Week 3: High Fives for Ladies 2s and Men’s 2s

WH&E L2 5 : 2 West Hampstead L5

In the pissing rain, the Ladies 2s started with 9 and the #legend that is Lorna Robertson stepping up as kicking back. We started off strongly, sticking to the game plan and keeping our composure. The surprise arrival of Sula and Mirei early in the first half overloaded the opposition and secured our dominance. A strong press every time West Hampstead had a free hit meant we rarely let the ball into our own half. Lovely play down the right between, Michelle, Kate, Rebecca and Abbi kept the pressure up.

Goals – Abbi x2, Erin x1 (Although Abbi did try to claim it!), Michelle x1 from a greatest corner strike and Charlotte x1.

Momentary lapses of concentration allowed West Hampstead to break and score twice, incidentally the only 2 times they made it into the D.

Not a single short corner given away and Lorna with so little to do she went and put her coat on for the second half. All in all a pretty stonking game!!

Thanks to Dominic and Old Man Chris for umpiring for us and Chris for supporting on the side line. A special mention to Rebecca who began by saying she could only play the first half and ended up playing all but the last 10 minutes, which made all the difference.

P.S: I took some photos of us all bedraggled but victorious but they are so terrible I can’t bring myself to put them up. Sorry!

 

WH&E M2 5 : 0 Potters Bar M4

The men’s 2s returned to winning ways with a clinical 5-0 win over Potters Bar 4s. On a miserable afternoon, things didn’t look promising when our captain, Leo, hurt his back during the warm up and for a time it looked doubtful he would play at all!

But with the return of Joe Small and Chris Buff, plus first outings of the season for Robert Ulph and Rob Dowling, Winchmore quickly took control of the game and had the better of the early skirmishes. We took the lead after 15 mins when good attacking play from Chris Buff resulted in the ball rolling free in the D and Dominic crashing the ball past an unsighted keeper to open the scoring. Shortly after, a well worked short corner was slipped to Chris Buff who swept the ball home. 2-0 to Winchmore at half time. It could’ve been more, but equally we did well not to concede with the back 3 of Hitesh, Joe Small and Huw Thomas, doing well to nullify the threat of Potters Bar’s speedy attack.

Back out after the break and the second half was all about the captain who having overcome his back spasm, made it 3-0 by finishing off a sweeping move down the right with a neat finish, giving the keeper ‘the eyes’ as he calmly slotted the ball in the corner. As the half progressed, our keeper Nick Smith barely saw the ball, and Rob Dowling continued to provide the creative influence in midfield as we created more and more chances, and won several penalty corners. But it was captain fantastic who showed his killer instinct, scoring again from open play to make it 4-0, before completing his hattrick by finishing off another well worked attack by beating the keeper from a tight angle at the near post. 5 goals scored, none conceded, and a great performance all round!

Many thanks to Lisa Jobson and Chris Moran for umpiring in the rain, when having got soaked in the earlier ladies game would I’m sure rather have been sitting in the clubhouse with a hot cuppa!

MOTM: our hattrick hero and skipper, Leo!

DOTD: Joe Small who received a green card for apparently ripping the shorts off the opposition striker!

 

WH&E L1 1 : 1 Staines L1

The miserable Saturday afternoon weather did not stop the Ladies 1s staying focused (#wordoftheweek) at the weekend!

At the away match against Staines in the pouring rain without our usual goalie, we really pulled together as a team to produce a great performance.

With brave Beth Deane stepping into keeper kit, we had to put up an extra fight to protect her!

The match started… And ended, really strong. We were strong and confident and continued to battle the whole match against this tough team of umpires who like to make things difficult for us. The hard work paid off in the first half when a strong short corner strike from Gemma Gatting was popped in by Captain Bethany McNamara at the corner of the goal. This ended the opposition’s clean sheet, as they’d not yet conceded any goals in this season yet.. Before they met us!

We unfortunately conceded 1 goal in the 2nd half after Staines came back from half time fighting hard, and although we fought a lot we were unable to get another.

Final score 1-1.

Man of the match goes to Talyssa Mensah for stepping up into centre mid and using her strength perfectly even whilst taking a few balls to the legs from the opposition! Special mentions to Karen Goode with a strong performance in her first match back of the season, and Beth for going in goal for us!

Dick of the day goes to Karen Smith for leaving her mark on Staines.

#karensprestainesritual #theytriedtokillT #brilliantbeth #matchreports #hockeyfamily #hockeylife #focus #winchmorehillandenfield

 

WH&E M1 4 : 5 Bishops Stortford M2

Match report coming soon (maybe!)

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Week 2: Tough week for Winchmore – played 4, lost 4 ☹

WH&E M2 1 : 4 Southgate Tankards Z

WK2M2aM2’s faced a much improved Southgate Tankards Z side. The inexperienced WH&E side were punished early on for their sloppy positioning with Southgate taking the lead inside 10 minutes and doubling it shortly before half time.

