Well done to everyone who took part in the May Bank Holiday Olympics. Hope you had fun! There were around 85 participants this time and I think we covered a fair few miles between us... We had a guest team again and this time it was the Old Georgians Ladies who were fierce competitors! Thanks to them...
Well done to the coaches team who had the most participants! And well done to the Men's 2's.....faster, higher and stronger in many areas and overall winners. Now to think what c
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Looking for a new hockey club, or just moved into the area? Just click on link to right to join, or contact email@example.com, or call Martin 07305 463698 or Caz 07966 714567. We run 10 mens sides and 5 ladies plus numerous Vets, Juniors and mixed sides. Our Mens 1s are in Midlands Premier, and our Ladies 1s are in Notts Premier. We have a good social side, and known for the real ale served in our Clubhouse. If you have not played for years, or want to give it a try, look out for our Family Nights, Back to Hockey and even Walking Hockey sessions over the next few months. Formal Club training should start (Covid permitting) in August (see diary section) - new players, just turn up at West Bridgford School, and the Juniors start from September at Becket School (see Junior page)
It looks like we may be able to restart our junior coaching in September. More information will be on our "Juniors" page as we have it or direct from me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Johnson Family message
I wanted to pass on my sincere thanks on behalf of myself and my family for the wonderful and fitting tribute you and the other members of West Bridgford Hockey Club organised for my fathers funeral procession recently.
Hockey meant a lot to him, West Bridgford Hockey Club meant so much more.
His weekend revolved around the hockey club, whether it was playing and then propping up the bar, umpiring and then propping up the bar, conducting a pitch inspection and then propping up the bar, and on the rare occasions 'working' on the bar and then propping up the bar from the opposite side, the club was never far from his heart (or his home...!).
He made so many great friends there and so many happy memories and he would have been truly blown away to have seen the number of people that came to show their respect a few weeks back.
Thank you so much to you and anyone else involved in organising it and please pass on my thanks and gratitude to everyone who made the effort to come out to show their respect. It was an incredible sight to see so many familiar faces in full attire, hockey sticks and all, one that will stay with me and my family forever.
Finally a huge thanks to everyone who donated to the chosen charities. The donations to The Lake District Mountain Rescue Dogs amounted to nearly £1200. Being an entirely voluntary organisation the donations were greatly received and contribute towards helping them to continue their good work. The charity have been in touch and pass on their thanks.
Once again we are truly grateful for yours and everyone else who were involved, not only in organising and participating in the procession, but for being a part of my dads life.
We hope you are all well and wish you all the best for the future.
Michael, Pip, Samantha & Rebecca.
Our AGM was held on Tuesday 19th May - many thanks to all who logged in and took part.
The MAGIC of Hockey
Despite Election and Brexit gloom, every now and again something happens which reminds me that we are very lucky to have our Club and our Hockey. On Sunday the Mens 1s had a rearranged match away at Barton, a couple of players were unavailable from the Boots win on Saturday so Ali asked George Wells (aged 14) if he would like to play. Of course he would was the expected response. George came on at first rotation into the midfield, and did well considering that Barton were quick and physical. It didn't take long for him to realise that you cannot wait for a pass to arrive, unless you want, man, stick, ball and ambulance to arrive at the same time, He rapidly adapted to the speed of the game, and later in the second half had a stint up front with Zack. A slick move up the left initiated by Natt and Dave E found Zack wide on the left wing just outside the D. A great cross to the far post was turned in by George, diving full lenght to register his first first team goal in his first first team match. MAGIC.
Jonno Braved the Shave
Jonno braved the shave in memory of former club member Gary Hunt. Thanks to the generosity of club members and friends we have raised £1200 direct to Cancer Research and a further £800 to the Hayward House Hospice. A massive thanks to you all for your contributions. Still time to give cash as the donation to Hayward house will not be done for about 10 days.
A very sad day for the Club
It is with a very sad heart that I have to announce the passing of our past member and very dear friend Gary Hunt. Gary was a much loved member of the Club in the 70's through to the mid 90's having joined the Club as a schoolboy and returning to us after University in Sheffield. He played for the 2's and 3's as well as becoming a key member of the ubiquitous Coops Sunday XI through the golden years of the 80's. Gary has of course remained very close to the Club through the wonderful friendships forged in that team, and his illness has hit all of us who loved him very hard.
Gary was an honest, reliable and steadfast man both in his sport and his life, a better friend you could not wish for. Cancer took him rapidly, taking as it tends to a fine person with so much more to give, and damaging the lives of his loved ones. He leaves a beautiful wife and daughter Chris and Lizzie, who have been brilliant in their support for him over the last 3 months, and of course he leaves all of us who loved him with a massive void in our hearts. He will be sorely missed. (Jonno and Geoff).
The funeral will be at Catfoot Lane on the 4th October at 1:30 and afterwards at the 4 Bells in Woodborough.
Please can you be vigilant when leaving the Clubhouse and if you have been given a set of keys check carefully and lock up properly.
Ladies Back to Hockey
We restart on Wednesday, Sept 11th, 7.00 to 8.00 at West Bridgford School. Do come along and encourage your friends to come too. It's good fun and aches and pains are guaranteed!
