Men’s 1s squeeze past St Albans; Defeats for Ladies 1s & 2s

Ladies 2s warming up, plus mascot!Week 8: Citrus fruits are always tricky to peel at first and the tangerines  of St Albans were certainly no exception. The home side scored two without reply in the opening stages, but WHE Men’s 1s kept digging in their fingers and eventually exposed the soft and squishy interior of their opponents. Man of the Match Adam Machray pirouetted elegantly  to make it 2-1 by half time. A pithy exchange at the start of the second half resolved itself with two goals for Tim Mall, leaving a sour taste 😖 in the mouth of the home side and putting WHE into an unassailable 3-2 lead. Captain Stuart Carrick and Dominic Smith were tireless.  St Josef Turmaine provided a target up front and younglings Harry Stone and Rafi Zeff 👶 were a great counterbalance to the vintage John Lappin and Jake Sumner👴 in midfield. Matthew Dray and Martin Dwamena supported James Gatting at the back, who marked his return with a solid performance. With Joshua James Rider in goal.

WHE were certainly no lemons  and will seek to pip Vauxhall 🚘 at home next Saturday.

M1 v Vauxhall
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB)
Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

Ouch! L2s captain heading for A&E...

Ouch! L2s captain heading for A&E…

There once was an oppo unbeaten
But Winchmore stepped up to meet ’em
Great play from all
Despite Gemma’s fall
Did much the 6-0, to sweeten

Amazing hockey from the Ladies 2s against #unbeaten Ealing. Everyone really stepped up and the newbies were fantastic. There was some brilliant defensive hockey from WHE in the second half. Man of the Match was really close between goalie Freya and Abbi, but it was Abbi who nabbed it! Unfortunately, the match ended with a broken Captain and a 6-0 defeat 😭. Onwards and upwards for the 2s, bring on next week away against Teddington!

Teddington Ladies’ 6 v L2
Away (Teddington School [THC], Trowlock Way, Broom Road, Teddington, TW11 9PJ)
Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Saying it was a game of two halves for the Ladies 1s is an understatement! WHE took control from the starting whistle with some great passing and movement on and off the ball. The 1s dominated the first half with fantastic attacks and created several scoring opportunities. A welcome back to Gemma Gatting (congrats!) with a beautiful clean strike from a short corner but their ‘keeper somehow managed to get her foot to it! WHE were unable to convert any of the chances into goals. The half-time whistle blew three minutes early which meant, despite having had a positive team talk, a baffled team went into the second half lacking focus. A few errors gave Hendon & Mill Hill an early goal. Heads dropped more and the oppo took full advantage, scoring another 2 goals. WHE finally woke up with 10 minutes left of the game and Beth managed to score a well-deserved goal. The first goal for the 1s since Match 1! Too little too late unfortunately. Final score 1-3.

Man of the Match was Beth Deane! Soo adaptable and made a difference to the game in every position she played! 😊👏. The 1s will be looking to collect some October points away against Staines.

Staines Ladies’ 2s v L1
Away (Staines Hockey Club, Worple Rd, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex, TW18)
Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am

The Men’s 2s remained unbeaten without hitting a ball in anger, as the opposition conceded! #runningscared. They are wanting another win next week away against Luton Town.

Luton Town 4 v M2
Away (Challney High School for Girls, Addington Way, Luton, LU4 9FJ)
Saturday November 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

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U10 Herts Junior League, Round One

U10s Tournament @ Southbury Leisure CentreBonfire night, and WHE Hockey Juniors were the hosts for the first round of the U10 Herts Junior League, featuring 10 junior teams from the local area.

There was lots of advanced planning and hard work put in as this was the first time WHE have hosted the tournament. The result was a well organised enjoyable event, run from the sand-filled astroturf pitch at Southbury Leisure Centre.

WHE Hockey Juniors played two teams, which was another first and both teams did us proud!

The A Team came 3rd overall, won 2, drew 1, Lost 1.
The B Team, of less experienced players, showed great skill and were unfortunate not to win a game. The match practice they gained will prove invaluable.

Roll on the next tournament! WHE Hockey Juniors hosts the U12 Herts Junior League on Sunday 21st January 2018.

Pool A: We can safely say that all involved with the A side on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The A’s played extremely well as a team which was great to see and by the last game started to show signs of understanding the importance of using the whole pitch, not something they are really used too. All the performances were too good to pick any one player out.

As I commented on the day – we played as well if not better in the game we lost as we did in the games we won, which hopefully proved to the A’s that a good result doesn’t always mean you played well, just as much as a bad result doesn’t mean you played badly.

Overall – Fun was the winner and hopefully we inspired a few watching what can be done while still be competitive.

