9 December 2017

- Week 13 Results – Cancellations All Round for NHC

Unfortunately all games were postponed this week due to frozen pitches around the leagues and at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

Please see below for a list of the postponed games. These will be rearranged on a new date later in the season.

Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 3s (Away)
Men’s 2s vs. Harleston Magpies 5s (Home)
Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 6s (Away)

Ladies 1s vs. Harleston Magpies 2s (Away)
Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City 5s (Home)
Ladies 3s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away)
Ladies 4s vs. St Neots 4s (Home)

Next week sees the final round of fixtures for NHC before the winter break.

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9 December 2017

- Junior News – Great Performances at Junior Tournament

Dear Juniors,

Well done to all of the juniors who represented the club last Sunday in the tournament against Cambridge Nomads, St Ives and Saffron Walden and thanks to all of the volunteers that helped out on the day to make it a fun and successful day. There was some good hockey played and several winning scorelines which is even better! All age groups are definitely getting better at match play and this is something we will continue to build on in the New Year as we prepare for further tournaments later in the season.

There was a photographer from the Newmarket Journal at the tournament on Sunday so you might want to check today’s newspaper for a report and hopefully a few photos.

A reminder that this weekend is the last session before the winter hockey break. We want to encourage a festive theme so please come in your Santa hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas jumpers or with your hockey stick decorated with tinsel! There will be prizes for the best dressed! We then start back on Sunday 14th January with our first tournament of the New Year on 4th February at Cambridge City.

Club hoodies -a few people have asked about ordering a hoodie, we probably won’t put in another order until January now but if you would like a hoodie we need a completed order form and payment please. Download a form here. 


Junior Coordinator

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7 December 2017

- Week 13 Fixtures – Ladies’ 2s Face City at Lunchtime

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 3s (Away) -12.15pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Harleston Magpies 5s (Home) – 3:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 6s (Away) – 10:00am

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. Harleston Magpies 2s (Away) – 12:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City 5s (Home) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. St Neots 4s (Home) – 11:00am

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3 December 2017

- Week 12 Results – Hat-Trick for Kelly in L3 Victory as Brown Notches First Senior Goal

Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs I-ES 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson)

A sub-strength Newmarket Men’s 1s suffered a heavy defeat at home to I-ES 2s this weekend. With no goalkeeper available, club photographer Mike Bennett stepped into the breach and rolled back the years with a great performance between the home posts. Despite the best efforts of the men in yellow and blue and watching Head Coach Adnan Zakir, Town soon slipped behind and found themselves struggling to keep pace with the superb I-ES pass and move game. Several goals later, I-ES began to change tack and utilise a quality ball over the top to find the young and pacey forwards running in behind, finding equal, if not greater, success.

The home side’s cause was not helped by Mike Skelton succumbing to injury at half time after trying to run the knock off in the first half, although he was replaced by able deputy Ben Atkinson off the bench. Soon after, Newmarket went down to ten after Matt Holden went down with an apparently serious achilles injury – hopefully this will turn out to be not as bad as first feared. After being further reduced to nine by means of a 10-minute yellow, the floodgates opened and the home backboard began to rattle, courtesy in part to some clever drag flick routines following penalty corners.

While perhaps not deserving of a nine-goal negative margin, Town demonstrated uncharacteristic poor ball retention and certainly missed the countless key players unavailable for selection or out injured. Striker James Atkinson was able to bash home a late consolation for the hosts, but the final whistle blew with the score 10-1 to I-ES.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Norwich Exiles 2 (Away)

