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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#HaringeyHockey kicks off at Ally Pally

The season may be over but you won’t be bored this summer as there is no shortage of club events! We have a packed calendar with ladies and mixed teams in summer hockey leagues, World Cup socials and recruitment events.

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Our campaign to bring hockey to Haringey kicked off at the Ally Pally parkrun on Saturday 9th June. The borough of Haringey has no hockey clubs but our home pitch at Aylward Academy is so close to the border and easily accessible by public transport, that we feel we’re in a great position to open our doors to Haringey residents.

We are hosting Back to Hockey sessions at Fortismere School, N10 at the end of June. These sessions are aimed at new and returning players who would like a gentle introduction or reintroduction to the sport! In order to reach as many residents as possible, we are participating in a number of Haringey based events in the run up to the sessions.

Full details of the Back2Hockey campaign can be found on the B2H page.

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Club celebrates at end of season dinner and awards

The dinner in full swing!

The dinner in full swing!

The men’s teams finished the season in style with the 2nd XI securing promotion as runners up in league 9SW having played 20, won 15, drawn 3 and lost 2 – a terrific performance from a new squad combining youth and experience, with several players completely new to hockey or stepping up from the junior section for the first time.

Whilst the men’s 1st XI narrowly missed out on promotion finishing third in league 4SW, the stats of played 22, won 13, drawn 2 and lost 7 don’t tell the full story. After five matches, it was played 5 lost 5, but a remarkable turnaround in form saw them surge up the table from November onwards, scoring freely in attack but equally miserly in defence, and forcing their way into contention in the league.

Meanwhile, the ladies section had a bit of a mixed season with this year definitely being a building year for the future.  The ‘even greater escape’ was successful for the ladies 1s who secured 10th and avoided relegation from the Middlesex Premier division having played 22, won 3, drawn 6 and lost 13.  After a great 5-0 win in the first game of the season, things got a little tougher, but they persevered and live to fight another day.

The ladies 2nd XI finished a comfortable 8th in Division 3, playing 20, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing 11.  This season saw a wealth of new players coming up from the junior section and really making a difference in the team and learning from the more experienced players.  The future looks bright for this new team.

The club celebrated at the end of a long (and extended!) season with its annual members’ dinner and awards night at the clubhouse.

Awards Winners


Club Person of the Year – Nick Smith

2018-Club-Person-of-the-YearNick started the season playing in defence for the 2nd XI, before quickly returning to his more familiar position in goal. He played for the 2s, he played for the 1s, sometimes back-to-back on the same day. He played for the mixed team. He dropped everything to help the club out at short notice, when let down by others. He coached the juniors on a Sunday morning. He coached our new ladies goalkeeper on a Wednesday night. He’s the first name down on the teamsheet each week, and a very worthy and popular winner of the Club Person of the Year award.


2018-Ladies-Player-of-the-YearLadies Player of the Year – Karen Goode

Karen Goode has been a key player in the 1st XI this year as with previous years.  She manages to come away from every situation with the ball and has been instrumental in the midfield both helping push forward but also always being there to defend.   Never one to miss a game she has been incredibly dedicated this year and it shows in her gameplay.


2018-Mens-Player-of-the-YearMen’s Player of the Year – Jim Gatting

After a difficult start to the season, it was the return of ‘Jimbo’ in November that made all the difference. Solid in the centre of defence, great distribution around the pitch, and his 8 converted penalty corner goals transformed the fortunes of the 1st XI and propelled them up the league to a fine 3rd place finish.


2018-Ladies-Young-PlayerLadies Young / Most Improved Player of the Year – Freya Styman

The 2nd XI started the season with no goalkeeper but that all changed when Freya turned 13 and was able to make her debut for them.  Saving a flick on her debut, she’s fearless in goal even taking on the men’s 1st XI in training.  She and her brilliant attitude have made a real difference to the season.


2018-Mens-Young-PlayerMen’s Young / Most Improved Player of the Year – Leo Fernandes

A year ago Leo had never picked up a hockey stick. But after being roped in to help out the 2nd XI at the beginning of the season, he scored on his debut and never looked back, playing every match for the 2s and returning an impressive 11 goals, wrapping up the season by scoring on his debut for the 1st XI in the final match.


2018-Ladies-Top-GoalscorerLadies Top Goalscorer – Kelly Davids

2nd XI forward Kelly Davids was the winner of top goalscorer this year with a total of 9 goals.   Not as high scoring as the men’s section but until the last weekend of the season, it was a close race between a number of ladies before Kelly managed to run away with it.


2018-Mens-Top-GoalscorerMen’s Top Goalscorer – Tim Mall

1st XI striker Tim Mall took home the honours with a fine return of 26 goals, securing top spot with a magnificent 5 (yes five!) goals in his final game, and playing a key role in turning around the fortunes of the team.


2018-Team-of-the-Year2Team of the Year – Men’s 2nd XI

From early in the season it looked like the men’s 2nd XI were a shoe-in for the prize until the fast-finishing men’s first team pushed them close with their fine run of performances in the second half of the season. However, the men’s 2s kept on winning and held on to the top team trophy.

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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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Upcoming Fixtures

September 22, 2018
  • Welwyn Garden City 3s v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 2s

    September 22, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU, UK

  • PHC Chiswick Ladies 2s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Liverpool Victoria Sports Ground - Boddington Gardens London - W3 9AP

  • Winchmore Hill and Enfield Men's 1s v Broxbourne 3s

    September 22, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • Eastcote Ladies's 5s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Eastcote Hockey Club, Kings College Rd, Ruislip HA4 7JZ, UK

September 23, 2018
  • Junior Training

    September 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

September 26, 2018
  • Club Training

    September 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

September 29, 2018
  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1 v Hendon & Mill Hill Ladies' 1s

    September 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

  • Potters Bar 2s v Winchmore Hill and Enfield Mens 1s

    September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar EN6 2DU, UK

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2 v Teddington Ladies' 5

    September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

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

    September 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

September 30, 2018
  • Junior Training

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

October 3, 2018
  • Club Training

    October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aylward Academy, 1 Windmill Rd, London N18 1NB, UK

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