Week 22 Results – Big Wins for Men’s 1s & Ladies’ 3s

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Men’s 1s: 7-2 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Home)
(Dawson 3, B. Atkinson 2, Wade 2)

DAWSON LEADS NEWMARKET TO VICTORY

With the promotion charge all but over, skipper Matthew Holden took the opportunity to shuffle his pack and hand Will Frost his 1st Team debut, as well as giving young Ben Atkinson his first start. And they didn’t disappoint as Frost fed Ollie Wade on the run, who struck the ball straight at the keeper. As the ball rebounded, Atkinson was first to react to score his and the games first goal with a tap in from close range. 1-0.

It wasn’t long before Newmarket had scored their second as Josh Dawson raced past a static Lowestoft defender, with his trademark 3D skill, before striking the ball into the bottom left corner. 2-0.

The pressure told in the 25th minute as the navy and yellows went three ahead, with the clubs top goalscorer Ollie Wade drag flicking the ball into the top right corner. 3-0. Lowestoft responded well however, and piled the pressure on for the remainder of the half, but Newmarket held firm, down to some excellent defending by towns back four of Harry Bell, Jordan Newnes, Alex Andreou and Darren Jenkins.

But, 10 minutes later, Town got their 4th goal. Mark Pears slid the ball to the stick of Atkinson on the left wing, who burst past two Lowestoft players before taking aim from just outside the D and picking out Dawson at the far post to strike home. 4-0

Once the second half got underway, Newmarket wasted little time to make it 5-0, as Wade got his second through yet another short corner drag flick. The away side then managed to get a consolation goal in the 55th minute through a short corner of their own, which keeper Seth Bailey almost managed to save but only to see his save divert the ball into the goal. 5-1.

Two minutes later however and Frost was involved again, finding the unmarked Atkinson, with a sublime cross, in the centre of the D, to deflect the ball into the roof of the net. 6-1

But it was Josh Dawson who took the plaudits, completing his hat-trick by sprinting through on goal and striking the ball through the keepers legs to make it 7. Through some sloppy last minute defending however, the visitors managed to capitalise to add a second and ending the game at 7-2.

Men’s 2s: 0-4 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Away)

In stalwart goalkeeper Martin McCourt’s last game for the club, Town succumbed to a 0-4 defeat away to Harleston Magpies. Somewhat fittingly, the weather was decidedly Scottish for the duration of the match, the pitch being lashed with rain and wind throughout. The scoreline doesn’t really tell the story of the game as Newmarket missed a flick at 0-2 and had a dubious one awarded against them at 0-3, but the Blue & Yellow machine played well to a man and enjoyed the match as always. The Division 5 victory parade goes marching on.

Men’s 3s: Friendly – 2-1 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Home)
(H. Frost 2)

Newmarket M3s rounded off their first season with their 13th win of the campaign, 2v1 over Cambridge South 4s. Newmarket were missing 3 or 4 players through injury and call ups and our first half showing reflected this with a disjointed performance, where South looked as likely to score as Newmarket.
Fortunately Newmarket struck first when Henry Frost crept in at the back post to tap home. HT 1v0 to Newmarket.
In the second half Newmarket looked a lot better, they regained their shape, passes became more accurate and the defense solidified. The game was increasingly played in Souths half and the when the second goal came it was no more than they deserved. It came via the stick of Frost again who again deflected home from close range. South pulled one back with the final shot of the game, but it was too little too late.
It has been an outstanding first season for the Mens 3s with 13 wins from their 20 games. The team came together with the aim of nurturing youth and giving them experience before passing them up through the teams. To this aim we have been a great success with 6 youngsters starting in the 3s before stepping up to play for the higher teams. In addition we have put in a league campaign that saw us very unlucky to miss out on promotion and have nurtured and maintained an excellent team atmosphere through out.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs St Neots 1 (Away)
(L. Evans)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-5 loss vs Cambridge City 4 (Home)

Ladies 2s, another match that has flown by without a win but we stayed strong against City 4s and challenged them when they became tired and out done, there was still no goal that came from this but plenty of opportunities as we carried the ball towards their D, with the score being 3-0 at half time we realised we were lacking in communication and formation, City had messed with us but with a stern talk at half time we were back on thinking terms. Graceful, elaborate and delicate, there was some great passing up the line and running by Olivia Haste and Laura Excell who committed themselves to the game and with Laura receiving man of the match. With the final whistle blown and the defenders standing in position for a short corner there was no way that the ball was going in the back of the goal, with the keeper Jersey Bennett living up to expectation the shot was defended and the game was over with the final score of 5-0.

