#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.


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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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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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

  • 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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