December is upon us and we're on countdown the the festivities and the final couple of hockey weekend's before the Christmas and New Year Break ! Last weekend we had Nigel's Turkey's as match day sponsors, Christmas Tree sales are back at the club (take extra care in the bottom car park) the club's decorations are up and the posters are up for the annual TSC Festivities on Saturday 15th December!
Despite weather warnings and social media frenzies the worst winter weather in our life times has avoided the WA15 micro-climate and we've not lost any games to weather (keep doing whatever everyone is doing to pray and keep Jack Frost and Sally Snow off the pitches!). The Ladies 1's completed their IWHL games last Saturday and despite going down 3 - 0 to Loughborough Students showed real improvements on previous matches and go into the National League two month break with much to build on. All other senior teams have two more weeks of league hockey before the break, we've GMJHL tournaments and Badgers and Beavers game too so there's lots of hockey still to come.
The Men's 2s maintained their unbeaten run and stay top of NWHL Division 2 - with a break away group forming of the 2s, Flyde 1's and Wilmslow 2s heading the table. The Men's 1 drew 3-3 at Brooklands that saw them fall to fourth in North Premier with a big match this Saturday away at Deeside, sitting third, one point head of the Blues so it looks all set for a thriller out in the sticks of Cheshire 12noon pushback at Deeside HC.
The Ladies 2's made it back to back winds with a 3-2 win over Oldham and moved up to sixth in North Division 2 (SW) to stay in touch with the chasing group of teams and play top of the table Wilmslow 1's at home 2.15pm. The Ladies 5 nearly pulled out the come back of the day from being 3-0 down to come back to 3-2 against second in the table Sandbach and we're denied in the last play of the game in a penalty corner scramble to get the equaliser. The games was also a family affair for Men's 1s player Tom Davies as he took up the whistle for Sandbach team and had the joy of umpiring his Mum playing for the visitors ! Not cards issued or bad decisions by Tom guaranteeing him a quite week on the home front !
Road to Lee Valley rumbles on !
Last weekend saw another three teams through to the next round of the EH Championships with wins for the men's Over 40's v South Wirral 2- 0 and the Ladies Over 45's on fire with another goal feast and a 6-0 win over Alderley Edge and through to the last eight of the Tier 1 competition.
The Men's over 40's are back on the road on 13th January to play Deeside, the Mixed team had a walk over and they have a home draw on 20th January v Brooklands, and the Ladies Over 45's host Sutton Coldfield on the same day.
This weekend we've a double header away at Alderley Edge with the Men's 1's on at the Edge at 13:00 on Sunday 2nd December in the Tier 1 Championships followed by the Men's Over 50's taking on the #blackandwhiteattack at 14:30 push back in Tier 2. So no shortage of cracking games for the spectators and supporters this weekend.
Tuesday training will continue with the last session for all groups (including the academy sessions) on Tuesday 18th December and recommencing on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
Numbers have dropped off a little with the rain and colder weather and wind - just a reminder we carry on whatever the weather and will do whiteboard sessions in the clubhouse if the pitches aren't fit.
Sunday training (academy) - the final session before Christmas will be Sunday 9th December and restating on Sunday 6th January 2019
Growing funds to develop our facilities
There will be a focus on fund-raising for TSC over the next few weeks as we continue to raise funds at TSC to maintain, improve an develop our facilities. Grow a Tenner is back and will launch at 10.00am on Tuesday 11th December. There is a fantastic match funding scheme club members have donated to over the last two years. This year the funding available has been reduced so we need everyone up for contributing to make a diary note and get on line as soon as the scheme launches. We'll be sharing more information on how to do this next week as the funding pot of £100k is available on a first come first dabs basis and is likely to be allocated in the first day or so - so we need to act fast ! https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/grow-your-tenner
This year the funds raised are being ear-marked to invest in a more reliable and newer tractor suitable for use on the grass and ATP's. Hockey will benefit as the tractor will be used to clean and brush the APT's and help with leaf collection too .
An easy way to help raise funds is to drop a bottle, goodies a or pamper items off over the next two weekends, or mid week, as a donation to the Giant Xmas Tombola that will part of the festivities, and the main fund-raiser, on Saturday 15th December.
And finally this week we celebrated in Timperley Village last Saturday as part of the Co-op's Local Cause Thank You Events to thank local people for sharing their Co-op 1% with THC. Big thanks to Nisha Sathi for organising Tim, Perley and Academy players to hit the Co-op to say thank you for our £3250 donation to support funding growing our own volunteers. More local media coverage for THC and Tim and Perley which all helps get THC on the map and for more people to find out about us ! The eagle hockey fans who have tuned in the coverage of the FIH Men's World Cup from India will have noticed Olly the Turtle Mascot popping up on screen showing its not just in Timperley that Turtles love their hockey !
Updated 20:43 - 1 Dec 2018 by Shelagh Entwisle