Ladies’ 3s: 4-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Smith 2, Excell, Dryland)

Saturday saw the girls take on Ely 3s. The ladies were buoyed from their game the previous week and hoping to carry that spirit on into this game.
The game started well for Newmarket, with good possession, passing and positioning. But as in previous weeks, the goals were hard to come by, despite plenty of opportunities. The stale mate was broken after a series of back to back short corners.
The ladies went into half time 2-0 up and were pleased with their performance.
The second half start well, with sub Gabi on pitch now, and a few other team changes. Newmarket continued to dominate play. A further two goals week to be had out of the second half. One notably for Jane Dryland, her first of the season.  The others were 2 for Laura Smith and 1 for Laura Excell.
Man of the match went to Sophie Bell again for her outstanding play at right back.
Teddy was awarded to Laura Excell for missing a perfect baseline cross ball.
Next week sees the ladies away to Cambridge South to play their 3rd team at 3pm.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Ely City 2 (Away)

Juniors: Tournament at Ely City Hockey Club

The Juniors attended a tournament this weekend. U10s entered 3 teams and competed in 6 competitive matches against teams from March and Ely. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves playing with mixed results across the teams.

The U13s entered 3 teams, 1 boys team and 2 girls teams competing in matches against Ely, St Ives and March. The prospect for the future is bright for Newmarket Hockey Club who see the last junior training next Sunday 10-11.30 for their end of season matches and awards.

For photos of this event, make sure to check out the Junior section in our Galleries area.

Junior Update – Matches vs Cambridge Nomads

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Great morning with the juniors playing their second matches of the season against Cambridge Nomads. Over 25 children representing the club in U13 age groups and winning some of their matches, well done to them all and thanks to all the coaches and helpers. If anyone fancies giving hockey a try then it’s on Sunday morning 10.10-11.30 for the juniors, Ladies are Tuesday 7.30 – 9pm and Men are 7-8.30pm at the leisure centre.

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!

Claire
Junior Coordinator

Junior Summer Hockey 2016

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Dear Junior Member,

I am pleased to tell you that we have managed to arrange some junior summer hockey which will take place before adult summer league on Wednesdays from 6.30-7.30pm starting on 8th June for 6 weeks through until 13th July.

The plan is for the sessions to be as game based as possible with lots of small sided matches. We hope to organise teams and play some competitive mixed hockey over the 6 sessions but this will depend a bit on the number and age range of players attending.

The cost will be £10 for 6 sessions (to be paid upfront) or £2 per session.

As this is the first time we have offered summer hockey for juniors we dont know how popular it will be so we would appreciate you letting us know in advance if you plan to attend. This will enable us to plan the sessions accordingly and organise staffing. Please email us here.

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.

Many thanks

Claire
Junior Coordinator

Juniors – 2015/16 End of Season Report

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Newmarket Hockey Club held their last junior training session of the season on Sunday 20th March at Newmarket Leisure Centre, with players aged 4-13 years enjoying some fun games and activities before the presentation of the annual end of season awards.
The junior section of the club has developed at a pace this season, with numbers attending weekly coaching growing from no more than 20 back in September to a regular 45, organised into the following age groups: U13, U10, U8 & U6.

The job of choosing the 2015-16 award winners was left to the coaches of the various age groups and there were some difficult choices to make, particularly in terms of most improved, with all of the players showing great progress throughout the season. Awards were presented to following though:

Star Player:
U13: Oliver Brown
U10: Millie Hansgate
U8: Jack Baker
U6: Kaiden Wood & Erin Bailey

Most Improved:
U13: Rebecca Marsh
U10: Alex Aitken & Romilly Findley
U8: Isabella Means & Sofia Worrall-Wood
U6: Poppy Frampton & Cosi Booth

Best Attendance:
U13: Henry Donkin
U10: Megan Malone & Amy Colins
U8: Melanie Benedikz
U6: Poppy Frampton

We have had a really good season and have been delighted by the numbers attending weekly coaching, all of the players have shown real improvement in their skills and game play. A particular well done to all of the award winners. Next season we hope to get more coaches involved and helping out with Sunday morning sessions so we can offer further age groups and get even more children playing hockey; they are the future of our club.

