Men’s 2s secure promotion with 3-0 win in top of the table clash

Week 24: The men’s 2s finished the season in style, dominating the game against a previously unbeaten Southgate Tankards Y, and running out comfortable 3-0 winners. 2 well taken goals from Leo and 1 from Stuart Carrick who neatly put away a well worked penalty corner.

Men's 2sWhat a great all round performance:

  • – Nick Smith, stepping in at the last moment in goal, made several decisive clearances when Southgate had any sniff of a chance
  • – Balazs kept their tricky winger quiet and frustrated with great marking and solid tackling
  • – Joe Small took complete control of the defence with great jab tackling and interceptions, keeping their front line very quiet
  • – Eray, playing two games back to back, with an awesome performance intercepting, tackling, clearing and generally giving their left winger no chance
  • – Joseph, worked incredibly hard, marking and tracking their right midfielder, frustrating him at every turn
  • – Stuart, also playing two full games back to back, had their midfield playmaker in his pocket, breaking up their attacks, and driving forward to create many of our goalscoring opportunities
  • – Thomas M, working up and down the right wing, with good control and interplay with Leo upfront
  • – Rob D, composed on the ball, hassling in midfield, driving forward in attack and generally running Southgate ragged
  • – Thomas C with a really good first touch today and great positioning, could easily have scored a couple of goals but for their keeper
  • – …and finally Leo, with another fantastic performance leading the line, scoring twice and at the heart of every attack

BOOM! What a great all round performance. So proud of everyone and we are now guaranteed promotion by finishing in the top 3 😁 and may still finish second depending on what happens in Southgate Tankards Y’s last game.

And of course, many thanks to Beth for umpiring again 👍

The ladies 1s started an epic weekend of hockey with a match against Ashford on Saturday. Some awesome play and great teamwork led to a 1-1 draw. Giving ourselves a glimmer of hope of surviving. MoM is shared between Karen and Bethany for being awesome and she scored a goal!

Ladies 1sWe continued our weekend of hockey with an early 10 am start on Sunday morning against Hendon and Mill Hill. Despite some great play and well taken goals by Caroline, Bethany and a penalty flick by Samantha but we couldn’t quite keep them out and they managed to sneak a 4th leaving the score 4-3 at the finish.

We now wait on the West Hampstead v Hendon and Mill Hill game on the 7th April to see if we stay in the premier division or face a journey into div 1.

As if this wasn’t enough hockey for the team, 6 players from the mornings game decided a mixed game would be a good idea this afternoon. Needless to say we tried hard and collapsed to the floor in heaps where we stood when the final whistle went.

Shout out to Rachelle who doubled up Saturday and Sunday and played 4 games!

#ladies1s #evengreaterescape #endofseason #3gamesistoomany

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Beast from the East 2 – Hockey 3

Week 23: With a morning of is it on or is it off and a flurry of Whattsapp activity the men’s 1xi headed up to Hitchin for their game against Blueharts 4th XI. In the confusion, Stuart forgot his hockey bag (yes the whole bag). Thankfully he was prepared for his own lack of preparedness by leaving a spare pair of shin guards in the boot and Jimbo helped out with a stick.

On to the game in cold conditions. Blueharts nearer the bottom end of the table had a suspiciously strong looking team and threatened early on. However, WHE found their composure and came back into the game with excellent distribution from the back by Jimbo.

The ever sprightly Tim Mall harrassed the defence supported by Jake and Harry Stone. In the end a superb solo bit of play found Tim on the score sheet again. There was strong defence from WHE from midfield through to the back line. Harry Franks even bravely deflecting a shot from goal with his face (ouch). Matt Dray kept the fast wing play down their right quiet.

In midfield the ever young John Lappin harried and challenged with some probing balls forward. On the right Rafi was putting in good work and feeding well through to the forwards. As ever Adam Machray marshalled the midfield brilliantly and tirelessly.

The rolling of subs worked really well with Joe Turmaine bringing yet another dimension to our play that panicked the opposition. Simon Gatland continued his comeback with a solid performance covering for the injured Harry Franks.

A close affair continued into the second half but again a solo skill passage stripped the opposition of their dignity and another goal. 2-0 but the pumped up Blueharts were not finished. It’s fair to say they had large amounts of possession but WHE did well to disrupt then threaten on the counter.

A hairy last 10 minutes so stoic defence from the whole team including clearing several short corners. All but as Blueharts finally diverted one in. Travelling in the weather and getting ahead we were not to be denied and on top some fine saves from Josh saw us through.

Well done everyone.

Beast from the East 2.0 couldn’t stop the ladies 1s from playing today against teddington. Missing quite a few players we bumped two defenders into midfield and started well sneaking a goal from Caroline Briers just before the half time whistle. Safety looked that little bit closer… it wasn’t to be though as teddington managed an equaliser and scored 3 more quickly with about 15 minutes to go.

A massive thank you to Lucky Charlotte and Pippa Deane for playing and to Charlotte Ellingham for stepping in this week in the worst weather conditions with Lisa Jobson cheering on from the sidelines.

With West Hampstead drawing against Staines we need to win and draw in our two next week to stay safe! Any and all support will be welcome both Saturday at 12 and Sunday at 10 at aylward next week!!!

If only the beast had roared a bit louder…

A snow dusted pitch and icy cold winds were not enough to stop the M2s continuing their push for promotion against a transformed Luton side. Winchmore started solidly and dominated the opening 10 mins before Leo scored the first goal, slotting past the oncoming keeper after a neat move through the middle. The lead was then doubled when Dominic cut across the top of the Luton D and crashed the ball into the bottom right corner. However, in the closing exchanges of the first half, Luton were back in the game with a well struck penalty corner squeezing past the defence.