Nick– A Team Manager

In Pool B, a less experienced Winchmore Hill & Enfield B faced a tough group with regular foes Blueharts B, Broxbourne, Hertford and Letchworth. The team were unlucky to come out on the wrong side of a tight opening match with Broxbourne, going down by a single goal and we could easily have snatched an equaliser or even won having dominated much of the match. Blueharts B, Hertford and Letchworth proved to be bigger and stronger, and were worthy winners of the other games, despite great commitment and battling defence from our boys and girls.

Great performances throughout the Winchmore team, including Ben, William, Jack and Arran for tireless work and good interplay in midfield / attack; Grace for great marking and positional play on the right side; and Emily and Harry who took turns in goal as well as battling hard in defence.

This was the first tournament for most of the team and a great learning experience which will stand them in good stead for future matches. Well done all.

Dom – B Team Manager

There was lots of support for all the teams, with plenty of encouragement and positive shouting from the sidelines. Comments about the day from parents and supporters included: “the kids played their little purple socks off!”, “great organisation”, “fantastic effort”, “Keep up the good work everyone, without this effort clubs soon perish.”

Thanks go to Charlotte Gonella, Lisa Jobson, Gemma Luckman and Lorna Robertson who organised and managed the tournament. Abbi, Erin and Mirei, who helped in the running of the day and collating the score sheets. Bethany McNamara and Alex for assisting with umpiring. Nick Smith and Dominic Smith for coaching the As & Bs, with the help of their assistant coaches Sonya and Callum. And finally, to the parents who helped manage the refreshment stand, which raised over £60 for the Junior Section.

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Men’s 2s continue unbeaten run; Men’s 1s beat local rivals 4-0!

Men's 2s after a hard fought 2-2 draw

Men’s 2s after a hard fought 2-2 draw

Week 7: The Men’s 2s kept up their unbeaten record with a 2-2 draw away to Southgate Tankards on #derbyday. WHE dominated the first 20 mins and took a well-deserved lead when Thomas Mabey found Leo with a through ball from midfield. Leo carried it into the D and slotted past the oncoming keeper with a neat finish – christening his new stick in the process!

Unfortunately, Southgate came back into the game in the last 15 mins of the half and levelled the scoring with a deflected short corner which evaded the WHE defence.

An awful start after the break saw Southgate take the lead. The ball was bundled over the goal line from close range after some sloppy defending. However, WHE continued to fight and good attacking play down the left earned the 2s a penalty corner with 5 mins to go. This was successfully converted to tie the match up at 2-2. An extremely good result, considering Southgate started the day Top of the League! So, despite facing a full Southgate team plus subs whilst struggling to field a full team themselves, the Men’s 2s march on unbeaten!

There were fine performances from the whole team. Special mentions for Rob Ulph, who worked tirelessly on the left; Asit Rahman, playing his first game for the club and for Jack Henson, helping us out in goal and putting in a typically commanding performance with some fine reaction saves. Next up: Home against Rickmansworth.

M2 v Rickmansworth 4
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB)
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

The Ladies 1s took a while to wake up during Saturday’s match. The score was 3-0 at half time and 3-0 at full time. They got a lot better in the 2nd half! Eastcote were fortunate with their second goal, Sarah E-Q was stopping the attacker from getting sight of the goal when she slipped in the D, allowing the attacker enough space to get the shot away!

Bethany McNamara almost got the 1s back in the scoring habit, but for falling over at the most inopportune time. The ball made its way up the right side of the pitch. A great cross, coming along to Bethany open on the top of the D. A prime scoring opportunity? Our best chance at goal! And she slipped and sat down instead, d’oh! WHE were cursed at both ends of the pitch by slippery patches!

Captain Sam, before "the collision"...

Captain Sam, before “the collision”…

In the end it was a tough game, and everyone defended fantastically, putting up a big fight at the back. This was especially the case when WHE were down to 10 players for the last 12 mins of the match after Captain Sam Deane “collided” with an opposition player. Sam is fine, except the whole not being able to turn her head or move most of her upper body thing…

The 1s nominated seven players for Man of the Match! Notably; Karen Goode for some outstanding defensive tackling and tracking; Bethany McNamara for brilliant tracking back to defend as well as great runs forward too and Talyssa Mensah for being amazing in centre mid. Coming out on top with the most votes was Beth Deane, for great runs and always getting back and great defending, well played!

The highlight of the afternoon was demolishing the yummy Jaffa Birthday Cake baked by Samantha Deane to celebrate Big Sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday Beth!!

The 1s are hoping to show Hendon & Mill Hill what they can really do next week – onwards and upwards!

