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Sep 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #7

>Welcome to the new season 2018/19

Couple of matter of housekeeping to take care of:

  • NO TRAINING THIS THURSDAY – Woodrush School have their annual open day this Thursday so the astro is not available.
  • TWO MENS CAPTAIN – position still available. Without getting all Delia Smith – where are you!

NEWS​
From our roaming reporter Jez Higgins
All change in the Men’s Leagues
For reasons lost in the bewildering mists of time, Midlands Regional Hockey Association, our beloved governing body, ran closed leagues.  First teams from all the clubs across the region went into a league structure. All the clubs’ second teams went into a separate, parallel, league structure. Their third teams went into yet another separate, parallel, league. All these leagues existed in their own universe, cut off from contact with each other. This structure had a number of effects, including every other part of the country thinking we were barmy, and every now and again having to travel bloody miles for an away game.

It’s all change this season though. We’ve moved to an open league structure, so all the different teams from all the different clubs have been combined together in one gigantic league structure. There was some pretty fearsome maths involved in divvying up which team went into which league, but for us it should mean two main things – fewer outrageous mismatches where we either complete outclass or are outclassed, and, generally, less travel for away games. If we take the IIIs, we do have to haul out to Telford, but other away fixtures are at Hampton, Solihull, Edgbaston, and Bromsgrove are almost on our doorstep. It’s a similar story for the IIs and the Is.

Hopefully, these changes will add up to a more enjoyable season for everyone.

LADIES TEAM v Stourport : L 2-4
Report from Carol Maddock

A combined Ladies 1s and 2s side took on Stourport 4s this weekend. A spirited effort from the Kings Heath ladies who were the weaker side given Stouport 4s play in div 1. “-1 up at half time but eventually lost 4-2 as we ran out of steam. It was an encouraging result given the relative strength of the 2 teams. Notable performances – Jayne Howarth in goal saving shed loads of shots on target and Karina Bunting blocking pretty much everything that came her way. Goals from Jane “golden sticks” Fellows and Charlie Jones – just 9 weeks after the birth of Eddie. The goal for the match was to survive (we were all a bit unfit) Goal achieved!

MENS 1 v Streetly : D 3-3
Report from Steve Jones

A new season for the mens 1st team saw a few fresh faces grace the pitch for a friendly against Streetly. We descended on Woodrush on a warm Saturday; drier and sandier than the Sahara desert. The youth in the side (and the absence of Blake) dragged the average age below 35 for the first time in several years. Like a mid-90s Welsh rugby team, we were awash with Jones’ and Williams’. And like a mid-90s Welsh rugby team, we weren’t very fit!

We sweated our way through the first half, cobbling together some reasonable hockey and not looking out of our depth against a side three divisions above us. Our first goal came from a well worked short corner. Brev feigned a good injection, Will picked up the pieces, passed to Mark to draw the defenders before passing the ball into Steve’s path (Kings Heath’s leading goal scorer…for 10 minutes), who rifled the ball home into the bottom corner.

The second half saw some more open play as our legs became a little tired. Streetly kept creating chances but much to the defences’ and Spaz’s credit, their lead was never more than a goal. Our second goal also came from a short corner, this time through a more traditional routine. A drag-lob from Mark saw the ball sail over the keeper on floor and still manage to hit the back board.

We then started to create some good chances with Nick making his way into the D on several occasions. One such occasion resulted in a reverse stick attempt which failed to connect. The resulting strop saw the stick hit the fence before the ball even dribbled over the back line… Brev would be proud! Another occasion saw a foul on Nick as subtle as a Boris Johnson newspaper article, resulting in a penalty flick. Mark stepped up and calmly put the ball past the Streetly keeper to bring the scores level at 3-3 (and to claim leading goal scorer outright).

Overall it was a spirited performance from Kings Heath, managing a draw against a team who had the lion’s share of the chances. Special mention goes to new boy Louis (the 2nd) for being awarded man of the match and to Nick for his donkey of the day award.

MENS 2/3 v Streely 2s. L 2-4
Report from Matt Minshall

The 2s and 3s combined this week due to a lack of availability due to weddings, illnesses and other excuses so we played Streetley as an all stars team though a few more stars would be useful. We were down to 10 from the start when one player got confused about the start time but Streetley were good sports and lent us a player. The game ended 4 – 2 and I couldn’t tell you who scored the first goal but the highlight for me was when Reece Brackport threw his stick at the ball to tip the second across the line and we still got awarded the goal. On balance a fair result as they were a bit stronger than us.

FIXTURES
Saturday 22 September

  • Mens 1st have an game away at Nuneaton but it’s not on the website. Contact Josh for details.
  • Ladies 1s vs Harborne 3, 10:10pb at Woodrush
  • Mens 2s & 3s vs Harborne 4s & 5s, 11:40 at Woodrush

Thanks,
Chris

5

Sep 18

Reminder – Senior Training Starts 6th Sept

This is a quick reminder that Senior Training re-starts this Thursday, 6th September, 20:00 – 22:00 at Woodrush.

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Aug 18

Kit Shop Now Open

Kit

The Club Kit Shop is now open for ordering new kit. It will close on 20th September 2018. Place your orders now for delivery by the end of October.

