WH&E Mixed 0 : 8 Luton Mixed

EHT2MixedA slightly depleted Winchmore side made their way up the M1 to Luton for our England Hockey Mixed Tier 2 Championship match on Sunday.

We enjoyed a bit of possession in the early stages but (not unsurprisingly) they scored quickly with a break into our D. They had a few well taken short corners but only scored one. However, it took an impressive individual goal that quite literally took Balazs Endrodi’s helmet off to get another one past us.

The next goal was another short corner – Sarah E-Q got a stick to it on the line but couldn’t keep it out. Meanwhile, Leo had a shot and tested their ‘keeper but all the real pressure came from Luton. Balazs and the defence made save after save, including a beautifully saved short corner and a great dive to his right. Half time 4-0.

After the break, Sam Deane hit a nice long ball in to the D which deflected on to the GK but unfortunately there was no one there to follow it up. Soon after, Jason had probably our best shot of the game from top D and we enjoyed a period of good passing. Again, they had a number of short corners which we saved – the highlight of these being Sam getting out and taking possession from the striker at the top of the D.

However, there was no arguing with the next goal – the guy ran through our team and absolutely roofed it! (to cries of ‘don’t break the net’ from the sidelines?).

The rest of the game continued with excellent ‘John Terry’ defending from everyone including a great tackle by Nick at the top of the D to keep the final score at, sounds worse than it was, 8-0.

Following the FIH’s latest updates to the rules of hockey announced last year, England Hockey has finalised over the summer how they will be applied in our leagues for the season ahead.

EH-NewRules2019-20The good news is that at our level they have decided to stick with the existing match format of two halves of 35 mins each, rather than switch to the 4 quarters of 15 mins which you may have seen during the FIH Pro League and recent Euro Hockey Championships. This should make life easier for our umpires who don’t have the luxury of technical match officials doing centralised timing!

However, there are a number of changes which will affect us and it is really important to be familiar with all the changes. The significant ones are:

  • Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP). This is pretty straightforward – no ‘kicking back’ or similar.
  • Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m. This takes a bit of understanding – the introduction of a quick self-pass for these Free Hits allows the defenders to stay within the circle, within 5m and not interfere with play until the ball can legitimately enter the circle. If there is no quick self-pass, then ALL defenders, regardless of location in the 23m, have to retreat 5m if they wish to legitimately play the ball once the Free Hit is taken.
  • Defensive Free Hits awarded within the defensive circle. A free hit awarded to the defence within the defensive circle can be taken anywhere in their circle OR taken up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line. So our attackers need to beware of where opposition defenders may take a ’16’ hit from, and our defenders can be more creative when taking a quick hit of our own.
  • Amendment to ruling around Attackers entering the circle early at a Penalty Corner. If an attacker enters the circle at a Penalty Corner before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline (the ‘injector’) is required to go beyond the centre-line and the Penalty Corner is taken again.

England Hockey’s full explanation of all changes can be viewed here.

Image source: England Hockey

WH&E M1 6 : 0 Bishops Stortford M2

Winchmore dispatched top-of-the-table Potters Bar 5-1 last week and took that energy into their match against Bishops Stortford, a side that had pipped them 5-4 with a last minute goal back in October.

Stortford started the game with 10 after a player failed to add an ‘8’ after the ’N1’ on his satnav. Winchmore took advantage by dominating possession from the first whistle. They worked sensibly to move the ball around the pitch – particularly along the backline of Dray, Carrick and Franks – to tire their opponents. Stone, Lappin and Zeff worked the wide positions to offer plenty of opportunities to move the ball downfield.

Rewards were swift. Foad bagged two thumpers and provided an assist for Smith to tap in at the post from a short corner. Man-of-the-match Mall made mincemeat of the Stortford backline and scored a brace, including one that followed a quick-witted pounce on the centre-back after some sloppy ball control.

A 5-0 margin at half-time was a fair buffer between the sides. Winchmore set to work in the second to contain their opponents and strangle the game, but Stortford were restored to 11 and came out stronger. Gatting – who once again stepped up for the team and played in goal instead of the usual centre-back – was forced into some fine stops when called upon. Machray and Smith continued to control the middle and halted Stortford’s advances.

But it was Winchmore’s match and they capped it with a sixth goal from Sumner. And there could have been more. Foad was denied a hat trick with a short corner that was adjudged to have been hit above the height of the backboard (he claims to have footage of the incident – probably best not to bring it up).

The win lifts Winchmore to fourth and they have three more points than at the same stage last season. This weekend they’re looking to take their free-scoring run into the game against an ever-robust Vauxhall side and climb further up the table.

WH&E M2 1 : 1 WGC M3

The M2’s faced a tough game vs 4th place WGC on Saturday. Without the pivotal Dominic Smith in centre midfield the home side’s defence looked exposed. Winchmore were however creating chances in attack and a short corner was flicked home by Rob Dowling to give Winchmore the lead.

As the opposition became more and more frustrated the game heated up. Some clumsy work from the Welwyn defender resulted in 3 stitches for Rob Dowling thanks to a stick in the face. Losing Rob in the centre caused further frustration for Winchmore who now faced wave after wave of attacks from the opposition. Eventually with 5 minutes remaining the Welwyn attacker lost his man and fired past Nick in goal, leaving the score at 1-1.

The score remained at 1 each until the final whistle which was probably a fair score for both sides and leaves the 2s in 6th.

WH&E L1 2 : 2 Hampstead & Westminster L1

No match report, yet!

WH&E L2 1 : 1 West Hampstead L5

No match report, yet!

WH&E Mixed 2 : 5 Eastcote Mixed

WK16Mx2Despite frosty conditions in the morning, which put paid to our usual junior coaching session, the mixed team headed over to Northolt for a cup match with Eastcote in the England Hockey Mixed Tier 2 Championships.

2 minutes in Eastcote scored and it looked like we were going to be fighting an uphill battle after they scored a second not long after. But coach Gavin to the rescue scored to bring us to 2-1 and give the team a boost. A second by Leo in the 2nd half gave us further hope at 3-2, but Eastcote scored another couple making the final score 5-2.

Highlights of the game:

  1. Michael smashing the ball across the pitch into Bethany’s thigh
  2. Matt falling over a lot.
  3. Rachelle did not fall over!!!!!
  4. Samantha missed by an inch (more like a foot and a half)
  5. The return of Rosemary Basil Sparrey Wilkins to the Winchmore team gave us a great boost of energy!
  6. Homemade brownies post game

Well played everyone and looking forward to mixed hockey in the summer up at Broxbourne!!!

EH HockeyFest logo


At WH&E HC, we’re taking part in England Hockey’s biggest national campaign of the year – Hockey Fest! Taking place on Saturday 10th September, Hockey Fest is focused on the friendly and social side of hockey, where clubs like us open their doors to new and existing hockey players.

If you are feeling inspired from the summer of hockey then Hockey Fest is a perfect way to join our hockey family. From juniors to volunteering to parents coming back to the sport there is something for everyone.

Our Hockey Fest will be held on Saturday 10th September, 12.00 to 3.00pm on the AstroTurf at Aylward Academy. This will be followed by a BBQ and social get together at our Club House, Winchmore Hill Sports Club.


Take a look at some of the stats from last year…


We’re pleased to announce that we will be running more Back to Hockey sessions this Summer for new and returning players. Keep an eye on our Back to Hockey tab for more information over the next few months.12814641_1513382112304052_3525117405799859813_n