WH&E M1 2 : 4 Richmond Griffins

The M1s faced a difficult match on the road (or tube!) against Richmond, with the final score ending in a 4-2 loss. The team started off slowly, with Richmond scoring two goals in the first half, leaving the team trailing 2-0 at half-time.

And another Richmond goal from a penalty corner after the break left Winchmore with a mountain to climb. However, Colin and Luke brought the team back into the game with two well-executed goals, bringing the score back to 3-2. Unfortunately, a bad tackle by Dan resulted in him being sent off for two minutes, leaving the team a man down when we were pushing for an equaliser.

Despite a much improved second half, Richmond were able to hold on and wrapped things up with another penalty corner conversion on the final whistle.

Despite the loss, there were some standout performances on the team, with Jack earning MOTM for his fine performance in midfield. Unfortunately, Dan earned the DOTD for some dodgy shoe action on the way to the game, as well as his green card.

WH&E L1 2 : 4 Spencer W5

We went 1-0 up against top of the league Spencer in the first 30 seconds courtesy of Karen Gray. So incredible I’m not sure anyone knew what was going on, especially Spencer!

What followed was a panicked Spencer fighting to claw back to 1-1. Which they did, can’t remember how….then they made it 2-1 with let’s be honest a very good reverse shot from top D. Lesson to learn: we must remember to keep marking….

In the 2nd half, Abbi did her usual oh so casual scoring to make it 2-2. Which is how it stayed until the 61st minute when Spencer scored again so we threw everything at them…

SOOOO close to a 3rd and another equaliser but no, and Spencer managed to sneak a 4th in with two minutes to go.

A 4-2 loss to top of the league, which seemed a harsh result after a really good team performance – only the second team to score more than 1 goal against them all season.

WH&E L1 1 : 5 West Hampstead W5

With a somewhat coordinated arrival we gathered eagerly on the sidelines at Brent Cross early doors, albeit missing a captain thanks to the beloved snooze button!

With thanks we made it through till almost the end of the game without rain but then when it finally did we were too tired to care.

An early first goal gave us hope but alas despite some great saves by Freya and some team effort defending we sadly succumbed to defeat.

Of course our juniors proved their worthiness once again with some great play, Anju marked perfectly and Charlotte made some great passes, but alas we were thankful for the full-time whistle. A massive well done to everyone’s effort, thanks to the oppo, umpires and the chef for teas and better luck next time girls!

WH&E M2 0 : 6 PHC Chiswick M5

A week after edging past PHC Chiswick M6 in a close encounter, the M2s were outplayed by their 5th team. That is all.

After the cold snap before Christmas, the postponed league games were rescheduled for 7th January with our L1s, L2 and M2s all in action.

WH&E M2 3 : 2 PHC Chiswick M6

It was the first game Wayne captained as the ever-present Guy was unavailable, but the squad looked very healthy with some extra ammunition as Colin and Jack joined up with the team.

We were off to a fantastic start (not!) as the opposition put a cross ball to the right-side of the pitch which looked like an easy clearance with both John and Ellis there. A bit of fumbling around and the Chiswick player slugged the ball in between John’s legs. We didn’t let this early goal get us down and around half-way through the first half Colin did what he does best and slotted home. Half-time 1-1.

The second half started again with some WH&E DOMinance as Dom found himself controlling the midfield with Tom and Jake putting in great shifts in front of him. It wasn’t too long before Jack converted a penalty corner with a solid strike in the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

However, it wouldn’t be WH&E if we didn’t let our opposition have a golden chance though after not converting more of our dominance. Anyway, the oppo found themselves in the D, a lifted shot later that rebounded off John’s pads was swiftly converted by a stunning Calum header on the near post 😂. Own goal, 2-2.

It looked like it wouldn’t be our day as the team had plenty of shots but couldn’t convert. However Colin got bored of providing hope to the oppo and decided to score again to make the score 3-2 after a fine move up the right between Tom and Jack. As it got later on in the game, our dominance slipped slightly as it became a bit more of an even contest that we managed to see out.