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Apr 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #6

Slightly delayed this week, as Commonwealth Fever has gripped the hockey club.  I’m sure we are all following and supporting ex-blue & gold legend Chris Griffiths playing for England.

Awards
Thank you to everyone who attend the Awards Night last Saturday.  A slightly more sober affair for some and not for others.  Well done to everyone who won an award, amazing achievement.

Here is your list of Blue and Gold Legends for the 2017/18 Season:

  • Janti Gohil u18 – Liam Thorne
  • Huw Brown u21- Connor Winspur
  • Jo Mummery-  Becky Smith
  • Mixed- Gee Wilmott
  • Men’s 3s – Andy Winspur
  • Ladies 2s – Eloise Winspur​
  • Men’s 2s – Harry Higgins
  • Ladies 1s – Sophie Brown
  • Men’s 1s – Dave Smart
  • Harold Olive – Jez Higgins

Ladies 1s v Nuneaton English Championship Semi Final – LOST 2-1
Report by Carol

The ladies 1s played their much awaited English Championships semi final at Nuneaton on Sunday.  It was a very close match, the teams seemingly very even.  On the day Kings Heath probably had more of the play and were arguably the stronger side but the Nuneaton goalie and central defender were very strong and stopped chance after chance from the Kings Heath attack. Nuneaton were also very effective in closing down Sophie and Marina on the right making it difficult for them to play their game freely.

Narrow 2 – 1 loss for Kings Heath. The goal for KH coming from a penalty corner and popped in by Sophie Brown. Nuneaton didn’t look likely to score in free play and didn’t. Their goals coming from the scrambled short corner and a penalty flick which should never have been given as there was no infraction.

A disappointing result especially given the harsh umpiring decision re penalty. Marina Kelly was green carded – we don’t really know what for!

Thank you to all the supporters that came to watch.

All Kings Heath players played their hearts out and I couldn’t be prouder of them. The frustration and disappointment was obvious from the emotion at the end of the match.

On to the league

Under 16s & Under 14
Report by Jez Higgins

 This year, for the first time that I can remember, we were able to enter teams into England Hockey’s U16 and U14 competitions.  EH relaxed the rules on player eligibility which meant that it was now possible for clubs to get together and field combined teams.  While in the past we’d smuggled one or two players into another club’s team, this year we could be out and proud!  We got together with Harborne and entered an U16 11-a-side boys team and an U14 7-a-side boys team, and with Edgbaston to enter an U16 11-a-side girls team.

While the competitions had one or two teething problems – games scheduled during half-terms or in the run up to the exam season are always going to be difficult fulfill (at least for our opponents!), and one or two of our neighbours need to read the competition tier guidance a little more closely (fielding Performance Centre players in a development league doesn’t seem entirely in the spirit) – we had some really good matches (along with one or two pretty stiff ones) and it’s been both enjoyable (mainly!) and useful to have taken part.

Thanks to all our juniors who took part – Connie, Georgina, Tom, Nick, Gordon, Ibby, Sam, Liam, John, Kiren, Harry, Matt, Fin, Nikash, and James.  Thanks also to their parents for making sure their kids were available, their prompt replies to emails, and their support on pitchside.  Thanks to our friends at Harborne and Edg for making it possible for us to play, and finally, a very big thanks to Josh for being our umpire at all the U16 boys the fixtures we played.

AOB

  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) is on 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you haven’t paid yet you will be chased.
  • Junior Awards Night – 4th May in the Cartland Room.
  • Mixed Team Game Saturday 21st April, 11:40 push back @ Woodrush against Worcester – If you want to play please contact Alice

Thanks
Chris

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Mar 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #5

Hi everyone,

Chris’s slacking off on holiday this week, so Jez here filling in.

Awards Night is just around the corner – a week this Saturday. We need your donations for raffle prizes and if anyone wants to build a playlist this year, please let Chris know. Or just bring your phone along on the night I guess.

You might want to get a cup of tea in for this week’s bumper collection of match reports (a double dose of Mens 2s! a novel-length Mens 1s report!) …

Ladies 1s vs Bromsgrove Ladies 3s, WON 3-2
Match Report by Carol

A spirited performance from the ladies 1s that saw them take on top of table and fellow promotion hopefuls Bromsgrove and come out narrow 3-2 victors. All 3 goals coming from Sophie Brown who was also named player of the match. A very aggressive attacking performance and a decent performance from the defence as well. Both opposition goals came from short corners. The promotion dream still lives on.

Mens 2s vs Stafford, LOST 6-1
Match Report By Harry Higgins

This match against Stafford was an intense battle, which demanded the utmost of our entire squad. Trying to keep our resolve against a brutal side required a very resilient team, who could still attempt to thrive in the face of adversity. Our efforts were aided by the former player, turned full time dad, Dan Cook, who despite many an attempt didn’t manage to score! However, with an amazing shot through the keeper’s legs off a short corner, Hendo was able to keep our morale high for some of the game! Over all, this match was an unfortunate loss to end the season and hopefully we can improve on this next year.

