The under 12’s boys (plus one girl) went to Hitchin very early this morning and should very proud of their performance. They won 2, drew 1 and narrowly lost one.

3rdDecU12sThey scored 3 goals, well done Cameron (2) and Theo (1). Team defence John, Jamie, Kirsty and Alex only conceded 1 goal in total. Tom and Vinny attacked with gusto and the teamwork was fantastic. Thanks must also go to Guy Chapman for organising the team and keeping them motivated and all the parents for their support.

Finally, being part of a club is all about commitment, our kids showed it in spades today, one in particular deserves a special mention, Kirsty. She played in this mornings tournament then when she heard the under 10’s might be short was more than willing to help out, she then shook the collection bucket for good causes round Enfield in the parade of light.

A tough afternoon for the U10s playing in the Herts junior league at Hertford today.

3rdDecU10sThey were mistakenly put in Pool A against all the strongest teams, instead of the usual Pool B – Hertford probably seeking revenge after our men’s 2s beat them yesterday!!! However after being well beaten in the first game by Hertford A, they battled back tremendously earning a fine draw with Harpenden, before narrow defeats in the final two matches against St Albans A and Blueharts A.

Great performances from Harriet in goal, William and Kirsty in defence (who took three big hits on the foot!), Liam, Ben, Robbie and Emily in midfield, and Zafar playing upfront. It would have been very easy for their heads to drop after the first game, but I’m so proud of how they fought back in the remaining games. Well done all.

U10s Tournament @ Southbury Leisure CentreBonfire night, and WHE Hockey Juniors were the hosts for the first round of the U10 Herts Junior League, featuring 10 junior teams from the local area.

There was lots of advanced planning and hard work put in as this was the first time WHE have hosted the tournament. The result was a well organised enjoyable event, run from the sand-filled astroturf pitch at Southbury Leisure Centre.

WHE Hockey Juniors played two teams, which was another first and both teams did us proud!

The A Team came 3rd overall, won 2, drew 1, Lost 1.
The B Team, of less experienced players, showed great skill and were unfortunate not to win a game. The match practice they gained will prove invaluable.

Roll on the next tournament! WHE Hockey Juniors hosts the U12 Herts Junior League on Sunday 21st January 2018.

Pool A: We can safely say that all involved with the A side on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The A’s played extremely well as a team which was great to see and by the last game started to show signs of understanding the importance of using the whole pitch, not something they are really used too. All the performances were too good to pick any one player out.

As I commented on the day – we played as well if not better in the game we lost as we did in the games we won, which hopefully proved to the A’s that a good result doesn’t always mean you played well, just as much as a bad result doesn’t mean you played badly.

Overall – Fun was the winner and hopefully we inspired a few watching what can be done while still be competitive.

Nick– A Team Manager

In Pool B, a less experienced Winchmore Hill & Enfield B faced a tough group with regular foes Blueharts B, Broxbourne, Hertford and Letchworth. The team were unlucky to come out on the wrong side of a tight opening match with Broxbourne, going down by a single goal and we could easily have snatched an equaliser or even won having dominated much of the match. Blueharts B, Hertford and Letchworth proved to be bigger and stronger, and were worthy winners of the other games, despite great commitment and battling defence from our boys and girls.

Great performances throughout the Winchmore team, including Ben, William, Jack and Arran for tireless work and good interplay in midfield / attack; Grace for great marking and positional play on the right side; and Emily and Harry who took turns in goal as well as battling hard in defence.

This was the first tournament for most of the team and a great learning experience which will stand them in good stead for future matches. Well done all.

Dom – B Team Manager

There was lots of support for all the teams, with plenty of encouragement and positive shouting from the sidelines. Comments about the day from parents and supporters included: “the kids played their little purple socks off!”, “great organisation”, “fantastic effort”, “Keep up the good work everyone, without this effort clubs soon perish.”

Thanks go to Charlotte Gonella, Lisa Jobson, Gemma Luckman and Lorna Robertson who organised and managed the tournament. Abbi, Erin and Mirei, who helped in the running of the day and collating the score sheets. Bethany McNamara and Alex for assisting with umpiring. Nick Smith and Dominic Smith for coaching the As & Bs, with the help of their assistant coaches Sonya and Callum. And finally, to the parents who helped manage the refreshment stand, which raised over £60 for the Junior Section.