6 October 2017

- Juniors – Membership, GK Coaching & Matches!

Dear Juniors,

We hope you have enjoyed the first couple of training sessions of the new season.

This Sunday we have a specialist goalkeeper coach, Dan Brown joining us from 10-12 to offer some keeper coaching to anyone who would like to give goalkeeping a go. The session is open to everyone including complete beginners and we would love as many of you as possible to give it a go, it doesn’t mean you have to commit to playing in goal but why not give it a try!

We are planning to place a kit order next week so if you could please try to remember to bring subs and fully completed membership forms along to training this Sunday. A membership form can be downloaded here.

We have our first matches of the season coming up on Sunday 22nd October away at Thetford Hockey Club. There will be games for all age groups, with match times as follows:

U8’s  10-10.30
U10’s 10.45-11.15

U13 boys 10-10.30
U13 girls   10.45-11.15

Please confirm your availability for these matches with Vicky on Sunday.

Further dates for the season including fixtures and GK specific training sessions are on the club website here

See you all on Sunday.


Junior Coordinator

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6 October 2017

- Week 3 Fixtures – Pitch Problem Causes Home Cancellations

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)

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1 October 2017

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

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)

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)

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30 September 2017

- Week 2 Fixtures – Long Trips for 1st Teams as 2s Face IES

Men’s 1s: Away to Ipswich 2 (14:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Away to Dereham 1 (12:00)

Men’s 2s: Home to I-ES 5 (14:00)

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23 September 2017

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

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)

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.

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22 September 2017

- Week 1 Fixtures: L1s Face Magpies in Opening Div 1N Clash

Men’s 1s: Home to Norwich Dragons 3 (14:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to Harleston Magpies 2 (12:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to Harleston Magpies 5 (12:00)

Men’s 3s: Friendly – Away to Cambridge South 4 (10:30)

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22 September 2017

- Junior Training Resumes for 2017/18 Season

Dear Juniors,

A reminder that Junior Hockey restarts this Sunday 24th September from 10-12noon.

10-11am U8’s & U10’s
11-12noon U12s & U14s

Age groups are aligned to academic school years (i.e. based on a player’s age on 1st September) as requested by England Hockey.

Dates for the entire season including fixtures and GK specific training sessions are on the club website here

Junior membership is £60 for the season and includes a club polo shirt and socks for all members who have paid their fees by 1st October. A junior membership form can be downloaded here. Included on the membership form this year is the option to order a junior hoodie, this is at an additional cost of £15 (£18 for an adult size).

Please bring completed membership forms on Sunday and hand them into Vicky who will be doing registration or Mel the club membership secretary who will also be there.

Further information on junior membership is available in the new Junior Welcome Pack which can be downloaded here.

We currently have space for new members so if you know of anyone who is keen to give hockey a go please feel free to pass on these details.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.


Junior Coordinator

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22 September 2017

- Level 1 Umpiring Course at St Ives

I am pleased to say the course is now on the website available for bookings :  http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=296&sectionTitle=Find+a+Course
The deadline is Saturday 24th September or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14. 
Details of the course are as follows:
Sunday 1st October
One Leisure Outdoor Centre, California Road , St. Ives PE27 6SJ
Course Format
Option 2
Kishor Shah, 01480 492461
Mark Jarvis, 07890 026503
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.
Please send any queries to umpiring@englandhockey.co.uk

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21 September 2017

- East League Hockey Update

Respect of Umpires – Think about it please: As this weekend is the first weekend of the new season it is appropriate to issue a reminder to all clubs and players of their conduct towards umpires. Feedback from the ERHUA, County HUA’s and club umpires from last season is that dissent was at an all time high both from players and from the sidelines. Put simply this has got to stop. We all know that player within our team who from the first whistle chats to the umpire but we never tell them to be quiet and we all know that guy on the sidelines who think it is a bit of “banter” to shout the odd smart alec comment when a decision goes against our team. As we, including the umpires, are part of the hockey family it is time to bring this behaviour under control. We encourage all clubs to remind their players and supporters of their responsibility under the England Hockey Code of Conduct, and yes it applies to all players and all supporters both before, during and after the game. We can’t play the game without umpires, they volunteer to give their time so that we can all play the game and we MUST give all umpires a positive level of support and encouragement. Please remember that, where proved, penalties for umpire abuse from both England Hockey and the East League will always be strong both against the individual and the club concerned so the choice is in your hands, ignore it or play the game to let everyone enjoy it. 

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10 September 2017

- Newmarket Journal – Club aiming to build upon their recent successes

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