Ladies 2s vs Redditch 2s, LOST 3-2
Match Report by Jackie

A very pleasant change to last week. Promising debut this week for Edi Timmins.

First half saw Kings Heath dominating play once again with very little to show for the possession we had. Redditch having to thank their GK for keeping them in the match. On the rare occasion Redditch pushed forward they scored the opener, which we quickly followed with a goal from Carina. Kings Heath worked the ball well down the right wing with some good passing play between Connie and Amity.

Second half saw Redditch once again take the lead, with Kings Heath equalizing with a scrambled goal eventually crossing the line from Sam. Both teams were playing for the win which Redditch caught us out on the break late into the 2nd half to give them a 3-2 victory.

Player of the match was given to Carina Taylor.

Mens 3s vs Leamington, LOST 4-2
Match Report by Matt Minshall

Like Lions They Fought!

And as at Rourke’s Drift the 3rd XI were outnumbered after Andy and Connor Winspur helped bolster the 2s so with 8 players including Badgers Matt Wilmot and Fin Hay we assembled. We considered offering the opposition the points and playing a friendly to avert a landslide defeat but when we realised they only had 10 we thought we might give it a go. We started with aggression and panache but within 5 minutes we conceded, and so felt that sinking feeling for a minute, then we realised they had no answer to our fast aggressive play. Mat and Fin passing quickly 1 – 2, John and Sam making piercing runs and Saj, Ibby and Jez bossing from defence into midfield. John Byrne equalised and we started to think perhaps we might have them. The game went in wave after wave, to and fro, despite being numerically inferior we stood strong, until we conceded again then scored again. Leamington were getting frustrated and their rather rotund giant of a captain got a green for moaning that it just wasn’t fair. We ended the first half honours even at 2 – 2.

We discussed our tactics at half time and decided to change nothing after the spanking we had given them whilst listening in to the oppo berate each other and trying not to laugh loud enough to be overheard. We expected a change of tactics but little changed for 15 minutes or so except for their captain trying to intimidate the youngsters with rough physical play. Like some knuckle dragging thug he tried to barge into our players as they mostly danced around him. When he did connect our lads just brushed it off but Cllr Stacey would not stand for such bully boy tactics and gave the bounder a yellow. They did play better without him and tiredness eventually took its toll on us with a 4 – 2 loss, but I could not be more proud of our boys. It was like watching Brazil!

After I took Leamington back to our for teas I would conclude that they were generally a thoroughly nice bunch. They suggested I should be man of the match for our team for the many saves but that must go to Matt Wilmot for our second goal. And then I sat politely not laughing as they jovially and unanimously voted their captain Dick of the Day.

More game days should be like this.

Mens 2s vs Solihull Blossomfield, Walkover
Match Report by Jez

We had a team. After some late night work on the phone by Graham and Andy, we had umpires. We had lovely sunny weather. We just didn’t have any opposition. On the phone, Bloss claimed a communication breakdown, but Graham’s frowny face suggested he wasn’t entirely convinced.

Badgers vs Bournville, Moral Draw 3-1
Match Report by Jez

Perhaps perturbed by having not just one but two subs, we couldn’t, despite good work all across the pitch, prevent Bournville taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break. At worst, it really should have been 2-0, the third goal really was a fluke.

However, a splendid defensive performance in the second half shut Bournville out completely – I lost count of how many tackles went in and how many saves goalkeeper George made. He was on fire in the second half! Some good attacking play saw the ball fall to Fin in front of goal and he took his time to scoop it in. Top stuff.

Well done also to Emmie, who was making her out-field debut. Solid performance.

This was my last game with Badgers and it was a lovely game to end on. Thanks kids, thanks parents. I’ve enjoyed it very much.

Mens 1s vs Leamington
Match Report by Matt Sparling

Kings Heath 2 – 2 Leamington Official score
Kings Heath 2 – 1 Leamington Correct score

Explanation to follow…

So last game of the season (sort of), nothing to play for (league restructure suggests there may not be any movement upwards even for the champions), Jason too busy to make the meet time and bring Jeevs and Kabs on time, just going through the motions really.

Then the ‘Champions elect’ arrive before the home side! Leamington would secure Championship and ‘promotion’ when (not if) they beat Kings Heath. So, Josh goes to the changing rooms to be met by 15 excitable Leamingtonians playing some really poor music (including the UEFA Champions League anthem!) on some sort of device and in celebratory mood!

So, this is a match report, so I will report! It was clear that Kings Heath’s 11 ½ would face a real test from the very pumped up Leamington 14; and so it was from the first whistle, being pushed back into a defensive position from the outset. Defensive and slightly on the back foot, however, did not mean that Kings Heath were just going to roll over and let Leamington win ‘promotion’. It was clear that when Mark got his aerials right and stopped swearing at himself it caused chaos at the back for Leamington. Ironically though a flowing team move starting with Nelly at the back resulted in stunning goal being scored by Lou.

Leamington reacted by going on the attack and made a number of pressing moves which earned them several short corners which came to nought, but the pressure was to pay when a ghost/spectre/apparition wearing a Leamington shirt that only the umpire could see deflected a strike from outside the D on to Nelly’s stick and into the bottom corner of the goal. No matter the protestations from the Kings Heath players who couldn’t see said ghost/spectre/apparition the umpire deemed it was a goal!