Another half-time motivational speech (bollocking) from Grant got Winchmore back together, and in a tight second half it was Winchmore who kept their heads together and remained strong in defence, leaving man of the match Leo to dance round the Luton keeper and neatly slot home on reverse stick to put the game safe at 3-1.

A battling performance in awful conditions, and another win to keep the dream alive! Many thanks to Dipak and Chris Moran for umpiring. One game left next week against top of the league Southgate Tankards Y…and we can still do it. Game on!

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Middlesex In2Hockey Championships, U12s

Our U12s Middlesex in2hockey tournament could have started a little better, with a 5-0 defeat against a strong Teddington squad and our defender Joseph’s day cut short with a ball to the head  (don’t worry – he’s okay).

11thMarchU12sThis opened the door for a couple of familiar faces to step up and re-don a purple shirt over their new Southgate colours 😮. Thank you Dom and Ed! A couple of losses and a 0-0 draw brought us to the game of the day, the match we all know is most important #therealnorthlondonderby. With Dom and Ed back in their red shirts and Josh drafted in on loan from Indian Gym, we battled for a heroic 0-0 draw, with arguably the better chances including a couple of short corners #didntlosetoSouthgate #feelslikeawin

Lisa and Charlotte thought this would be the highlight of the day but oh-no! The best was yet to come. Late in the day, FOUR HOURS after our first game, a tired WH&E (& Indian Gym Josh) faced Harrow in our final match. A lovely break saw Vinny slot the ball into the D where Theo picked it up and placed it in the bottom corner. We held on with some fabulous defending to a well-deserved win. A great end to a great day.

Honourable Mentions:
– Goalkeeper John who was the epitome of sportsmanship when he stepped up to play for Indian Gym when their GK was stuck in traffic.
– Theo for some fantastic defending and an amazing full on, diving, goal line save which earned him a huge following on the sidelines.
– Luca for battling against boys twice his size and winning 
– Tom for his tireless running, covering the entirety of the pitch and for always tracking back.

Well done to all who schlepped over to Ashford and we hope you’re nearly home.

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Ladies 1s win and lose, all in one weekend

Week 22: The ladies 1s had a point to prove today. We needed 3 points so we went out there and we got 3 points! Excellent goals from Chloe and Talyssa.

Highlights of today include:

  • Karen failing to see a ball directly in front of her in the warm up despite the whole team telling her
  • Bethany of course ending up on the floor, this time grazing her arm as well as her knee
  • Beth and Talyssa getting hit in the head within seconds of each other!
  • And finally…⭐️⭐️⭐️Chris Putt making an epic save of a penalty flick just to annoy the oppo even more!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️

Massive thanks to James, Lucky Charlotte and Lisa for their support and to Dominic and Chris M for their umpiring.
The win today keeps our hopes of safety alive!!! #onwardsandupwards #evengreaterescape

The ladies 1s failed to secure safety today in their second game of the weekend in a rearranged game against Staines. We just didn’t wake up in time to realise we were playing hockey until they scored! A lot more positive in the 2nd half and really unlucky about the final whistle going just as it seemed we were about to find the net!!!

We just need to keep the positivity. Led by the ever present Chris Putt who played outrageously well in goal. It’s just a shame we couldn’t help her out quick enough at the start! Shout out to Karen Goode for another excellently played game. You could hardly tell she had played yesterday.

In more important news we need to say huge thank you and well done to Abi for stepping up and making her 1st team debut today. You played awesome!!!

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Men’s 2s slip to second defeat; Ladies 2s win again!

Week 21: Men’s 2nd team v Welwyn Garden City

We travelled to Hatfield lacking our usual dominance (captain Dom Smith missing for first time this season!)
Our somewhat changed team played a crucial top of the table clash and things started terribly. We not only had to push back missing 2 players (lost in the 1 way system?) we then had Jo Small yellow carded for the games first tackle👎

The 2 home umpires also awarded a dubious short corner. Crash in went the shot and we were immediately 1-0 down. The missing players arrived but before we could settle in to the game our oppo scored 2 more.
3-0 down after 15 mins we could have crumbled but this squad is made of sterner stuff. Battling away we gained a foothold in the game and were rewarded with a close range goal by Leo right on half time.

A change to only 2 at the back for the second half with Grant going up front with Colin led to us dominating the first 15 mins of the half but sadly we failed to find the crucial second goal. When it’s not your day luck goes against you and today was that day. Welwyn were awarded another dubious short and after a prolonged scramble in the D they managed to force the ball over our line. This deflated us and with their 3 subs coming on the fresh legs made a huge difference.

Despite some fine saves from Nick Smith and several fantastic last ditch tackles Welwyn scored 2 more. Final result 1-6😡

We go again next week and 2 more wins could still potentially secure a promotion spot.
Lesson learned: Only 2 defeats so far this season and both have come when we started the match without 11 on the pitch!!! PLEASE ARRIVE IN TIME TO WARM UP AND BE READY FOR THE START.

The ladies 2s had a rescheduled match against Old Merchant Taylor’s.

We started well with Charlotte scoring in the first half and Kelly doubling the lead before half time. They got one back in the second half and we had some very close chances.

Special Mentions
•Sam for falling over but managing to sweep to Rachelle anyway
•Kelly for not throwing up 
•the team for some lovely Spencer-Hockey

A great 2-1 win!

Ladies 2s

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Upcoming Fixtures

May 2, 2018
  • BSL: Cheshunt v WHE Mixed

    May 2, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
    Broxbourne Sports Club, Mill Ln Cl, Broxbourne EN10 7BG, UK

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