4 October 2016

- Christmas Party 2016/17 – Details Now Available

Attention all members! The NHC Senior Christmas Party for the 2016/17 season will be at the White Hart Hotel in Newmarket on the 17th December, at 7pm.

This year the event will include a three course meal, dancing after dinner and most importantly fancy dress!

The price is £22 per person and this should be given to Social Secretary Loren Davenport, along with menu choices, ASAP. The menu can be seen in the image below:

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30 September 2016

- Week 3 Fixtures – Men Face Bury St Edmunds

Newmarket Men’s 1s:  Away to Bury St Edmunds 2 (12:00)

Newmarket Men’s 2s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 3 (13:30)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: Friendly – Home to Bury St Edmunds 7 (15:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: Away to Royston 1 (13:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: Home to Huntingdon 1 (12:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: Home to Cambridge South 2 (10:30)

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: Away to Cambridge South 3 (10:30)

As always, all supporters are welcome!!

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25 September 2016

- Week 2 Results – Victory for Ladies’ 4s in Ely Derby

Newmarket Men’s 1s: 6-7 loss vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Wilson 3, Atkinson 2, Shepperson)

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 0-5 loss vs Norwich City 5 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 1-1 draw vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs Long Sutton 1 (Away)

A slow start saw Newmarket concede a couple of early goals as Long Sutton put the Newmarket defence under a lot of pressure. Newmarket then got into the game and created a few chances of their own but they couldn’t convert. Sue Bullimore in the Newmarket goal then pulled off a fine save from a penalty flick, but unfortunately she couldn’t stop Long Sutton from scoring their third goal. In the second half Newmarket upped their game with Beth Wombwell setting Lydia Evans up who created space for a shot on goal, only for it to come back off the post. Newmarket then had a few short corners and again they were unlucky not to score. Rebecca Barnes who has moved up into the 1st team played a fantastic game and, as a result, was voted player of the match.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Horncastle 1 (Home)
(Haste, Kelly)

Captain Zoe Bailey was immensely encouraged by the L2s squad that played at home vs Horncastle 1 on Saturday 24/9/16.
They were not deterred by two early opposition goals: flying strikes by unmarked players. Newmarket tightened up their marking and defence linked well with mid field to transfer the ball to Horncastle’s D. With determination Olivia Haste was last to touch the ball before it clipped off a Horncastle defender to put our first goal on the score card.
Horncastle quickly retaliated, earning and scoring from a short corner but once again, Newmarket dug deep and Hannah Kelly brought the scoreline closer 3-2
The rest of first half saw even play, neither team dominated. This was continued for much of the second half too. Sharp marking, good channelling and fast breaks all being features of the game. Newmarket could sense an equaliser but sadly after Jazz Wombwell and Phoebe Peacock both headed to the subs bench with injured feet, Horncastle capitalised with a ball struck with some lift from the top of the D that keeper Jess Boyle couldn’t quite get to.
The final score was 4-2 to Horncastle, Newmarket L2s are gelling together, gaining confidence and keen to improve on this week’s performance.
Next week they face Huntingdon 1, again at home.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 1-3 loss vs Ely City 2 (Away)

This week the Ladies 3s headed to Ely for the second game of the season. With a full squad consisting of goalie Jersey Bennett, Rach Pegg, Jane Dryland, Mel Podd, Steph Haslop, Kayleigh Whitehead, Janie Harrington, Sophie Bell, Laura Exell, Laura Smith and Charlotte Abbersteen – the team had to battle hard throughout the 70 minutes.
With an unlucky first half to the game, the yellows went down 1-0 as Ely managed to get a goal.
At half time it was a time to boost up the energy and try to get back up.
Not long into the second half Ely made it 2-0. With the decision to change formation, this created a better game for Newmarket, with a stronger midfield consisting of 4, Sophie Bell, Laura Smith, Janie Harrington and Kayleigh Whitehead, every individual had an awesome 15 minutes, leading to the two forwards Charlotte Abbersteen and Laura Excell taking the opportunity given and made great play together, Charlotte made the run taking the keeper on, who dived for the ball, however Charlotte managed to get round and hit the ball across to Laura’s stick who was in a great position and smashed it into goal making the score 2-1.
With chances for Newmarket to score again, it just didn’t come together despite the hard work of the team.
Ely then scored again making it 3-1.
Man of the match went to Steph Haslop which was thoroughly deserved, who made great defensive play keeping the back line strong, along with Jane, Mel and Rach, all working as a great team.
Next week the team face Cambridge South 2s at 10:30 at home, all support welcome.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 3-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Asker, Atkinson, Le Maire)