For more information visit www.newmarkethockeyclub.com or email juniors@newmarkethockeyclub.com

NHC Juniors vs Thetford Juniors – Tournament Report

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Newmarket Hockey Club Juniors have enjoyed a great season, with numbers attending training on Sunday mornings at Newmarket Leisure Centre doubling over the last 6 months. The club have made developing the junior section a priority for this season and are delighted to now have over 55 junior members, with players coached in age groups of U13, U10, U8 and U6.
Earlier in the season, all of the players enjoyed some friendly matches when the juniors from Ely and Cambridge Nomads visited Newmarket, but with fewer members then and less playing experience they found the going tough. They learnt from this though and, with the commitment they have shown to training, they have come on leaps and bounds since.
So, last weekend was a bit of a milestone when the U13 and U10 players their first competitive matches, travelling to Breckland Leisure Centre to take on Thetford Hockey Club Juniors.

The U13 squad, made up of girls and boys, played 7-a-side hockey on half a pitch. Playing together for the first time, the team played some fantastic hockey to record a convincing 8-2 victory.

The U10 teams played the England Hockey “Quicksticks” 4 a-side game, and with Newmarket fielding three teams and Thetford two, this enabled a round robin competition with all teams getting to play each other in quick matches of 5 minutes each way. All of the matches were contested in a great spirit with some impressive play and lots of goals giving the onlooking spectators something to cheer about. Newmarket Jockeys were the inform team on the day though, winning all 4 of their matches to finish as winners ahead of Newmarket Yellow, who won 4 out of 5 matches. In 3rd was Thetford 1 followed by Newmarket Blue in 4th and Thetford 2 in 5th.

This weekend is the last session of the season for the juniors, with some fun activities and games planned for all of the age groups before the presentation of the annual end of season awards. If you are interested in finding out more or joining NHC Juniors next season, you can check out the club website at www.newmarkethockeyclub.com or get in touch via email at juniors@newmarkethockeyclub.com.

Squads:
U13 Team


Georgia, Lucy, Annabel, Rebecca, Oliver, Felix, Hugh, Grace, Olivia, Henry & Victoria.

Newmarket Yellow


Megan, Sam, Alex A, Isabella & Millie.

Newmarket Blue


Hugh, Jack, Bridget, Tyrii & Lily.

Newmaket Jockeys
Toby, Alex, Alana, Romilly & Katie.

Thetford Junior Tournament

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Great morning with the juniors over at Thetford playing our first competitive matches. The U12s won their match convincingly and the three U10s teams in the photo also won most of their matches!! Good morning all round!

Thanks to everyone who helped.

Claire

Junior Coordinator

Junior Fixtures – Sunday 13th March

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Dear All,I just wanted to confirm arrangements for this coming Sunday 13th March.

Our youngest players will train at Newmarket Leisure Centre as normal with Vicky Benedikz and Peter Booth taking the U6 group and William Wilson and Dave Worrall leading the U8’s.

The U12 squad and three U10 teams will be playing in some friendly matches against Thetford Juniors at Breckland Leisure Centre, thankyou to everyone that has confirmed their availability. Final details below:

Where: You can find the club address and a map to the pitch here.

When: 10.15 meet for a 10.30 start. We will be finished by 12noon at the latest.

What to bring: Stick, gum shield, shin pads, drink.

What to wear: NHC polo shirt & navy/black shorts/skirt/bottoms. Plus warm clothes to wear whilst not playing. We will provide all players with yellow hockey socks to wear on the day.

If you have any problems on the day you can contact me on my mobile at 07736 458012.

Finally a reminder that the following week, Sunday 20th March will be our final Sunday morning session of the season with some fun activities and games planned for all age groups plus followed by the presentation of our end of season awards.

Thanks and I will see most of you in Thetford on Sunday.

Claire
Junior Coordinator