That’s it floodgates would open, and Leamington could go and do their victory dance, the win would be a formality, and so it would appear, a second goal followed when a 1:1 with Matt Sparling (Spaz to everyone else) save led to the ball falling into the path of the angriest 16 year old ever who trickled it into the goal. A few more chances fell to Leamington, but the half time whistle blew.

The second half started much better for Kings Heath and a raft of chances came and went as the intensity increased and Leamington players became more anxious, leading to indiscipline and a total of 5 yellow cards by the away side. The pressure from the home side told and although Jon could have scored it was the skipper with a fine goal that led to the “equalizer”.

Leamington were really rattled and the indiscipline continued but they regrouped following the shout of “come on lads 20 minutes to be champions”. A couple of attacks followed and then a ball into the D was met by David “Beckham” Smart who kicked it and the Umpire signalling a penalty flick! Cue Leamington euphoria and the Captain step up to the plate to score the winner! Well as the author of this tale and the goal keeper facing the flick I’d like to tell you about the stunning save and look of shock from everyone at such a Worldie… In truth it was a poor flick and a simple save but 100% save rate from flicks for the season!

The game ran its course, more chances went begging for both sides, a couple of good saves from both keepers and Josh made a worldie on the line (see above comments about the penalty flick). The final whistle blew and that was it… Sort of!

Back to the club for teas, Mark and Matt (Spaz), having had to put up with even more appalling music in the changing rooms, welcomed our opposition and duly went on to inform them that according to the new league structure we would probably see them next season in the newly formed South West 1 league, funnily enough they didn’t take it in the
same spirit that we did ;-0

THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURES
NONE!

THE WEEKEND AFTER’S FIXTURES

Saturday 7th
(hopefully) Mens 3s vs Solihull Blossomfield Away
Senior Awards Club
Sunday 8th
12:30pm (tbc) U16s vs Edgbaston Away
1:30pm Ladies 1s vs Nuneaton Away

AOB

  • Awards Night – 7th April in the Cartland Room.
  • Any news on Wooly?
  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) is on 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for pitches, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership form or any other details please ask your captain or Chris.
  • Junior Awards Night – 4th May in the Cartland Room.

Ok, that’s it!

Jez

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Mar 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #4

Hi Everyone

It should be the last league weekend of the season this week, but the Beast from the East 2 cut short a lot of teams double headers last weekend, so please look out of your rearrange fixtures in the next couple of weeks.

Last Training Session is tomorrow between 8-9pm.  The turn out last week was amazing for the end of the season.  More ladies then men in attendance, come on lads, in the words of Delia Smith ‘where are you!’

Awards Night isn’t that far away, 2 weeks!! Trophy’s are on order. We need your donations for raffle prizes and if anyone want to build a playlist this year, please shout.

Here is the match reports from last weekend and this weekends fixtures.

Ladies 1s v Bournville Ladies 2s, WON 2-0
Match Report by Carol

A bitterly cold afternoon match at the Doug Ellis Sports Centre, the snow came down, the lines became invisible, the snow and sand clogged and the ball wouldn’t roll. We however were 1 nil up and were fairly determined not to abandon, the opposition not surprisingly were very much keener to call it a day. I tried to convince the umpires that it was just a passing snow storm, strangely they bought that rather weak argument and let us play on. We finished the match winning 2 – 0. Both goals coming from Sophie Brown. We were more commanding than the score line reflected but the oppositions goalie was very good. Jayne Harper in our goal paid £10 for one kick of the ball! The dream lives on to Bromsgrove next week

Mens 1s v Yardley, WON 3-0
Match Report by Steve Jones

Having played and beaten bottom of the table Yardley three times already this season, we were hoping for another solid win to maintain our third place position in the league. As soon as our captain had realised we weren’t playing in blue, borrowing white socks from his brother, we were ready to go!

Kings Heath got off to a good start creating chances straight away and pressing the opposition’s 16 yard hits well. It wasn’t until midway through the half that the breakthrough was made. Nick popped up in the middle of the D and got a good reverse stick shot past the floundering Yardley goalkeeper; his first goal for the 1s!

We kept peppering the Yardley D throughout half to no avail. The Yardley goalkeeper was proving difficult to beat (although we have given him plenty of practice over the season!). Half time came with the score still at 1-0.

The second half started in the same way as the first; we had a lot of possession, but not much to show for it. Yardley’s only chances came through our mistakes and lack of fight on the ball. The longer it went without a goal, the more frustrating it got. However, a well worked short corner (about our 6th of the game!) resulted in a great goal by Chicken, deflecting the ball in at the back post.

Chicken played a crucial role in the third goal too. Josh meandered (as fast as he could!) into the D from the right. Chicken was unmarked in the middle of the D screaming for the pass. Josh had other ideas though and didn�t give him the ball. While the defence was distracted by Chicken’s complaints, Jeeves slotted the ball in at the back post to make it 3-0.

