Week 3 Fixtures – Pitch Problem Causes Home Cancellations

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Men’s 1s: Home to Norwich City 3 (13:30) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Men’s 2s: Away to Ipswich Cranes 1 (14:00)

Men’s 3s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 6 (15:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 1s: Home to Colchester 1 (12:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Cambridge City 5 (12:30)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Huntingdon 2 (10:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 4s: Away to St Neots 4 (10:00)

Week 2 Results: Late Drama Wins First Point for Ladies’ 1s as M1s Perform Away

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Men’s 1s: 5-1 win vs Ipswich 2 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Skelton 2, J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s put in a sublime performance away from home this Saturday to take home all 3 points and engineer a commanding scoreline. Without key defensive figures in Darren Jenkins, goalkeeper Iain Robinson and skipper Jordan Newnes due to Jenkins getting married (congratulations Dazzler & Emma!!), stand-in captain Chris Leggett could have been forgiven for thinking that a long afternoon was ahead for the boys in yellow and blue. In fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. Newmarket knocked the ball around superbly from minute one and created a number of opportunities before midfield wizard Mike Skelton finally drove the ball into the D and forced a defender to put through his own backboard to break the deadlock. The goals then began to flow and the makeshift backline of Mark Pears, Ollie Wade, Will Wilson and Louis Hrebeniak found themselves largely untroubled as James Atkinson and the superb Josh Dawson both struck. The fourth was a superb team move, Hrebeniak securing the ball from a Wilson jab tackle and working it right via Leggett to Matt Holden – the wisest man on the pitch did some “passing and dribbling and stuff, it’s easy really” before finding Skelton, who squared to Dawson for a simple reverse stick finish, capping off a fantastic team passing move. Ben Atkinson was superb down the left hand side and forced the final goal, another defender deflecting a Skelton shot over his own goal line as he spotted B. Atkinson arriving late. Ipswich were able to grab a late consolation goal past goalkeeper Seth Bailey who had made a couple of important saves early on when the game was still in the balance but found himself a spectator for the most part. The final word should go to the opposition keeper who was in top form and without him the score could quite easily have been far higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 result vs Dereham 1 (Away)
(Alderson)

In their second match of the season, Newmarket Ladies’ 1s faced Dereham Ladies 1st Team. It was a competitive match from the start as Newmarket, playing with energy, soaked up Dereham’s attacks and pushed forward to put their defence under pressure. Newmarket’s defence held strong as Dereham had numerous short corners and young goalkeeper Jersey Bennett made some crucial saves that kept the score 0-0 come half time. Newmarket went into the second half with a positive state of mind and had several attacks, but no luck on goal. Dereham finally made the short corners count with a drag flick from a short that was slipped right. Newmarket didn’t let their heads drop as they continued to push and won a short corner with seconds left of the match; only their second penalty corner all day. Newmarket’s Grace Evans broke the line early and subsequently received a green card and was sent off. With the final whistle now gone, Newmarket re-took their penalty corner: Faye Andreou slipped the ball to Hayley Stoneman, whose shot came back off the post and fell to Kerry Alderson who gleefully scooped it up and flung it into the back of the net in the most dramatic of fashions. With the final score at 1-1, Newmarket took home their first point of the season in division 1.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 5 (Home)
(Booth, Bunker, Harrington)

Week 1 Results: Winning Start for Men’s 1s as L1 Game Abandoned

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Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Atkinson 2, Wilson 2, Dawson)

The Men’s 1st Team got off to a winning start at home to Norwich Dragons as an early goal blitz saw the home side go 3-0 up within minutes.

Will Wilson struck first with a deflected effort and proved dangerous from short corners, swiftly rifling in his second goal from the top of the D and later forcing a great save from the visiting keeper. James Atkinson combined well with Mike Skelton in attacking midfield and was able to notch up his first soon after, capping off a superb team move and sending Town to dreamland. However, Newmarket were caught on the break twice within a few minutes as Dragons tried to get back in to the contest, but a brilliant save from Ian Robinson on his debut in the Newmarket goal and a late effort from Josh Dawson ensured the score settled on 4-2 at the break.

The second half was comfortable for the home side, with the only goal coming from a Wilson ball into the box which was superbly converted by Atkinson for his second. Notable were solid performances by Chris Leggett in the deep lying midfield role and Darren Jenkins at right back, ensuring skipper Jordan Newnes tasted victory in his first game as captain.

Ladies’ 1s: A-A vs Harleston Magpies 2 (Home)
(Match abandoned due to injury stoppage)

The Ladies’ 1st Team put in a great debut performance in Division 1N to find themselves drawing 0-0 on 43 minutes when an injury to a Magpies player caused the game to be stopped. As the player could not be moved it was necessary to wait for an ambulance to arrive, and thus the game could not continue after such a lengthy stoppage. This fixture will be replayed in due course.

