The hockey is really hotting up now are we approach September and a mini heatwave ! Catch up on this weeks news, on and off the pitch !
Bank Holiday weekend opening
The Club will be open this weekend as usual but as in the past there over a bank holiday weekend the main gate will be locked at no peak times and when the club is closed in the day on Monday - please call the bar on 0161 980 4397 if the gate if closed when you arrive.
Please support the club staff during this period or walk or bike down to the club. There's cricket on Saturday and Sunday and the Men's 1's play Neston at 2.30pm on Saturday in a friendly - so why not pop down and can some rays and sport and a drink or two if you're not away ! The club will open at 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
On the pitch news !
We picked up our second piece of silverware of the summer on Sunday as the Women's 1s coming on top at the Cheshire Cup Finals with a 1 - 0 win against Wilmslow with a goal from Kiery Horne. It was great to have support down at Brooklands for the girls and to see some of our #growourown young academy players experiencing their first senior cup final - well done to Josie, Anna, Hannah and Phoebe. It was also good to see Kelly Burdett back playing and picking up player of the match after a long period out with a back injury - missing all of last season and showing the rewards can come following a lot of patience, hard work and commitment to get back playing. The win was just what the girls needed to set them up for the next phase of their pre-season preparation for Conference hockey in 5 weeks time.
The Men's 1s put on a great show for the crowd on Saturday coming out 10 - 2 winners v Chester in their Cheshire Cup Quarter Final. Lots of positives and good to see the goals rattling in - and lots to work on. Bouncing straight back on Sunday the 1's gave a really strong account of themselves in the Cheshire Cup Semi Final against a pretty full strength Brooklands Men's 1. Another good game for the spectators with a goal in each half securing a 2-0 win for Brooky - and eventual winners later in the day. Playing against National Premier Division opposition and a higher level intensity was again an ideal opportunity to test ourselves and build for the season ahead.
Friendlies and pre-season
Whilst the 1's have been clocking up the pitch time with pre-season friendlies from 31st August they'll be plenty of games for all the other senior players. Players should check Pitchero and What's App's Group's and update availability for 31st August (Men and Ladies 2/3's, 1st September (Ladies 3 - 5s), 7th and 14th September (men and women) to get some pitch time prior to the league starting on 21st September.
Next week (Tuesday 27th August) is the last week of pre-season training timings. From Tuesday 3rd September we shift back to our in-season training times so take advance of the final two hour session (all teams).
From Tuesday 3rd September Senior training times will be:
Club Training (men and women) 7.00pm - 8.15pm (please ideally get down for 6.45pm to warm up) Green Pitch
2/3's Training (men and women) 8.15pm - 9.45pm / 10.00pm Green Pitch. Coaches will be confirming invites to 2/3's training
1's Training (men and women) 8.00pm - 10.00pm Blue Pitch
Academy Tuesday training and groups to be confirmed next week.
Membership ...time to complete your new membership form and get paying !
Its time to get your TSC membership forms completed (attached) and handed into the Bar - further comms will be coming out this week to give more details. Everyone needs to fill in the new TSC Ltd form. Subs are also due and can be paid over the bar or via the website shop - https://www.timperleyhockeyclub.com/payments/category/membership
We will be loading up a final opportunity to pay by two installments on the website for those that sign up by 31st August - two payments will be taken in early September and early October. No Pay No Play will kick in from the beginning of October so make sure you complete your membership form (paper copies available from the bar) and get payment set up or made over the next couple of weeks. Help our volunteers by paying up and saving the usual badgering and chasing. Under 16's should come along on the 8th September to Academy Registration Day .
This week's congratulations ......
Great to her that Lou Hutchinson has come back from the European Masters Championships in Germany with an Silver medal playing for England Over 55's missing out on the gold to the Netherlands. Lou bagged some goals too and we're looking forward to seeing her back in blue for the new season. Congratulations also to Mark Talbot whose been appointed to coach at the England Hockey Manchester Performance Centre working with the girls groups.
Finally, a couple of dates to save !
Saturday 21st September - first league games (for all bar the 1's) and the 200 Club Draw - with a bumper £225 snowball prize on the night
Saturday 28th September - first National League games at Stockport Rd v Alderley Edge - women at 3.30pm - men at 5.30pm with the opening of the new floodlights PLUS our first BIG SOCIAL of the season - a race night with a difference ! Tickets go on sale next week ! Come down and make a night of