With 15 minutes remaining Joseph hit the ball from the top of the opposition D allowing former Southgate youngster Asher to hit the ball home from close range making the score 2-1.

With Eray called up from defence to try and grab the equaliser Winchmore were exposed at the back and a hit from inside the Southgate half found their forward who put the ball past the diving Josh to make the game 3-1. In the dying seconds Southgate scored again to make the game 4-1, the result flattering Southgate who although the better side did not dominate the game as the scoreline may suggest.

Despite their first loss of the season the M2’s have shown lots of promise and further games together should see the team get used to playing together.

MOTM: Asher – solid performance and got his first WH goal.
DOTD: Leo – Shouting at Lisa not realising the decision had been given our way.

Next match: WHE M2 v Potters Bar M4
October 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK)

 

WH&E L2 0 : 6 Teddington 5

With a captain off galivanting across the Atlantic (love you really Pippa!) and the VC still with her umpiring hat on, the Ladies 2s had a slightly shambolic start to the day. A well-drilled Teddington team slotted 3 past our keeper in the first 5 minutes. Ouch. However, we rallied round and decided to start marking and made it really hard for Teds to score their 4th goal. With super sub Lorna coming on in the 2nd half, shoring up the defence, we battled hard and ended the game on 6-0.

To be honest I can’t really remember the details but I do know we showed some great determination and grit. The Ladies never let their heads drop and we improved throughout the game, really frustrating a team that beat their oppo 10-0 last week.

A special welcome back to Michelle and thank you to Charlotte for stepping up to play in goal as well as Dominic and Bethany for umpiring for us.

MOTM to Kate for being everywhere and never stopping.

Next match: WH L2 v West Hampstead L5
October 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK)

 

WH&E M1 0 : 7 Potters Bar M2

Winchmore entered the match after a 4-3 friendly win over the same opponents two weeks earlier, but Bar started this game looking far stronger.

Early on, Winchmore were guilty of allowing Bar to turn over possession easily in their own half and they grabbed three quick goals. Dutnall had a lot of work to do at centre-back chasing down Bar’s pacy forwards and helped to keep the scoreline down. Dray left the pitch early with injury, leaving Winchmore with no substitute options.

A further breakaway goal and a mishit strike added two more for Bar. Their dominant first-half display resulted in a 5-0 scoreline at half time.

Winchmore had nothing to lose in the second and started well. Foad did an excellent job of holding up the ball and there were some excellent exchanges with Sumner and Stone that led to short corners and attempts on goal.

A stick check early in the half resulted in a penalty flick for Bar, which Smith saved low to his right.

Carrick continued to find energy as the half wore on. He and the returning Lewis were able to keep the opposition at bay in the centre of midfield for prolonged spells. Meanwhile, the versatile Jackson played in several positions and gave an excellent account of himself in his first game of the season, while Lappin and Cunningham kept up their running tirelessly.

The whole team showed grit to continue at high pace with no substitute options.

Major plaudits for man-of-the-match Franks, who was constantly absorbing pressure and starting attacks.

MOTM: Harry Franks (all-around solid display)
DOTD: Matt Dray (groin injury)

Next match: WHE M1 v Bishops Stortford M2
October 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Away (Hockerill Anglo-European College, Dunmow Rd, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5HX, UK)

 

WH&E L1 0 : 3 Hendon & Mill Hill L1

An unexpectedly hot day yesterday meant the Ladies 1s faces were more more red than usual in their 2nd match of the season.

A tough game all round against a strong Hendon & Mill Hill Team. We fought but unfortunately couldn’t bring anything to fruition. And a couple of unlucky moments meant we were a goal down and facing a flick. Man of the Match Charlotte Lucky who was kindly stepping in as GK while Chris Putt is unwell, faced the challenge brilliantly but unfortunately we went to 2-0 down.

A couple of injuries meant a lot of movement of players on the pitch but the team worked really hard and kept going until the last whistle. Final score Winchmore Hill 0 – 3 Hendon.

Dick of the day to Karen Smith for forgetting how to take long corners and then leaving all her stuff on the pitch after!

Big shout out to superhero Lisa Jobson who umpired, played, then umpired again. Big Thanks!!!!!

Onwards and Upwards!!!!

Thanks to the spectators who came to watch yesterday x

Next match: WHE L1 v Staines L1
October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Away (Staines Hockey Club – Worple Rd. Laleham, Staines, Middlesex – TW18)

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Week 1: L2s and M2s lead the way with opening day victories

WH&E L2 4 : 0 Eastcote L5

WK1L2aIt rained a lot. But it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Ladies 2s. The juniors ran the show with a hattrick from Eleanor. Not to be outdone Abbi showed her supreme running skills to go one on one with the keeper and calmly slot the ball in the back of the net. The oldies are going to struggle to keep up with the unstoppable force which is their ‘younguns’ at this rate!