L1 v Hendon & Mill Hill Ladies’ 1s
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB)
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

It was a top demonstration by the Men’s 1s this week. With some great stick skills in the D, twisting and turning the opposition, Captain Stuart Carrick calmly converted the opening goal of the game!
Another Man of the Match performance from Tim Mall saw him slot away a hat-trick, meaning an overall result of a 4-0 win against local rivals Southgate Adelaide on #derbyday!

Which can only mean one thing- the first Cleansheet for Goalkeeper Josh Rider and #TeamDefence. As an extra bonus, WHE are no longer bottom of the league!

The match was very hard fought and there were tired legs by the end. There were so many great performances to mention them all and the whole team should be proud of themselves. This will surely be the first win of many. The 1s are looking to keep on the up away against St Albans.

St Albans 4 v M1
Away (Oaklands College, East Drive, Hatfield Road, St Albans)
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The Ladies 2s warm-up!

The Ladies 2s warm-up!

Raring to go after the previous week’s 2-0 victory, the Ladies 2s faced Harrow away at 2.30pm. Unfortunately, within the first minute of the match starting, a penalty flick was awarded to the opposition! However, the 2s new goalkeeper Freya stood her ground and defended the goal against Harrows flick- which they missed 😎.

As the game progressed, WHE played some fabulous hockey! Making some brilliant passes and tackles throughout the game. Yet despite these efforts, Harrow managed to score 3 goals, resulting in a 3-0 loss.

Man of the Match goes to Freya for her fantastic goalkeeping performance in her first ever game. Everyone agreed she has great potential and is going to go far! But not too far, their next match is at home to Ealing.

L2 v Ealing Ladies 1
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB)
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Big thanks to #TeamUmpire: Chris Moran, Dipak Shah and Bethany McNamara!

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Men’s 1s open their account; Ladies 2s and Men’s 2s march on

Half-time team talk for the Ladies 2s

Half-time team talk for the Ladies 2s

Week 6: The Men’s 1s battled hard to pick up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw away at Hertford. Tim Mall’s jinking runs were rewarded with an early goal and Adam Machray popped up at the back post to make it 2-0. A stunned Hertford battled back to 2-2, but WHE remained resolute and held out to the end. A few breakaways could even have culminated in three points, but it was not to be. There was tireless work from rotating wide-men Craig Jackson, Chris Burd, Harry Stone, John Lappin and Jake Sumner. Constant harassment by Josh Lewis in the middle of the pitch, and a solid defensive core of Jonathan Pitcher, Harry Franks and Matt Dray. MOTM was goalkeeper Jack Henson for some tip-top goal-tending.

Next week they can try and close the gap on the rest of the league when 12th place WHE face Southgate Adelaide in 11th, at home on #derbyday!

M1 v Southgate Adelaide 1
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB)
Saturday November 4, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

After another week without a game, the Ladies’ 2s took to the pitch with only 10 players (though some didn’t realise they were a player down!). They played some great hockey and came away with a well deserved 2-0 victory! Goals came courtesy of Kelly Davids and Gem Luckman, both scoring in short corners, although only one was caught on camera, oops! Special mention to the youngens, Caitlin and Erin, who continue to really step up in the senior teams.

Big thank you to Talyssa Mensah, Chris Putt and Charlotte Gonella for doubling up. Here’s hoping the 2s get to play another game next week!! They are scheduled to play away at Harrow.

Harrow 3s v L2
Away (The John Lyon Playing Fields, Sudbury Hill, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3SB)
Saturday November 4, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

This week the Men’s 2s faced top of the league and unbeaten side Welwyn Garden City at home, knowing they needed a win to maintain their position and unbeaten record. WGC started strongly, however, the WHE defence held stronger with Captain Joe displaying the perfect mix of aggression and determination to keep the opposition at bay. WHE broke the deadlock when Rob, returning after a lengthy break from hockey, broke free early on and hit a neat reverse into the far corner leaving the ‘keeper stranded.

WHE always looked in control with Dom governing the midfield, showing grit in defence and breaking with pace. Little Thomas displayed great confidence and linked up well with Leo and big Thomas, causing WGC problems down the left flank. Dom got WHE’s second goal just before the break, skilfully dribbling into the D and smashing the ball home to double the lead.

WGC continued to pressure the WHE defence, however, Goalkeeper Josh was outstanding and commanded his box well making some crucial saves to maintain the lead. The game was secured 3 minutes from time when Leo ran onto a loose ball from a WHE attack and took it to the baseline before passing across goal to Joseph who calmly took a touch and slotted it past the ‘keeper to score a much deserved first goal of the season!

