Week 14: L1s slip to defeat against local rivals; L2s earn a point with goalless draw

WH&E L1 1 : 2 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

First match back after Christmas against Hendon & Mill Hill 1s but actually you couldn’t quite tell how much turkey and chocolates the Ladies 1s had eaten over the festive period as we came out fighting. With no subs and a month break from hockey, our tactics were to let the ball do most of the work…

But the adrenaline kept us going. We had many near misses early on that kept us hopeful and we kept pushing for more. Hendon were also fighting too, though and a short corner in the first half gave them the upper hand and sent them 1-0 up.

However, we retaliated in the 2nd half with a beautiful ball in from Samantha Lucy which was put in the back of the goal from an excellently placed Karen Smith. Unfortunately we then had a moment, left one of their players free in our D to send them 2-1 up.

Then more drama as we defend and accidentally stop a ball on the goal line to create a penalty flick opportunity for the opposition. So here we go, Charlotte vs Hendon Captain. The moment is tense. This could be a deal breaker. Everyone goes silent. The striker takes the ball…SAVED!!! Man of the match decided in that moment. An amazing save, and not the only one in the match. A dramatic dive to save a strike earlier in the match was also magical.

The match ended 2-1. A tough one but we know what we need to work on.

Dick of the day to Sarah E-Q due to when she was hit in the nose with the ball and we stopped time for her, she was more concerned about the fact she hadn’t turned on her Fitbit yet 😂


WH&E L2 0 – 0 Eastcote L5

The ladies 2s first game back was a positive affair just lacking that “eye of the tiger” attitude. We played well for 90% of the pitch, especially Romy who had a blinding game as right back – new shoes, new stick – thank you Santa! Unfortunately, the 10% was all in their D and we couldn’t put away some excellent chances from Charlotte and Kate.

On the plus side we didn’t let any in, even with the highly experimental defending of short corners, which almost gave me (Lisa) a heart attack.

All in all, 0-0 was a disappointing but fair result.


No men’s matches this week – the M1s return to action on 12th January and the M2s on the 19th.

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Week 13: Twas the match before Xmas…

WH&E L2 2 : 1 Ashford L4

WK12L2Twas the match before Xmas
When all through the club
Not a member was stirring
Except us and a sub(!)
The stick bags were hung in the dugout so fast
With hopes that their goalie would let a few past

To start we were nestled up in their D
But despite all our chances it wasn’t to be
In the first half against run of play
Unlucky for us they put one away

The second half was much colder, “Mine” called Charlotte and with a great smack
Sent the ball into Ellie who slotted one back

Our dedicated coach Sam went for the ball
And like good old humpty she had a great fall
The new kids in the mid were slipping balls through
And eventually Michelle scored goal number two

A final short corner to finish the game
And Chris whistled and shouted and called us by name
Now Pippa! Now Sula! Now Erin and Mia!
On Caitlin! On Charlotte! On Romy and Freya!

Now on to the matter of the league and given this score
What a great Christmas present, we’re now number four!

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Week 12: M2s edge ‘the real’ north London derby

WH&E M2 1 : 0 Southgate Adelaide M2

Last week’s glossy win was followed up with a far more gritty game versus local rivals Southgate Adelaide this week – a game which they had billed on their Twitter as ‘the real North London derby’.

The opposition won several short corners early on which were well kept out by Nick Smith in goal along with his defence who made a number of good clearances including one off the goal line.

Winchmore seemed to be on the back foot with some attritional attacking from Adelaide however the defensive line of Joe Small, Michael Dutnall and Huw Thomas remained solid.

Towards the end of the first half, Chris Buff broke through and beat the last man to find himself 1 on 1 with the keeper who he calmly slotted past to break the deadlock and send Winchmore into half time 1-0 up.

The game came to life in the second half with both teams having opportunities to test the goalkeepers. With ten minutes remaining the opposition appeared fired up with their tackles becoming increasingly robust. Asher found himself in a Southgate sandwich and was hacked down with a stick to the ankle which saw tempers become increasingly frayed. A green card was rightly handed to the Adelaide captain who trudged off launching his stick into the pitch side fence earning him an upgrade to yellow.

Some further handbags ensued as the game reached its final minutes resulting in an additional green card for the opposition, with Winchmore sensibly not engaging in the verbals.

