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Team Opponents Date
Mens1  Lichfield: WB SCHOOL 20/09 @ 13.30
Ladies1  Harbourne: WBS 20/09 @ 10.30am
Mens2  Rugby: WBS 20/09 @ 15:00
Ladies2  Boots 3: WBS 20/09 @ 9.00
Mens3  Rubgy III: Rugby School CV22 5DJ 20/09 @ 12.00
Ladies3  Players: Highfields 20/09 @ 10.30
Mens4  See 5th team: 20/09 @
Ladies4  Beeston VI: Becket school 20/09 @ 12pm
Mens5  Rugby and East Warwick: WBS 20/09 @ 12:00
Mens6  Rugby: Rugby School 20/09 @ 12:00
Mens7  Rugby & EW 6: Beckett 20/09 @ 14:00
Mens8  Rugby EW: Hartfield 20/09 @ 3:30
Mens9  West Bridgford 10: Becket School 20/09 @ 3.30
Mens10  9th Team: Becket 20/09 @ 3:30
U18 Boys  Cannock U18 Boys: Cancelled 21/09 @ Cancelled

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: ---- 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
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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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
Mens1 Burton
Ladies1 Uttoxeter
2 - 0
Ladies2 Newark 2
Mens3 Rugby III
Ladies3 SBU
Mens4 Boots 3
Ladies4 Newark III
Mens7 Nottingham 4
Mens9 Chapeltown 4
3 - 1
U18 Boys
U16 Boys
U14 Boys
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: M: 0773 8762897

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

Looking for a new hockey club? Just click on link below right to join, or contact 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.
ClubsFirst 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
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
U18 Boys Odyssey ends (for now)
The quest for glory in the EH Plate was wrecked on the West Coast at Neston at the end of January. Amidst the stormy weather we found a sunny window on the Wirral but were unable to overcome a very able and well organized Neston team, losing 5-0.

Their brand of strong passing hockey proved too difficult to counter, a couple of quotes from local hero Bill Shankly (sorry Jonesy) seem relevant: "A simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple." and " They were lucky to get nil!" The former is a mantra that the whole club should perhaps adopt?

Our boys put up a really good fight and the Neston club were most complementary about their courage and impeccable behavior during and after the game, they are a credit to the club. Man of the match was our guest player from Loughborough Sharks, George Marshal who fought hard throughout and also mentioned in despatches was Jacob Morton who remained cool under pressure.

Who knows where we will be sent next season.

2013-14 Squad: Stan Hansen, James Brockhurst, Simon Bennett, Jacob Morton, Josh Carroll, Alex Carr, Carter Purcell, Harry White, Oscar Thompson, George Marshall, Ryan Glossop, Joe Stuttard and Ben Shaw.
Clive Notman       
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. 
Club Training on Mondays from 5 Aug at 7.30

(Remember its on Tuesday 27 Aug instead of Bank Holiday monday)

Congratulations and welcome to new arrivals in the Club
Alexander (Liz and Paul Burrell) on 23 May
Joshua (Claire and Will Good) on 30 June
Isabella (Liz and John Flintham) on 19 July
Just trying to work out where they all are in line to the throne
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 or ring 0115 9816107. Also you can email the senior physio Phil Tranter at for other info
Mens 2nd team lost 2-0 to Tulse Hill & Dulwich at Wakefield HC on Sunday 5 May in the EH 2nd XI Trophy  final. The opposition started better, and adapted well to the bouncy waterbase pitch and deservably led 1-0 at half time. They scored another early in the second half after a harsh yellow card, but the remainder of the match was all Bridgford with numerous short corners and efforts on goal, but with last ditch defending and good keeping, the ball would not go in. Well played to both sides.
Junior development News
Benjamin Rafe Shaw born 30 April 2013 at around 6am at 7lb 9oz. Waters broke early hours of Sunday morning (after dinner dance!!) and hence 48 hours of labour. All doing well, photos to come. Well done to the very proud mummy and daddy, Emma and Rich Shaw.
25 Years of Juniors: Saturday, April 27
Click here to see player selection

Thank you to everyone who took part in the day, especially those of you who travelled long distances to do so.  Although the hockey was in some ways incidental to the day, it was great to see so much quality hockey being played in all the games, especially the last one where our 1st XI just shaded the "Old Boys" 2-1.  Special thanks also to Helen and Steve Richardson who both supported the day despite being unable to play because of injury.  A day not to be forgotten!

ps I have just put a load of photos on my Facebook page.
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October 18th Curry and Quiz
November 6th-9th Beer Festival
February 7th Curry and Quiz
April 25th Dinner Dance
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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
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 10th September 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 7 September 2014 AT BECKET SCHOOL. See Juniors page for more details.
The 200 Club Reborn

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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. 
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