Thanks to Deaneteam1 for going in goal and being awesome with impossible saves that shouldn’t happen but did and Deaneteam2 for turning up and sort of playing centre mid.

Next match: WH L2 v Teddington Ladies 5
September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK)

 

WH&E M2 1 : 0 WGC M3

A new season. New division… but a familiar opposition. The Mens 2’s started their Division 8 campaign against WGC who were promoted alongside us having won division 9 last year. Fielding 5 players under the age of 18 combined with some experienced heads would surely be a winning combination?

The game started at a high tempo with both sides looking solid at the back. At the heart of the defence Joe Small looked confident on the ball and was keeping the WGC forwards quiet by winning every 50/50. In his first full game in goal Balazs looked confident in his positioning and mopped up all loose balls giving the opposition no chance of finding the back of the net. With injured Grant marshalling the substitutions from the sidelines, the team attacked with renewed energy but could not get a clear scoring opportunity. With the score 0-0 at half time the game was in the balance, the feeling from both sides was whoever scored first would go on to win the game.

As the second half started WGC defended well against the increasingly attacking WH who pushed hard and won several short corners but were still yet to score. The youthful Winchmore finally broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining when Dom took a quick sideline ball and skilfully dribbled into the D to slide a pass across goal to Chris Buff who put the ball past the diving goalkeeper first time to seal a 1-0 victory.

Congratulations to youngsters Jude, Asher and Stan who all had a fantastic game making their senior debuts for the club today.

MOTM: Joe Small

Next match: WHE M2 v Southgate Tankards Z
September 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK)

 

WH&E L1 1 : 2 PHC Chiswick L5

1st Match of the season for the Ladies 1s and it was a tough one. Starting in the rain – a proper welcome back to winter hockey.
We started slow, and not ourselves, to create a difficult first half with a lot of defending. Our brilliant defensive ladies and GK did an amazing job, but the 1st half finished 0-2 down.

We used our new found resilience, however, and fought back hard. Played a lot of #sexyhockey with great running off the ball and were rewarded with a goal. Scored byBethany McNamara  and assisted by Beth Deane. Our spirits were lifted and we kept pushing hard. A beautiful run last minute by the Deanes almoat brought us another goal but sadly it wasn’t to be. Final score 1-2.

I’m proud of the team today, we fought hard and we almost got there. Confident for the season ahead
Man of the Match to Talyssa Mensah for amazing strength and clearances at the back.

#thesegirlscan #hockeyfamily #watchthisspace

Next match: WHE L1 v Hendon & Mill Hill L1
September 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK)

 

WH&E M1 2 : 3 Broxbourne M3

Winchmore started strongly in their first league game of 2018/19. A core of Machray, Carrick and Bilimoria controlled the centre with Lappin and Sumner finding some space in the wide areas immediately. But it was Broxbourne who scored first from a short corner after Winchmore failed to capitalise on some early chances.

Undeterred, Winchmore continued as they’d started and soon after scored two in quick succession. The first came from a solid pass from man-of-the-match Foad into Stone, who deftly flicked the ball beyond the keeper’s reach. It was Foad who then converted from an angle with an assist from Cunningham. However, Broxbourne spoiled the party with a breakaway that resulted in their equaliser before half-time.

The defence of Dray, Dutnall and Franks were put through their paces in the second half as Winchmore began to tire, with Smith rescuing Winchmore on more than one occasion with a number of fine saves. After some probing, Broxbourne took the advantage with 10 minutes remaining. Winchmore struggled to find an equaliser, but did well to keep Broxbourne out for the remainder of the game.

The men’s first team played a tightly contested game that was edged by single goal. It was a promising performance against an experienced side. Next week will be another tough game away against local rivals Potters Bar.

MOTM: Colin Foad
DOTD: Matt Dray (omitted to bring any hockey balls with him for warm up)

Next match: WHE M1 v Potters Bar M2
September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Away (Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar EN6 2DU, UK)

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HockeyFest kicks off the new season in style!

The new season started in style with a record turnout for adult team trials, followed by a BBQ, games and family fun back at the club.

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On the pitch, the men’s and ladies’ teams were put through their paces by the respective club captains, with a focus on close control, ball speed and a plenty of action for our ‘keepers to blow away the summer cobwebs! Small sided games then upped the intensity before we mixed up the men’s and ladies’ teams and played some competitive mixed matches to sharpen the skills ahead of the first matches next week.

It was brilliant to see so many of our youth section competing for positions in both the men’s and ladies’ teams, and there are sure to be several adult team debuts over the coming weeks. It was also great to see a few old(er) faces returning to the club, providing a really healthy mix of youth and experience which bodes well for the season ahead.

