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The Weekender – w02 – 17 Sep 2016

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W1  D1  L3

GF: 7    GA: 14


The signs aren’t good

1-1-4 wasn’t the perfect set of result last week but, for fear of showing any signs of improvement, you’ve done it again -this time with a 1-1-3.  In fact the only real change is in showing fewer goals – down three each way from 10-17 last week.  Thank heaven there’s a whole season ahead to make amends.

So what went wrong?  No, that’s a poor way to start.  Let’s try this:  What went right?

Well, for starters everyone scored.  Not only that, but L1 also managed the first clean sheet of the season.  Whilst no side scored more than two there were good points to be taken from all of the games.  That doesn’t mean you’re relieved from suffering my bouts of pessimism, of course, but I don’t expect that to concern you a whole awful lot.

signs-no-left-turnTeam of the week was closer than it appeared, on paper at least.  L1 won their game, and scored a clean sheet.  Without any hat-tricks to shout about this is normally more than enough to see off the other sides.  But L1’s wasn’t the hardest game of the day.  Much harder was newly promoted L2’s home game against a recently relegated side which meant they were two divisions apart last year.  Whilst they did score, however, the scoreline was more one-sided.  MV also put in a valiant performance away to a ‘young’ side who made the Masters’ Cup Finals last season.  But team of the week this week was M1 who, having lost by three clear goals in every one of their past friendlies with a side three divisions higher, secured a well-earned draw.  More performances like that this season and they’ll be troubling Mr Scott for that cup of his (or, more accurately, L2 who currently hold it).

L1 had their first league game of the season away to Haslemere 2 who finished three places below L1 last year.  This year the ladies won 1-0 with Bernice Gunn on the scoresheet.  Also Sarah Petersen claimed the first clean sheet of the season.  This means they’re top on points.  OK, maybe fourth on GD, but good to have a solid start.  They next visit Gosport Borough who came down from Div 1 last season -although they only scored two points all season there.

signs-red-squirrelsL2 also had their first league game of the season – in fact their first game of any kind – and what a way to break into Division 5 for the first time as they hosted a former Division 4 side.  In the end they were on the wrong end of a 1-5 scoreline, but they got off the mark with a goal and are certain to face lesser challenges in the season.  Shanelle Althen claimed the goal for L2.  Their next game is at home to Havant who lost 9-0 at Basingstoke last week.

M1 faced Phoenix & Ranelagh who play in MBBO Division 1 (equivalent to Hampshire Div 1).  M1 were, however, not to be overawed by the difference in league position between the sides and, with goals from Stuart Hobkirk and Dan Dolding, they secured a 2-2 draw and with it a moral victory.  Their next game is on Thursday evening against the Army Masters followed at the weekend by their hosting Aldershot & Farnham 2 who swapped divisions with M1 having won Division 4.

MV travelled to Haslemere who have a regular Vets side that plays throughout the season.  MV, most of whom played the day before, expected the traffic to be a little one-way.  But in in spite of this they managed to take the lead through Simon Islip (and with only ten men) before the hosts’ repeated forays into the 25.  In spite of Matt Pryor’s activities in goal -including a triple save – it finished 2-4 with Chris Heeps grabbing a consolation late on.  Now MV only need a two goal win against Guildford to have a chance of progressing to the next stage.  Watch this space with baited breath. Of course, some of you will think that the Vets game is a slow, gentle, more gentrified version of what you play, but have a look at this Tweet which tells you there’s still plenty at stake in the older man’s game.


M2 hosted Phoenix & Ranelagh 2 in a friendly game (with one notable exception).  P&R2 play in MBBO Division 4 (equivalent to Hants 4) and this might account for the 1-3 reverse.  Lewis Hawthorne, at least, was on target.  Their next game is against Aldershot & Farnham Cannons who play Surrey Open Division 2.

M3 had a training friendly with M4 this week.  Next week M4 host Aldershot & Farnham 5 (Hants Div 9) whilst M3 have a break before the season proper begins in October.





U14 boys showed some resolve in coming back from 1-2 down (having led early on) to secure a point away to Alton.  Will George scored both the goals.

Meanwhile in the equivalent female game, U14 girls had a tougher job at home and Alton eventually ran out winners as it finished 1-4.  Frida scored the FEHC goal.  Special mention must also go to Tallulah for a save from a P-flick.  We like those.  A lot.




signs-wallSeventeen is a tad down from 2015-16 (31 goals) but we have barely started.  Just wait till the league begins and we are banging them in for fun.  Just wait…

The full season’s GS chart will appear on the ‘Season Report page when the number of goals merits it.




It’s week two and we have the second hit on the CS-HT front.  This time it was the Defence who made the grade, courtesy of Sarah’s clean sheet for L1.

So I’m doubling my ‘interesting’ chart collection.  Stop me if you can….





Sarah is, somewhat unsurprisingly, leading the way on this, with a clean sheet and GA ave of 0.5, it will be tough for anyone to beat her for the month unless they play twice in a weekend with a CS in both.  Still, never say never.


The season’s GK table will appear on the ‘Season Report page just as soon as I have found time to do this.




This is now twice as interesting as it was last week.  However that wasn’t very interesting at all so we might wait a little before we all get too excited.




Tom stays in control of the monthly chart, although there are a few only a couple of goals away from toppling him for September.  Then again there is only one more week in the month so they’d better get their skates on.



The full season’s table will be available on the ‘Season Report page.  Soon, I hope.




I should just reiterate the call for umpires.  Have a go if you can -you won’t be put straight into a county game so you can break yourself in at whatever level you feel comfortable.

So whether that is M3 or U14, just let Alan Dow know –

Otherwise turn up to training (because you will get better as a player and as a team and how else are you going to get on the HT/CS chart?), respond to Teamer (or get dropped..) and play plenty of hockey.  It’s all out there if you want it.

signs-fencingThe Nicki Johnston award is back!  This week it goes to Kate Williams for taking up a new hobby (that of fencing) in the middle of the game.  As she made a purposeful run she neglected to apply any brakes and ran straight into a fence.  

To be fair, the reason for her run was to supply a pass to Bernice from which she scored the winning goal.  But then who said life was fair?

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