The Junior section ended their fantastic season on a high last Sunday, with over 40 kids and their parents making the trip round the North Circular to the Lee Valley Hockey Centre to play on the Olympic pitch. The weather was kind, and the hockey was highly competitive!

A massive thank you to all our coaches and junior helpers who have made this a highly successful season. Our numbers are growing as we continue to lay the foundations for the future of Winchmore Hill and Enfield Hockey Club.

We’ll be back again in September for next season, but in the meantime watch this space for details of upcoming events in the summer.

WH&E M1 1 : 1 West Hampstead M5

The M1s bounced back after a string of disappointing results, with a fine performance against West Hampstead, dominating the game and could easily have come away with all 3 points.

West Hampstead took the lead early on against the run of play, but Winchmore fought back with a deflection goal at the far post from Colin Foad (who else) to make it 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half we created chances and had several penalty corners, but just couldn’t get the winning goal.

One game left of the season, and everything to play for next week!

WH&E M2 4 : 1 Richmond Redoubtables

A home fixture for the M2s followed the M1s impressive 1-1 draw, with an almost full squad with help from Luke, Calum and the returning Piriyan, to take on Richmond Redoubtables. Richmond were hampered due to traffic chaos, meaning that one car turned round and went home, but with 10 men they still put up a great fight.

Some good efforts and a lot of possession hockey in a tense first half saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead courtesy of a great bottom corner strike from the top of the D.

Half-time rolled in and some encouragement from goalkeeper John led to a fired up Winchmore in the second half. Siva, Jonny and Piriyan working some nice movement in the opposition D to win a penalty corner, which was injected and deflected in by Calum, from a Joe Small shot, for his second goal of the season! 1-1.

Lots of pressure from the away side chasing a goal led to a great Winchmore counterattack from Siva, sliding the ball in to Jonny who rounded the keeper and slotted home for 2-1.

Smooth passing and dribbling from Guy, Tom and Theo led to another penalty corner, injected and powered on to goal by Joe – hitting a foot on path to goal gave Winchmore a penalty stroke. Luke stepped up and slotted his flick narrowly past the keeper’s right pad in the centre of the goal to make it 3-1 and taking the 2’s top scorer mantle!

More silky passing and aerials from Tom P (Tomaldinho) led to more penalty corners and Winchmore’s third from Luke with a traditional “Luke-in” to grab his 11th goal of the season and a 4-1 finish for Winchmore!

WH&E L1 1 : 3 Old Merchant Taylors W1

The game began with Kylie making a golden entrance and we played AMAZING! The first 29 minutes we were very unlucky not to capitalise on the plethora of opportunities.

Beth “scored” a few from outside the D, Gemma was involved in EVERY play of the game and was solid as they come, Sarah didn’t have much to do, nor did Nic. We had three penalty corners that Gem got shots off on all of them and their keeper was being the wall we didn’t want.

Abbi, Kylie and Vicks all had goal mouth chances that were ALMOST there, and we were dominating in the midfield with KG, B and Amy making beautiful runs, gorgeous little passes and setting up the forwards.

On their first run into our D, an unassuming foot and they scored off a shot that snuck through Nic and will haunt and taunt her everyday (😂). The last 10 minutes of that half we almost got it back but we were 1-0 down at half-time.

In the second half, the play was pretty even and Nic was our wall that we needed, Sarah also was a wall at the back with her tackles and Gem/Beth had great games running up and down the pitch. Abbi nonchalantly popped one in after she picked off a pointless hospital pass by their defender – cool as a cucumber, and at that moment, Abbi was sacred. 1-1.

Their second goal was saved off the line by both Nic and Sarah, but in what seemed like 7 minutes of goal mouth scramble, it eventually dribbled in. The last 10 minutes involved more chaos and somehow they scored a 3rd but we’re not sure what happened?!

WH&E L2 0 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster W6

Match report coming soon…or perhaps not?!

WH&E M1 1 : 7 Indian Gymkhana M3

A tough week for the M1s on the road against top of the table Indian Gym. But the team battled hard, equalising through Colin Foad (who else?!) after an early Indian Gym goal and then holding the game even until Indian Gym retook the lead just before half-time. A different story in the second half as the home team found their shooting range (and some good fortune) to run out comfortable winners.

We all then had a lovely curry 😋

WH&E M2 1 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors Demons

The M2s headed to OMT for the late game, and a very close battle it turned out to be. 0-0 at half time, OMT scored two in quick succession midway through the second half after Winchmore were reduced to 10 men through a green card. However, the M2s battled back, Luke Trevill finding the net with a well taken reverse stick strike, but despite pushing hard in the last 10 mins could not find the elusive equaliser.

WH&E L2 0 : 2 Old Merchant Taylors W2 [Saturday]

No goals and no match report, coincidence?!

WH&E L2 4 : 2 Eastcote W4 [Sunday]

After their disappointing game on Saturday, the L2s had the chance to put everything right in a rearranged game on Sunday. And so they did, taking a comfortable 3-0 lead at half-time, only for a bit of a wobble in the second half as Eastcote battled back with 2 goals of their own, before Winchmore slotted one more to take a well-deserved 4-2 victory.

WH&E L1 P : P Southgate W4

Match postponed, frozen pitch 😟

WH&E L1 6 : 0 London Royals W1

The ladies 1s hate late games…they mess with our heads…but apparently, they turn out to be pretty good games for us though.