It’s a rum bunch that get exiled from Norwich; and so the Men’s 2s found themselves in a battle on Norwich Exiles home turf (in Norwich).
Several regulars down, freeing Cuba would always be tricky, and so it proved. Done well, that particular cocktail is a pick-me-up; but this time, maybe a bit heavy on the lime. Heavy on the sour notes then, but a beer tab afterwards is a cure for many ills, and so it proved, as the Exiles showed their worth off the pitch.
It was the Exiles who struck first (and not just Newmarket ankles). The Newmarket backboard sang once, twice, thrice. 0-3 at half time.
Heads up lads and at ’em. One back via Andreou’s reverse stick strike (flash fella), but the end was nigh and down went the 2s.
1-3 loss, but just a blip. And the boys turned out later for the perrenial Christmas dinner. Some of them scrub up quite well, and not a Cuba Libre in site, although there was a tasty blue number your correspondent tasted (half the one Hayley knicked – sorry) – “Div1” – clearly not brought on by the Mens side of the club.
For something that makes more sense, don’t ask your correspondent. He wasn’t there (at the match).
The Men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 3-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Away)
(Brown, Evans, Walker)

Youngster Oliver Brown was on target for the yellow and blue machine as he notched up his first ever senior goal in a 3-1 win, other goals flying in from Jordan ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Walker and Chris Evans as the 3s banked an impressive derby victory at Culford.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-5 loss vs St Ives 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s were unfortunate in defeat to a quality St Ives side. Di Farrell-Thomas struck early for Town, but alas it was not to be as the away team ran out 5-1 winners.

Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Home)
(Fox, Tydeman)

Hannah Fox and Hayley Tydeman were on target for a battling Ladies’ 2s side that went down 4-2 to Cambridge Nomads in the half eleven push back of the day.

Ladies’ 3s: 4-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Away)
(Kelly 3, Swann)

Saturday saw the ladies travelling out to St Ives to take on their 4th team.
St Ives broke the scoring early, with a goal 6 minutes into the game. Newmarket then settled into play and with some great joined up passing play, started generating some opportunities for themselves. Rewards game quickly as the ladies notched up two goals in quick succession for Sophie Kelly, created via the pincer moves of Soph Kelly and Lucie Swann being on the left and right post. Jane Dryland slipped into center mid for the game, which paid off for the team, as she generated opportunities backed and supported by mids: Callie Plumb and Charlotte Abbesteen. Played was further boosted by the addition of Megan Pithers for the day, who arrived full of energy and drive, linking up with Lucie and Sophie Kelly.
Half time and the ladies were 2-1 up, and feeling pleased with their performance. The second half started with St ives equalizing quickly. Play again though settled down for town and they were able to regain control of the game, and generate attacks. Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly notched her third for the game with a shot on goal that crawled so slowly that no could believe it would actually make it. Lucie Swann added another to her tally, with some great right wing play, and the reward for her effort to always go for every ball.
Newmarkets defence put in a notable performance, and kept town in the game, with some great play from goalie Vicky Black, and defenders Helen Atkinson, Sophie Bell, Gabi Asker and Scarlet Coughlin.
Man of the match went to Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly, while teddy was shared jointly between Capt Mel Podd and Sophie bell for a clerical mishap and an expert level fall over.
Next week sees the ladies away to Huntingdon for the first of their back to back games, at 1pm.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
(Huntingdon Conceded)

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1 December 2017

- Week 12 Fixtures – Men’s 1s in Top of the Table Clash at 3pm

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. IES 2s (Home) – 3:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Norwich Exiles 2s (Away) – 2:30pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 7s (Away) – 10:00am

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. St Ives 1s (Home) – 1:15pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge Nomads 2s (Home) – 11:30pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. St Ives 4s (Away) – 11:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Home) – 10:00am

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27 November 2017

- Week 11 Results – Impressive Comeback from Ladies’ 2s as Men Continue Good Form

Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Away)
(Bell 2, Skelton, Wilson)

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Wood 2, Andreou, Donald, Harrington)