Overall a good win for Kings Heath. The defence were solid, conceding only one short corner and keeping a fourth clean sheet against Yardley this season. Special mentions go to Nick for his first goal for us, his brother Tom for his 1s debut and Graham for umpiring his first game for us; all did us proud!

Ladies 2s v Stourport Ladies 5s, LOST 6-0
Match Report by Jackie

This week saw the Ladies 2s in a battle against the elements as much as the opposition. With fielding only 8 players from the start we managed to hold off the opposition from scoring until 2 late arrivals joined us within 10 mins of pb.

Kings Heath had an off day this week. Had a fair amount possession but unable to capitalise or score.

We ended on a 6-0 defeat to Stourport on a bitterly cold morning.

Mens 2s v Shrewsbury, LOST 1-2
No match report submitted. Come on lads, there must be a scribe in the team!

Mens 3s MATCH CANCELLED
Match Report by Mat Minshall

Saturday – availability was stretched so unfortunately 3s could not field a side on Saturday.

Sunday – beast from the east snow forced game to be rescheduled and mini beast snow cancelled it again.

Badgers v Atherstone Vipers MATCH ABANDONED
Match Report by Jez HIGGINS

Atherstone have two sides in the Badgers conference this year, and so we’ve hosted them twice at Woodrush.  Our first opportunity to visit them, back in January, was cancelled due to snow about 2 and half hours before push back. This Saturday we carried on an almost constant dialogue with them through the day, and while we shivered at Woodrush, they seemed to be maintain an island of relative warmth around their astro.  Until we were actually on the way, when the snow came down and we were turned around about 45 minutes before push back.

Thanks to everyone who tried to get there, especially those giving lifts.

THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURES

Saturday
10:10am Ladies 1s v Bromsgrove Ladies 3s Home
10:30am Ladies 2s v Redditch Ladies 2s Redditch Hockey Club
11:40am Mens 3s v Leamington Home
1:00pm Mens 2s v Stafford Stafford University
1:15pm Mens 1s v Leamington Home
2:40pm Badgers vs Bournville Home
Sunday
12:10pm Mens 2s vs Solihull Blossomfield Home

AOB

  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) is on 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for pitches, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership forms or any other details please ask your captain or me.
  • Congratulations to the Thornton boys, debut for Tom and first goal for Nick.  Jeremy will be very proud!
  • Good luck to Wooly, whose Stag Do is this weekend!
  • Happy Birthday to Becky Manning

The newsletter is a work in progress so if you have any suggestions or want to contribute a section please let me know.

Good luck at the weekend to all teams and players representing the Heath let finish strong!

Thanks
Chris

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Mar 18

Junior Training Cancelled – Sunday 18th March

Due to the snow and current weather conditions, this Sunday’s Junior Training has been cancelled.

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Mar 18

Match Cancellations – Sunday 18th March

Today’s 2nd XI and 3rd XI re-arranged League Matches against Blossomfield have been cancelled, due to the weather. Captains will advise you about re-arrangement dates when they have been agreed.

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Mar 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #3

No newsletter last week due to the Beast from the East. Not long to go now in the season and all three men’s teams with 2 games this weekend. There will be some tired legs Monday morning.

Here is how we all got on last weekend and the fixtures for this weekend.

Mens 1 v Wolverhampton, WON 2-1
Match Report by Lukey Walker

This week saw KHHC play hosts to promotion chasing Wolverhampton. The Heath knew it would be a hard game but also that if the team played as well as they can an upset could be caused. The intention of Wolverhampton was made clear at the very start when they loss the coin toss telling the KHHC skipper that would be all they were losing today.

From the very start of the game Wolverhampton pressured and came at pace but the Heath kept it tight and soaked up the first 10 mins. The game began to settle and Kings Heath began to take hold with some very quick counter attacking seeing the ball get pinged from one side of the pitch to other resulting in a couple of near misses. Finally a breakthrough came from a well executed penalty corner and Kings Heath appeared in control. However, the lead was short lived with a well finished strike from Wolverhampton. The Heath were still having the majority of the play and at half time Kings Heath felt confident. In the second half Wolverhampton’s frustrations began to show all over the pitch and more pressure for Kings Heath resulted in the second goal coming from a quickly taken free hit to catch the Wolverhampton defence sleeping/sledging that Jack “had no shot”, only for Jack to slot home as soon as he entered the D.

As the game played out the Kings Heath defence limited Wolverhampton’s chances as they had done all game and the whole team dug deep to work hard to keep the pressure on Wolverhampton. A disallowed goal saw Wolverhampton’s frustrations boil over on and off the pitch, including Jason and their coach paying tribute to the Jerry Springer Show.

Some cards were shown, some toys were thrown. A few more chances went by for Kings Heath to put the game out of reach but some good goalkeeping kept the game alive.

A great result for the Heath in the end with the 2-1 victory.

Ladies 2s v Droitwitch, WON 3-0
Match report by Jackie

A third consecutive league win for a young 2nd team. The 2s totally dominated play, encamped in Droitwich’s half of the pitch, but found it difficult to score with Droitwich defending with all 11 players in their 23m and their goalkeeper making brave saves from our numerous shots at goal. Jayne, in our goal, didn’t get a touch of the ball in the second half.

