We are delighted to be finally getting back on the hockey pitch, albeit in a socially distanced form. In line with England Hockey’s “Stage 2” of the Getting Back on the Pitch programme, we are now able to use the Multi-Use Games Area (a.k.a. the MUGA) at the club in groups of up to 6 people, and there are already regular groups using the opportunity to practice their skills and improve their fitness ahead of the new season.

Pass and move

Keeping in mind the key requirement to retain 2m social distancing (unless from the same household), the following activities all work well:

  • Basic skills training (hitting, trapping, passing, etc)
  • Close control and dribbling
  • Shooting practice and deflections
  • Goalkeeping training
  • 2/3-a-side non-contact (no tackling) games and drills

Contact your team captain or a committee member to find out how to book the MUGA for your own socially-distanced practice session.

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U12 Boys @ Welwyn Garden City (de Havilland uni)

The boys U12s headed to a windswept de Havilland campus in Hatfield for the final round of Herts Junior League matches today, where they faced the usual suspects from Royston, Blueharts and Letchworth.

The opening game against Royston was a very tight affair, with neither side able to dominate and break free from the battle in midfield to create any substantial chances. The final score of 0-0 was a fair result in an uneventful game.

Straight on again for the next game against Blueharts and our boys started to find more space going forward, but also leaving more spaces for Blueharts to exploit against us. And it was Blueharts who took the lead through a stroke of good fortune when a shot that was going wide deflected off a Winchmore stick to find the back of our goal. One nil down, but our boys bounced back with good attacking play up the right from Siva and Arran resulting in a free hit and a ball into the D which Albert calmly converted 30 seconds before full time. A hard-earned draw, and the boys showed great resilience to come back after the early setback.

After a one game break, we were back on for the final game against Letchworth, but this turned out to be one game too far for our boys who were overrun by a good Letchworth team. A 4-0 defeat, but the boys kept their heads up and still threatened a goal at the other end with one effort just sliding by the far post.

Played 3, drawn 2, lost 1. A pretty good day at the end of a good season for our U12s, where the team has really grown and developed over the past 5 months. Well done all and many thanks to all the parents have come down and supported on some fairly bleak days of winter!

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U12 Boys @ Southbury Leisure Centre

U12BoysHerts(Dec-19)It was a 9am start for our boys U12s, as we hosted the Herts Junior League for the first time this season on a bitterly cold, but thankfully not frosty, morning.

After their heroics at Blueharts in the November tournament, our boys were raring to go with a slightly altered line up as Immanuel, James and Joseph B were added to the squad.

In the opening game against Harpenden, they picked up where the left off with great passing and interplay between midfield and attack seeing Winchmore take a 2-1 lead halfway through the game, with the goals coming from Zafar and Siva. However, Harpenden were a good side and after picking off some misplaced Winchmore passes they counter-attacked at speed, scoring 3 more goals to run out 4-2 winners in an exciting end-to-end game.

After one match on the sidelines, our boys were soon back in action again, taking on Royston in the next game. However, defeat in the first game had knocked their confidence and despite creating some good chances in attack they were unable to convert. Royston then took full advantage of a couple of missed tackles to score twice and take the win 2-0.

After the loss of Liam to illness, we regrouped and took the fight straight to Hertford in the final match of the day. And our boys were soon back to goalscoring ways as Zafar got his second goal of the day and then Albert swept the ball home to seal a comfortable 2-0 win.

Played 3, won 1, lost 2, but lots of great play in all areas of the pitch once again, and some lessons learned too on the importance of accurate passing and making those tackles count. I’m sure the boys will be itching to get back in action again in the next round after Christmas.

Big thanks to all the parents who braved the cold to support, and of course to Lisa and Charlotte for organising the tournament on behalf of the club.


U12 Girls @ Hertford

U12GirlsHerts(Dec-19)The under 12’s girls’ team were in good spirits for their tournament in Hertford – they had even created their own WHEHC chant!

