We are able to return to playing competitive hockey. The risk of COVID-19 transmission during hockey is low, but there are changes we all need to make to keep everyone as safe as we can.
The club’s COVID-19 Officer is Jez Higgins, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone/WhatsApp 07889 953414.
If you have any questions please get in touch with him. If you showing any COVID-19 symptoms, you must contact the NHS for a test, and must contact him as soon as possible.
As we prepare to return to training and league hockey, there are steps we all must take
- Complete the England Hockey Participation Agreement. Every player must complete this agreement before they are able to attend training or play a match.
- At every training session or game you attend, whether home or away, you must electronically sign in. You can bookmark this link, there will be QR codes posted at Woodrush, and it’s also on the club home page. If you forget or are unable to sign in, you must inform Jez Higgins the same day. We need to report attendance information to England Hockey for track and trace purposes promptly, and so it is important it is correct. At away games, the hosting club may also ask you to sign in. If this is the case, you must sign in with Kings Heath too.
- Bring hand sanitizer
- Arrive in your playing kit
- Self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms you MUST NOT play, should contact the NHS for a test, and must contact the club COVID-19 officer.
Outside of play:
- Sign in
- Follow government travel advice
- Socially distance at 2m distance, in groups of no more than 6
- Clean hands during breaks
- Follow site rules when using indoor spaces
- Respect opposition and umpires
- Take penalty corners and free-hites around the D promptly
- Touch the ball with stick or GK kit, not your hands
- Use only your own protective equipment
- Socially distance when play stops
- Avoid spitting or excessive shouting
- No handshakes or close contact with other players during goal celebrations
- Clean your kit
- If you develop symptoms, you should contact the NHS for a test, and must contact the club’s COVID-19 officer
- Changing facilities will not be available at Woodrush, or most (if not all) away venues.
- No teas 🙁
All the League and Conference fixtures for the 2020/21 season have now been uploaded into TeamStuff. Mens 1s continue in MRHA South West Premier, while in a quirk of geography Mens 2s move across to South East 4. The Ladies 1s were promoted to WWL Division 1, and the Ladies 2s continue in WWL Division 3.
Have a good season everyone.
At Woodrush there is only a single entrance to the astroturf. Inside the gate, there is a strip of hardstanding separated from the astro by a low fence. This fence has several gate giving access onto the astro, including one directly by the main gate. In order to avoid this main entrance becoming a potential bottleneck players, officials, and spectators should follow the KH Match Day Protocols.
Players, Coaches, Umpires
- Sign-in electronically when you arrive at the venue
- You MUST sign in
- There will be QR codes displayed prominently outside the astroturf.
- You must sign in for every match or training session you attend.
- Junior players should be signed in by a responsible adult.
- Do not use the gate immediate opposite the main entrance to go onto the astro.
- Home players and officials should turn left through the gate, and go onto the astro through the gate at the far end of the pitch.
- Away players and officials will be directed to the right through the gate, and to go onto the astro through the gate two thirds along the pitch.
- If there is a match in progress when you arrive, you must not go on to the pitch until it has finished. You must wait pitch side, while maintaining social distance, until the game has finished and those players start to leave.
- At the end of your game, leave the pitch promptly using the central gates and straight out through the main entrance. There is no need to sign out.
- When arriving, give those leaving the astro priority and do not crowd the entrance area.
These protocols will be provided to visiting teams ahead of time, and will be supported by signs on pitch side.
- Spectators should wait in the car park until the players have taken the pitch, and players from any previous game have left the astro.
- Spectators must not go onto the playing surface.
- Spectators may remain in their family groups, but should otherwise maintain social distance.
- Under the England Hockey guidance, spectators are not required to sign-in, but we would request that they do. In the event of track and trace being required, it will help speed the process.
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.
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 !
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 email@example.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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to steward the fire works on Sunday 4th November!
>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!
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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