Newmarket started nervously but swiftly grew into the game, gaining more possession and playing some great hockey at times throughout the first half. The home goal was rarely threatened and there were no huge chances for either side, save for a handful of short corners, and this theme had continued into the second 35 up until the stoppage for an injury to the shoulder of the Magpies player. We all at Newmarket Hockey Club wish the player involved a swift recovery.

Men’s 2s: 1-0 win vs Harleston Magpies 5 (Away)
(Donald)

Men’s 3s: 3-2 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Friendly, away)
(Booth 2, Benedikz)

The M3’s followed up on last weeks, goal fest with a 3v2 victory away to Cambridge South 4s. Captain Booth led by example knocking in another brace (Thats 5 in 2 matches, will anyone catch him before the end of the season?) and John Benedikz tapped in a third from a short to make it 3v0 before half time. There were more excellent performances from the youngsters Charlie Cummings, Oliver Brown, Fred Kirk and James Atkinson in goal along with a particularly strong performance from Rory Podd in the middle of the park, but this weeks MoM went to yet another debutant Chris Heslop for his strong defensive work.
A week off next week, then the league begins.

Goalkeeper Training for 2017/18 Season with Dan Brown

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Newmarket Hockey Club are very pleased to announce that goalkeeping coach Dan Brown will be running specialist GK sessions at the club for both junior and senior players this season. An ex-Newmarket player himself and highly qualified goalkeeping coach, Dan has since gone on to play at a higher level and we are delighted to welcome him back in a coaching capacity to share his experience and knowledge of the position.

Dates for GK training sessions are as follows:

Wednesdays (Seniors):
2017
13th Sep
27th Sep
4th Oct
18th Oct
1st Nov
15th Nov
29th Nov
2018
10th Jan
24th Jan
7th Feb

Sundays (Juniors):
2017
8th Oct
12th Nov
2018
4th Mar

Club Membership for 2017/18 Season

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Newmarket Hockey Club bids you a very warm welcome to the 2017/18 season!!

Training is well under way for both the men’s and the ladies’ sections. Please see the website for details of changes to training and we look forward to seeing you there.

It’s now time for the boring paperwork and fees bit.

Membership Form:
All members are required to complete a membership form, which can be downloaded from the here. We must have a form for each player every year for insurance purposes and to confirm that we have up to date contact details for emergencies.

Subs:
Please can you start to get your subs in. Your subs need to go to Mel Podd, in an envelope with your name on it please. They can also be given to your captain or the Men’s and Ladies’ Reps, Andy and Di. Subs must be paid by the 30th September and you cannot play for the club after this date if you haven’t paid. Please refer any queries regarding payment to Mel directly.

Cash or Cheques payable to ‘Newmarket Hockey Club’.

Seniors (18 and over) £100.00
Student (Over 18 and in full time education) £75.00
Juniors (13 to U18 yrs) £55.00

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 kit. This amount should be added to the total subs fee due.
Non-Playing Training members: 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 and complete a form.

Late Payment:
Players who do not pay their subscriptions on time will be subject to an additional £20 fee and will not be able to play for the club or attend training until resolved. We therefore urge all members to pay on time to avoid this situation. Please speak to me directly regarding any issues.

If you could please print and complete your membership form, and put this in an envelope with your Subs and your name on, that would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to Mel by message or email. She will also be at the Tuesday night training every week.

Thanks and all the best for a cracking season!!

New Senior Coaching Schedule for 2017/18 Season

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To reflect the promotion of the L1 last season, the coaching schedule of Newmarket Hockey Club has altered slightly:

Club pitch training will start on 8th Aug for L3, L4 at 7.30 – 8.30pm. L2, M2, M3 will be training from 8.30 – 9.30pm.
These sessions are planned and coaching goals are set. Please be warmed up ahead of start time to get full benefit from the session.

Pitch training for M1 & L1 will begin on 9th August at 7.00 – 9.00pm. The captains of these teams, or the appropriate rep, will be in contact with you if you are expected at this session. This will be ongoing throughout the season.

Preseason fitness training will continue on Tuesdays until 29th Aug.
L2, L3, L4, M2 and M3, who train on Tuesdays, will not be penalised if they continue at fitness over pitch training!

It is anticipated that M1 & L1, who are training on Wednesdays, will be able to cope with both fitness training on Tuesdays, and pitch elements, though we understand work/babysitters etc. may need some juggling. PLEASE contact your captain and keep communication up in this respect.

In September, M1 & L1 players will be approached to lend their experience and skills to pitch training on Tuesdays on a rota basis. A similar rota will be started for junior training which is expanding this year too. Players can learn much from other players and it is hoped the whole club will benefit from interaction across all training days.