Sunday coaching will now start this coming Sunday, Sept 8th. Midweek boys (U14 and U16) start on Monday, Sept 9, 6.30 to 7.45 and girls (Y7+) Wednesday, Sept 11, 6.30 to 7.30.
SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP
The Summer Hockey Camp was another great success. Thanks to the hard work of all concerned, and special mention to Paul and Faye Sibley for the determination to organise it all, and the expertise to carry it through. (Geoff)
As well as making a decent profit, you have helped us show how good we are to our own youngsters and also to those who haven't yet joined. (Bob)
NEW SEASON - NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Looking for a new hockey club? Just click on link to right to join, or contact email@example.com or Martin 07305 463698 or Caz 07966 714567. 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 Notts Premier. 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. Formal Club training starts from August (subject to Covid) - new players, just turn up at West Bridgford School, and the Juniors start from September 1st at Becket School at 9.00, (see junior page for details).
U14 Area champions
On a glorious sunny day we travelled to a beautiful part of Cheshire for the conclusion of our England Hockey competition. We played three very competitive games, starting with a draw against Lichfield, quickly followed by a match versus a very strong Telford side who had already beaten Chester 3-0. We went behind in the first half, but put the dogged Jack to mark their play-maker in the second half, Ollie and George duly took advantage to both score and we held on to a 2-1 victory.
Two hours enjoying the sunshine and cakes before our final match was perhaps not the best preparation for a game we needed to win against the hosts, who we’d lost to narrowly earlier on in the season. But the boys played brilliantly and went one up through Ollie, then Sam saved a flick before George scored again. Five very nervous minutes later Chester scored, but fortunately with only a minute to play, and we held on to win and become the area champions.
Every member of the squad played their part: resolute defending by Oscar, Reuben, Edward and Daniel; great midfield battles fought and won by George, Ollie, Rohan, Eddie and Jack; and Sam and Alex working well together up front to worry defences. Sam had a great day in goal and deservedly was voted man of the matches by his peers.
Thank you to Jonno for giving up his Sunday to umpire, and thank you to all the parents who supported the boys.
Sad loss of a club member and friend.
The Club is saddened to announce the death of Mark Gray on Monday 4 March. Mark, formally of Grantham HC, came across to Bridgford in his rather unreliable porshe, with goalkeeper Will, and played for the 5ths and Vets for the last few seasons finishing at the end of April 2018. A strong defender, who gave everything in his tackling, and sometimes a little too much, and it always amazed the rest of the team that he never seemed to know what a green card meant or where he had to go, despite collecting them on a regular basis. Very much part of the banter, he will be sorely missed. Some of the 5ths players attended his wedding in July 2017, and our thoughts, love and prayers are with his wife Monika. Funeral is on 29 March in Grantham. Speak to Geoff Bail if you wish to attend.
Ladies Back to Hockey is now taking a summer break but will be back in September. Look out for our Family Hockey Nights in July, details on here soon.
CLUB MEMBERS NEWS
Mike and Lyndsey Berry on their marriage on 22 Dec.
Matt and Karen Alvey on birth of daughter Ada on 19 Dec.
Rich and Lorna Bonsall on birth of son Samuel on 30 Dec.
Success at ladies Summer sixes at Lady bay
West Bridgford A and B finish second and third in the Lady bay summer sixes.
2nd Team Kit Sponsors
Many thanks to Kate at Bee Clear Ltd - the new sponsors of the Ladies 2nd Team Kit. Congratulations to Robyn, Sophie and Laura and the other team members in getting their lovely new kit sponsored. Kate and Jason from Bee Clear were invited to a brief "thankyou" ceremony and to watch the victory over Boots Ladies. Cakes were also supplied for the Chairman, so the morning was a win win win for everyone (except Boots). Details of all our sponsors can be found on the FRIENDS page. Click here for slideshow.
Helen Wins Notts Sportsperson of the Year Award
Last night Helen Richardson Walsh was awarded the Nottinghamshire Sports Person of the Year. Bob and I were asked by Helen to collect it for her, which we did with great pride. Helen is a remarkable person and a great hockey player. She returned from serious injury in 2014 - 15 to win Gold in Rio, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few numbers - in case you aren't convinced - Youngest GB player to play in the Olympics (2000 in Sydney aged 18). 293 International caps, 45 International goals, shortlisted in 2010 for International Player of the Year, representing GB in 4 Olympic games, British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year 2009. And some colours - 2010 World Cup Bronze, 2011 EuroHockey Championship Bronze, 2012 Champions Trophy Silver, 2012 Olympic Games Bronze, 2013 World League Bronze, 2013 EuroHockey Championship Silver, 2015 EuroHockey Championship Gold, 2015 World League Gold, 2016 Olympic Games Gold. In my mind one of the greatest British athletes of all time.
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NEW SEASON DOCUMENTS
Availabilities - please use your members record for this. Bobs 2019 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: Re-starts on TUESDAY - LADIES 1+2 TBC August 2020from 7.30pm WEDNESDAY - LADIES 3+4+5 TBC September 2020 7pm - 9pm Men's Training Adults re-starts Monday TBC August 7.30 sharp - 9.20. at WBS.
1sts and 2nds on Thursdays from TBC August 7.30pm by invitation. ALL AT WB SCHOOL Junior Boys and Girls - Sundays from 9.00, starts from 13 September AT BECKET SCHOOL. See Juniors page for more details.