With the Astro still frozen and covered with a layer of snow, it is not safe to play on and unfortunately we have had to cancel junior training on 9th February 2012. Hopefully the weather will improve and we will be able to train next week, please check this site before to ensure next weeks training isnt cancelled before you leave home.
To say the day didn’t start too well is one way to describe our trip to East Grinstead.
Everyone was told to meet at 07.15hrs at Newmarket Leisure Centre, all arrived with one key ingredient missing, the bus. Many phone calls later and the realisation that the bus company had us down for a 9.30 collection meant that we had a bit of time to kill.
A hockey match was organised, girls V boys on the astro, a close fought game saw honours end even at 2 a piece. The bus eventually arrived at 09.00, 35 children and 7 adults boarded and set off for East Grinstead, late but in high spirits. We arrived at Grinstead at 11.30 and tucked into a hearty lunch. We then ventured down to the pitch and had an hour long training session, what a pitch, a water based astro that was a delight to play on. It was soon time to hand the pitch over to the big boys, East Grinstead v Loughborough Students. Seventy minutes of spectacular, fast paced hockey with Grinstead emerging 4 – 3 winners. After the game we were called onto the pitch to chat to the players, get autographs and have our photo’s taken with the team. For more than half an hour, both teams stayed and obliged every request, signing, posing and talking. Everyone agreed what a great day they’d had and the hospitality shown by East Grinstead was far more than we could have ever expected. Well done to everyone who attended this memorable trip and a huge thank you to East Grinstead for having us
Newmarket Juniors held their own club mini’s tournament on the 27th February. Mini’s hockey is 7-a-side hockey played on half a pitch to normal hockey rules, although we played 5-a-side to suit the number of players attending. A great afternoons hockey was enjoyed by all that participated. Six teams played in two leagues in games that were 7 minutes each way. The afternoon ended in a hard fought, very close final. The eventual winner was the team of Grace, Louis, Megan, Nathan and Zoe.
Representatives from England Hockey will be coming to the Junior training session on the 19th May 2011 to present the club with its ClubsFirst Certificate. They plan to take pictures to publish on the England Hockey website. Everybody welcome to attend to show appreciation for all the hours of graft that Sarah Drane put in to give Newmarket Hockey Club this fantastic accreditation.
Newmarket juniors travelled to Saffron Walden on Sunday 14th November 2010 to play in a small 7-a-side tournament. Three teams travelled to the away fixture and a great time was had by all. The U9’s mixed played 3 games and although they failed to win a game, their heads never dropped and they all agreed afterwards that they would love to do it again. The U11’s mixed squad faired slightly better by drawing two of their games and losing the 3rd. The U13 mixed squad suffered the same fate as the U9’s, they were slightly more dissappointed but still held their heads up high.
All the juniors should be very proud of their performances and look forward to the next tournament in December against Bury St Edmunds.