We started strongly with a billion shots on goal but their keeper kept everything out.

Shell bottled a shot at the top of D; Amber did the same. Sam, Bethany and others all decided to aim for the corners of the football goal instead of the hockey goal.

But then we decided to actually score: A lovely penalty corner calmly put away, and then another soon after by Gemma! A third was scored when Amber forgot what to do and Bethany had to score for her.

3-0 HT.

In the 2nd half we sat back and kept dominating, but seemed to forget to shoot. Then a penalty stroke, and after a mini domestic between Sam and Shell on who was taking it, but it was calmly put away to make it 4-0.

Soon it was 5-0, when a great link up saw a “rugby huns” goal from open play.

And then 6-0, with the slowest goal ever from Karen Goode after some pinball bouncing of the ball around the goal.

Six goals (again), a clean sheet and a fine all round performance!

WH&E M1 3 : 4 Southgate M5

Southgate really know how to put on a show, and with news of WH&E coming to town, they decided to dedicate “Super Saturday” to trying to break the record home crowd attendance in England. They accidently had the stands facing the wrong pitch though.

Anyway, we got off to a fast start which saw Dan hit a ball into the D, which was swiftly deflected in by Colin for a 1-0 opening. This usually doesn’t happen to us, but we’d had an inspired team talk from the captain!

We were rather dominant for some time, however Southgate managed to get themselves a penalty corner, which then turned into a flurry of corners and it finally paid off as they managed to scramble a ball into the back of the net.

Soon after this, another penalty corner found the back of the net for Southgate, with a deflection over the Winchmore keeper. “Why always me?!” cried Josh!

Just before half-time, Dan wanted to be the man of the show and passed the ball into chairman Dom who decided deflecting at a 5 degree angle was a good idea… it was and it popped its way through a gap between the keeper and the post. 2-2!

In the final moment of the first half, Dan latched onto an Ollie aerial and found himself 1v1 with the keeper…only for the umpire to blow for half-time ☹.

The half-time team talk was very inspired – Dan had two assists to his name in one of his best performances for WH&E EVER, yet Jack was picking up a spare man so had all of the captain’s plaudits at half-time. [Ed – who wrote this 😂]

Into the second half, we finally managed to get a penalty corner of our own about 5/10 minutes in. Up stepped Joe T with the drag flick and the legend sent the ball into top bins for an outstanding goal – the best of the day to put us back in the lead at 3-2 up. After this, no idea when but Southgate found their hat-trick from short corners to make it 3-3, much to the dismay of Dan Steer who tried to big up his peers by allegedly saying “come on lads, we ain’t Everton”.

Ahh it wasn’t to be though, as Southgate managed to get a winner in the dying minutes of the game, from yet another penalty corner – 4-3 a seemingly harsh scoreline.

WH&E L2 0 : 2 West Hampstead W4

Us (9th, 3 wins incl. a walkover) v Them (top of the league, 1 loss, won 19-0 the week before)

“We won 2-0 but bloody hell did they make us work for it.”

WH&E M2 2 : 4 Indian Gymkhana M5

A tough game for the M2s against top of the league Indian Gym. But Winchmore made the visitors battle hard for their win, picking up two well taken goals from Harry and Theo.

The squad arrived in plenty of time in Hitchin for the start of the U-14’s tournament at Blueharts.

After our first game was cancelled, we were practising our passing with the keeper yet to be padded up when we were told that we were playing straight away against stand-in Blueharts reserves! As to be expected we started slowly and let in a simple goal before we got settled. We got back into the game with some good passing in midfield and defensively we became more solid with tenacious work from Dawud and James T. Offensively, we took a long time to gain confidence and to run at the opposition but once we did, we enjoyed the majority of the possession and were unfortunate not to score. A late scuffed shot sneaked in at the far post to make the final result 0-2.

The second game, we needed to get back on winning terms and we started off well with a lucky but well-crafted goal from Teddy after he took a shot (with power) going wide but suddenly hit their players foot, dramatically changing the path of the ball and making it land in the net 1-0 CMONNN!! After their only shot on target saved by the goalkeeper things started to get a bit heated but we were determined for a second to give us some breathing place, we did just that with another finish from Teddy making us 2-0 up. This gave us time to relax but we did quite the opposite and after the third goal had gone in from Teddy, we set off for our last game with high hopes a good mood and a very bored goalkeeper. 3-0.

Our last game, our hopes were high, we started with good running from Aled (who used his pace well) and Sam (holding the ball up with good stick skills) up top. Our confidence with the ball was really positive. Teddy made a good pass to lead to our goal, a lift from Arran (who was overdue success after a lot of hard work). It was roughly half time and things started to crumble. We held back and with some discouragement from excellent runs from our opposition, we slacked with our man-marking and it felt like it was too easy for them. We had a quick counter-attack but goal missed. Another break-away from the opposition and the ball was lifted in the “D” with their striker getting a small touch on it and going in our goal. From then on they started to dominate but we kept it a draw with good saves from our keeper (James S). 1-1

Overall, a good performance but we have a few things to work on and with our full potential (that we have achieved before) we might have come back with 3 wins. I think we should be proud as we all had some pros and we all left in good moods. Well done Lilly on her tournament debut at the U-14s.