MotM: Tom. Was up and down the pitch and didn’t put a foot (or stick) wrong.

DotD: Ellis. Wearing a hat. Yep.

WH&E L2 5 : 3 Imperial College SM W1

Two goals apiece from Kareen and Charlotte, plus one from Gemma were enough to despatch a below strength Imperial College team who battled bravely to score 3 goals and keep things interesting.

WH&E L1 2 : 3 West Hampstead W3

A goal each from Bethany and Kylie, not quite enough to overcome a strong West Hampstead team.


No game for the M1s this week.

WH&E L1 11 : 0 PHC Chiswick W3

Now we know our pushback was 4pm but this report starts much earlier. An early morning discovery that the venue we thought we were going to didn’t have a hockey pitch….so the morning was spent trying to find out where we were going.

Once we worked it out we waited for the match… all day….except for Bethany who went to bottomless brunch (she insists she thought she was just going for breakfast).

Word of the day LOCATION

We arrived and it was getting dark, a team talk emphasised our desire to enjoy ourselves and have some fun after a couple of tough games.

Then the game started, and unlike last week we realised we could actually play hockey. A lot of incredible teamwork, some amazing passing and a press that would make the hockey gods weep… can’t remember the order of them but here’s a rundown of the goals scored:

  1. Shell on a rugby huns short corner sweeping it in from the injector
    2. Shell on a rugby huns short corner sweeping it in from the injector
    3. Shell greedily as captain decided she was taking the penalty flick because “she wanted to score a hattrick”
    4. Shell on a rugby huns short corner sweeping it in from the injector – didn’t have to deny Sam the flick did you Shell?
    5. Beth – a “phantom goal” except both teams went to check to see the ball was in the net to confirm – no confusion there (take note boys)
    6. Beth – a great run, impossible angle and boom passed the keeper
    7. Abbi – a nonchalant tap in from some 1-2ing between Karen and Sam
    8. Abbi – so so casually passed a player then did the same to the oncoming keeper
    9. Abbi – intercepted the ball to take on the keeper again, casual as you like put it past like it was nothing.
    10. Abbi – remembered the need for location – calling at Sam and the perfect moment for a cross, keeper diving outstretched but a lovely lift put it in.
    11. Sam – straight shot from the top of the D on a short.

Some more match highlights

  1. Sam took over the falling over – multiple times
    2. Shell took out their keeper then tried to argue its allowed
    3. Nic didn’t have to touch the ball all game
    4. Shell gave the team talk from the toilet
    5. T left the team talk to get a coffee even though she looked like she’d had 10
    6. Shell walked into glass, no-one was there so she told everyone
    7. T couldn’t quite work out how to get out of Amber’s way.

So to end it all it was dark when we started, even darker when we finished. It rained but we won 11-0 so we were finally allowed the victory haribo Sarah has been saving for God knows how long.

MOTM – everyone because we were amazing
DOTD – Sam and Shell – all was not well in paradise 😂

WH&E M2 3 : 1 West Hampstead M8

A first home game for the Men’s 2s due to teams dropping out of the league and what a game it was! Winchmore having a strong line up with the returning Joe Small and Adam Machray. Lots of good passing and early pressure leading to Tom Pearson’s great flick through the keeper’s legs to make it 1-0. West Hampstead managed to sneak one back on the brink of the half time whistle for the boys to go into the half at 1-1.

A strong second half performance from the 2s with one less substitute. Lots of chances in the D just not managing to win anything or beat the keeper. Tom Pearson, Guy and Theo bossing the midfield worked a lovely dribbling move into the D for Theo to get Winchmore their second!

The final 10 minutes had it all, with a green card and plenty of shots for Winchmore from Tom Pajak, Wayne and Siva, before Tom Pearson and Calum worked a nice ball into the D with Calum’s half volley rattling the inside of the post and going wide.

