The mens 1s kept their place at the top of the league with a victory over Bath Buccs, and due to results elsewhere, they now sit two points clear at the top of the league.
Bridgwater started the brighter of the two sides and go the opening goal early on, thanks to a well struck finish from skipper Duncan Morrish. Going a goal up inspired Bridgwater to kick on, and Todd Barrett shortly made it two with a composed finish through the keeper’s legs. The Bridgwater midfield was dominant throughout, and Barrett was able to score twice more to complete his hat trick before half time - Bridgwater heading into the break four up. Buccs came out fighting in the second half and, perhaps due to slight complacency, Bridgwater conceded early on. Rather than feeling deflated, they responded well, with man of the match Will Pope grabbing himself two goals to complete a well deserved win.
1st December Westbury and UB B 4 - 1 Bridgwater A
After a short trip up the M5 again, Bridgwater were facing a different Bristol team this time - Westbury. Knowing they were a place above them in the league, meant it was going to be a difficult game and only having the bare 11 players was not going to help. The game started with Westbury on top and looking to get the early lead, but some good saves and some last ditch tackles kept Westbury at bay. Then with Westbury pressing high a long flick by Ben Stone for Aaron Turner to run on to, put him behind the defence, and to get around the keeper he passed the ball to Dan Buller whose miscontrol lead to him squaring the ball back to Aaron to get the first goal of the game. Looking to keep their strong position Bridgwater knew they were going to have to work hard. But the lead was not to last long when a well worked move saw Westbury get their first, and with their tails up Westbury managed to get two more fairly quickly before the break.
Knowing it was going to be a uphill battle to get back into the game against a young fit opposition, a few tactical changes were made mostly to keep the score to a minimum. It was not the best half of hockey Bridgwater had played this year but a solid performance meant that Westbury only managed to score one more goal. The scoreline did not reflect how much of the game Westbury had but Bridgwater did have their chances too. Bridgwater look to host top of the table Bristol Uni for another tough game but the last before Christmas.
1st December Bridgwater B 4 - 1 Firebrands E
The mens 3s continued their solid start to the season by defeating Firebrands. The game ebbed and flowed in the early stages, but the nerves were calmed when Tom Lott grabbed the first goal of the game. A well worked short corner was then deftly deflected in by Steve Wilson to double Bridgwater’s lead early on. Despite a constant barrage of attacks over the next few minutes Bridgwater couldn’t quite find the third goal - and this inspired a strong Firebrands fightback. Another well struck Lott goal however, ensured the 3s went into half time three up.
Firebrands did not give up and but for a few cracking saves from keeper Brandon Durkin, they could have grabbed their first goal of the game in the early passages of the second half. It was Lott, however, who would grab the first goal of the second half, completing his hat trick. Despite conceding a consolation goal, Bridgwater ran out well deserved winners. Player of the match went to Steve Pigden for a tireless display, seemingly covering the whole pitch over the course of the game.
1st December Sidmouth & Ottery B 9 - 0 Bridgwater C
The mens 4s had a tricky week with selection and due to late drop outs, had to travel with only nine players to Sidmouth and Ottery. Despite all players giving their all, the difficulty of having two players down was always going to tell, and they suffered a heavy defeat.
1st December Ashmoor C 0 - 6 Bridgwater D
The mens 3s also won their second fixture of the weekend - this one on Sunday - defeating North Somerset with two goals from Tom Lott and two from Cam Birch - meaning they return to top of the table!
It's that time of the season when we ask all players (Senior and Junior) to complete a Membership Form so that we can ensure we have all the correct contact and other details on file.
Membership Forms are available for download, and captains and other club officials should be able to provide paper copies as well. Please help us keep all your details up to date.
Well, for Ladies and Mens teams anyway!
Ladies at 7:00pm and Men at 8:15pm. Let's have a great turn-out for the first week!
The Junior training will start on Tuesday 11th September at 6:00pm. We've delayed it by a week as not all the schools are back on the 4th September.
A summary of this season's fixtures now on the Fixtures Page. Some times (mostly for away games have not yet been completed. We'll update as soon as we know.
There was a slightly disappointing attendance at the AGM with only 15 members attending.
Not the full minutes here, but some of the main points below:
Alan Baldwin chaired, welcomed those attending, and confirmed that the meeting was quorate. Apologies had been received from 12 members.
Alan gave a short report of the season.
The season's award winners were summarised and confirmed and trophies will be engraved to be avaiable shortly.
Copies of the accounts were circulated, and with some adjustments, the accounts showed an excess of income over expenditure of £2,781. It was noted that it had been a strong season for fundraising.
Given the current financial position of the club, the treasurer proposed that subscriptions, match fees, and travel expenses (fuel) would remain at the same level as this year, and this was agreed.
A specific reduction in subscriptions of 50% for goalkeeping members in recognition of the costs of providing goalkeeping equimnet was discussed, proposed and agreed.
Election of Officers
The following Officers were duly proposed, seconded and elected:
President - Sheila Burridge
Chairman - Alan Baldwin
Vice-Chairman - Sue Chaplin
Treasurer/MembershipSecretary - Rachel Higgs
Secretary - Bridget Hedaux
Club Captain - Dan Pigden
Men’s Fixture Secretary/League Liason - Rob Morrish
Ladies Fixture/Match Secretary - Julie Morrish
Umpires’ Secretary - Julie Morrish
General committee - Geoff Banham
Press and Communication Officer - Sapphy Reed-Yang/Alan Baldwin
Youth Representative - not elected (to be co-opted at the start of 2018/19 season)
Ladies 1st XI Captain - Lucy Burridge
Ladies 2nd XI Captain - Clare Wilson
Men’s 1st XI Captain - Duncan Morrish
Men’s 2nd XI Captain - Mike Morrish
Men’s 3rd XI Captain - Marcus Blyth
Men’s 4th XI Captain - Ian Stradling - co-opted Aug-18
Men’s 5th XI Captain - James Kettlewell
All current Vice-Presidents were re-elected.
Any Other Business
The committee to discuss the selection and appointment of coaches at the first committee meeting, to cover mens and ladies sections of the club.
It was agreed that the a sub-committee should be set up to work to attract new members to the club - especialy in the 19-25 age group. This sub-committee to be set up at the first committee meeting.
Sue Durkin offered to liaise with her employers to provide a lockable first aid cupboard for the 1610 pitchside. A meeting is to be convened with 1610 to follow up.
It was agreed that additional first aid training should take place for club members - both formal and informal to ensure adequate first aid coverage in the club.
Bridget outlined that further work to complete and enhance the pitch refurbishment would take place in June.
Bridget to keep the committee and the club updated with further improvement plans and developments.
Mens 1st Player of the Year - Tom Lott
Mens 2nd Player of the Year - Harry Rose
Mens 3rd Player of the Year - Dom Rauch
Mens 4th Player of the Year - Alex Howe
Mens 5th Player of the Year - Toby Knight
Ladies 1st Player of the Year - Sapphy Reed-Yang
Ladies 2nd Player of the Year - Hilary McNeil
Top Goalscorer - Tom Lott
Best Youth Male - Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres
Best Youth Female - Willow Hobbs
Most Improved Male - Lewis Coad
Most Improved Female - Lauren Morrish
Best Trainer - Kashi Morrish
Fair Play Trophy Men - Kieran Wood
Fair Play Trophy Ladies - Hilary McNeil
Team of the Year - Mens 1st
Clunk - Brandon Durkin
Captain's Cup - Rob Morrish
Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 7:00pm
Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 8:15pm
Resumes on Tuesday 11th September at 6:00pm