Another win added to our total puts us in a solid position for a big push up the table after the Xmas break.

WK12-8SWTable

East League 8SW – Current Table


WH&E L1 0 : 3  PHC Chiswick Ladies L2

The ladies 1s were up against Chiswick, hoping for a 5th week of points and finally getting out of the relegation zone.

We started fairly strongly, with our young star Freya in goal making some great saves, and us getting good runs in up front from Beth Deane and Bethany McNamara. Chiswick were a well drilled team and had a lot of chances at goal. One saved by MOTM Gemma Gatting who, after it had been saved and then rebounded, stopped the ball just off the line and very coolly pushed it away to keep us level.

We fought hard but unfortunately could not convert our play into goals, after a few attempts, and ended up losing 3-0. An unfortunate end to this side of the season but a lot to think about over Christmas, especially for DOTD Sarah E-Q who made her husband get her 3 kids into the car just to bring her watch to her for the match…and then get them all ready to come and pick her up again 70 minutes later!

I hope everyone is looking forward to a lot of fitness during training in the new year 😉


WH&E M1 3 : 4  Broxbourne M3

The last game of 2018 brought Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men’s 1st XI to Broxbourne on the banks of the Lee river for a match scheduled at the very festive time of 4.30 pm.

WK12M1Winchmore fielded a strong team and the luxury of two subs for what is always a hard-fought match.

There were several initial quickfire exchanges – Broxbourne possess several highly skilled players – and they were rewarded with the lead early in the first half.

But the teams proved tightly matched as they exchanged goals and ended the first half evenly matched at 2-2.

Winchmore were very effective at combining Jim Gatting’s strong passing from the back with effective midfield link up play which then translated into pressure on the Broxbourne goal and two goals, one a successful short corner from Gatting and the other a Tim Mall goal from open play. Indeed, some of Winchmore Hill’s clever swift passing around the D would have suggested that Winchmore were well-positioned at half time to take the spoils.

So to the second half and a period of midfield domination with Stuart Carrick and Dominic Smith key. Yet although Winchmore got one more goal – a fantastic first-time deflection from Craig Jackson – they simply couldn’t translate the domination into more than that one goal and Broxbourne took their chances to put two more past us – one frustratingly from a short corner, another on the break and very much against the run of play.

Winchmore came close a couple more times – there may have been an open goal incident – but it was not to be. Much to mull over the Christmas mulled wine.

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Week 11: M2s storm back to form

WH&E M2 7 : 2 St Albans M9

M2s faced St Albans 9s having been comprehensively defeated by MDBA the previous week. Winchmore got off to a good start and caused the opposition problems with old boy Mark Gray looking a constant threat up top.

In such a high scoring game (Rob Dowling x 2, Dom, Ellis, Peter, Robert Ulph and Mark Gray) the two standout goals (goals that I can remember) were…

Rob Dowling’s fantastic break into the D from the right side firing his shot straight into the keepers pads the ball rebounded to Mark Gray who turned the ball in on the volley with a super reaction finish drawing a round of applause from the spectators.

Peter Morton – Midway through the second half the ball was deflected high in the air towards the far post where Peter put it in with a fantastic touch from above his head. The goal was made all the more special as Peter described it as his first goal in 20 years of hockey!

The final score finished Winchmore 7 St Albans 2.

A fantastic team performance in what was a comprehensive win.

MOTM: Asher – A fantastically mature performance causing the St Albans defence trouble throughout.
DOTD: Rob Dowling – Scored one of his goals with the back of his stick.


WH&E M1 2 : 0  Hertford M2

In a tight game, Winchmore came out on top with 2 goals from Colin Foad in the last 10 mins to secure all 3 points. Another win for the 1s who are steadily moving up the table after a slow start to the season (just for a change!).


WH&E L2 0 : 1 Harrow L3

A game of two halves as Winchmore looked the more likely to score in the first half, creating several chances that just couldn’t be finished – leading scorer Abbi coming close with two good efforts narrowly missing the target.

In the second half it was Harrow who seized the initiative, pressing forward and winning several penalty corners – a deflected shot from one striking Lorna on the face mask on the goal line, saving a goal! However, it was another penalty corner that settled the game with a clean strike from the top of the D beating keeper and defence to give Harrow the win.

A close game that could have gone either way, but lots of good performances across the Winchmore team.


