*NEWSFLASH* We finally won something!

Following the split of the summer league and some heavy losses to a very familiar foe (they wear red), the ladies’ teams have been playing the teams in black. In the two games against West Hampstead we saw a high scoring 5-3 win coming back from 3-0 down and a close 1-1 draw. These were followed by two games against Potters bar and some more wins! Yes that means 4 games in a row undefeated!

Goals have come from all over the place, and the teams have been playing better and better, with some fantastic passages of play and several new players gaining match experience during the summer league. We will, however, concede that Jason may have a point and we might want to start doing a bit more of a warm up before some of the games!

The summer league finished with our As v Bs game, but with one big difference…the men played too! The match was turned into all all-club mixed match, which resulted in a great game between two evenly matched sides with a final score of 4-3 and smiles all round at the end.

Now on to the new season, with new leagues, new opposition and fingers crossed no games cancelled for covid?!

The Southgate Summer League reached its conclusion for the men last week, with a fine 6-0 win over Southgate Adelaide.

After the normal season was inevitably curtailed due to covid, the re-established men’s summer league was a very welcome chance for us to get back on the pitch enjoying some competitive hockey once again, and more than 30 different men’s players took up the chance to play.

Fielding two mixed ability teams, the younger and less experienced players had the chance to gain match practice playing alongside established first team players and it was great to see the progress they made over the course of the summer league – Theo, Tom, John and Zak are all names to watch out for next season!

And with the men’s summer league running in parallel with the ladies, it also provided the chance for new umpires to gain experience as we reciprocated umpiring duties with the ladies matches – Jason and Stan stepping up and doing well having taken umpiring courses last season.

Huge thanks go to Liz Moss at Southgate Hockey Centre for organising the summer league, and to the other teams from Southgate, West Hampstead and Southgate Adelaide without whom it wouldn’t have happened!

The full summer league results can be found here: https://www.southgatehockeycentre.co.uk/summer-leagues/.

Our men’s and ladies’ teams were back in action over the weekend with friendlies against some familiar faces from Hertford.

First up were our ladies who after a slow start got into their rhythm and played some really nice hockey. Passing in neat triangles to get out of trouble, and using both wings to good effect, they came back from a goal down with a well-executed short corner put away clinically by Lucy Cohen into the bottom left corner. In a tight final 10 minutes both sides had chances to seal the game but both keepers were on top form making some fine saves. However, it was Hertford who finally stole the winning goal with a deflected shot wrong-footing Nicole in the Winchmore goal.

Nevertheless, an entertaining game and good match practice for the upcoming Southgate Summer League.

#WinchmoreWatching

The men’s game followed straight after with both sides looking forward to a competitive game, and a special spectator keeping a close eye on proceedings from the side line! In a tight first half Winchmore took the lead with a good finish from Tim Legierse on the left after good work down the right by Tom Pearson and Harry Stone, but this was soon cancelled out by the visitors who forced a goal from close range at the near post. 1-1 at half-time and it was Hertford who started stronger in the second half, with the familiar face of Nick Umney finishing neatly on reverse stick to beat the Winchmore keeper from close range.

However, Winchmore were not done yet, and came back strongly in the last 20 minutes with two goals from Adam Machray and one from Dom Smith following up after a partially blocked penalty corner in the closing minutes. 4-2 the final score, but it was just great being back out on the pitch together.

The Southgate Summer League starts this week. Check out full details on Fixtures Live:

Despite a 9am start on a Sunday morning, 30 juniors managed to drag their parents out so they could take part in our end of season tournament last weekend! With the second half of the season disrupted by COVID lockdown restrictions, it was great to see so many keen to play and show off their skills on the slightly bumpy “MUGA” pitch at the club. Many also having grown about 6 inches since we last saw them!

After a nice warm up and a bit of stick and ball time to get them ready to play, the juniors were put into 5 teams – Red, Green, Orange, Yellow and Purple (of course!) – with each team playing each other once in a round robin format of 10 minute matches. Considering many of them had not picked up a stick for 4 months, there was some great play all round with 26 goals scored and some hard fought matches. And it all came down to the last game, Red versus Orange, to decide the winners. A win for Orange would see them champions, but a draw or loss would mean Green would take the crown. Red battled hard, but Orange just managed to sneak home with the winning goal coming two minutes from time.

The final standings

A great morning of hockey and a nice way to wrap up the winter season. Watch this space for news of more junior events during the summer.

Hockey returned on Easter Sunday with a mixed 6-a-side tournament on the MUGA at the club. Five teams battled it out in competitive but friendly games on a hot sunny afternoon, as our members had their first chance to play some hockey since the beginning of December.

It was great to see so many players back on the pitch and enjoying themselves once again. With a busy programme of summer hockey coming up, it was a nice little warm up for the Southgate summer league which starts in May, as well as upcoming local friendlies and weekly 6-a-side MUGA sessions we have running throughout the summer.

Contact your team captain to find out how to get involved in any of our Summer hockey activities, or contact us now if you would like to join us – we will be delighted to welcome you to the club.