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The Weekender – w06 – 20 Oct 2018


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W1  D1  L1

GF: 8    GA: 8


Away the lads


With the Army invading – and how dare they use THEIR pitches – we were all away at half term.

The ladies, it appears, took being ‘away’ all too literally and went on holiday with no hockey at all.  Well none to speak of.

The men, on the other hand, managed two league games and a friendly between them. 

Unfortunately M1 struggled again on the road, but M2 put in a solid performance to keep their 100% winning record intact.  However Team of the Week was M4 who put in a stalwart performance to earn a draw away to a side twenty-five places higher in the league.

M2 travelled to deepest Dorset to visit Poole in a game that has always yielded a fair number of goals.  Ollie Jones with two, Tom Child and Ely Coleman saw them reverse last year’s scoreline as they ran out 4-3 victors.  They have won all four of their league games but are kept back in second place by Petersfield due to their (substantial) goal difference.

M4 played a hastily arranged friendly at Yateley against a side one or two (depending on how you count them) divisions higher.  They put in a fine account of themselves and thanks to goals from stand-in skipper, Chris Bennett, and senior debutant, Jack Hobkirk, shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

M1 travelled to darkest Dorset to face Swanage & Wareham and whilst they improved on last seasons’ three goal reverse they only managed to score twice, through Jamie Cashman and Will George to make it 2-3.  Their second defeat of the season leaves them in fifth place, albeit only four points off the top.

The ladies didn’t play any games this week.  Absolutely none.  None whatsoever.  But curiously enough this didn’t prevent them from savouring some post-match teas in Romsey.  Just a shame they didn’t get a game in.  Maybe another time.

Back to full action next week.  The Men face eighth placed Romsey whilst the Ladies host Isle of Wight.  That about sums it up, unless you are M4/L3 when you travel to Basingstoke or M3/L2 when you head south.

Of course if you are ‘travelling to Basingstoke’ please remember that Basingstoke is currently in Eversley.




W0  D0  L1

GF: 1    GA: 2

With both opponents of the U12b’s pulling out, U18g were Young Harts of the Week for just turning up.  However they won the accolade by more than that.

In spite of losing their cup game they put in a creditable performance against a strong Winchester side and were only defeated by a one goal margin.  Maddie Saunders, of U14g fame, was on target but they were unfortunate not to hold on to the lead as it finished 1-2.

Maddie moves up to seventh with her third goal of the season

The Minis were also in action (for those keen readers of the early edition, this may have been omitted due to the Editor celebrating his birthday..).

An in2Hockey tournament was held at Princes Avenue with both boys and girls, separately, in action.

The boys won three of their four matches with Oscar Purcigo (3), Daniel Corbett, David Kenning, Joshua Parr and William Keep all scoring.

The girls only had two games and were unable to claim any goals but will have learnt much from the experience.




By 2018-19 standards this was a slow week.  But the GA average improved on the season to date.  All we were really missing was games which, due to half term and the distinct lack of pitches, was beyond our control.

But half term didn’t prevent us from keeping ahead of all the previous seasons, albeit only just, as we reach 94 goals for the season.  This is still a record for week 6 although in 2014-15 we had played six fewer games.

GF average so far is 2.5 which is only bettered by 2014-15 when it was at a heady 3.0. 




As well as taking charge of M4, Chris also took charge of the family table as his goal moves the Bennetts into pole position by virtue of the number of family members involved.

Jack’s first senior goal sees last year’s winners, the Hobkirks, join the table in fifth place as he adds this to Stu’s three goals for M1.




Given we are so far ahead the lead was never in doubt, but the near-vertical curve has tapered off a little this week with only one win over half term.




It seems there was a lot of resting on laurels this week as the four Clean Sheet holders didn’t dare turn out this week.

As it happens, Jacob was the top performer this week as he alone improved his GA average.  Perhaps assisted by Sahil who put in an outfield performance to assist his cause?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But I’d like to think there was a little GK solidarity going on there.

 The season’s GK table will appear on the ‘Season Report page soon.




Sometimes you do.  Sometimes you don’t. 

I’ve tried rationalising this but realise that that I’ve met my match here and you’ll add these when it suits you rather than when I need column inches.  Suit yourself.

All of which means that it remains Defence 6-6 Attack.




Since L1 & L2 really didn’t play at all they remain at the top.

M2 improve their Win% to 67% with their fourth consecutive win whilst the brave M4 did bag a point, even if not quite their first win.




Tom moves into the lead as he finally breaks the 4-1 deadlock at the top of the October table.

Meanwhile the number of scorers in the month moves on to an impressive 32.


Tom is also top of the season table with 7-1 but Frida is close behind, hotly pursued by Jodie.

The full season’s table will soon be available on the ‘Season Report page.




I love the fact that you can now find the lyrics to this challenging Geordie chant online.

Although I couldn’t possibly comment on this or, for that matter, either of the two sides presented in this edition for reasons of personal bias that those of you who know me well enough will understand.

Back to the matter, and indeed sport, in hand.  This week’s award is for match reports.

Whilst there were only a few they were all of good value, in their own rights.

Of course you can’t help, apparently, banging your own drum and discussing the weather – two recurring themes since the dawn of the FB summary.

But this week’s ‘Friday Award’ for match reports (you have to keep up if you are concerned about the reference) goes to U18g for their entertaining What’sUp? report (sic) -particularly Lauren’s contribution.  Inspired.



News Reports

Weather Forecast

Today 12/16 90%
Periods of rain. High 8C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 90%.
Tomorrow 12/17 10%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 9C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
Tuesday 12/18 100%
Cloudy and windy with periods of rain in the afternoon. High 9C. Winds SSE at 30 to 50 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 6mm. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.