After what can only be described as a ‘several bottles of wine consumed’ week, Newmarket played hostess with the mostess on a sunny Saturday morning to local derby rivals Ely City. With the Newmarket 3s also playing Ely away, the girls knew going into the game that there would not be any unfairness with players. After gaining first pushback (2 out of 2), Newmarket dominated possession from the off. Some great work between Ellie Carr, Sophie Kelly and Jess Farrow upfront the ball soon found its way into the attacking 23 and the first short corner of the game soon followed. Unfortunately, Newmarket’s hard fought efforts were unrewarded and Ely soon found possession. Ely’s possession was soon taken back however by some spectacular defending from Millie Howe, Gabi Asker and Milou Ottolini in the midfield, leaving skipper Jess Boyle standing in goal wishing she had bought a newspaper with her to read as yet again Newmarket found their way into the attacking D with another short corner in their midst but yet again, no goal! As things started to become tenser than a gripping episode of Eastenders, the score ended 0-0 as the half time whistle finally blew.
With not much criticism at the half time team talk, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for at least 1 goal in the half. As soon as the ball left the centre spot, Newmarket were straight on to Ely wanting that ball, and it was won spectacularly! With some great 1-2 passing between Ottolini and Asker, the ball again found its way into the attacking 23. A great send in from Carr scraped past the Ely defenders and snuck its way to an awaiting Asker who finally put the ball where it belonged! 1-0 Newmarket! With the heads of the Newmarket players now held very high, things soon took a turn for the worst as Ely managed to somehow sneak their way past the midfield and the defence of Jess Allen, Helen Atkinson, Vicky Benedikz and James Atkinson towards keeper Boyle. As the ball managed to sneak past Boyle towards the goal, if it wasn’t for Allen getting back onto the post to defend, the score would be a draw. However, some fantastic Man of the Match worthy play from Allen saw the ball go off the sideline instead of in the goal (phew!). Once again as Newmarket found possession through J. Atkinson, a great run down the entire length of the pitch without getting tackled once saw the ball into the attacking 23. A sneaky 1-2 pass between Ottolini and J. Atkinson gave Atkinson his first goal of the season for Newmarket, making the score 2-0! With 15 minutes left to play, supersub Le Maire managed to net the 3rd goal as skipper Boyle whooped for joy at not only her first victory as Ladies 4 captain, but her first home victory as Ladies 4 captain, putting Newmarket Ladies 4’s mid table after just 2 games.
Man of the Match was awarded to Jess Allen for some fantastic defensive work. Next week the Ladies 4’s are away to Cambridge South 3 at 10:30.

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18 September 2016

- Week 1 Results – Winning Starts for M1s, M3s & L1s

Newmarket Men’s 1s: 4-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Away)
(Wade 2, Dawson, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s got off to a winning start in their first game in Divison 3NE this week. The team began slowly and soon went a goal down to a soft penalty flick to Dragons, but pulled the score level on the stroke of half time with a magnificent drag flick into the top left hand corner by Ollie Wade on his Town return. Newmarket improved after the break and quickly took the lead with a Josh Dawson strike, before Wade added to the scoreline with a well taken penalty stroke of his own. Dragons hit back from yet another stroke despite the best efforts of Scotland Over 50s International Martin McCourt who made some outstanding saves, but Mike Skelton put the result beyond doubt when he broke into the opposition ‘D’, played the ball off a Dragons stick and into the back of the net. Notable was an excellent performance by Ben Shepperson who also made his Town return, but Man of the Match went to McCourt for his huge contribution between the Newmarket sticks. DOTD was awarded to Simon Harrington – a lesson for all younger players here, if you decide to karate kick an opponent then at least make sure you don’t miss!

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Bell, Hosegood)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 2-0 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Home)
(Evans, H. Frost)

An excellent team performance capped off by a first senior goal for youngster Henry Frost. Man of the Match went to William Frost.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs Bourne Deeping 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 5-2 loss vs St Ives 2 (Away)
(Fox, Logan)

Newmarket travelled the A14, most of us narrowly missing the traffic chaos from a lorry accident to face St Ives on their ground.

