New season, new rules

Following the FIH’s latest updates to the rules of hockey announced last year, England Hockey has finalised over the summer how they will be applied in our leagues for the season ahead.

EH-NewRules2019-20The good news is that at our level they have decided to stick with the existing match format of two halves of 35 mins each, rather than switch to the 4 quarters of 15 mins which you may have seen during the FIH Pro League and recent Euro Hockey Championships. This should make life easier for our umpires who don’t have the luxury of technical match officials doing centralised timing!

However, there are a number of changes which will affect us and it is really important to be familiar with all the changes. The significant ones are:

  • Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP). This is pretty straightforward – no ‘kicking back’ or similar.
  • Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m. This takes a bit of understanding – the introduction of a quick self-pass for these Free Hits allows the defenders to stay within the circle, within 5m and not interfere with play until the ball can legitimately enter the circle. If there is no quick self-pass, then ALL defenders, regardless of location in the 23m, have to retreat 5m if they wish to legitimately play the ball once the Free Hit is taken.
  • Defensive Free Hits awarded within the defensive circle. A free hit awarded to the defence within the defensive circle can be taken anywhere in their circle OR taken up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line. So our attackers need to beware of where opposition defenders may take a ’16’ hit from, and our defenders can be more creative when taking a quick hit of our own.
  • Amendment to ruling around Attackers entering the circle early at a Penalty Corner. If an attacker enters the circle at a Penalty Corner before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline (the ‘injector’) is required to go beyond the centre-line and the Penalty Corner is taken again.

England Hockey’s full explanation of all changes can be viewed here.

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Season roundup and awards: L1s achieve the greatest escape; M2s promoted again!

ClubDinner2019After a season with many highs (and a few lows) the club celebrated recently with its annual dinner and awards night at the clubhouse, with a great turnout from across the club.


It was another tough season for the L1s in a very competitive Middlesex Premier Division finishing in 11th place having played 22, won 4, drawn 5 and lost 13. In any other season this would’ve meant relegation but due to a combination of results in the leagues above they escaped relegation once again with only one team going down from the Premier Division. Phew!

The L2s faired much better, with a young and exciting squad maturing quickly and producing some brilliant results throughout the season and pushing hard for promotion, eventually finishing 6th in Middlesex Division 3 with stats of played 24, won 10, drawn 4 and lost 10. Well done ladies, lots of promise for next season!


The M1s started the season slowly (again!) before finding their form in November and surging up the table to 4th place just before Christmas. However, a combination of injuries and coming out on the wrong side of some tight matches in the second half of the season saw the team finish in 7th place in East League Div 4SW having played 22, won 9, drawn 2 and lost 11.

Following last year’s promotion the M2s faced new challenges in Div 8SW, but with a young squad rapidly growing in confidence, the team stepped up magnificently returning great performances and results week after week, eventually finishing in 3rd place and securing back to back promotions with stats of played 19, won 11, drawn 2 and lost 6. Well done guys!

Awards Winners

Top Goalscorer: Abbi Bailie-Sills (12 goals)
Young Player of the Year: Ellie Bolton
Player of the Year: Sam Deane

Top Goalscorer: Tim Mall (17 goals)
Young Player of the Year: Rafi Zeff
Player of the Year: Stuart Carrick

Team of the Year: Men’s 2nd XI
Person of the Year: Balazs Endrodi

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Week 25: M2s secure back to back promotion!

WH&E M2 5 : 1 Stevenage M4

The M2s faced Stevenage at home in the final game of the season, knowing that only a win would keep the promotion dream alive.

However, it was Stevenage who opened the scoring early in the game with a well taken penalty corner slotted past Balazs Endrodi in the Winchmore goal.

WK25-8SWTableAlthough having most of the possession, Winchmore struggled to capitalise and put the ball into the net. Eventually Pete Morton showed the rest of the side how to play as a forward, appearing from behind the defence to burst onto the end of a long ball from a side line hit and deftly deflecting the ball past the keeper to level up the score. Not content with one goal, Peter continued to play with a ferocious intensity and quickly grabbed a second goal to give Winchmore the lead at half time, 2-1.

As the second half began, short corners were again free flowing for the home side and Dominic Smith made it 3-1 with a well finished flick. Leo then scored the fourth having dribbled into the D, the umpires played the advantage following a clumsy stick tackle allowing him to finish with a low reverse stick shot.

The final goal was courtesy of a Joe Small strike from yet another short corner that was slotted home by Asher following a botched clearance from the defence.

As the final whistle blew on the 2019 season a 5-1 victory was a fitting way to end the season, although news had come through that St Albans 8 had narrowly defeated Southgate Tankards Z 3-2 meaning that Winchmore would finish 3rd in the league and miss out on promotion by one place.

That was until the East League decided later that night that 3 teams would be promoted after all! A fitting end to a great season for a new look M2s team, and two promotions in two years!

MOTM – A true team player Peter Morton for excellent attacking play and 2 goals.

DOTD – Southgate for losing to St Albans 3-2 allowing the Tangerines to finish in second place above Winchmore. But then it didn’t matter after all!

Thanks to Michael Dutnall and Adam Machray for umpiring.

WH&E M1 1 : 2 Hertford M2

No match report, yet…

No ladies matches this week…

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Week 24: L1s finish on a high; M2s still hunting promotion

WH&E L1 1 : 0 West Hampstead L2

Last match of the season for the Ladies 1s and we were up against West Hampstead, the team we’ve been battling against to stay out of relegation.

