU 28/03 @ 3:30
Ladies2  Worksop ll: West Bridgford School 22/02 @ 10.30
Ladies3  Nottingham Uni IVs: Department of Sport, NG7 2RD 21/03 @ 11.15
Mens4  CLUB TOURNAMENT: School 18/04 @ 12.00
Mens5  CLUB TOURNAMENT: 18/04 @ 11.00
Mens6  Club tournament: School / Becket 18/04 @ 1:30 School
Mens7  Club Tournament: West Bridgford School 18/04 @ 12:30
Mens8  End of Season Tournament: West Bridgford School 18/04 @ 13:00
Mens9  Bob's All Stars: WB School 18/04 @ 9.30
Mens VETS  Barton Vets: Thomas Alleyne School Uttoxeter 16/11 @ 12:30

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
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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.

The WB plan wa ---- read more

Boys U18ís canít lose the winning habit
 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
National Champions
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
Junior Finals
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
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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
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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
 Latest Match Results                           [fixtures]
Team Opposition Date Score
Report
Mens1 Sutton Coldfield
28/03/2015
9-0
Ladies1 Burton 2
14/03/2015
2 - 0
Mens2 Leek
28/03/2015
2:5
Ladies2 Worksop ll
14/03/2015
3-1
Mens3 Sutton Coldfield
28/03/2015
2-0
Ladies3 Boots
14/03/2015
0-15
Mens4 Beeston
28/03/2015
2-2
Ladies4 Worksop III
22/03/2015
0-0
Mens5 Leek 4s
28/03/2015
1-3
Mens6 Burton 4ths
28/03/2015
1-2
Mens7 Leicester Westliegh
28/03/2015
6 - 1
Mens8 Players 4
28/03/2015
3 - 2
Mens9 Barton 4
28/03/2015
1 - 6
Mens10 Derwent 4ths
28/03/2015
4-1
U18 Boys
U16 Boys
U14 Boys
Mens VETS
Family Nights Hockey - Starts 14th July 7.00 - 8.00pm with goalie taster sessions 21st and 28th!

SUMMER SOCIALS
The second one is a BBQ on Saturday 11th July, all welcome let Derek know asap to ensure beer and food quantities are adequate! Opens at 4.00. The other date is Aug 15th
Wake Food Details
Please read this if you are involved / want to be involved in making food for the Wake. click here...
Contact Jo,    jo@gcbweb.co.uk  ,  if you would like to get involved.
Coops funeral details - CONFIRMED
The funeral will be on the 29th of May. 
Family and close friends will meet at St. Wilfreds Church Calverton at 1:15pm for the service. 
Cremation will be at Wilford Hill at 2:40pm, everyone welcome.
Wake will be at the clubhouse from 3:00pm, buffet provided by club members and wives.
You are welcome to stay on at the Clubhouse for pictures and stories into the evening. Food will be provided.

Please let us know your intentions as follows:
1. To reduce the number of cars going to Calverton please let Ian Johnson know if you are going and numbers, he will organise car sharing. ian.johnson1959@ntlworld.com
2. If you are coming to the wake please let me know numbers. geoff@wbhockey.co.uk
3. If you want to stay on for the evening session we will have food available but will need to know numbers, so email me please. geoff@wbhockey.co.uk

The Family and Club feel that Coops would not be interested in masses of flowers, so we have decided, with the agreement of Helen Richardson, to amalgamate the current Helen Richardson Fund into the Cooper Richardson Fund for junior keepers kit and junior support and training. We will have a collection box available at the wake if you would like to make a contribution. We will have envelopes available so that you can leave a message if you wish. Alternatively you can make a donation via Paypal online here.  Cheques to "West Bridgford Hockey Club".

If you have something you would like to said at the Service please send it to me as I have been asked to speak for the Club. 
If you would like to contribute to the buffet in some way please email Jo Bail - jo@gcbweb.co.uk
Tragic Death of Coops
I cannot believe that I am having to write this, and it isn't easy with misty eyes and a damp keyboard, but I have to report to you that our great Club member, friend and all round fabulous man Richard Cooper (Coops) sadly died over the weekend. We knew that he was feeling tired after umpiring at the Club Tournament, but we had no warning that he was seriously unwell. His family knew nothing of any illness, and so this has come as an enormous shock to all who knew and loved him. At the moment the family will have to wait for the results of a post mortem before we will know what will happen next. When I know more I will post it here. I really do not know what to say, as I feel so sad to have lost a great friend of over 35 years. When I have had time to get over the shock I will be able to let you know just how special I knew he was, a truly faithful, funny and generous man. But you all knew that anyway.