It was in some respects a predictable result: St Ives are always well drilled, ruthless attackers with a sharp eye for a short corner. They scored quickly and Newmarket were forced to make positional changes early on, moving Angel Fayers, whose Newmarket years have been “upfront”, deep into defence, to use her vision and powerful strike to release the ball to our waiting forwards. It was from one of these passes that Hannah Fox and Emma Lankfer took the ball up the right flank and used short passes to beat St Ives defence and send in our first league goal of the season, the score sitting at 3-1. However St Ives came straight back and forced Jersey Bennett to test out her new keeping kit for speed and agility and by half time 2 more goals were scored by St Ives.
The customary St Ives second match ball was required. Newmarket had been well directed by Steph Howard and Jazz Wombwell from the back, but an advantage played ball had ended up sky high and in the hedge. Shortly after the new ball was brought into play, Newmarket made a fast break and Jess Logan drove towards the circle, St Ives’ goalie came out strongly, buying her defence some time to run back but Jess retrieved the ball from the goalie’s pads, beat the defenders just off the goal line and saw in Newmarket’s second goal, already a fifth of the total the team scored last season. Captain Zoe Bailey has promised chocolates when last year’s total is surpassed.
Man of the Match votes were shared between Steph Howard, Jess Logan and Jersey Bennett.
Next week Newmarket 2s are at home to Horncastle to continue their quest for points, goals and chocolate.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 3-3 draw vs Cambridge City 5 (Home)
(C. Wombwell 2, Excell)

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 0-4 loss vs St Neots 3 (Away)

Newmarket 4 travelled away for their very first league game ever this week to Longsands to face veterans St Neots 3. With a full team of 11 prised and ready to take up their latest challenge, and a welcome return of Helen and James Atkinson to the helm, Newmarket started game with first pushback. With some great work up front from Ellie Carr, Emily Fairweather, Millie Howe, Gabi Asker, Darcy Keates and Jess Farrow, Newmarket began to find their way into the attacking 23 and with some great passing into the D, unfortunately it was unrewarded as St Neots managed to claw the ball back from Newmarket’s grasp. With the back line of James Atkinson, skipper Jess Boyle, Sarah Ganiford and Jess Allen (making her debut for Newmarket) waiting eagerly for the ball, and goalkeeper Helen Atkinson on her toes ready, unfortunately St Neots managed to sneak a goal in from a reverse flick which should not have belonged in 4NW(S). Saints then also managed to sneak another goal in before half time, leading into the half time whistle 2-0 up.
With some courageous words at half time from Boyle and some helpful tips and advice, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for a goal or 2! Again with some great passes between the mid and forwards, and some fantastic running from Carr, Newmarket gained full possession in the attacking 23 with at least 3 or 4 attempts on goal which unfortunately couldn’t be put into the back of the net. When St Neots did make a reappearance in the defending 23, keeper Atkinson made some spectacular saves, which considering it was her first game back in god knows how long, were worthy of a bottle of champagne in my eyes! However, St Neots still managed to sneak in another 2 goals before the full time whistle blew, leaving the final score of the first game of the season at a 4-0 loss to Newmarket.
But (and this is a big but) the score line does not reflect on how the girls played one little bit! Everyone fought for their rights to be playing, and everyone played with 110%. For the first league game of a brand new team, I couldn’t be more proud of how the girls played and how dedicated they were to the cause. Man of the match was well won by Emily Fairweather who showed some spectacular play throughout the entire game despite getting walloped on the ankle by a rogue ball. Dick of the day was awarded to Sarah Ganiford for knocking out St Neots star player (so effectively could have been MoM worthy as well!).
Next week Newmarket take on Ely City 3 at Home at 11:00. All support is indeed welcome to help cheer on the first ever home game for the girls. #blueandyellowmachine

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15 September 2016

- Christmas Party 2016/17 – DATE CONFIRMED

Date for your diary – the NHC Christmas Party 2016/17 will take place on Saturday 17th December this year. More details to follow!

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7 September 2016

- Match Teas Update 2016/17 – The Cherry Tree

Dear Club Member,

We are pleased to announce that with immediate affect, the Club has a new arrangement for post match teas. They are from now on to be held at The Cherry Tree pub.

Address: 117 Exning Road, Newmarket, CB8 0EL
Tel No: 01638 495051

The pub is a couple of blocks from the leisure centre and will be putting on teas after our matches. They have a private room that we will be using for this purpose.

