The mens 1s went into their game with Somerset Gryphons wary of the fact they were coming up against the only unbeaten side in the league. Despite this, Bridgwater started the better of the two sides and dominated the early exchanges - Todd Barrett burying a half volley into the corner to put his side 1-0 up. Despite their dominance of the first 20 minutes, a second goal just didn’t materialise, and this allowed Gryhpons to feel their way back into the game. Bagging an equaliser with only five minutes of the half left, they went into half time level.
It was Gryphons who would dominate the second half, and for Bridgwater it was an exercise in staying in the game, with keeper Pete Saunders keeping up his fine form and keeping his side in the game. After conceding with less than ten minutes to go, Bridgy were staring at defeat; However, they showed great spirit and kept fighting until the end. With less than two minutes remaining, captain Duncan Morrish managed to bury a reverse strike through the keeper's legs to make sure Bridgwater came away with a point.
Joint players of the match were Pete Saunders and Duncan Morrish.
The ladies 1s came up against tough opposition from Weston-super-Mare. It was an end to end match, with goals coming from both sides but unfortunately ended in a 4-3 loss for the home team. Goals came from an excellent drag flick from Player of the Match Charlie Lewis aided by Heidi Martin, the second from a text book set piece from goal scorer Lucy Burridge and Sapphy Reed-Yang, and the third from Annabelle Jay. It was a spirited team performance, and the team hope to bounce back next week away to Old Bristolians.
10th November Bridgwater A 8 - 6 Firebrands D
The mens 2s more than played their part in a 14 goal thriller against Firebrands - coming out as 8-6 victory. Going a goal up through Tom Lott, their opposition equalised quickly. Lott then bagged two more to confirm a five minute hat trick to put Bridgwater up 3-1 up with less than ten minutes played. With Kieran Wood bagging the fourth, and Lott adding his fourth and fifth, Bridgwater seemed to be cruising at 6-1 up. Firebrands pulled two back to make the score 6-3, and through a goal from Alex Howe and Lott’s sixth, Bridgwater were then 8-3 up. A spirited comeback from Firebrands brought them back to 8-6, but the five goal cushion Bridgwater had built was enough to keep them on top. Alex Howe was player of the match.
10th November Minehead Ladies 2nd 1 - 9 Bridgwater Ladies 2nd
The Ladies 2s returned to winning ways, with a sublime win against Minehead. They started the game strongly and could have been a goal up in the first few minutes, but after a scramble in front of goal the ball was cleared. Bridgwater then settled into their game and wouldn't let Minehead out of their own half. They were finally rewarded for their persistence with Danni Morgan scoring her first of the season. This was closely followed by goals from Kate Ward and Clare Wilson - Bridgwater three ahead at half time.
10th November North Somerset B v Bridgwater B (abandoned)
Sadly the mens 3s game was abandoned after only 15 minutes due to floodlight failure at North Somerset - the score at the time was 0-0.
10th November Bridgwater C 4 - 2 West Dorset A
The mens 4s bagged another victory this week, returning to winning ways against a very strong, but young West Dorset side. Despite their inexperience, the opposition youngsters were hugely skilful and exerted a lot of pressure on Bridgwater. After being held for a period at 2-2, the experience of Bridgwater told - thanks to the two goals from Ben Sims and the two goals from Steve Turvey, the score ended 4-2. With only a few votes in so far, it’s Bridgwater’s new youngster Oscar West who’s leading the way for player of the match.
10th November Bridgwater D 1 - 3 Minehead B
The mens 5s put in a spirited performance, but ended up losing 3-1 to Minehead, who are second in the table. Their opposition did prove to be the better team, and in the first 5 minutes they used their experience to get a grip in the game. It was a fairly even start, with both keepers tested and both responding with some good saves with and Luke Otley, Pete Cammish, with Rowan James and Will Baldwin were all busy and looked good; but it was Minehead who broke the deadlock; Bridgwater 1-0 down at half time, with only Nikita Cernikovs with Phil Pyke offering an outlet up front, and Bridgwater’s young midfielders Steve Miller, Sam Stacey, Toby Knight, Kieran Barrow and Sam Thomas all working hard
Bridgwater didn’t start the second half well as they let the more experienced side grab control of the game which they did as they pushed Bridgwater back. Some fine saves kept them at bay as did a determined back line but it was inevitable that Minehead would score more, and they were soon 3-0 up. But then a moment of brilliance from Cernikovs put him 1-1 with the keeper and despite his first effort being saved, he scored from the rebound. In the last five minutes Bridgwater came to life, and if there was more time on the clock, they certainly could have got something from the game.
Player of the match was shared between Toby Knight, Nikita Cernikovs and Pete Cammish.
Some good performances across the club, and a lot of goals scored by Bridgwater teams this week; making our Hockey Blackjack very interesting already!
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