A short is awarded and the full time whistle goes, so an opportunity for Winchmore to get a 3rd. Joe saw a beauty of a shot blocked from the top of the D, which fell to Guy who rifled one at the keeper only for Calum to get onto the rebound and flick it over the keeper to end the match 3-1!

A well deserved first win from the first home game of the season for the M2s!

WH&E M1 1 : 3 Hampstead & Westminster Thirsts

After last week’s loss, Saturday’s game against Hampstead & Westminster Thirsts (self-proclaimed pub lovers) presented an opportunity for vindication. Not to be I’m afraid.

With captain fantastic away with his Mum in Milan-darling, deputy Dan delivered the dynamic pre-match team talk, whipping the squad into shape.

Listening in, it’s blatantly obvious he’s a PE teacher. Man, what a privilege for all those boys and girls he teaches each week – imagine having Dan-the-Man inspiring you at such a young and formative age! #jealous.

Alas. Despite his perfectly pitched pre-match proclamations he couldn’t break his captaincy duck and orchestrate a win. His 0% win rate as captain continues.

We asked him about it after the game and Dan compared himself to Ollie, “we have very different captaining styles. He wins, I lose.” Awkward. One teammate was even heard to say after the game “I can’t wait to have Ollie back.” Fair. His cross-field squaerials were missed.

If there were video highlights of the game it would be a short watch. Clips of Jake’s stupid green card, Asher’s piddly aerial, two Ham & West goals, and a well-worked-top-of-the-D-screamer from Joe would make up the first half showing. Ask Joe how he felt about his goal…. “I like whacking it off my back foot, they don’t expect it.” He’s an experienced bloke our Joe. Knows a thing or two about whacking balls.

2-1 at the break seemed fair, gave us a solid foundation to work from, and the game was there for the taking. We just needed to grab it by the scruff of the neck! Perhaps the half-time oranges would help? Perhaps another rousing speech from Dan would make the difference? Negative. Not to be.

The second half started with some decent shape and possession and there were points where we looked the better team. Ham & West’s only real chances were gifts from our sloppiness rather than because of their skill. They did sneak another goal, and might have made it 4-1 had a top of the D reverse strike not been saved by one of their own strikers – who wore it on the chest like some sort of madman. No surprise he went down embarrassed, winded, and in some serious pain. He certainly spared Josh any added blushes too.

Dan liked the post-match teas… ”I do quite enjoy the breaded mushrooms. Very crispy. With a nice strong mushroom after- taste.” Good to know. Thanks Captain.

Man of the Match was hard to choose. Joe nabbed it for his goal.

DOTD, a few more contenders. Dan drove into a bollard on arrival…Ollie was off galivanting in Milan, Jack had to borrow shoes, but clearly not enough people were willing to overlook the early green card so Jake was lumped with it again. #whatever.

Next week, Southgate come for a visit to Southbury. Colin will be looking to get back on the scoresheet, Josh will be keen to stay in the umpires’ good books, and Jake will be trying to avoid a hat-trick of DOTDs and match reports. Let’s go the lads.

WH&E L2 0 : 4 Old Uxonians W1

Umpire said it shouldn’t have been 4-0.

Nellie blamed the team.

Umpire blamed Pippa. (She maintains her innocence).

(Nellie volunteered for goalie duty and dived for it. They still scored but a good effort!)

The end.

WH&E M1 1 : 3 PHC Chiswick M3

There was a sense of deja vu as the L1s finished their game and the M1s rocked up to take on PHC Chiswick 3’s.

Last time out at the sun-bathed Southbury pitch there were some frayed tempers and toys thrown from prams. No need for the deja vu concerns though. In fact, the villain of the piece turned things on their head and won a well-deserved man of the match this time out! With some top saves, and a command of his D, Josh got 8 MOTM votes – a landslide! Maybe the presence of not one but two Dom’s helped Josh keep a level head? Either way – we were glad to have some new blood and delighted to have our revered Club Chair back.