WH&E L1 0 : 0  West Hampstead L2

A draw. Nothing happened. (well no match report was written anyway!)

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Herts Junior League: December

It was another busy weekend for the Junior section as we hosted a girls U12 tournament at Southbury Leisure Centre, as well as sending the boys U12 team to Broxbourne and running our usual Sunday morning training session for the rest of our junior members! Check out our tournament reports below.

Girls Under 12s @ Southbury

U12GDecOur under 12’s girls team turned up to our first home tournament of the season with a determined attitude. Their first match was against a strong (and tall!) Broxbourne A team. Solid defending from Kirsty, Molly and Alize couldn’t stop Broxbourne putting three past us.

With the arrival of the rest of our team (who had just finished swimming club!) we came out strongly against Blueharts A’s and were unlucky to concede one goal. With our third game we were starting to work well as a unit, using the width of the pitch and attacking with gusto.

Our final match, against Broxbourne B’s was our best game by far, with some fantastic runs down the wing from Harriet, linking up with Kirsty, who scored our first goal. Our second goes to Harriet, when her shot on goal was stopped on the line by an opposition foot. With no short corners, the umpire quite rightly gave a goal.

This is a team brimming with potential and they should all be very proud of their performance.
Well done Alice, Alize, Emily, Edie, Kirsty, Molly, Mary, Grace and Harriet.

A final massive thanks to Charlotte Gonella and Lisa Jobson for organising, timing and umpiring.

Results
Broxbourne A 3 – WHE 0
Blueharts A 1- WHE 0
Blueharts B 1 – WHE 0
Broxbourne B 1 -WHE 2


Boys U12s @ Broxbourne

The boys Under 12s ventured to Broxbourne for the next round of the Herts junior league with matches against Royston, Harpenden and Blueharts.

First up was Royston and our boys battled hard, but Royston just had that bit of extra quality in attack and ran out worthy winners 2-0. After a game off and a chance to re-group, we came out fighting against Harpenden, and in a very tight game created several chances in attack with Luca epitomising the effort from the team – sprinting half the length of the pitch and then sliding into the opposition goal but just unable to get the final touch needed to score. Harpenden snatched 2 goals to run out winners, which didn’t reflect the even game.

Straight on again for our final match against Blueharts and it was all about the opposition keeper who kept out great shots from Luca, Ben and Zafar, before our boys tired in the final minutes with Blueharts taking advantage of us not having a keeper to bundle in 3 quick goals.

Lots of great tackling, passing and hard work across the team: Thomas, Joseph, William, Harry, Zubin, Ben, Zafar, Lukas and Luca; and next time we’ll definitely be looking to have a keeper which could make all the difference in those tight matches.

Results

Royston 2 – WHE 0
Harpenden 2 – WHE 0
Blueharts Panthers 3 – WHE 0

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Upcoming Fixtures

January 17, 2019
  • Committee meeting

    January 17, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

January 19, 2019
  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s v Bishops Stortford 2s

    January 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • West Hampstead Ladies 5's v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    January 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Whitefield School, Claremont Rd, London NW2 1TR, UK

  • Hampstead and Westminster Ladies' 4s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Paddington Rec (Water) - Carlton Vale, Maida Vale, London - W9 1PD

  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s v Welwyn Garden City

    January 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

January 20, 2019
  • Mixed Championship 2nd Round vs Eastcote

    January 20, 2019
    Eastcote Hockey Club, Kings College Rd, Ruislip HA4 7JZ, UK

  • Juniors Training

    January 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

January 23, 2019
  • Club Training

    January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 26, 2019
  • Old Merchant Taylors Ladies 3s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    January 26, 2019
    Old Merchant Taylors

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1 v Ashford (Middlesex) Ladies' 2s

    January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • Southgate Tankards Z v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s

    January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Southgate Hockey Club, Trent Park, Snakes Ln, Barnet EN4 0PS, UK

  • Vauxhall 1s v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s

    January 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Luton Sixth Form College, Bradgers Hill Rd, Luton LU2 7EW, UK

January 27, 2019
  • Cheese and Wine time: TBC

    January 27, 2019
    Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club, 149 Firs Lane, London N21 3ER Firs Ln, London N21 3ER, UK

  • Juniors Training

    January 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

January 30, 2019
  • Club Training

    January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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