As this is a new partnership, we would really appreciate it if all of our members could lend this their support and make an effort to go to teas. In general, members are expected to attend teas anyway, so please let your Captain know if you are unable to come.

For Captains: Please do not pay The Cherry Tree for teas as they will be paid directly by the Club Treasurer.

With best regards,


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6 September 2016

- Membership for 2016/17 Season

Newmarket Hockey Club bids you a very warm welcome to the 2016/17 season!!

Training is well under way for both the Men’s and Ladies’ sections.

Please see the Welcome Pack for the up-coming season here: This contains lots of useful info, so please do give it a read.

It’s now time for the paperwork and fees bit. Please can all members complete a membership form, which you can download here. The form has changed slightly in terms of the information that we need to collect from you. We must have a form for every player, regardless of how long you have been at the club, as an insurance requirement.

Please can you start to get your Subs for the year in too. The details are as follows:

Subs are to be paid to your membership officer. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Newmarket Hockey Club’. Cash in a sealed envelope with your NAME on it please!

Seniors (18 and over): £100.00
Student (Over 18 and in full time education): £75.00
Juniors (13 to U18 yrs): £55.00
Juniors (U13, includes Polo Shirt and Socks): £60.00
Social Membership: Donation

Goalkeepers: Active Goalkeepers who provide their own complete goalkeeping kit will be exempt from subscription for the year, at the Club’s discretion.
New Players: All new players have 4 weeks to pay the relevant subscriptions, but cannot play league games for the Club until they have joined the Club.
New members who wish to play in the men’s or women’s teams will also be subject to a one-time sponsorship subsidised fee of £40 to cover the cost of playing kit. This amount should be added to the total subs fee due.
Players who do not pay their subscriptions on time will be subject to an additional £20 fee. We therefore urge all members to pay on time to avoid this penalty. Seniors who wish to attend training on a regular basis but not play matches are still obliged to pay their full yearly membership subscription fee.

Kit: Order forms for kit and payments are also to be handed into the membership officer. A kit order form will be made available shortly.

Mel will be at Ladies’ training every week, and also at the start and end of Men’s training weekly. Mel will also be at the games this Saturday and at the Club Open Day on Sunday 11th September. If you could please print and complete your membership form and put this in an envelope with your Subs and your name on it, that would be greatly appreciated. The deadline to have your subs in by is 30th September.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks in advance for your co-operation.


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6 September 2016

- Suffolk Cup 2016 – Ladies Emerge Victorious

Suffolk Cup Competition – Sunday 4th September, Culford School (Bury St Edmunds HC home ground)
After an inspiring Olympic win from the GB Ladies Hockey Team, Newmarket Ladies’ 1s got their first ‘gold’ of the season with a tournament win in the Suffolk Cup competition. After a very successful pre-season campaign, the team now head confidently into the new season. Playing five teams from around the County, Newmarket were relatively unknown to their opposition – however, the side managed four wins and a draw to take the tournament top spot. Results were convincing as they won 6-0 against both Ipswich East Suffolk and Ipswich Hockey Club.There was also a 3-0 win against Framlingham Ladies and 3-1 against Felixstowe Ladies. The drawing match was against Bury St Edmunds Ladies, where Newmarket were dominant throughout and managed to score shortly after half time. On the final whistle Bury were awarded a short corner and produced an incredible drag flick goal in to the top left hand corner to get a share of the points. With the season starting on the 17th September the team are excited to be pushing for a top four league finish. Anyone who is interested in supporting, playing or getting involved with the club should please go to www.newmarkethockeyclub.com for more information.

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4 September 2016

- Club Welcome Pack 2016-17

The Club Welcome Pack for the 2016-17 season is now available! Including information for new players, codes of conduct, details of club contacts and a letter from the Chairman, the NHC Welcome Pack is a must-read for all members old and new. So why not head on over to our Documents page, download the .pdf file and find out more about the club.

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2 September 2016

- Club Open Day 2016 – Sunday 11th September

We are delighted to announce that the our annual club open day will take place on Sunday 11th September from 12:00 – 4:00pm at the Newmarket Leisure Centre astro. This event is organised as part of HockeyFest 2016 and will include mixed matches, junior coaching, refreshments and a BBQ. As always, the club day is open to all comers, members and non-members, young and old, seasoned veterans and first-time players. So why not come down, join in the fun and find out about the Blue & Yellow Machine

Club Open Day Flyer

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