WH&E M1 7 : 1 Richmond Griffins

The Men’s 1s got off to a flyer with a fine 7-1 victory over Richmond at Southbury Leisure Centre. The home side quickly took control of the game with an early goal from Colin Foad, followed up with a tipped in deflection from a penalty corner from Dom Smith. A second goal from Smith pouncing on a loose ball in the D, was followed by a well struck goal from the top of the D from Joe Turmaine to make it 4-0 at half time.

After the break, Winchmore continued where they left off with Foad calmly finding the bottom corner for his second goal and then Luke Trevill putting away on the far post from a switched penalty corner. The goal of the game then came from Jack Wilson racing in on the far post to beat the keeper with a chest high volley after a well worked move started by Jake Tasker at the back.

The only blemish coming in the final 3 minutes with a penalty stroke awarded to Richmond after a penalty corner hit a Winchmore player on the line. Our captain’s bruised / broken finger confirming the ball had actually hit hand on stick not leg as thought by the umpires.

A great performance to start the season and lots of momentum to take into next week’s game.

MOTM: Jake Tasker for a first-class display of playmaking from the back.

WH&E M2 1 : 2 PHC Chiswick M5

An exciting first game of the season for the Men’s 2s as we travelled away to PHC Chiswick. Guy had named a youthful side which included a full debut for Krrish. Luke and Calum also stepped in to help out following some selection issues.

The first 10 or so minutes was fairly even with both teams cancelling each other out with not too many chances for either team – arguably Winchmore Hill & Enfield having the better chances early on, however it was PHC Chiswick who capitalised with a counter attack. From then on, we saw more opportunities arise for us for an equaliser, but we just could not make it count in the final third. We had a golden opportunity from Johnny who quickly found himself in a 2vs1 opportunity vs the goalkeeper, however he could not convert the chance to put Winchmore Hill back in the game. Near the end of the half, another counter attack by PHC Chiswick saw an opening on the left-hand side which allowed them to slot home to go 2-0 up.

It was much the same in the second half, with end-to-end plays, however PHC Chiswick decided to be more dangerous and found themselves on the cusp on many opportunities – however Wayne decided that they weren’t going to score anymore. The defensive unit held up well with goal line clearances from Guy and Wayne (and I believe Calum too?) with John putting in many decent saves too. Winchmore Hill & Enfield managed to grab a goal back after a free hit near the 23-yard line, quickly played by Tom to John Lappin who hit the ball into the D, for Luke to slot it between the keeper and the post to make it 2-1.

It was a tense finish as the end of the match saw us have more of the opportunities but it was the consistent elbowing of the PHC Chiswick right-back that saved the day for them as the game ended 2-1 to Chiswick.

MOTM: Wayne; a solid performance at left back who shut down everything that came near him, including a goal line clearance..

WH&E L2 0 : 4 West Hampstead L5

We turned up, eager for the first game back after a long summer. A bare 11, we knew it would be tough but our fighting spirit was going to carry us through.

With the sun in our eyes, the starting whistle blew. We held strong, blocking every one of West Hampstead’s attacks and great movement of the ball up the pitch – small quick passes becoming a staple.

A West Hampstead attack caused Lorna to become closely acquainted with the ground using her face – a nice red nose for her too early to be of use as a Christmas costume.

We soldiered on, West Hampstead getting one by the wall of Freya, but we entered half time with our heads held high and looking forward to our inevitable come-back in the second half.

Unfortunately, that did not happen.

West Hampstead’s use of subs gave them energy over us that we weren’t able to keep up with. We had great moments – Kate and Kylie worked well together in the middle – and even got it in their D a couple times! Alice managed to run through about 5 of their players while keeping the ball glued to her stick, a brilliant play in her debut with the Ladies.

However, tiredness took over, and despite some amazing saves from Chris, West Hampstead got another 3 goals past us.

A disappointing outcome from a game that had some fantastic play, but with a whole season ahead there’s plenty to look forward to.

WH&E L1 1 : 5 Spencer W5

The Ladies 1s made the trip to South West London for a tough first game of the season in London Women’s Division 3 North (go figure?!). A 5-1 defeat, but no shame in that against a strong Spencer side.

We start the new season with Club Day on Saturday 10th September at Southbury Leisure Centre – a chance to blow off the cobwebs (if you didn’t play any summer league!) and also welcome any new joiners to the club.

The day begins with a Junior Taster Session from 11-12 (aimed at Under 12s), followed by the Ladies’ squads from 12:00-13:30 and then the Men’s squads 13:30-15:00. These sessions are open to both members and non-members thinking about joining, so please come along if you’re interested in playing hockey with us and we’ll be delighted to welcome you.

Then it’s back to Winchmore Hill Sports Club for a BBQ / social from 15:30 onwards – a chance to catch up with teammates old and new, and get to know the committee who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Adult team training then starts on Wednesday 14th September, with the first league matches from Saturday 24th September, and Junior training begins on Sunday 25th September.

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.