Jane Fellowes had a blow to the head from one of our players but showed Scots grit and played on. Our final goal of the game came from a short corner. The whistle had already blown. End of game drama, a reoccurrance this week.

An impressive first game from Alissa.

Scorers: Amity, Carina, Georgina Wilmot

Mens 3s v Redditch, Lost 0-9
Match report by Matt Minshall

The 3s supported the 2s this week by asking Sam Pearce to step up. Mike Nash and Liam Harris stepped in to help us because they couldn’t make the 2s game and thankfully Fin Hay and Matt Wilmott stepped up from the badgers so we had a full side and they gave a good account of themselves. Redditch were their usual charming selves and arrived with a full side of experienced adult players and subs, some might say reinforced somewhat, but that is conjecture. We were soundly beaten in the first half 5 nil so resolved to win the second half. At 7-nil down one of their players got a yellow probably for being a moaning old git but we sadly ended well beaten by a much superior side 9-nil.

Badgers vs Solihull Blossomfield, Lost 0-4
Match Report by Jez Higgins

This really was a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. Everybody on the team worked so hard and so well throughout the whole of the game, but try as we might we just couldn’t quite score. In the end, Blossomfield’s apparently non-stop stream of substitutes provided them that extra bit of energy in the last few minutes, resulting in a late flurry of goals. The score line really doesn’t reflect the balance of the game.

Our Badgers season has been characterised by good performances that haven’t had the result they deserved, and so it again proved at a wet and rather chilly Lode Heath School.

I’d like highlight George’s efforts as a novice goalkeeper, Zayd and Umar’s great work on the wings and Zainab’s unexpected turn as a striker. Fin and Matt put in a great effort in midfield, having both arrived direct from having played in the Mens 3s. Finally, welcome to Roger, a debutant Dad making his first outing for us.

U16s Boys vs Old Sils, Drawn 2-2
Match Report by Jez Higgins

Our U16s Boys team, consisting of Harry, Sam, Nick, Tom, John, Liam T, Kiren, and Fin (in his third game of the weekend), together with Nathaniel D, Nathaniel P, Jake, and Ollie from Harborne, and emergency goalkeeper Reece took on an assortment of U16s from Old Sils and Stratford in a really enjoyable game at KE Five Ways on Sunday.

Having penned Sils into the their half for almost the whole of the first 35 minutes we went into half time 1-0 up. At the restart, Sils caught us napping and scrambled a goal almost immediately. Then we hammered on the door, but we just couldn’t get in. I think we had eight short corners, and I don’t know how many shots, but the Sils keeper was having a blinder and we just couldn’t seem to get another goal.

In the last few minutes of the game, Fin pressuring a sideline forced an error, the ball fell to Jake who charged into the D to wallop home what should have been the winning goal. Then, unbelievably, in the final seconds of the game, Old Sils got a break away, but a sterling defensive effort from Tom, sprinting back from attack, and Harry meant in ended in
nothing. Harry’s aerial restart was, inexplicably, called for danger from where he took it. From the subsequent free hit, Old Sils with the last touch of the game fluked an undeserved equaliser to level the game. Sometimes life is rubbish.

I know all the players involved will have gone home from this disappointed, but they really shouldn’t. They were ace, and it was a pleasure to run up and down the side line shouting at them.

Thanks to Josh for umpiring. It wasn’t his wonky decision.

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday
Mens 1s vs Beta WM1 Away
10:10am Ladies 2s vs Stourport 5s Home
11:40am Mens 2s vs Shrewsbury Home
2:00pm Mens 3s vs Wolverhampton Aldersley
3:30pm Ladies 1s vs Bournville Ladies 2s Doug Ellis Sports Centre
4:00pm Badgers vs Atherstone Vipers QE Academy, Atherstone
Sunday
12:10pm Mens 2s vs Solihull Blossomfield Home
3:00pm Mens 1s vs Newtown Maldwyn
3:30pm Mens 3s vs Solihull Blossomfield Lode Heath School

AOB

  • Training – Thursday night training we go to 1 hour from Thursday 15th February
  • Awards Night – 7th April in the Cartland Room. Details to follow
  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) – 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for pitches, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership forms or any other details please ask your captain or me.

The newsletter is a work in progress so if you have any suggestions or want to contribute a section please let me know.

Good luck at the weekend to all teams and players representing the Heath. Lets finish strong!

Thanks
Chris Jones

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Mar 18

Junior Training Cancelled – Sun 4th March

Due to the current weather conditions, and the forecast over the weekend, Junior Training this Sunday has been cancelled.

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Mar 18

Match Cancellations – Sat 3rd March

All home games at Woodrush have been called off due to the weather – Captains will advise you about re-arrangement dates when they have been agreed. The Badgers game has also been cancelled. We will update you on away matches when we receive any information.

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Mar 18

Training Cancelled – Thurs 1st March

As you probably suspected, tonight’s training session at Woodrush is cancelled due to the weather. We’ll let you know about games at the weekend as soon as we are able to. Stay Warm !