As St Andrew’s Day drew near, the mens 2s faced Lowestoft Railway, and none other than William Wallace (yes, 1297 and all that) got a nomination for man of the match. Lots of those though, and like the 1297 version, valiant effort, but beaten o the honours, this time by Pete Sargeant.
To the main news then: 5 to us; 0 to them. Donaldson 1; Harrington 2; Wood 1; Andreou (or did it deflect off Bunker’s stick) 1.
“That belongs in the national league” said Lowestoft after one of the goals: Newmarket back line to Lowestoft backboard in 8 seconds (honest – I was counting), via 7 Newmarket players. There’s skill in these sticks, for sure.
Special mention to our indomitable skipper, lion no less, on the left. What’s this? A cross to the top of the D; time; a view of goal; remember last week’s coach’s corner; or don’t; a swing (swipe/swish – call it what you will); a miss. The 1 in 100 was last week. He took the derision (friendly, of course) well.
Special mention (again) to our skipper, lion no less, on the left. What great work he does, on and off the pitch. But what’s this? He’s free on the left, in the D. The pass; the 1st touch (he remembered!); the goalwards glance; the 2nd touch (to be sure); the time; the space; the 3rd touch (to be double sure); the look; the time; the 4th touch; a 5th (to get a bit closer). How many touches were there before that shot? Your correspondent can’t really remember, but that wasn’t his goal. He did secure the honours though: entertainer (and numpty) of the day.
The men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Home)

Newmarket Men’s 3s went down 1-4 to Sudbury 4s at home this weekend, but a top class debut performance from young goalkeeper Eli Bailey ensured the score did not rise any higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs UEA 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 4-4 draw vs St Ives 3 (Away)
(Bailey, Fox, Haird, Logan)

25th November and the Ladies 2s take on top of the league St Ives. With a chill in the air we ladies were ready for the challenge and a challenge it was, the scoreline made for a very happy captain.

Keeping our form and moving as a unit allowed the ball to be passed from player to player with ease and speed. The first goal came from Hannah Fox guarding the P-spot and using her characteristic sweep to find the back board soundly within the first 10 minutes. Soon after, the second goal from nobody other than the captain herself Zoe Bailey, deftly deflecting the ball struck by Emma Russell-Price from a short corner routine, chipping the ball over the keeper’s kicker. St Ives made some substitutes and came back fighting, winning and scoring from short corners to bring the score to 3-2 by the end of the first half, as Newmarket started to lose their communication and their shape.

Starting the second half, we were ready to win, Sue Bullimore from her vantage point in goal, suggesting a slight change of positions, taken on board by coach, and this injected some life back into our attacks. St Ives scored once again so were 4-2 up but Newmarket dug deeper than they have done all season: Two more fabulous goals were put in the back of the net, one from Jess Logan and the equaliser from Sarah Haird (so far voted our goal of the season as it was struck from such a narrow angle, and singing in off the far post). Newmarket were so lifted by this, they pushed forward again as a unit, keeping the ball in St Ives’ half and won a short corner in the final 2 minutes of the game. This unfortunately did not meet with success.

At the final whistle the tight battle ended in a draw, breaking our losing streak of the last couple of weeks and though we did not move up the leaderboard, we are ready and full of confidence for next week.

Man of the Match was Jess Logan for being everywhere at break neck speed and Dick of the Day resoundingly awarded to Phoebe Peacock for clumsily dropping her stick during a tackle.

Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 4s: 0-7 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)

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23 November 2017

- Junior News – Cambridge City Tournament

Dear Juniors,

I hope you all enjoyed the matches and tournament at Cambridge City on Sunday. It was fantastic to have over 50 juniors representing the club and playing some good hockey. We certainly noticed an improvement in each teams performance match by match. The U12 boys did exceptionally well to win two of their games and draw the third. Well done to all that took part.

This coming Sunday is training as normal and then on 3rd December we have another junior tournament and this time we are hosting the following clubs at Newmarket; St Ives, Saffron Walden & Cambridge Nomads. Matches will take place between 12-3pm. Exact times will be confirmed next week once I have the final schedule. There will be matches for U8’s, U10’s & U12s (I will also sneak the few U13 players we have into the U12’s teams on this occasion).
If you could please confirm your childs availability for 3rd December with Vicky on Sunday so we know how many teams we can field.

Playing Kit -the majority of you should now have your new kit and hoodies. If you havent received this yet and havent already spoken to me about it please let me know. If anyone else would like to order a hoodie you need to complete an order form here and return it along with payment please.