Having beaten top of the league, the 2s remain unbeaten and face a crucial game against Southgate Tankards next week, another #derbyday match!

Southgate Tankards Y v M2
Away (Southgate Hockey Club, Trent Park, Snakes Ln, Barnet EN4 0PS)
Saturday November 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

The Ladies’ 1s also played an undefeated, top of the league side. Coming into the game Harrow had won all 4 of their matches, some with huge score lines! A good first half performance from WHE held them to 1-0 at half time, it could easily have been even at half time but for an unfortunate deflection. The match got a bit away from WHE in the second half and shall never be spoken of again! Harrow were a very well drilled team and capitalised well on their chances. Final score 5-0.

Man of the match went to Sarah E-Q for a goal line save and also full commitment at trying to save goals with her face (luckily she had a mask on!). Oh well, once more unto the breach next week ladies! Once more!! …Away against Eastcote.

Eastcote Ladies’ 2s v L1
Away (Eastcote Hockey Club, Kings College Road, Ruislip, Middx, HA4 7JZ)
Saturday November 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Big thank you to a packed-out Team Umpire this week: Chris Moran, Dominic Smith, Samantha Deane, Bethany McNamara, Lisa Jobson and Beth Deane!

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Ladies 1s earn hard fought draw; Men’s 2s remain unbeaten

L1s parents' day!Week 5: It was Parents’ Day for the Ladies’ 1s with 4 players’ parents supporting from the sidelines away at Chiswick!! 0-0 was a fair result in the end. There was a clean sheet for #TeamDefence and quite a few chances up front, including Bethany McNamara hitting the post! WHE were also unlucky not to get awarded more penalty corners. The #DeaneTeam put in a good work rate throughout the match and it was a close call but Little Sister Samantha just pipped Beth to Man of the Match.

Next up is a home game against top of the league Harrow. The Ladies’ Summer A team caused a huge upset when they beat “9 wins out of 9” Harrow 5-0. The 1s are hoping history can repeat itself!

L1 v Harrow Ladies’ 1s
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Road, London, N18 1NB)
Saturday October 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

A strange one for Men’s 1s this week. They just didn’t get started and went down 3-0 early on. However, WHE kept working incredibly hard and in the last 15 minutes managed a remarkable spurt of three amazing goals from Tim, Craig and Adam. Alas, this was not enough as the final score was 9-3 to Blueharts! The 1s have got the work ethic sorted, the next step is getting their sweet 15 minute spot at the start of the game and then increasing it to 70 minutes! They’ll get their first chance to try this out away at Hertford.

Hertford 2 v M1
Away (Hertford Hockey Club, 18 Mangrove Rd, Hertford, SG13 8AJ)
Saturday October 28, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

The Ladies’ 2s are ready to continue their great start to the season, which has the 2s scoring two goals in both games played. They are currently sitting in third place in Division 3. Next up is a six-pointer against fourth place Eastcote!

L2 v Eastcote Ladies’ 5s
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Road, London, N18 1NB)
Saturday October 28, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

Men's 2s team bonding after hard earned drawThe Men’s 2s kept up their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw away to top of the league Southgate Adelaide. A tight first half saw few chances at either end, with the game finely balanced 0-0 at half time. The stalemate continued well into the second half until Adelaide took the lead with about 10 mins to go when the ball rolled free to an attacker to slot home after some scrappy play in the middle of our D. But a tactical change from WHE, pushing Grant Wisson forward, immediately made a difference. Some good interplay from a sideline ball down the right-hand side resulted in a neat pull back to Grant by the penalty spot, who slotted past the ‘keeper with a smart first time shot into the bottom corner. 1-1!

The game nearly finished in disappointment as Adelaide appeared to score from a last-minute penalty corner, only for it to be disallowed as the ball didn’t come out of the D first. Phew! In the end, 1-1 a fair result after a hard-fought battle.

Big thanks to Leo Fernandes for playing in goal for the 2s today. After joining us at Back to Hockey in Summer, this is his first season playing hockey. He’s already scored a goal and now saved some today too! Also, a special mention for Rob Ulph putting in a solid performance on his debut. They are looking to keep the unbeaten record going in the next match, at home against Welwyn Garden City.

M2 v Welwyn Garden City 3
Home (Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Road, London, N18 1NB)
Saturday October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

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Upcoming Fixtures

December 14, 2017
  • MUGA

    December 14, 2017 @ 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club, Fords Grove, London, United Kingdom

December 16, 2017
  • Old Merchant Taylors Baronesses (3) v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Merchant Taylors' School - Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex - HA62HT

December 21, 2017
  • MUGA

    December 21, 2017 @ 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club, Fords Grove, London, United Kingdom

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