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