Match Teas Update 2016/17 – The Cherry Tree

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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,


Membership for 2016/17 Season

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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.


Suffolk Cup 2016 – Ladies Emerge Victorious

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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 for more information.

Club Open Day 2016 – Sunday 11th September

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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

Men’s Pre-Season 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that men’s pre-season training for the 2016/17 campaign will begin on Wednesday 10th August, this coming Wednesday. Training will run from 19:00 – 20:30. This year we are fielding three men’s teams, providing game time for everyone and more competitive selection for the 1st and 2nd XIs. Anyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see a great turn out as we prepare our skills and fitness for the coming months.

Junior Summer League 2016

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Dear Junior Member,

Junior Summer Hockey starts this week!!

Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm on the astro turf at Newmarket Leisure Centre for 6 weeks through until 13th July.

Don’t forget your payment of £10 for 6 sessions to be paid upfront in cash or by cheque. Please make cheques payable to Newmarket Hockey Club.

Shinpads and gum shields must be worn as normal.

New members are welcome to take part in summer hockey but they will need to complete a membership form so we have the necessary medical info and emergency contact details. Please complete this and bring it with you on the night.

Many thanks and look forward to seeing lots of you on Wednesday!

Junior Coordinator

Summer League 2016 – Teams

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Hi Folks,

** S U M M E R  L E A G U E ** starts this Wednesday at 7.30pm, 8th June. Please remember to bring your £20!! Payable on the first night.

Summer League Teams:

Goalies:  we will have goalies rotating for the games on one of the pitches.
Claire Spiers
Jersey Bennett
James Atkinson

Please find the teams as follows.

Grace Evans
April Atkinson
Hannah Rowley
Georgia Atherton
Hayley Burton
Abigale Farrow
Jordan Newnes
James McTaggart
Andy Baker
William Frost
Rachel Hogg

Calli Cannon
Hayley Stoneman
Holly Woods
Bronnie King
Jess Halford
Callie Plumb
Chris Leggett
Harry Bell
Will Hosegood
Nathan Atkinson
Rachel Pegg
Rebecca Bunning
Sophie Bell
Phoebe Peacock
Helen Hansgate
Laura Smith
Brooke Le Maire
Katie Russell
Louis Hrebeniak
Ollie Wade
Rory Podd
Seth Bailey
Drew Wood
Kerry Alderson
Vicky Beeton
Olivia Haste
Sarah Ganiford
Sam Brooks
Ellie Carr
Sophie Kelly
James Atkinson
Mungo Prentice
Jonny Bunker
Chris Evans

Lydia Evans
Bea Jones
Hannah Kelly
Georgia Beau Rolls
Jane Dryland
Magda Atkinson
Emily Russell
Will Wilson
Peter Booth
Henry Frost
Harriett Briggs
Jonny Grimes

Di Thomas
Lou Milner
Jess Boyle
Vicky Benedikz
Milou Ottolini
Grace Morris
Darren Jenkins
Ollie Trent
Ben Atkinson
Adrian Atkinson
Hannah Fox
Matt Holden

If you don’t see your name and thought you were playing, please can you contact me ASAP on:

Each team will need a captain, please let me know who this is going to be on the first night.

Don’t worry about getting a game, we have lots of students writing exams during the first two weeks, and lots of other people have mentioned that they cannot attend all sessions.  So it is unlikely that you will have a full squad at any time.

Please remember that shin pads and gum shields are mandatory for all under 18s.

For full details of Summer League, please see:

Look forward to seeing you then.  Lets play some hockey!



Senior Summer League 2016

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** S U M M E R     L E A G U E !!**

Summer League is nearly here! Please be sure to let Mel Podd know that you want to take part. Please find all the details below.

Newmarket Hockey Club – Summer League – 2016 – Your Questions Answered.

When is it?
Starts Wednesday, 8th June and runs for 6 weeks, until the 17th of July.
Starts at 7:30pm and will run until 9pm.
You don’t need to be able to make every session.
How do I get involved?
Please let Mel Podd know. Please can you email me on: or you can send me a Facebook message. If you would like to play as a Goalie or are available to Umpire, please can you also mention this.
Summer league is open to all Club members, Juniors over the age of 13 yrs, as well as any friends, family or new-comers who would like to try hockey in a fun and relaxed manner.
Who can take part?
Summer league is open to all Club members, Juniors over the age of 13 yrs, back-to-hockey players, as well as any friends, family or new-comers who would like to try hockey in a fun and relaxed manner.
We are looking for: Players, Juniors, Goalies, Umpires and Spectators.
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.
Who is running Summer League?
Summer League is run by Mel Podd and Dave Worrall. Mel is collecting money, taking names, doing the teams. Dave will run the fixtures and results. Any queries can be directed to either of them.
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, gum shields, shin pads, water, sun-screen. Gum shields and Shin pads are mandatory for all under 18s, please bring them. If you don’t have a hockey stick, we have some spare ones, please let Mel or Dave know, and we will make sure you have one.
How do the teams work?
Teams will be split dependent on what team players were in last year and made as fair as possible, with the intention to meet new people. How many team, will be dependent 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. 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.
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 (2 or 4):
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.
Goalies will stay on pitch, and will stay in their goal. If we have two goalies, then for the games played on that pitch, both teams will have goalies. At half time, goalies won’t swap, so both teams have the benefit of both goalies. If we have 4 goalies, this will apply to both pitches.
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.
What are Captains required to do?

  • Arrange the team in terms of pitch positions and subbing.
  • Be the team contact point.
  • Arrange an umpire for games when you are not playing.
  • Make sure that the scores from games played gets to Mel!

Any queries, please contact Mel or Dave.
Looking forward to seeing you there!!