Finally a reminder that now the weather has turned a bit colder to make sure you bring plenty of layers to training and wear gloves and a hat if necessary.


Junior Coordinator

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20 November 2017

- NHC Christmas Party 2017

We are delighted to invite all senior members to our annual NHC Christmas Party on the 2nd December at 7pm. We are also pleased to announce that this year will see a change in venue, The Tack Room.

The Tack Room, which is positioned within the grounds of the stunning new Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art, opened in 2016 and is run by the same team that are also behind the popular Pantry Fine Food Shop and Eatery.

The price per person is – £27.50

Dress code:
Men – Shirt/Tie and Trousers or smart clothes
Ladies – Dresses or smart clothes
(Xmas Jumbers are welcome)

Please make sure you see your Social Secretaries, Grace Evans & James Atkinson, or your captains before the Saturday 25th November.

This is one of the clubs most popular nights of the season and so we look forward to seeing as many of you, and your partners, there to celebrate Christmas together.

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20 November 2017

- Week 10 Results – Solid Home Return for 1st Teams as L3s Win Away

Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Skelton 2, Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a deserved 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Norwich City in the prime time pushback of the day. Town started strongly and soon found themselves in front courtesy of Mike Skelton – following some nice interplay down the left hand side, the ball was worked towards the far post where the ‘Dingo in the D’ smuggled home for 1-0.

Following a slight defensive reshuffle and a brief spell in the sin bin for Harry Bell, Newmarket struck again. Skelton found his way to the top of the circle once more and, brandishing his stick as if flipping a pancake, deflected home a delightful reverse effort that left the keeper rooted. 2-0 and Town good value for it.

Norwich, not to be disheartened, began to push forward and managed to pressure a number of short corners; however, Town stood strong and repelled all comers with goalkeeper Iain Robinson producing a couple of outstanding saves to keep his sheet clean come half time.

The second period was as filled with injuries as it was scrappy – City began to get carried away with vocalising their objections to the umpiring and focussed less on their hockey, although they did manage to sneak a goal back after a minor miscalculation from home keeper Robinson – he was playing so well that this actually caused Norwich’s centre midfielder to faint in surprise. The only other real incidents of note were another quality finish for the James Atkinson scrapbook, Louis ‘swing ‘n a miss’ Hrebeniak ignoring Chris Leggett, and Matt Holden falling over.

Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Dereham 3 (Away)
(Harrington 2, Donald)

Top of the league clash against Dereham 3s. 2 good teams. The ball bobbled and bounced on a flat, wet, skiddy pitch; and the battle was fierce. Missing some regulars; new faces, old strengths, and cool, calm heads. The back line built their wall and midfield engines purred; platform created, and front two (Buddha and the Pot Belly) did their boogie. How misfortune can strike a blow, and the bouncy pitch offered no favours, sending a decent shot off the top of a Newmarket stick: made it look better than it was. 0-1.
And did misfortune heads make drop? Not this team. Tiger awake and how the battled raged. Dereham were a skillfull bunch. But Newmarket too, and chances in abundance did come. No surprise then when the opposition defences were breached, first Donaldson, then Harrington.
When the opposition keeper was injured defending the fiercest of Beardon strikes, and left the pitch minutes later, some grumbling came. Why couldn’t they bring on their Premier B keeper? No, no: not the spirit. One of you lot put the pads on, or be kicking back. Kicking back they chose.
And how Dereham heads stayed high. Credit there. And James Atkinson in goal: heroics – no joke. Several brilliant saves in short succession to keep them out.
Now no coach will tell you to take a 1st time swing at a solid cross to the top of the D: there be fresh air numpty-ville. This time the in form Harrington connected; backboard sang; game over.
Great game. 3-1 win. The 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-2 loss vs Harleston Magpies 6 (Away)

