WH&E L1 1 : 5 Teddington 2

First socially distanced selfie of the season!First match of the season was nearly cancelled due to a lack of available pitch until our ‘home’ game was 1.5 hrs from home.

Unfortunately, some of us forgot how long it took to get to Teddington and myself and Reanne Umali were running into the car park just as the whistle went to start the match. Thank you to Pippa Deane and Charlotte for playing for us after the 2s match was cancelled or else we’d have started with 9!

The match started with a bang as it was 2-1 to Teddington in less than 10 minutes. Their goals were by short corners and ours was by Karen Goode, set up by Beth Deane.

The first half continued to be a bit tricky as we ended up going down 4-1.

We continued fighting and making chances for ourselves but were unable to convert. The second half was a 1-0 loss to make the total score 5-1 to Teddington.

We’re not overly disappointed due to the fact that the opposition have just been relegated from South, we haven’t been able to train on a full sized pitch, and lastly we were just pleased to be allowed to play together again and really enjoyed it!

Shout out to Lucy and Nic Cohen who played their first match with us on their birthday and thank you to Lisa Jobson for coming all the way to umpire!

DotD to Pippa for passing to the opposition during a hit out and then defending it with both feet in the D 🤣

PotM to Mia for great perseverance and movement up and down the pitch.


WH&E M1 2 : 2 Southgate 3A

First league game of the season with an unusual 14 man squad, Winchmore made the short trip to Southgate for our local derby. With this little pandemic going on we have found ourselves currently without a pitch, so the fixture was reversed…as was the age demographic – the opposition certainly had youth on their side as well as a match day coach! We thought we might get taught a lesson by year 6. But as the saying goes…old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance…was that to be the case today…? Well almost, but it definitely should have been!

The game started brightly, a few rusty passes as to be expected with the first league game but overall we found ourselves to be on top having the better of the chances and narrowly missing at the back post to go one up. The team kept compact using the short pass to great effect with some good off the ball movement. However, against the run of play and without really threatening our D, Southgate earned themselves a short corner and with a low drag to the bottom corner went one up. Winchmore did pull a goal back almost immediately but the umpire had judged Colin “van Basten” to chest and volley the ball into the top corner, so ruled it out.

Another rare attack by Southgate and a mishit shot on goal wrong-footed the keeper and Winchmore found themselves two down. But another good patch of play by Winchmore and we earned a short corner; Colin van Basten coolly slotting it into the bottom right corner. The order of the aforementioned events may or may not be correct but as author I’m “basing this on a true story” but it was definitely 2-1 at half time. I think somebody might also have got a green card in the first half for flirting with the opposition, but I promised Matt I wouldn’t mention it.

Much like the first half Winchmore found themselves on top for most of the second, some great patient play in the midfield was finished with a through ball from Stuart and the faintest of touches from Colin van Basten to bypass the keeper and it was 2-2. The scoreline remained for the rest of the game although we did survive an onslaught of pressure in the last ten minutes with some tired legs, and another player falling foul to the card game… Jason…

This was a very determined team performance and something to build on and take into next week’s game; a bit of match sharpness in front of goal and this would have been a very different result.

MOTM was a tie this week with Colin and Lopez sharing the accolade.


WH&E M2 2 : 2 St Albans 9

The men’s 2s headed to St Albans for their opening league game, without the luxury of any preseason friendlies to prepare.

There were strong performances from the three defenders, Joe Small, John Symons and Ellis Cohen, and they largely had the St Albans attack contained – but some lucky breaks in front of goal saw the opposition go 1-0, and 2-1 up – the second after a green card for Joe for questioning the umpires’ decisions (albeit extremely politely).  A mazy dribble from Dom saw our first equalizer, and some luck of our own when Thomas C’s shot was deflected by an unfortunate defender through his keepers legs saw our second.

Despite strong pressing at the end, we couldn’t score the deciding goal, and so an entertaining first game of the season ended in a 2-2 draw for the men’s 2s.   Good performances from all the youngsters, linking up well, but just lacking the final killer pass or dribble into the D. There was also a ranging performance on his debut from Johnny Molloy, putting in tackles and runs in all areas of the opposition half despite the unfamiliar environment (apparently he’s used to playing hockey on a unicycle!).

