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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Our home under 12’s boys tournament went ahead in the rain and snow at Southbury this morning. WHE fielded an A and a B team.

21stJanU12sThe weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the B team who were on first at 9.30am. Up front Seb and Luca worked fantastically together, probing the opposition for weaknesses, Alex dominated in midfield, supported by Harry P. At the back Tom P. and Kirsty held firm and our goalie Isabel kept an almost clean sheet.

The results were very encouraging, 0 – 0 against Letchworth, 1 – 1 against Blueharts, 0 – 0 against Broxbourne B’s, finally they went down 2-0 to Broxbourne C’s. The goal against Blueharts was an amazing individual effort by Seb, taking the ball from defence up the pitch, down the wing then crossing the ball from the far right of the D straight into the corner of the goal. It was a pleasure to manage such a committed energetic team.

The B team, managed by Nick Smith went on next. Big thanks go to all those who planned and helped run the tournament. Lisa Jobson for her great organisation and umpiring along with Nick Smith. Thanks also to Andy Hall , Callum Hall and the parents who ran the refreshment stall and all the club members who came along to support. Final mention goes to the guest appearance from former youth coaches Graham Sparrey and Rosemary Basil Sparrey Wilkins it was great to see you both, look at the results of all the hard work you put in!

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The under 12’s boys (plus one girl) went to Hitchin very early this morning and should very proud of their performance. They won 2, drew 1 and narrowly lost one.

3rdDecU12sThey scored 3 goals, well done Cameron (2) and Theo (1). Team defence John, Jamie, Kirsty and Alex only conceded 1 goal in total. Tom and Vinny attacked with gusto and the teamwork was fantastic. Thanks must also go to Guy Chapman for organising the team and keeping them motivated and all the parents for their support.

Finally, being part of a club is all about commitment, our kids showed it in spades today, one in particular deserves a special mention, Kirsty. She played in this mornings tournament then when she heard the under 10’s might be short was more than willing to help out, she then shook the collection bucket for good causes round Enfield in the parade of light.


A tough afternoon for the U10s playing in the Herts junior league at Hertford today.

3rdDecU10sThey were mistakenly put in Pool A against all the strongest teams, instead of the usual Pool B – Hertford probably seeking revenge after our men’s 2s beat them yesterday!!! However after being well beaten in the first game by Hertford A, they battled back tremendously earning a fine draw with Harpenden, before narrow defeats in the final two matches against St Albans A and Blueharts A.

Great performances from Harriet in goal, William and Kirsty in defence (who took three big hits on the foot!), Liam, Ben, Robbie and Emily in midfield, and Zafar playing upfront. It would have been very easy for their heads to drop after the first game, but I’m so proud of how they fought back in the remaining games. Well done all.

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U12sTournament(08-Oct-17)

The U12 junior team had a great day out today, playing the first of this season’s tournaments hosted by Harpenden at the impressive Woollam Playing Fields facility in St Albans. And what a day!

With a squad of 9-11 year olds it was always going to be challenging for our team against the bigger clubs and older players on the Hertfordshire teams. In the first game, Winchmore started strongly and were unlucky to go behind to a well taken first time finish from a right wing cross. Our team fought back well, with Tom, Cameron, Isabella and Seb working well together to create a couple of good chances that just couldn’t be converted. Hertford grabbed a second goal late on with a direct strike from a penalty corner, running out winners 2-0, but the score didn’t reflect the hard fought match.

In the second game, Winchmore took on Blueharts and a tight match ended in a 0-0 draw thanks to some fine goalkeeping from John as well as sterling work in defence from Robbie, Theo and William.

The third match saw our team take on the might of Broxbourne – nemesis of our adult teams, but not for our juniors! In a one-sided game, goalkeeper John didn’t get a touch as Winchmore continuously threated in attack. After a goal-mouth scramble Tom forced the ball over the line for the opening goal and this was followed up with well taken open-play goals from Cameron and Vinny. A 3-0 win for Winchmore but it could easily have been more.

In the final match, we faced a strong Letchworth team who scored early on with a well worked goal knocked in from close range. However, we fought back well and good work in midfield from Ben, Tom and Seb, created several chances for Isabella, Cameron and Vinny, but Letchworth’s goalkeeper and defence managed to hold on for a 1-0 win.

One win and one draw a good return from the first tournament day, with all games played in a very good spirit. And special thanks to Guy Chapman for managing the team and coordinating all the substitutions – no mean feat with 10 players who all want to be on the pitch at the same time!

The next round of matches is on the 5th November, when we will be hosting the U10s tournament at Southbury Leisure Centre. Watch this space for more info!

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