Another weekend of endeavour, commitment and improvement for the M3s, sadly not reflected in the result, a 2v1 (Goal for John Benedikz) loss away at Harleston Magpies 6s. It has to be noted we are yet to play another development team this season and the youngsters have acquitted themselves with increasing confidence against far more experienced teams. Man of the match goes to James Atkinson for another string of fine saves and Oliver Brown has to have a mention for some fine runs that tied the older more experienced players in knots.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs Norwich City 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s gained a creditable 1-1 draw at home to table topping Norwich City 1s on Saturday. After a tight first period with little between the two sides, midway through the second half the ball fell to Hayley Stoneman in the City circle. Her shot cannoned off a Norwich defender and wrong footed the keeper, before rattling off the brand new backboard for 1-0 and sparking wild celebrations among the home supporters. However, City were to hit back soon after – a well worked short corner was brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell kindly for the away side to level the score at one apiece. Despite the eagerness of both teams to push on and perhaps crack home a winner, the final whistle blew soon after and sent City back home with a share of the spoils.

Ladies’ 2s: 1-4 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)

Another week and the ladies 2s have experienced another loss, this week to Royston with the final results coming out at 4-1.
The ladies started off strong with small and quick passes, looking to switch the ball to both sides of the pitch with Jazz Freed holding strong at the back as always, passing the ball wide to both Tania Parker and Sam Brooke, carrying the ball up the wing with the use of Tracy Cockerill, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox, this made the ball present in the D multiple times and really put Royston under pressure but it wasn’t enough as Royston used their speed to make quick breaks through mid-field and majority of defence. Keeper Sue Bullimore who stepped out well in the D, using her head/chin/shoulder deftly to keep the goals, if not the whiplash, bruising and astro burns, at bay; we had a chance to get sorted.
Going into the second half we were 1-0 down, our goal came from Hayley Tydeman who took a strike at goal on a short corner. With Royston scoring 3 more goals before full time, we held as well as we could and were able to break wherever we saw an opportunity but never managed to put the ball in the back of the goal.
Man of the match went to Jazz Freed, showing once again an impressive display of hockey and team work! Captain Zoe Bailey, absent from the squad this week, hopes that this core team, plus those returning from illness and injury will step back up the table this coming week.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-1 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Le Maire 2, Swann 2, Heslop)

The 11 ladies headed off to ely to take on their 3s. The game started poorly for newmarket as they were caught napping giving away an early short corner which ely converted.
Fortunately this was enough to wake the ladies up and saw them take control of the game. A short corner for town pushed out by brooke le maire to capt mel podd at top D held and slipped back to Brooke for her to slap in for towns first.
A second was notched up for le maire when town took a long corner played by stef heslop to mel podd at the baseline into the d and slapped in by brook
Town added their third for half when joined up play and passing between stef, scarlet and brooke, slipped into the Empty D by brook followed up by lucie to find the keeper mistakenly stopping the ball with her foot picked and played in by lucie.
Half time saw the ladies pleased with their performance and a slight positional swop for the second half.
The second half saw plenty more great play for town with lucie swann driving the ball along the right hand flank and into the D resulting in another one for herself and one that found stef heslop at top D for her to sweep in.
Man of the match went to brooke le maire for another Stirling performance. Teddy went go Georgia Atherton for her early shout for roasty of the year
Victoria black played her debut game in goal for the club putting in a great effort.
The ladies were very pleased with their performance as an 11 man squad working hard and recycling play.
Next week sees the ladies take on top table camb south 3s at home at 11

Ladies’ 4s: 2-3 loss vs St Ives 4 (Home)
(Unc. 2)

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16 November 2017

- Week 10 Fixtures – Four Tasty Home Clashes from 10am

Men’s 1s vs. Norwich City 4s (Home) – 3:00pm
Men’s 2s vs. Dereham 3s (Away) – 3:00pm
Men’s 3s vs. Harleston Magpies 6s (Away) – 10:15am

Ladies 1s vs. Norwich City 1s (Home) – 1:15pm
Ladies 2s vs. Royston 2s (Home) – 11:30pm
Ladies 3s vs. Ely City 3s (Away) – 12:00pm
Ladies 4s vs. St Ives  4s (Home) – 10:00am

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