I have spoken to Janet Cooper, Richards' sister inlaw, and she is happy to pass on messages from us to Molly (Mum) via email. Her email is janet.cooper@sky.com . The post mortem is likely to take a couple of weeks. (read on).

We have just heard the news that the post mortem is complete, the findings are that Coops died of a massive pulmonary embolism. It will have been quick and painless, which gives me a little relief as I was very upset that he may have died alone and in pain.

I will post details of the funeral here in the next few day, but it will be at Wilford Hill and the Wake will be at the Clubhouse. I will also be asking people to let me know if they will be coming. 
Geoff
Junior End of Season
Hi Everyone

See juniors page for end of season news.

Bob Douglas
BEER FESTIVAL NEWS
Fantastic! We sold out, and had to use a reserve barrel on Saturday night.
Members Award
 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.

Bob Douglas
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.
Situation Vacant!

Experienced or new players are welcome
Coaching provided
Very friendly teams
and sociable club
Contact jenny.garnham@wbhockey.co.uk
Vets win in 13 goal thriller
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.
Parking Warning
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.
BACK TO HOCKEY - Ladies and Men's nights
We will once again be running our highly successful series of FREE coaching sessions for men and women who would like to either get 'back into hockey' after a break from the sport, or to have a go for the first time. All equipment is provided (just wear trainers and shin pads).
Men - Monday evenings, starting on 8th September, 7.45 to 9.00pm
Women - Wednesday evenings 6.15 to 7.30pm from 10th September.

Both sessions at WB School, Loughborough Road. For more details contact: bob@wbhockey.co.uk M: 0773 8762897
TRAINING RE-STARTS

Mens Club Training re-starts on Monday 4 August at 7.30pm at WBS, Mens 1sts re-starts on 7 August, Ladies training on Wed 27 August and Juniors on Sunday 7 September at Becket School. New players, just turn up

NEW SEASON - NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Looking for a new hockey club? Just click on link below right to join, or contact geoff@wbhockey.co.uk or Martin 07768 526594. We run 10 mens sides and 4 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 also in the Midlands league. Our mens sides 2-7 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. Formal Club training starts in August, and the Juniors in September. Watch the website for start dates.
We had Dinner - we danced
Thanks to everyone who attended for making it another great Club Dinner Dance. The band were excellent as was the food. Many thanks to Caz for all her hard work in making it such an enjoyable evening. Becca, can the band have their tamborine back please?
Juniors: End of Season
Well done everyone who played - hope you enjoyed it!
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.
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 AGM - 2015
The AGM will held on April 30th - 6:45 for 7pm start. Read the minutes of last years 2014 AGM here .
 SOCIAL EVENTS - INK THEM IN
AGM Thur April 30th 6:45
 NEW SEASON DOCUMENTS
Availabilities - please use your members record for this..>
Bobs 2014 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:
Starts Wed 27th August 2014:

Juniors starts 3rd September 6.15 - 7.15pm
Ladies 7.15 - 9.00pm all at WB School
Back to Hockey
Starts 14th January 6:15 - 7:30pm

Men's Training starts Monday August 4th 2014 7.30 sharp - 9.20. at WBS.

1sts and 2nds on Thursdays 7.30pm by invitation.

Junior Boys and Girls - Sundays from 9.30, re-starts from 4 January 2014 AT BECKET SCHOOL. See Juniors page for more details.
  
The 200 Club Reborn

Download the Standing Order form here
THINKING OF GETTING INVOLVED?

 

Please note that Fantasy Hockey will not be running this year due to spiraling costs. Many thanks to Sibbo for his work in previous seasons. 
Club Playing Record
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Mens1
22
10
3
9
60
43
33
Ladies1
17
6
4
8
22
28
21
Mens2
21
7
2
12
44
73
20
Ladies2
18
2
3
13
12
67
9
Mens3
22
3
8
7
36
89
17
Ladies3
16
1
2
13
15
72
5
Mens4
22
9
3
10
50
63
30
Ladies4
18
4
2
12
16
59
14
Mens5
21
5
1
15
40
88
16
Mens6
20
5
5
10
49
52
20
Mens7
20
12
1
7
68
48
37
Mens8
18
3
2
13
22
64
11
Mens9
20
8
3
9
33
39
27
Mens10
20
7
4
9
37
42
25
U18 Boys
U16 Boys
U14 Boys
Mens VETS

 Considered by many who understand the importance of the playing / social balance to be the best hockey club in the East Midlands