Our first game was against Hertford A’s, we fought hard against a well drilled team and went down 2-0. Our heads were held high.

Our next game was a battle against Broxbourne. This time we had a secret weapon, new goalie Bhavya, who played a blinder. We were unlucky to lose 1-0.

Next, we had Welwyn Garden City who we were again unlucky to concede a goal to. Final score another 1-0 defeat. Special mention in this game goes to our solid defence. Unfortunately, in this game our goalie sustained an injury and we didn’t know if she would be able to continue….

… She did against Hertford B’s and with a fantastic team spirit we smashed the next game 1-0. The goal was started with a great run down the wing by Harriet and a strong strike by Kirsty. BOOM, our first win.

Buoyed by our first win the team went into the next match with an increased confidence. Unfortunately, we did not have a goalie, but it didn’t stop us. BOOM 2 goals, courtesy of Kirsty! (#Proud Mum on the sidelines!!). Harpenden 0, WHE 2. What a result!

Our last match was against North London and we held our own. The defence was strong, the midfield used the space well and the attack were tenacious. We were happy with a 0-0 draw.

This team are the future of our club and based on their performance today the future looks very bright indeed. Molly, Emily, Alice, Alize, Kirsty, Layla, Bhavya and Harriet all played their socks off and should be very proud of themselves. Special final mention to the parents who came to support and finally to Callum Hall on his umpiring debut.

Onwards and upwards.

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U12 Boys

U12Nov2019-1Well where do I start…?! What a day for our boys Under 12s!

An early start and a trip up the A1 to Blueharts hockey club in Hitchin, was rewarded with fine weather (thankfully!) and even better hockey from our boys. Facing the usual suspects of Letchworth, Hertford and the host club Blueharts, there was an air of the unknown as we watched Letchworth comprehensively beat Hertford in the opening game, so we knew there would be tough matches ahead.

First up we faced Blueharts, and Winchmore were on the attack almost immediately as Siva took hold of the midfield and combined well with Zafar, Arran and Liam in attack to put the pressure on the home team. Within 3 minutes we were one nil up, with a well worked goal finished off from the left by Arran. Then a second goal from Liam, followed by a third from Siva, this was almost too good to be true! Then a fine move started on the right by Zafar who won the ball back, dribbled up the wing before passing into the D where it was slipped inside to Albert who expertly swept the ball past the keeper to make it 4. But Winchmore we weren’t finished yet and, shortly before the end of the match, Liam scored his second goal, making the final score 5-0. An incredible all-round performance, with solid defence when needed from Joseph, John and William, snuffing out the few chances created by Blueharts.

Winchmore were straight away back in action against a strong Letchworth side who we had seen take apart Hertford in the opening game. But our boys started strongly, taking the game to the opposition, and it was once again Arran who popped up on the left side with a well taken goal following good team play from Siva, Zafar and Albert. But Letchworth were not phased by conceding a goal and soon were putting pressure on the Winchmore defence. Nevertheless some great reverse stick tackling from Joseph, jab tackles from William and then a brilliant goal line clearance in the last 2 mins from Liam, meant our boys held on for a hard earned 1-0 win, and a welcome rest after 2 consecutive games.

Back on for the final match versus Hertford, the boys were confident and had already worked out that a draw would be enough to secure victory in the tournament. But there was no sitting back and playing safe. A change of line up with John moving to striker and Albert dropping in to right midfield and the boys were soon on the attack again, with John closing down the Hertford defence and forcing loose passes which we were able to intercept in midfield. Goals continued to flow freely, first from Siva with a well struck shot giving the keeper no chance, then Liam, Zafar, and finally Arran again making it a final score of 4-0. Another very impressive performance, meaning the team finished having played 3, won 3, 10 goals scored, and none conceded!

The team played so well, working together with solid defence, good marking, and great teamwork (something the adult teams could learn from!!), and everyone should be so proud of how they played.

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