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Feb 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #2

Due to odd numbers of teams in most of the leagues and half term  there was only one game was played last weekend. Although we are all back this weekend and fingers crossed the snow will be gone by Saturday.

Mens 2s v Droitwich Spa Lost 2-4 

Match Report provided by Reedy

The Mens 2s hosted Droitwich, starting at 12.00. A cold and sunny day, luckily all but a corner of the pitch in shade was in sun and defrosted. Graham & Stuart were our officials.

Despite injuries (Thick – thumb) and absence (Ade- Oz) we had a great turnout of 13 players, well organised captain!

The first five minutes were fairly even with attacks both ends, then something we had not had much of this season – sustained pressure at the other end. We camped in their half after realising that they only wanted to play out from the back. Despite all that we ended up 1-1 at half time, all to play for.

A much more even second half, still saw us having much the better chances, but against an inspired young county-level keeper, even when beaten they saved two off the line. A couple of breaks later, a lucky miss-hit reverse and one decent short routine saw us 3-1 down in a flash. Another flurry of testing their keeper – via John, Liam, Ben and Nashy got us nowhere. Finally a short corner and a hard first strike to the bottom left saw Reedy get us back to 3-2, still with 10 minutes to go.

Sadly, we had another short against us, a very untidy scramble and soft shot went in, 4-2 down and that’s how it finished. I can honestly say we deserved to win this one. Well done to all that played, Jez & Harry Higgins, Sam, Liam T, our men of steel in midfield – Nathan & Bob, Graham (Captain) and of course Andy in goal.  Good effort lads, see you all for the next game

Ladies Section

With no ladies games this weekend Graham Arrand has kindly provided the newsletter with some stats .  We all love a good stat!

KHHC Ladies 2017/18 to 17/2/18
Played won lost drawn for against +/-
1sts
league 13 9 2 2 61 21 40
cup 2 2 0 0 5 2 3
friendly 3 1 2 0 13 12 1
all 18 12 4 2 79 35 44
2nds
league 11 4 7 0 21 30 -9
friendly 2 2 0 0 10 0 10
all 13 6 7 0 31 30 1
leading goal scorers 2017/18
Sarah Lay 29 Becky Smith 4
Sophie Brown 24 Emma Dedicoat 4
Beccy Manning 10 Jo Timmins 4
Sara Wassall 8 Georgina Wilmot 4
Eloise Winspur 5  

THIS WEEKEND

10:10am Ladies 1s vs Worcester Ladies 3s Home
11:40am Badgers vs Edgbaston Kestrels Home
1:15pm Mens 2s vs Solihull Blossomfield Home
1:30pm Ladies 2s vs Worcester Ladies 4s Nunnerywood Sports Complex
2:30pm Mens 1s vs Newton Maldwyn
3:00pm Mens 3s vs Solihull Blossomfield Lode Heath School

AOB

  • Training – Thursday night training we go to 1 hour from Thursday 15th February
  • Awards Night – 7th April in the Cartland Room. Details to follow
  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) – 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for astros, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership forms or any other details please ask your captain or me.

The newsletter is a work in progress so if you have any suggestions or want to contribute a section please let me know.

Good luck at the weekend to all teams and players representing the Heath and wrap up warm!!

Chris Jones

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Feb 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #1

A few of the old statesmen who know a lot more about the club than me and voiced their opinion that there isn’t much communication or sharing of each other successful season at the moment. Therefore, a newsletter on Tuesday each week will be emailed to everyone for the remaining 6/7 weeks of the season.

It’s work progress on the format and suggestions and content will be gratefully received. Basically it will contain, as a minimum a review of the weekend, information, dates for the diary and a bit of the back-page banter like we used to have in the old days when the team sheets were posted.

Ladies 1s v Redditch – Lost 4-1

Hard match for ladies 1s losing 4-1 in only their 2nd loss of the season. The result did not reflect the game which was much closer. Goal from Beccy Manning who was also named player of the match. The opposition are likely to be league champions so perhaps not a surprising result. A save off the line from Hannah Taylor and a penalty flick missed by the opposition.

Mens 1s v Old Wulfrunians – Lost 8-1

3rd v 4th at Woodrush on Saturday afternoon, we were all looking forward to hard fought game against Old Wulfs.

Unfortunately the Wulfs blew down the Heath door 8 times in what was a uncharacteristic bad day at the office for the 1s. Fleeting highlights of the game was a quality save down to his bottom left by Spaz from a penalty stroke. Skipper bagging another short corner goal, which was almost disallowed for the end of playtime. Vice skip Josh pick up a yellow, for using the method of mime to answer the question “Guy Garvey is the lead singer of which band?”.

  • Man of the Match : Liam – cracking running upfront.
  • D of the Day : Nelly – for making the skippers ears bleed

We’ll be looking to bounce back in two weeks’ time with an international game away at Newtown. Cynffonau Cymru!

Ladies 2s v Bromsgroves 4s – Won 3-2

Goals – Jane Fellows, Eloise Winspur & Becky Smith

A p/flick save by Jayne Harper in the last minute resulted in a hard fought win by the 2s. Becky’s well taken goal came from a cross from Emma Dedicoat on the right to level the scores. Jane and Eloise scored from close range to keep the team in the lead. Pleasant spring like afternoon at last. Ellie Hill played her debut game.

