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Oct 19

Reminder – Kit Shop Open

Just a quick reminder that the Kit Shop is open now, up until the 20th October. It will then open again on the 24th November, so you can get your orders in for Christmas presents.

Click on ‘Kit Shop’ on the top menu to find out more.

8

Jul 19

Men’s League Fixtures for 2019/20 Available

MRHA has now published the Men’s League fixtures for 2019/20. These have been uploaded to TeamStuff and you can also find them on the relevant pages of the ‘Teams’ section of the website.

As soon as we have the Ladies and Badgers fixtures, these will be added, as will any friendlies, and start times / venues for all the matches, so keep checking back.

Since we have only entered two men’s sides in the League for the coming season, last season’s 3rd XI is now the 2nd XI – the 2’s are the new 3’s !

29

Oct 18

The Kings Heath Pickwick Papers #10

FIREWORKS NIGHT STEWARDING

Thank you for everyone how has already volunteered so far to steward, but we NEED MANY MORE.

The fireworks spectacular which takes place on Sunday 4th November! We need every single member to volunteer their time for this event. There are several ways you can help out.

We need lots of stewards, at least 35, to help out with the main event from 4pm to 8.30pm. Stewarding the event is great fun, and afterwards there is a free drink and a curry waiting for you. Please put yourself forward to make this a safe and successful event.

We also need help during the day setting up the event.

To let us know you can help then either tell your captain or email Chris direct on chrisjonesesq@hotmail.com with your contact details and the times you can steward and/or if you can leaflet.

This is a family event so if you would like to bring any friends or family to help out then all help is welcome. This is all we ask on fundraising each year so please put your name forward to help your club. We would really appreciate your support.

MATCH REPORT – Bumper Edition

LAST WEEKEND

LADIES 1s LOST 4-0

A very decent performance from the ladies 1s lots of pressure on the opposition but sadly not the result we would have wanted. Losing 4-0.
Scoreline flattered the opposition but we did run out of stream rather in the final quarter. Special mention to Jo Hobbs playing in goal for us and Sam Kinzett playing up from the 2s in her first 1s match for about 3 seasons and performing very well. Also Beth Steven for keeping up with “Tippy Tapping” most of the match!

MENS 1s LOST 3-2

Average performance from the mens one. Plenty of endeavour, plenty of effort and a hint of West Wales hockey circa 2005. Sutton Coldfield 3 were well organised and hard to breakdown, with a hint of pace and youth in their forward line. Thank god for Nick pace helping his elder statements at the back out. Another Federer smash from Chris and a cultured finish for his second goal in as many games from the occasion Tommy. Spaz made some barn storming saves and Will didn’t kick is as much as usual in the oppo D. Well played Ross Halfpenny making his 1st team debut and channelling his inner Good Will Hunting at halftime. HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES.

LADIES 2s LOST 6-2 Worcester 4s

Tricky week for us with only 10 players and a goal keeping virgin (me!) against a Worcester team whose average age must have been about 17. We started brightly and went one nil up with Connie knocking in her second goal of the season. Then Worcester got the bit between their teeth and came at us with several waives of attack equalising very quickly and before we knew it we were 4-1 down at half time. We hadn’t played badly, indeed we’d fought hard and had a few chances ourselves. After a rousing half time team talk by Sarah with help from Blake, we had a better second half where we had more chances and converted one of these through a long range shot from Carina Taylor. Again our youngsters played well and are improving with every game so I am excited by where this team could get to. It was a good effort by all but final score
Worcester 4s 6 Kings Heath 2nds 2

2 WEEKENDS AGO

Ladies 1s
First league match of division 1. Promising performance generally although we didn’t capitalise on early possession and clearly forgot we had gone into a league where the opposition were wholly competent enough to stop us running through them. We are going to need to be more inventive in this league! 2 soft goals against us in the first half and a very much better 3rd goal saw us 3 down. A consolation goal in the 2nd half came from a great run down the left from debut player Beth Stevens passing to Sara Wassall to bang the ball towards the goal for a diving goal by sophie brown. Both the ball and Sophie crossing the line together! 1-3 but we can do better on the return.

Ladies 2nd v Droitwich
We had lost 4-1 to this team last week and we were determined to put things right. It was a fantastic performance from everyone in a closely fought match.
Both teams had several chances in the first half, Droitwich being kept out by some great defending by KH and our GK Sarah Clay. After the break we started to dominate, mainly down to stringing some great passes together. The youngsters battled hard and were eventually rewarded about 10 minutes from the end by a goal from Connie – a shot from the edge of the D. Droitwich disputed the goal quite vociferously maintaining that she was outside the D but the goal was given. It was a really encouraging performance with particular mention to Beth and Edi Timmins, Charlie, Amity and Lizzie who battled well and seemed to be everywhere on the pitch. Great first win of the season.
Result Kings Heath 1 Droitwich 0

Mens 1s WON 3-2
We travelled away to face Worcester 3s. The wind was terrible, so bad in fact that it was worrying some of our loftier players. Chicken wanted the wind taken in to account if we won the toss so that it would be with us in the second half! However, Worcester has the wind in the first half and it clearly helped as the first touch of the ball by a Kings Heath player was from Spaz; picking the ball out of the back of the goal! Things didn’t improve much from then on as Worcester doubled the lead a few minutes later. They had taken the wind out of our sails (see what I did there). The marking did improve from then on and we started to play some reasonable hockey. We got ourselves back in the game with a nicely worked goal with Liam playing Chicken in on the back post to score on the reverse… yes a reverse! The first half ended with us trailing 2-1. In the second half, with the wind at our backs, we started to pick up some momentum. Passing improved and we had plenty of chances but the Worcester keeper kept them in it. Finally there was a break-through; Mark went on a run from the back, breezed into the D and blew the opposition away with a shot the bulged the top right corner of the net. We were back in the game! Worcester has no subs and so started to tire towards the end. We threw caution to the wind and sent players forward. Our third goal came from Chicken to take the lead with minutes to spare. Worcester mounted several final attacks, but they were p**sing in the wind. We held on to take the win. A gusty, I mean gutsy performance.

FIXTURES
Saturday 22 September

  • Mens 3s vs Worcestor 6, 11:40pb at Woodrush
  • Mens 2s vs Bromsgrove, 1:00pb away at St Godwalds
  • Mens 1s vs UoB 4s, 1:10pb at Woodrush

Remember Thursday is training night at Woodrush between 8-10

And please email chrisjonesesq@hotmail.com to volunteer to steward the fire works on Sunday 4th November!

Thanks
Chris

23

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.

31

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.

15

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

28

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

21

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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SENIOR HOCKEY

We run three Men’s sides, two Ladies’ sides, and a Badgers side that all compete in local leagues every Saturday through the season. We employ a professional coach for training sessions and have many qualified volunteer coaches. So whether you’re male or female, young or old, beginner or seasoned-pro, we’d love to meet you and welcome you as a valued member of our club. 

JUNIOR HOCKEY

Our Junior Section was formed 22 years ago with the aim of getting more local youngsters involved in hockey. We run structured training sessions which are lead by qualified coaches. Our weekly sessions are safe and fun, with tried and tested routines to develop all the necessary skills needed to play hockey whilst ensuring it is enjoyable. Sessions are open to 5-16 year olds of all abilities, including beginners.

SOCIALS

We firmly believe that sport should have a social dimension, and in addition to socialising after matches we also run a number of social events throughout the year. We are part of Kings Heath Cricket and Sports Club which also runs other sports sections including cricket, tennis, squash, snooker, and bowls. The main club has won the following awards: Community Club of the Year, King of Clubs, Sports Club of the Year.