Another really busy weekend's hockey last week with 13 games on Saturday and six EH Cup games on Sunday - with players, coaches, umpires and managers the weekends hockey involved organising 250+ people over two days. This is all done by our band of patient and commitment volunteers and we thank everyone involved for enabling so much hockey to be played and to the club staff and Kerri too.
The Men's 1's were on fire on Saturday with their largest win for a good while with a 9 - 3 victory against Formby with goals from Jack Entwisle (3) Akeem Rudder (3) Luke Foo (2) and Connor Miller (1) - with a pre 7am start for the trip to Whitley Bay for a 12noon push back lets hope the lads are as goal happy up in the North East this weekend. Win's for both Ladies 2's and Men's 2's who remain unbeaten rattled in a mere 7 goals v. Didsbury Northern. Both Men's teams are sitting nicely in second in their respective divisions. The other high scoring game of the day was a 6 - 3 for the Men's 6's v Bowdon 7's .
Another hard trip on the road for the ladies 1's who headed to Durham University and played some fast and flowing hockey during the game and made strides forward bouncing back from the Flyde game. AJ had an outstanding game in goal and the Blues, and with two blues goals disallowed, and flick conceded the 4-0 loss didn't reflect the game and again demonstrated in the National League how narrow the margins can be. The girls go again this Saturday at home to Belper 12.30pm push back and will be pulling all the stops out for their first home win of the season.
EH Round up
Sunday was our first big EH Championship Sunday of the season with four home games and some great Sunday support for all teams.
In the knock out competitions the Women's Over 45's turned on the champagne hockey to beat Driffield 6 - 2 including a hat trick for Sarah Impey. Progressing now to the last 16 of the Tier 1 competition the girls have another home drawn on Sunday 25th November v local rivals Alderley Edge. The newly formed Men's Over 40's had a hard day at the office drawing 2 -2 with Chester but won the day in the shoot out coming out over 5 - 3 winners. They have also got a home draw on 25th November v South Wirral. Not such a good day for the Under 18 girls who came out the losers verses and impressive Bowdon side in Tier 1, and have drawn Flyde away on 18th November in Tier 2.
In the round robin regional championships the Under 14 girls drew 1 - 1 with a well organised Carlisle side after nearer snatching the winner from a Penalty Corner in deadline but it wasn't to be. The Boys Under 16 , coached by Akeem, built on the performance in the last group game and came our 3 - 0 victors over Wlmslow. The Girls Under 16's came out on the wrong end of the result away to Alderley Edge. There was disappointment for the Under 14 boys who should have been away at Harrogate in Tier 1 but sadly the opposition have withdrawn from the competition.
We go again this week with the Men's Over 50's starting their campaign for more silverware and a third final in three seasons - the men push back at 1.01pm this Sunday v Wakefield. This game is followed by the Ladies 1 v Wakefield in their Tier 1 EH match at 2.30pm (to be played at Timperley as Wakefield had no pitches available). Come down and support the EH teams on Sunday. There will be a minutes silence before each game.
FIH Pro League Club's Priority Tickets
Who can have missed all the marketing about the forthcoming FIH Pro League ! As part of the Hockey Family, there is a priority booking window that gives THC members priority access to tickets before the general public. Ideal Christmas presents !
Yes we know it's all down South, but if you've not watch international hockey this is a great opportunity to get up close to the action and see some of the best teams in the world thrash it out in this new format competition. Its a great opportunity for hockey players and families of any age. If you've not got tickets already through the ballot here's another chance to get your hands on some ! The Argentina Double Header available only to the Hockey Family during this window. Otherwise it's sold out!
Follow the link to apply for tickets - the priority window expires 29th November 2018
Pro League Priority Booking Window - THC
Find out more about the pro league http://www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2446§ionTitle=About+the+FIH+Pro+League
Minutes Silence's will take place at 11.00am before the start of academy training and before each of Sunday's matches.
Find out a little more about the Club's Memorial Board for members who lost their lives in WWI
Finally, this week our thoughts also go to our Treasurer, long time member and hockey Vice President, Malcolm Tucker whose Mum sadly passed away this week. Our thoughts are with Malcolm and his family.
Updated 01:00 - 10 Nov 2018 by Shelagh Entwisle