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The Weekender – w21 – 10 Feb 2018


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W2  D0  L0

GF: 6    GA: 2


Olympic performance


This weekend was hockey gold.  Whilst there were only two games being played, they both were critical in M1’s and L2’s respective pursuit of glory.

You couldn’t have asked for much more than six points in these two critical games to keep championship hopes alive.

But this was more than keeping hopes alive.  M1’s three points ensure they remain in control of their own destiny (if not yet the table).  But Team of the Week this week are L2 whose clean away win puts them top of Division 5.

L2 travelled to Romsey and, whilst a seventh win on the bounce was the expected result this was neatly done with Lauren Slack overseeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet.  Becky Geoghegan, Bernice Gunn and Amy Cradden all scored in the 3-0 win.  The three points, combined with the leader’s home defeat to third placed A&F means that L2 sit two points clear at the top of the league.

M1 put their disappointment in a pre-Christmas draw against Aldershot & Farnham behind them as they overcame their hosts 3-2.  Steve Riley, Matt Viney and Khurram Mahmood got the goals.  They remain third but still have their game in hand.


We are back to a full fixture card again this week with a mixture of local derbies and must win games.

L2’s pre-game stretching routine isn’t for the faint-hearted

The biggest game of the week is L2’s trip to Winchester.  The winner will be top and in control of the division.  With third side A&F hosting the bottom side it is most likely the loser will be third after the weekend.

M1 host Blandford in their pursuit of their sixth consecutive win to keep their championship hopes on track whilst M3 face a must win game at the other end of their table as they host bottom side Fareham.

L3 are the other ladies side to face a second-placed Winchester but their visitors are unbeaten this season so L3 will have to bring their A-game.  L1, meanwhile, will be hoping for plenty of goal action as they host the bottom side.

M2 have a mid-table away derby whilst M4 have the opportunity to draw level with their hosts if they win their away derby game against Camberley & Farnborough.




W0  D0  L1

GF: 1    GA: 3

With U12g b-side playing the only full game this weekend it was light on full results, but this does make them Young Harts of the Week.  Sometimes you really do just have to turn up to get the plaudits.  On the other hand, life is so hard on L2 who never win any accolades.  Ever…

U12g played an away friendly against Aldershot & Farnham.  The purpose of this game was to give some of the upcoming stars of the expanding U12g empire some valuable match time as the more seasoned players joined the in2Hockey tournament.  In this game, Sophie McGuire scored her first goal but the side were eventually beaten 1-3.

Elsewhere there were two U12b sides and one U12g in the in2Hockey 7s tournament at HQ.  U12b7s1 (sic -you figure it out) were undefeated as the won four and drew two of their games.  U12g7s weren’t far behind as they lost only one as they also won two and drew three.  History doesn’t relate to the results for U12b7s2 but I believe all sides acquitted themselves well.  Top scorers for the boys were Arthur Gent Eggett with four and Charley Ivey with three.  Felicity Scutter was top scorer for the girls, also with three.

Arthur moves ever closer to Jack and is now only a hat-trick behind.  Alex and Charley also make ground as they overtake Amy in synchronised fashion.  Felicity also flies five places up the table.

The full Junior goalscorers’ table is on the ‘Season Report page.




As well as two important wins, our top two sides didn’t disappoint with their GF average of exactly 3.0.  All of which means that we keep pace with 2014-15 in spite of the paucity of games.

Week 22 was a good week last year and in 2013-14 which means we need to get our skates on if we are to keep in touch.

GD is also back in positive territory for the week at +4.  But not only that, L2 have now overtaken M1 as top GD with an impressive +36 for the season.

The club’s GD is now up to -23.  Within a sniff of break-even for the season?  We will see.

The full season’s GS chart can be found on the ‘Season Report page.




Amy’s goal moves the Craddens one ahead of the Bennetts in this very tight tussle for second place.

Imogen’s three goals move the Scutters on to twelve and present a very real threat to the upper parts of the table.

Matt, meanwhile, is leading the Viney family by example as they catch the Rutherfords and the Garveys.




This week’s 100% record doesn’t fare so well on the win table as it ‘only’ adds another two to the total.  But this is now on 47 and still only two behind last year’s record season.

The fact that last year we won ten games (77%) in weeks 22 & 23 might present more of a challenge.  But we all like a challenge, don’t we?

The season’s win percentage has now reached 40% -the second best percentage in living history (ie. since 2011). 




I’ve had some ideas for new GK outfits…

Lauren’s four from four for L2 puts her top of the February chart.

Matt improves on his GD with his stint for M1.

GA average for the week rose was only 1.0 which means the season average has now fallen to 2.4.

The season’s GK table is on the ‘Season Report page.




Lauren, our now regular feature on this table, moves L2 to what must be an unbeatable nine for the season.




M1 return to their lofty heights of old as they have once again won more than three-quarters of their games.

L2 also power on as the league leaders, predictably enough, lead the Scott Cup.




Becky shows her geographical ability to find the goal as she now leads the February scorers’ table.  But not only that, she also tops the Div 5 table with FEHC providing all of the top three scorers.

But we have a full fourteen more fixtures to go before the February table irons itself out.

And hopefully with the odd hat-trick to come..?


Khurram moves up a place to fourth with his goal whilst Becky just manages to keep him at bay in third.

Bernice and Steve also march onward in unison as all six scorers this weekend came from the top 20.

The full season’s table is available on the ‘Season Report page.




Well it has been a good week for FEHC but spare a thought for Elise Christie.  For all that punishing training to go crashing out of the 500m is harsh.

It is, of course, short-track skating.  But the same applies to hockey.  You don’t know what will happen at the weekend.  And you won’t necessarily see a perceptible change between before and after an individual training session.  But you can tell who has been and who hasn’t.  You can see those who put in the hard yards and those who don’t quite get around to it because it is a tad cold, wet or mildly inconvenient.

But if you don’t want to go to training there are plenty of upcoming youngsters who do and I’m sure they will be more than willing and, before very long, able to take your place.  So it’s up to you really.

If if isn’t hurting it isn’t working



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