Our aim of the game was to win, but have fun as it seemed we had nothing to lose, with West Hampstead having a game in hand over us against the bottom of the league who hasn’t won a game this season.

We started very positive and were pretty slick, with great passes up the pitch, excellent 1-2s, and moving off the ball.

About 5 minutes in, Beth Deane made a great run up the pitch and won us a short corner which Samantha Lucy smashed into the back of the net. Lovely goal for the DeaneTeam!

Sam kept going strong and held us up brilliantly in CM to create more chances, but we couldn’t quite get ourselves another goal.

In the 2nd half, West Hampstead were fighting back a lot and we began to panic which led them to get a few short corners and shots in. Luckily Player of the Match Talyssa Mensah defended strongly and even saved a goal off the line to keep us in the lead until the final whistle.

No dick of the day because Rachelle was normal this weekend!

1-0 to WH&E at full time with a win to be proud off. We currently sit only 2 points above West Hampstead in the league and eagerly/ nervously await their result next weekend.


Thanks to all who have come and supported our matches this year in all kinds of weather! We’ve really needed it and it’s always massively appreciated.

Thanks to all the 2s, special guest players and GK Freya who have played for us during the season, you’ve all been so valuable and done exactly what we’ve asked of you each time we needed you.

And massive massive thanks to my ladies for fighting and staying positive 💪🏼 ♥


WH&E L2 2 : 1 Harrow L3

WK24L2After 2 consecutive weeks of disappointment, we were up against 3rd place Harrow. (Such a formidable opponent made Romy’s agreement to go in goal even more brave/crazy!🤪)

We started well with several shots just the wrong side of the posts but we’re unable to make them count.

Just before halftime Pippa Deane hit the ball up the pitch from a 16. Legs Abbi chased it all the way to the baseline and crossed to Ellie who finished it off in style. 1-0 WHE!

Harrow had a bit more play in the second half and got several short corners, but some Winchmore defensive heroics kept them out! Romy our super-stand-in goalkeeper made multiple saves and Lorna Robertson, Pippa Deane and Lucky Charlotte cleared the line again and again! Eventually though we were undone by a well worked short corner where the ball was slipped to the right and swept into the far corner.

We battled well to the end and were rewarded when in the dying minutes Michkah Fisher slotted one through the goalkeeper’s legs. A well-deserved 2-1!

We must mention our DOTD winner Sula for turning up stickless having to borrow. Although the more creative idea of a relay baton stick was also floated!

WH&E M2 2 : 1 Southgate Tankards Y

The M2s arrived on a windy day at Southgate knowing only a win would do to keep up the promotion dream.

Miraculously we had 13 players by the time push back arrived, surprising given the late messages as we discovered the game was at 3pm not 16:30 as we first thought!

Winchmore started well and put real pressure on Southgate however Southgate were looking to catch us on the counter attack. Gavin Kay marshalled the defence into action and made several last-ditch tackles to keep the scores level.

Winchmore took the lead thanks to Tim Mall who found himself playing for the 2s due to work commitments.

Despite having just scored a fantastic solo goal Tim was furious that it had taken him over 40 minutes to put the ball in the net!

Southgate rallied and put Winchmore under pressure eventually breaking through and levelling the game with a well taken finish. This set up an exciting final quarter with both sides looking to take the win. The away side kept up a barrage of sustained pressure however Southgate held firm.

Eventually Tim once again took the ball into the circle with 4 defenders surrounding him. Despite a clumsy tackle chopping his stick and putting the ball onto his foot, Mall hit the backboard. As Winchmore celebrated both umpires came together to confer eventually deciding the goal should stand.

The win sees the M2s in a promising position however promotion will depend on the result of Southgate Z vs St Albans 8 on Saturday morning.

Thanks to Dominic Smith, Balazs Endrodi, Rafi Zeff and Harry Stone who came down to marshal the subs and offer support!

WH&E M1 0 : 7 St Albans M4

No match report, yet…

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Upcoming Fixtures

October 23, 2019
  • L2/M2 Training

    October 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • L1/M1 Training

    October 23, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 26, 2019
  • Southgate Ladies' 3s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Southgate Hockey Centre (sand) - Trent Park, Snakes Lane, Oakwood, London - EN4 0PS

  • West Hampstead Ladies 5's v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2

    October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Whitefield School - Whitefield School, Claremont Road, Brent Cross, London - NW2 1TR

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield M2 v MBDA 1 (Away)

    October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    John Henry Newman School

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield M1 v Letchworth 2 (Home)

    October 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy

October 27, 2019
  • Junior Training

    October 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

October 30, 2019
  • L2/M2 Training

    October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • L1/M1 Training

    October 30, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 2, 2019
  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 2 v Teddington Teddington Ladies 7

    November 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Aylward Academy - Windmill Road, Edmonton, LONDON - N18 1NB

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield M2 v Royston 3 (Home)

    November 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Aylward Academy

  • Winchmore Hill & Enfield M1 v Vauxhall 1 (Away)

    November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Luton Sixth Form College

  • West Hampstead Ladies' 2s v Winchmore Hill & Enfield Ladies 1

    November 2, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    Whitefield School - Whitefield School, Claremont Road, Brent Cross, London - NW2 1TR

  • November Social : further details TBC

    November 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club, 149 Firs Lane, London N21 3ER Firs Ln, London N21 3ER, UK

November 3, 2019
  • Junior Training

    November 3, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield EN1 1YP, UK

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