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!

A Sunday morning trip up the A1 to Blueharts for the U12s. We arrived in a wet and windy Hitchin, but the players were full of enthusiasm and ready to go.

We got off a good start with a 0-0 draw in our first game against Blueharts D. A trickier second game against Harpenden C sadly saw us go down 3-0. The third game against Blueharts C was a tight 1-0 defeat. We rounded off the tournament with a 9-a-side game against Letchworth C losing 1-0 after a strong performance.

It was a great experience for the players taking part in their first tournament, alongside some of our more experienced players. Hard work across the team, great spirit, strong tackles and creating good chances. Lots of positives to build on for the next tournament.

Well done Dawud, Emilia, Edward, Orla, Adam, Zoe, Hannah, Mia, Sam, Arran, James. And thanks to the parents for braving the weather.

The Under 12s headed up the A1 on Sunday to Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin for their first tournament in a long time. Some nerves, an air of the unknown, but lots of excitement.

We got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over Broxbourne B. We played some lovely hockey. It was an all round great team effort with a superb finish from Oscar. What a start to the tournament!

We again dominated possession in the next game against Harpenden C with some excellent work from Sam in midfield. The game ended in a slightly frustrating 0-0 draw, but U12s went into the next game more determined than ever to get a win.

Despite facing a strong Letchworth B side, some great pressure from James S, Aled, and Grace, and important tackles from James T and Edward, meant we went 1-0 up after a brilliant finish from Oscar. Another win!

Slightly taken aback by the presence of a goalkeeper in our penultimate game, U12s worked hard and forced the keeper to make lots of saves. We felt unlucky to come away with a 0-0 draw against Blueharts C.

Hearts sank when a goalkeeper again appeared for the final game against Blueharts B. But not to be deterred, the U12s put in a strong performance. Orla got in to some good positions, and Teddy followed up on the rebound with a brilliant goal lifting it past the keeper. Adam smashed the ball past the keeper with a great first touch for our second. We held on to win 2-1.

The team played so well – working together as a team, using the width of the pitch, and brimming with confidence. Well done Edward, Orla, Adam, Grace, Aled, Oscar, Teddy, James S, Sam, James T. The next tournament can’t come soon enough.

Thanks to Jason and to parents for their support on the day.

Results:

WHE 1 – 0 Broxbourne B
WHE 0 – 0 Harpenden C
WHE 1 – 0 Letchworth B
WHE 0 – 0 Blueharts C
WHE 2 – 1 Blueharts B

U12 Boys @ Welwyn Garden City (de Havilland uni)

The boys U12s headed to a windswept de Havilland campus in Hatfield for the final round of Herts Junior League matches today, where they faced the usual suspects from Royston, Blueharts and Letchworth.

The opening game against Royston was a very tight affair, with neither side able to dominate and break free from the battle in midfield to create any substantial chances. The final score of 0-0 was a fair result in an uneventful game.

Straight on again for the next game against Blueharts and our boys started to find more space going forward, but also leaving more spaces for Blueharts to exploit against us. And it was Blueharts who took the lead through a stroke of good fortune when a shot that was going wide deflected off a Winchmore stick to find the back of our goal. One nil down, but our boys bounced back with good attacking play up the right from Siva and Arran resulting in a free hit and a ball into the D which Albert calmly converted 30 seconds before full time. A hard-earned draw, and the boys showed great resilience to come back after the early setback.

After a one game break, we were back on for the final game against Letchworth, but this turned out to be one game too far for our boys who were overrun by a good Letchworth team. A 4-0 defeat, but the boys kept their heads up and still threatened a goal at the other end with one effort just sliding by the far post.

Played 3, drawn 2, lost 1. A pretty good day at the end of a good season for our U12s, where the team has really grown and developed over the past 5 months. Well done all and many thanks to all the parents have come down and supported on some fairly bleak days of winter!

U12 Boys @ Southbury Leisure Centre

U12BoysHerts(Dec-19)It was a 9am start for our boys U12s, as we hosted the Herts Junior League for the first time this season on a bitterly cold, but thankfully not frosty, morning.

After their heroics at Blueharts in the November tournament, our boys were raring to go with a slightly altered line up as Immanuel, James and Joseph B were added to the squad.

In the opening game against Harpenden, they picked up where the left off with great passing and interplay between midfield and attack seeing Winchmore take a 2-1 lead halfway through the game, with the goals coming from Zafar and Siva. However, Harpenden were a good side and after picking off some misplaced Winchmore passes they counter-attacked at speed, scoring 3 more goals to run out 4-2 winners in an exciting end-to-end game.

After one match on the sidelines, our boys were soon back in action again, taking on Royston in the next game. However, defeat in the first game had knocked their confidence and despite creating some good chances in attack they were unable to convert. Royston then took full advantage of a couple of missed tackles to score twice and take the win 2-0.

After the loss of Liam to illness, we regrouped and took the fight straight to Hertford in the final match of the day. And our boys were soon back to goalscoring ways as Zafar got his second goal of the day and then Albert swept the ball home to seal a comfortable 2-0 win.

Played 3, won 1, lost 2, but lots of great play in all areas of the pitch once again, and some lessons learned too on the importance of accurate passing and making those tackles count. I’m sure the boys will be itching to get back in action again in the next round after Christmas.

Big thanks to all the parents who braved the cold to support, and of course to Lisa and Charlotte for organising the tournament on behalf of the club.


U12 Girls @ Hertford

U12GirlsHerts(Dec-19)The under 12’s girls’ team were in good spirits for their tournament in Hertford – they had even created their own WHEHC chant!

Our first game was against Hertford A’s, we fought hard against a well drilled team and went down 2-0. Our heads were held high.

Our next game was a battle against Broxbourne. This time we had a secret weapon, new goalie Bhavya, who played a blinder. We were unlucky to lose 1-0.

Next, we had Welwyn Garden City who we were again unlucky to concede a goal to. Final score another 1-0 defeat. Special mention in this game goes to our solid defence. Unfortunately, in this game our goalie sustained an injury and we didn’t know if she would be able to continue….

… She did against Hertford B’s and with a fantastic team spirit we smashed the next game 1-0. The goal was started with a great run down the wing by Harriet and a strong strike by Kirsty. BOOM, our first win.

Buoyed by our first win the team went into the next match with an increased confidence. Unfortunately, we did not have a goalie, but it didn’t stop us. BOOM 2 goals, courtesy of Kirsty! (#Proud Mum on the sidelines!!). Harpenden 0, WHE 2. What a result!

Our last match was against North London and we held our own. The defence was strong, the midfield used the space well and the attack were tenacious. We were happy with a 0-0 draw.

This team are the future of our club and based on their performance today the future looks very bright indeed. Molly, Emily, Alice, Alize, Kirsty, Layla, Bhavya and Harriet all played their socks off and should be very proud of themselves. Special final mention to the parents who came to support and finally to Callum Hall on his umpiring debut.

Onwards and upwards.