Mens 2s v Bromsgrove – Lost 6-0

No match report filed

AOB

  • Training – Thursday night training we go to 1 hour from Thursday 15th February
  • Awards Night – 7th April in the Cartland Room. Details to follow
  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) – 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for astros, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership forms or any other details please ask your captain or me.

Chris Jones

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Jan 18

Reminder – Annual Membership Now Due

This is a reminder to all members that your Annual Membership became due at the start of January.

If you haven’t received a renewal letter from the Club, please talk to your Captain, or ask the staff at the Club for a copy of the Membership form.

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Jan 18

Kit Shop Now Open

The Club Shop is now open for ordering new kit. It will close on 4th Feb 2018. Place your orders now for delivery in March

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Dec 17

Junior & Senior Training Dates

Junior and Senior training has now stopped for the Christmas break.

Senior training re-starts on Thursday 4th January 2018, Junior training re-starts on Sunday 7th January 2018.

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Dec 17

2nd XI v Stafford, 16/12/17 – Game Off

The 2nd XI League game against Stafford today has been postponed, as the pitch at Woodrush is still frozen. Likely re-arrangement date is 14th Jan, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed. Have a good Christmas & New Year, and we’ll see you on the pitch in 2018.

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Dec 17

Badgers XI Game Off – 16/12/2017

Today’s Badgers XI game has been cancelled, due to the pitch at Woodrush still being frozen. Have a good Christmas & New Year everyone, and we’ll see you on the pitch in 2018.

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Dec 17

Senior Training Off – Thursday 14th December

Senior training is off this Thursday, 14th December, due to the weather conditions.

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Nov 17

U12 Mini-Tournament 12 November 2017

Our Under 12’s met for the second time this season to play 3 games at Droitwich on what is becoming a now familiar cold afternoon.

In the first game the side started well but found themselves behind to two breakaway goals by Colwall & Malvern, and then unfortunately due to a couple of injuries – one thought to quite serious at the time – the match was abandoned before KHP could reply. In the second game against Redditch, KHP put in a good performance but thoughts where with their injured colleague and sadly conceded a goal in the dying minutes of the game.

With one more game to play the team rallied and got a well-deserved win in a entertaining game against Harborne with Matthew Kingsbury scoring for a 1 – 0 win.

Well done to the boys and girls and fortunately the injury ended up just badly bruised knock of hard hockey ball on a cold afternoon.

Roger

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Nov 17

U8 and U10 Mini-Tournaments 5 November 2017

Under 8’s First Taste of Mini-tournament

On a chilly Sunday morning in Stourport, King Heaths youngest recruits took their first steps at playing mini-tournament Hockey.

They played a simpler version of Hockey called QuickSticks – larger lighter ball, 4 a side, no goalkeepers and with rules made easier to keep the game moving.

We played 5 games, coming away with a win, draw and 3 losses but everyone had fun and enjoyed the morning and can’t wait for the next meeting in December.

Under 10’s Enjoy Mixed Fortunes

Following on after the Under 8, the Under 10 had their second meeting of the season.

Again playing 3 games but getting a draw and two losses, but were unfortunate to not get 2 wins and a loss. Lewis Harris again scoring.

Thanks to parents and player for braving the cold.

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Oct 17

U12 mini-tournament 8 October 2017

First U12 mini-tournament of the year was held at Stourport HC on Sunday 8th October.

A new looking U12 side played 3 games coming away with two good draws and a loss. A good team performance in all games, with the loss coming against a well drilled Stourport A team.

All looking forward to the next tournament in November.

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Oct 17

U10 mini-tournament 1 October 2017

Squad

KHP Juniors had their first Under 10s mini-tournament of the season stepping in as a late replacement at Edgbaston.

Playing three 15 minute games against Olton, Edgbaston and Hampton teams. Coming away with a win against Edgbaston with Lewis Harris scoring, and losing their other two games 1-0 and 2-0.

All the games where close contests where really any team could have won. Well done everyone.

– Roger

Keeper!

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Sep 17

Senior Training Cancelled on 21 September 2017

Senior training this Thursday (21st Sept) is cancelled due to an Open Evening at Woodrush.

Next senior training session will be 28th September.

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Sep 17

Please Sign-Up for the New Team Selection System !

Thanks to all of you who have already accepted the invite for ‘TeamStuff’, our new team selection system.

Your Captains would greatly appreciate it if those of you who haven’t accepted the invite and signed up yet did so as soon as possible. It makes our lives a lot easier if we aren’t having to contact half our team via the system, and the other half by text and email.

If you haven’t received the invite, please check your junk mail folder, and if it isn’t there let your captain know, or fill in the enquiry form on the website and we’ll get you up and running.

Thanks

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Jul 17

Kit shop open – opening extended to 5th September

Kit

Get kitted out for 2017/2018 Season. The club kit shop in partnership with Zoti Sports is open from now until 5th September

Place your orders via the Kit Shop section of the website. You’ll need the password to enter the shop

Hoodies are very a generous size you may want to order 1 or 2 sizes smaller