Newmarket Hockey Club won the Braintree Mixed 7-a-side Tournament last weekend. Drawing their first game, the team tasted defeat in their second but subsequently went on an epic run of form and took maximum points from their next seven matches, beating hot favourites Chelmsford 2-1 and finally clinching the trophy in dramatic fashion on goal difference.
The squad: Dan ‘Mr Brown’ Brown, Di ‘Lady Di’ Farrell-Thomas, Grace ‘MFS’ Evans, Josh ‘J 2 the D’ Dawson, Jordan ‘Zee German One’ Newnes, Ollie ‘I’ve Played Prem B’ Wade, James ‘Tap Water’ Atkinson, Lydia ‘Lydj Meister’ Evans, Hayley ‘#nofilter’ Stoneman, Minnie ‘Mrs Brown’ Eve.
Starting on Tuesday 11th July at 7:30pm, and running for 8 weeks, we will be offering pre-season fitness sessions for all senior hockey players to ensure that all NHC teams are in the best shape possible heading into the new season.
This year is an exciting & important year for both the men & ladies, and so it goes without saying, that anyone already playing in the 1st Teams, or is pushing to be there, should try and make all the sessions, or at least as many as possible.
However, as mentioned above, ALL senior players are welcome to come along.
There will be a small charge for the entire 8 week fitness session, which will hopefully be in the region of £5.00, depending on numbers.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am pleased to attach the following to enable you to order any new playing kit you would like for the upcoming 2017/18 season.
Please note if you are a new player, the club will subsidise your first kit order form. The cost to you will be £40 for the shirt, shorts/skort and socks.
If you are an existing player, the price for any replacement kit is as per the attached price list.
We have a tight deadline to ensure the kit is here for the start of the season as there is a 45 day ordering time. Therefore ALL orders MUST BE with me by 21st July to ensure kit arrives in time.
Should you wish to order anything please can you email me your requirements, sizes etc and if you are an existing player and ordering a replacement shirt your team number. Can you also confirm a contact telephone number.
Please note NO kit will be passed on without payment being made ahead of this.
Should you have any questions please either email me on email@example.com or give me call on 07957 226348.
The dates for the start of our pre-season training sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 8th August – 7:30-9:30pm
Wednesday 9th August – 7:00-9:00pm
These sessions will continue weekly thereafter.
More news to follow regarding exciting developments in the format of training next season. Stay tuned!
Proposed Divisions for the 2017-18 season: The proposed divisions for the 2017-18 season are now published. To see them please click on the Pre-season tab on the left hand side of this page and you will see they can be accessed by clicking the link towards the top of the page. As previously written there have been significant changes particularly to the EML SW quadrant due to clubs leaving, reducing the number of teams and also an imbalance in relegation from higher divisions. Also in the EML NE quadrant we are looking to pursue and follow a proposal agreed with a number of clubs in the bottom divisions. In the EWL NW quadrant due to number of entries there is now a Division 5NWS. Obviously if there are any questions please send them to the East League Secretary Neil Liversedge (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance. Fixtures, based on these leagues will now be prepared and we hope to have them available by 5th July.
Summer League teams and order of play:
Hey folks, hope you are all raring to go for Summer League 2017.
Teams are below.
Notes for the first night:
Bring your Money!! £20 cash
We are not playing with goalies this year.
Therefore: All normal hockey rules apply, but as we don’t have goalies, there are no direct strikes on goal allowed, and no short corners. The intention of this is to keep it safe for youngsters and new players. Any goals scored from hard hits will be disallowed, and a 16 will be taken. Infringements in the circle will have a long corner awarded. There will not be any P-flicks etc, as players without goalie kits cannot safely defend against these.
There are to be 7 players on pitch, and three of them must be ladies, at all times.
Teams: This year we have 7 teams. This is to cater for the numbers, not to make the teams too big, and we have a longer time slot to accommodate additional games (7pm to 9pm). Some nights you will have 3 games, and a minimum of 2 games per night.
NB: if you thought that you were playing and don’t see your name, please let me know ASAP and I will get you into a team. If you have not let me know up to now, but would like to play, similarly, please contact Mel Podd.
Newmarket Hockey Club – Summer League – 2017 – Your Questions Answered.
What is the idea of Summer League?
Summer League is intended to be a fun and relaxed hockey tournament, with mixed teams of mixed ability and ages. The aim is to meet other Club members from outside your team, guide some of our youngsters along, have fun, have a run around, score a few goals. We aim to accommodate all.