HockeyFest2018-2aTwo hours of hockey trials completed, and it was back to the clubhouse for some well-earned refreshments and a BBQ, with many members bringing their partners and children along to enjoy the late summer sun and a great family atmosphere. Big thanks goes to Nick Smith, our very own BBQ chef extraordinaire! And to our budding bakers from the ladies’ section who provided a fine selection of cakes and biscuits!

We were also joined by a large group of junior members, who were put through their paces on the ‘MUGA’ by Grant Wisson with a mixture of skills, games and a giant penalty shootout! The way they are progressing, it won’t be long before more of our juniors are knocking on the door of the adult teams.

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A fantastic HockeyFest, and great way to kick off the new season which starts with friendlies on 15th September, followed by the first league matches on the 22nd September.

If you’ve been inspired to try out hockey, join us on Wednesdays 7-8pm for our Back to Hockey / New to Hockey sessions. Find out more

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Summer Hockey Round-up

After a winter season that extended beyond Easter, it was straight into summer hockey for the Winchmore Hill & Enfield ladies and mixed teams – the ladies taking part once again in the Southgate Summer League and a first time out for the mixed team playing in the Broxbourne Summer League.

Ladies @ Southgate Summer League

Ladies2Following a tough season involving the #evengreaterescape the Ladies were looking forward to a friendly summer league. It was a great way to integrate the two Ladies teams and even some of the Juniors and after a few matches, we started to gel well together. A few tough teams as well as our chilled out summer vibes meant wins were not the highest on our agenda this summer, but we fought hard when we needed to. A few of the juniors really upped their game, namely Abbie who was our 2nd highest goal scorer at the end of the round robin stage!

Holiday season came and a few unfortunate injuries meant it was getting harder to field a full team, including Goalie and umpires. Shout-out to Charlotte Gonella and Shell Pearson who kitted up for us on a few occasions to help out! Another to all of the umpires who did a stellar job!

Round Robin finishes and we were placed into the Egg Cup with 2 other teams. 0-0 in the first game against Southgate, and with a whopping 7-0 win against Hendon & Mill Hill, we went out with a bang! Another shout-out here to Lisa for playing for Hendon in our last match of the league (trust me – she really took on the role of a Hendon player and was not letting us win by any means!)

Highest goal scorer this summer was Sam Deane, congrats Sam!

#winchmorehillandenfield #summerleague #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #readyfortheseason

Mixed @ Broxbourne Summer League

MixedComp1After a cup run for the mixed team in the England Hockey national championships last winter, it was back to more familiar opponents in the mixed summer league including Hertford, Cheshunt, Bishops Stortford, Welwyn Garden City and of course the hosts Broxbourne and their alternative “Shotgunners” side.

A 1-6 loss in the first game was turned around with a 6-1 win in the second and it became quite apparent that the mixed league would be an up and down affair! However, with all games played in good spirit, the summer league was a great chance for the men and ladies to build on the teamwork developed in previous mixed cup matches, as well as blooding new players and bringing back some old(ish!) faces too. Special mention to Riccardo Cunningham who performed well stepping straight in to the mixed team having returned to the club in our “Back to Hockey” sessions during the summer.

We finished the summer league 5th out of 7, with 3 wins and 2 draws in our 12 games, and top scorer (surprise surprise!) Tim Mall with 6 goals – made up of 2 hat-tricks!

Many thanks to all who played and umpired during the summer. The mixed team will be back in action again this winter in the England Hockey mixed championships – watch this space!

#whemixed #whoneedsanotherhashtaganyway

And finally, many thanks to Southgate and Broxbourne for organising and hosting the summer leagues, without which our summer would not have been the same! 😊

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Upcoming Fixtures

October 17, 2018
  • Club Training

    October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

October 20, 2018
  • Ashford (Middlesex) Ladies' 2s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    October 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Ashford (Middlesex)

  • Teddington Ladies' 6 v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    October 20, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    Teddington

  • Cheshunt 3s v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s

    October 20, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • St Albans 5s v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s

    October 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Oaklands College Hatfield Road Oaklands, St Albans AL4 0JA, UK

October 21, 2018
  • Junior Training

    October 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

October 24, 2018
  • Club Training

    October 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

October 27, 2018
  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s v Harpenden 2s

    October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Hampstead and Westminster Ladies' 3s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    UCS Sports Fields, Brondesbury - UCS Sports Fields Farm Avenue (Entrance via Ranulf Road) Cricklewood NW2 2BH - NW2 2BH

  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s v St Albans 8s

    October 27, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Beaumont School, Oakwood Dr, St Albans AL4 0XB, UK

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2 v Ealing Ladies 2s

    October 27, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

October 28, 2018
  • Junior Training

    October 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

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