With Dom’s strong presence on the pitch to help the youngsters (thank you Dom!) this perhaps felt like a chance missed – but plenty of rust removed, and some seniors to return next week, so onwards and upwards. There’s always the chance the captain might run a bit more too, if he hasn’t played another sport in the morning…

Man of the Match – Ellis Cohen.


No match this week for the Ladies 2s

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WH&E L2 4 : 2 PHC Chiswick L6

The ladies 2s would like to start our match report by saying Lisa Jobson was less lazy this week! Despite her moving more, including her feet into the path of the ball leading to the first goal which she then watched…. we won 4 -2!

We quickly levelled up with a pass from outside the D to Abbi which she slammed into the goal… this was backed up with 3 more goals from her… #topscorer

We did let them come back a little with another goal in the second half and then a run of shorts at the end … including one given against Kate Smith for a stick tackle whilst she was in control of the ball… work that out? 🤔

Great defensive play by Pippa Deane and Louise for a mid-air save on the goal line, leading to the Chiswick coach questioning whether they would ever get any luck…

The game ended in the last second with Gem Luckman being taken out by the opposition, and one umpire blowing before the other could award a card …. despite that Chiswick still asked for a short corner. Work that one out??!

#3points #winchmorewinning #teamoftheyear💜


WH&E M2 2 : 1 MBDA M1

So this is the third time I’ve written a match report for a match vs MBDA. The previous results were 12-1 and 13-1 losses, so I was somewhat trepid going into this match.

But on the plus side we had Rafi and Craig to help us out, Eray back from injury and most of our best team, so I was cautiously hopeful.

Things started well. Most of the play was in the middle of the pitch, but Craig and Rafi were showing their class in midfield and letting Guy show his stuff and we really were dominating in midfield. As ever, getting decent shots off was a bit of a challenge, although we were having a few. Sadly, their keeper was doing pretty well at stopping them. Eventually though after a ball into the D got a lucky deflection off Craig’s stick our pressure told and the ball hit the back of the goal. However, it was disallowed for reasons unknown

Thankfully, the midfield quality was allowing us to get the best out of the rest of the team, and our pressure told as we won a short corner that was calmly flicked into the back of the net, again by Craig. 1-0 to us at the end of the first half.

The second half, they came out fighting, with renewed attacking vigour up front, and we needed all our defensive skills. Ably marshalled by the excellent Eray, we generally held them off whilst having some breaks of our own. One of these saw a fantastic run most of the way up the right wing and into the D by Joseph, which ended in a fantastic solo goal. However, we’d already had a short corner awarded so it didn’t count! But a penalty flick that resulted from it was put away calm as you like by Luke; 2-0. After this though they came at us hard, getting inside the D and forcing some excellent saves by Nick in goal. They got up once too often, getting a goal from a short corner. After this it was a case of defending hard, with the occasional counterattack. But they couldn’t break us (we broke them, but Eray’s hit off a short corner was just above the back board) and we just about held firm.

Final score 2-1 to us and the pain of previous results somewhat eased.

MOTM: Craig. Fantastic control in midfield, and a real attacking threat. Please can you play more often?

DOTD: Well we had 3 goals disallowed…


WH&E L1 0 : 3 Southgate L3

Last Saturday the ladies 1s played Southgate 3s; it was always going to be a tough match.

We started the first half with lots of inspiration from Gav (coach) going for deflections, but unfortunately couldn’t convert any into a goal. We moved on and off the ball very well but were unable to get the breakthrough.

The 2nd half unfortunately didn’t go so well. Although we had some chances up front and team defence were working hard, we couldn’t manage to keep Southgate out.

The final whistle went as Bethany was lying on the ground after being slammed down during one of our last chances of the match…

Fanny of the field (she requested this title!) this week was Reanne Umali, who found a portion of the pitch she loved so much that she just wanted to stay on the ground.

Player of the match was our skipper, Bethany, for a ton of running and making chances up front. Shout out to Sam Deane for doing her job brilliantly and Charlotte Ellingham for great work in defence.

We lost 3-0. But we went for a beer after.


WH&E M1 1 : 4 Letchworth M2

The men’s 1s battled hard, but slipped to a 4-1 defeat against a well organised Letchworth team.