When is it?
Starts Wednesday, 7th June and runs for 6 weeks, until the 12th of July.
Starts at 7:00pm and will run until 9pm. **new time!
You don’t need to be able to make every session, just be sure to let your captain know. If you need to leave earlier or can only arrive later, this is fine too. Teams will have additional players to accommodate this.
How do I get involved?
Please let Mel Podd know. Please can you either send me a Facebook message or email me on: email@example.com. If you would like to play as a Goalie or are available to Umpire, please can you also mention this.
Who can take part?
Summer league is open to all Club members, Juniors over the age of 13 yrs, back-to-hockey players, friends, family, parents, and new-comers who would like to try hockey for the first time in a fun and relaxed manner.
We are looking for: Players, Juniors, Goalies, Umpires, Spectators and helpers.
Who is running Summer League and can I help?
Summer League is run by Mel Podd. There is a lot to do to bring you Summer League and any help will be appreciated! They are a variety of tasks and if you would like to be involved in the running of a tournament, please contact me.
How much does it cost?
£20 payable in cash to Mel Podd on the first night. Please don’t forget to bring your money! It is £20 flat rate regardless of how many times you can attend.
What should we bring?
Usual Hockey stuff: stick, shin pads, water. Gun shields and Shin pads are mandatory for all under 18s. If you don’t have a hockey stick, we have some spare ones, please let Mel know, and we will make sure you have one. For juniors, please be aware of the weather, we can expect rain and hopefully some sun, bring relevant items for this.
How do the teams work?
This is dependant on how many people confirm that they would like to play. There are to be 7 players on pitch, and three of them must be ladies, at all times. If we have goalies, this will count as a player. Players can be borrowed from other teams if you are short on the night, provided this is agreed by your opposition’s captain. The teams will be assigned shirt colours.
Captains will be elected by the team on the first night, and will be your contact point for the remainder of Summer League. Please let them know if you cannot make a week, cannot get there for 7pm, or need to leave early etc.
What are the Rules?
The games are played on half pitches. There will be two games on simultaneously.
Games will be umpired by two umpires, provided by teams that are not playing at the same time, or by an umpire who is not playing.
If we don’t have goalies:
All normal hockey rules apply, but as we don’t have goalies, there are no direct strikes on goal allowed, and no short corners. The intention of this is to keep it safe for youngsters and new players. In the event that we have 2 or more goalies who would like to play, see below. Any goals scored from hard hits will be disallowed, and a 16 will be taken.
Infringements in the circle will have a long corner awarded.
There will not be any P-flicks etc, as players without goalie kits cannot safely defend against these.
If we have goalies:
All normal Hockey rules apply. We will have strikes on goal, we will take short corners.
It will be the umpire’s discretion to implement these rules, and all umpire decisions will be final.
Who Umpires the games?
Each team is required to provide an umpire for the game after you play. This is an ideal opportunity to give umpiring a go if you haven’t before. Captains will be required to arrange/provide these for the next game to commence. You can borrow one from another team.
What are Captains required to do?
Arrange the team on the night ready for play. Be the team contact point. Arrange an umpire as required for games when you are not playing. Make sure that the score from games played gets to Mel.
Any queries, please contact Mel.
Looking forward to it!
This year’s Newmarket Hockey Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 31st May at 19:30. The venue for this event will be The Racing Centre, Fred Archer Way, Newmarket.
Ladies’ 1s: 3-1 win vs Long Sutton 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, L. Evans, Thomas)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-4 loss vs Huntingdon 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 3s: 0-9 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)
Saturday saw the ladies with an early start heading to Cambridge to take on Cambridge south 2s in the rematch, which would be their final game of the season.
The ladies knew that South would be coming hard at them, and they were not wrong. The game equally started strong for both sides with Newmarket battling and fighting for every ball. The score was held at 0-0 for the first 20 minutes of the game, with every Newmarket player absolutely giving 100%.
Although South managed to put 3 into Newmarket’s goal by half time, they were evidently shaken by how difficult Newmarket were making it for them, through good tackles and interceptions.
Captain Mel Podd and coach Colin Seakins were very pleased with the teams performance against a side that were determined to put away as many goals as possible on the day.
Man of the match went to Callie Plumb for her epic midfield play.
The team were able to go home with heads held high, knowing the despite the score line, we had made them work hard for their win.
It was a great end to the season for the Ladies’ 3s.
Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs St Neots 3 (Home)
Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)
(J. Atkinson 2)