Ollie (aka Captain Bambi) slid around the pitch and looked like he’d been practising hurling with some questionable ‘aerials’. He only avoided DOTD because Jake destroyed the first aid kit with a panicked under-pressure clearance.

All that aside, the game was hard fought. WH&E nabbed a good goal midway through the first half. A well delivered short corner, with a fiery strike from Joe was turned in with an impressive, delicate, carefully executed edge from Dan. In his words ‘it was a screamer from 2 yards out’. How did he feel about his goal, ‘I’m just so glad to be involved, and I’m enthused and excited to get my first goal of the season’.

Once we’d established the early lead the pressure increased from Chiswick. Their relentless high-press meant two WH&E teammates said afterwards ‘at one point I was counting how many players they had on the pitch’.

Their pressure told, and a sloppy defensive lapse gifted the opposition an equaliser before half time.

Then, a moment to regroup. Much needed.

Half time oranges, an ideal antidote for Asher’s poorly tummy. His words: ‘I thought I was going to throw up – I thought my match was done…’ – ten minutes on the bench and he was back. Good lad.

But alas, our energy lapsed, disorganisation and panic set in and we opened up. That allowed Chiswick to score their second, a well struck shot into the far corner of the net – Jake might’ve deflected it wide, Josh might’ve got a right hand to it, but the pace was too much. 2-1.

15 minutes to go. We turned a corner. Looked like we could grab a goal with some pressure. But it wasn’t to be. Ollie’s rugby tackle on his own teammate, some average defending and it was quickly 3-1. And the end came soon after. We asked Ollie how he felt after the game, ‘a bit gutted, I even self-voted DOTD’.

So, a sad end to a decent run. But a fun game played in good spirits, with two umpires who whistled well. Next week, as Captain Bambi galavants to Milan, hopefully goal-getter-Vice-Captain-Dan will lead us to victory at Hampstead and Westminster. Here’s hoping!

Written by Jake Tasker this week’s DOTD.

WH&E L1 1 : 8 Hampstead & Westminster W5

The ladies turned up to Southbury to play Hampstead and Westminster. It was ridiculously hot #globalwarmingisreal.

There was a minor issue…. we all turned up to play hockey but forgot to actually play. One moment of brilliance a lovely link up between Abbi and Vicki in front of goal reduced our deficit to 2-1…. then we decided that was enough, completely forgot how to play hockey and especially forgot which team we’re supposed to pass to.

Final score was a lot more than 2-1. Nic lay on the floor after one of them and after the oppo checked she was OK – she said “I’m just sad”….

We’ve moved on already. Next week a 4pm push back somewhere far away…

MOTM – Karen and Vicki, they seemed to remember to play more than the rest of us
DOTD – everyone else

WH&E M2 0 : 3 Osterley M2

A trip round the M25 for the M2s for a lunchtime pushback against an experienced Osterley. Calum stepping in for a debut at Centre Back, with a returning Piriyan and Ellis to the starting line-up.

A rough start with two quick Osterley goals from a quick free hit and a subsequent short corner, which was almost blocked off the line by Calum but for an unfortunate bounce deflected it over his stick, followed by a quick counter attack with some clever Osterley play to lead 3-0. Jonny pulled one back after a well worked passing move to go into half time at 3-1.

A solid half-time team talk led to a more invigorated Winchmore, with lots of silky passing from Tom and Theo, creating lots of opportunities and winning numerous short corners. This led to Winchmore getting their second from a crafty short corner routine between John Lappin and our scorer of the second, Jonny with four minutes to go.

Winchmore pushed hard for an equaliser with some commanding performances in defence and midfield, but a last-minute free hit slipped through a stick to an Osterley player 1v1 for a finish of 4-2. A well fought second half which deserved a draw against a technical Osterley side.

WH&E L2 2 : 6 West Herts W3

A pictorial report from the L2s this week…

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.