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WH&E L2 4 : 1 West Hampstead L5

Following the high of the previous week’s win, the L2s were determined to have another smashing week and that’s what they did. With captain Pippa Deane stepping in goal, following in her sister’s footsteps in the hope of keeping another clean sheet, it became clear who the favourite Deane sister was as the opposition sadly scored a goal (it was a lovely goal, we will admit) in the second half.

This didn’t worry the team as Abbi had already scored 2 goals, but it set them on a new mission. After ensuring the goalie was protected, particularly after she managed to injure herself when kicking the ball, the combo of Charlotte and Abbi proved unbeatable, with Charlotte setting up goals for Abbi to score another 2! This resulted in another win of 4-1.

With some beautiful hockey and teamwork shown in the last two games all I can say is bring on the next match!!!


WH&E M1 3 : 5 Letchworth M2

A windy and rainy day for the league leaders Letchworth’s visit to Aylward. We had a strong squad on paper, but with injury to Mike Dutnall we had a changed back line with Jim Gatting dropping in after his forays up front last week.

The match started with plenty of possession for the opposition but was relatively easily dealt with and little threat appeared. We had a few penetrations ourselves but the control of the ball in wide positions just wasn’t what it should be this week. We struggled to get the ball out and retain possession. The weight of giving the ball away and forward running from the opposition took its toll and the threats came. Several short corners led up to the opening goal with one finally converted, sliding inside our right post just below the backboard.

As has been the pattern this season, we decided to wake up a little once behind. With a short corner of our own Gatting levelled the scores with a nice drag flick. Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach half time even, and Letchworth scored again to make it 2-1.

In the second half we mixed up the formation to try and get back into the game, but it backfired as we found ourselves 4-1 down after 2 goals more were bundled in by the visitors.

While we didn’t play as well as in previous matches, we showed a lot of fighting spirit. Another short corner smashed in from Jim, and a predator finish by Stan after Colin’s shot had deflected off the post brought us back to 4-3. However, all that effort took its toll and a really well taken volley after a short corner save brought the decisive 5th goal. A 5-3 loss to the league leaders, but we know we can play better and pick up points next week.


WH&E L1 1 : 6 Southgate L3

Ladies 1s played away against Southgate last Saturday.

Caroline Briers scored and we only lost 1-0 in the 2nd half which was a vast improvement from the 1st half… I think that’s all we need to say about that match!

MOTM was tied between half of the team, so I’m giving it to everyone this week for fighting until the end and making a brilliant improvement in the 2nd half.

DOTD goes to Sarah E-Q for blatantly and proudly stopping the ball like a goalie inside the D to give away a short corner… Unfortunately for Sarah someone dropping their baby (not naming any names) at teas happened after the voting so her win still stands!

Onwards and Upwards!


WH&E M2 1 : 12 MBDA M1

The men’s 2s made the trip to a wet, cold Stevenage to play MBDA on a beach of a pitch. This was a team that had beaten us 13-1 the previous season, and with a couple of late dropouts due to illness we knew we were in for a tough match with a young team. We started well, with some gritty defending and solid play in midfield kept the game fairly even at the start. Soon though there was one attack too many, and despite some great defensive work at the back by Ellis and John they found an unmarked man and got it through. The second quarter was tougher, with a lot of time spent in our half, with Guy and Luke aiding the defensive effort ably.

There were though flashes of attacking prowess, with good link up play between Leo (gamely playing despite his back issues) and the likes of Tom and Theo. No goal to be had though.

The score at the end of the first half was 5-0.

Second half we knew was going to be long, but as the game opened up MBDA found more space and the goals kept coming, despite some fantastic work by Balazs in goal. As they pressed forward in search of goals, we knew the chances would come, and some great work by Guy and Leo getting the ball up front and up to Noyan who calmly slotted home for a much-deserved goal.

The final score was 12-1 so better than last year (just!), but with a very young team, it was a good performance, with everyone playing well, just with the experience and guile of the opposition showing through. Looking forward to getting back to winning ways next week!

MOTM: John P. Coming out of goal due to our need for players, and press ganged into left back he pressed well, made a great number of covering tackles and overall held them at bay admirably. Great stuff!

DOTD: Sadly has to be Joe Small who turned up nice and promptly for a game at 3. Sadly, ours had been at 1. We’ve all been there. Hopefully he’ll get to the one at 1:30 next week.

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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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