A busy post season has seen several club members participating in the England Hockey national masters tournaments, representing the London and East areas…and proving that age is no barrier!

Women’s O40s 🥉

In May, L1s player Sarah Essilfie-Quaye put her “Team D” credentials on the line to help the London Women’s O40s to a fine third place finish in Wakefield. 

Women’s O65s 🥇

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Chris Putt was helping a combined East / London region team to the O65s gold medal on the original London Olympic pitch, relaid in Sheffield!

Men’s O50s 🥈

In June, M1s player and club chair, Dom Smith, was team manager of the London O50s who were pipped to the gold medal in Wakefield, going down on penalty flicks in the final.   

Men’s O40s 🥇

Closer to home, M1s player Jason Martins helped the London O40s go one better, picking up the gold medal in the tournament held at Southgate. 

Men’s O45s 🥇

Not to be outdone, on the final masters tournament weekend in July, M1s legend Stuart Carrick helped the London O45s to the gold medal on a scorching weekend in Bristol. 😎

For the first time in 3 years, the club celebrated at the traditional end of season dinner and awards…and what a night it was! It was great to see so many of our members there, after the covid enforced hiatus, as well as our special guests and former players. Great food, great company, great stories, and some very worthy award winners:

Ladies’ Young Player of the Year

Abbi Baillie Sills

Hard work and dedication earnt Abbi her spot in the starting 11 for the Ladies 1s, stepping up from the Ladies 2s mid-season and making an instant impact both on the pitch and the scoresheet. Having started in our junior section, she has grown in confidence every year, and carried on on her free flowing attacking play as she has moved up through the club and continued her remarkable goalscoring record.

Men’s Young Player of the Year

Tom Pearson

Another junior who is moving up quickly through the ranks, Tom has become a pivotal player in the Men’s 2s, owning the centre midfield position where he drives the team forward but also works hard to win the ball back in defence. Superb performances throughout the season earned Tom a worthy call up for the Men’s 1s, where he took his chance with 2 fine man of the match displays.

Ladies’ Top Goalscorer

Abbi Baillie Sills

With 9 goals in 8 games for the Ladies 2s, Abbi was quickly called up to the Ladies 1s where she continued her goalscoring form with another 5 goals in 9 appearances, making her the top goalscorer with 14 goals this season, 2 clear of Kareen Allan who scored 12 goals in 18 games for the Ladies 2s.

Men’s Top Goalscorer

Colin Foad

The club’s top goalscorer for the previous 2 seasons, Colin continued where he left off, slotting 18 goals in 14 games for the Men’s 1s, including a remarkable 3 hattricks. Special mention to Theo Chapman, another one of our U18s, who scored 9 goals in 12 appearances for the Men’s 2s and would’ve pushed Colin further but for a finger injury mid-season.

Ladies’ Player of the Year

Rachelle Pearson

Another super season for Shell, who is a massive presence both on and off the pitch. She is a wall of strength at the back, giving 100% to every game. She wears her heart on her sleeve and leaves everything out of the pitch, a true team player and very worthy player of the year!

Men’s Player of the Year

Colin Foad

Colin’s goalscoring prowess is clear, but it’s his overall influence on the team that makes him the player of the year. Setting the press upfront to win the ball back, always available for a pass through midfield, and an ever present threat from penalty corners and in open play. An exceptional all-rounder who makes the whole team tick.

Team of the Year

Men’s 2s

A first season for all our teams in the newly formed London League, but it was the Men’s 2s that just snatched the prize with league stats of 25 points from 18 games for a 46% return, narrowly pipping the Ladies 2s who gained 27 points from 20 games for 45%. Look out, the Ladies will want their trophy back next year!

Special Recognition Award

The Umpiring Team

This year the club’s special recognition award went not to a person, but a team – the “Third Team”. This is the first full season without a non-playing umpire, and all our team stepped up and doubled up, playing and umpiring on the same day, and on many occasions travelling back from away games to umpire, or umpiring an early home game and then racing off to play away. Thank you all!

WH&E M1 2 : 3 PHC Chiswick M3

The men’s 1s wrapped up their season with a trip to Chiswick against a team still seeking promotion. 1 nil up early on from a well taken penalty corner by Colin Foad, then 2-1 down, before Foad scored again to setup a tight finish. However, it was Chiswick who scored the winner in a very close and enjoyable game.

WH&E L1 2:1 East London L4

The Ladies 1s finished with a fine 2-1 victory over East London. Goals from Abbi and Sam enough to take the points in the final league game of the season. 3 wins and a draw in the last 5 games securing their place in the league for next season – well done ladies!

WH&E L2 0:1 Eastcote L4

A tight game with the ladies 2 slipping to a single goal defeat in their final game of the season.

No match this week for the M2s who completed their league season last week.

WH&E M2 3 : 1 PHC Chiswick M6

The men’s 2s made the journey round the North Circular for their final game of the season against Chiswick. After a 3-0 defeat against them in the home fixture, the 2s were looking for a reversal of fortunes in the away leg. A promising first half saw Winchmore pass and move the ball well, but lacking a cutting edge in the final 25, the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Out for the second half it was more of the same, until a Chiswick attack resulted in a deflected ball wrong footing the defence and the home team took the lead. Not what was needed, or perhaps it was?! Suddenly Winchmore developed a more steely edge in attack, with Harry Stone pouncing on a loose ball to strike the ball crisply on the turn past the hapless Chiswick keeper.

With 5 mins to go, the 2s were pushing for a winner. A penalty corner earned, and up stepped the skipper, Guy Chapman, to hammer one home to make it 2-1. Delight all round, surely now was the time run the ball into the corner? Not so! Another quick break, and a through ball to Harry, who calmly slotted it past the oncoming keeper with the final touch of the game, for a fine 3-1 victory and a nice way to wrap up the season.

WH&E L1 2:2 West Hampstead L3

The ladies 1s gained a well-earned point with a 2-2 draw away at West Hampstead. Goals coming from Kylie Gard and Lucy Cohen.

No matches this week for the M1s or L2s.

An early Sunday morning trip to a sunny Broxbourne for the U12s. The clocks had gone forward an hour, but didn’t dent the players’ enthusiasm.

Thanks to coaches for organising and supporting the team, and to parents for coming along. We got off a flying start with a 2-0 win over Blueharts C and two goals for Arran. One goal following a great assist from Orla and a second where Arran refused to give up and got it past the keeper. A strong defensive performance with some crucial tackles from Dawud helped secure victory.

A trickier second game against Letchworth Bs followed. We went 1-0 down, Arran pulled a goal back, but we lost 3-1.

The final game against Broxbourne B was where the team showed true grit. We went 1-0 but battled on to secure a 1-1 draw with a great goal and finish from Sam after some brilliant work by Oscar who always lively up front. Aled was the linchpin in defence directing the team, with Grace getting into some great positions to create chances and winning tackles.

Well done Dawud, Orla, Grace, Aled, Oscar, Sam, Arran – a great end to the season, a real team effort and you should all be very proud!