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Saturday 13 January 2017
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Taw Valley 1st 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 3
 
Bridgwater travelled to Barnstaple at the weekend to face a revived Taw Valley team. Despite having a few weeks off over Christmas, Bridgwater displayed a good show of hockey, linking up play all the way from the defence to the attacking line. In the first half after dropping a goal down to Taw Valley in the first ten minutes, Bridgwater’s hard work and persistence resulted in two goals being scored by Heidi Martin from a short corner, then Sapphy Reed-Yang from some impressive open play,  
 
Bridgwater continued their form in the second half, and supported each other to a well deserved 3-2 win. The goal coming from a cross from Laura Coles deflected into the net by Sapphy Reed-Yang. Bridgwater face Weston next weekend, and hope to keep a winning streak this half of the season.
 
Player of the Match: Sapphy Reed-Yang
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd 6,  Firebrands 4th 0
 
The Mens 2s picked up a valuable and strong win againsta Firebrands, scoring six unanswered goals to get the second half of the season off to a flying start at Chilton on Saturday. Next week might prove to be a stiffer test, in an important game away aginst Keynsham - two places above them in third position.
 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0,  Taw Valley 2nd 4
 
Taw Valley 2s visited Bridgwater on Saturday, and from the start Bridgwater used the ball wide with Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Jess Shobbrook linking well down the right. Bridgwater then found themselves on the back foot with Taw Valley attacking in waves. Elesi Ryder and Hilary McNeil managed to keep the ball out of the D, but Taw Valley opened the scoring. Bridgwater continued to defend with Niamh Dillon and Rachel Higgs trying to move the ball up the wings. Sue Durkin made some important saves but Taw valley broke through the defence again to score their second goal.

The fisrt fifteen minutes after the break, Bridgwater switched on with Lauren Morrish and Willow Hobbs working well down the left and getting the ball into the D to Rose Baker. Kashi Morrish worked well in midfield to get the ball forward. But Taw Valley then won three short corners in a row and despite Bridgwater defending these well, the visitors managed to get the ball over the line. Bridgwater then broke forward with Tracey Gue driving up the right wing and getting the ball into the D, winning Bridgwater a short corner. Kate Ward unfortunately had the goal disallowed as it hit the roof of the net. Bridgwater switched off for a few seconds which gave Taw Valley the chance to break and score their fourth.
 
A frustrating loss for Bridgwater, but aiming to turn things around against Weston 3s next week.
 
Player of the Match: Sue Durkin 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Chard 2nd 8,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 0
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 5th 0
 
This week it was clear that too many turkeys, chocolate and shandies were had by all, as sore heads may have accounted for several last minute changes. Many thanks to Noel Smith and Mark Seaward for stepping in at the last minute to help get 11 onto the pitch, including a keeper.

The second half of the season involves playing all teams twice more, so Bridgwater travelled to Sidmouth & Ottery to play the top of the table team. The game was end to end, with mince pies causing Steve Morrish a few issues as he couldn’t quite figure out who was on his team. Ted Kelly and Toby Knight looked far more mature and started off really well in the middle, with Steve Miller and Nikita Cernikovs playing well on the wings getting up and down. Noel Smith played well up front, pressing and harrying the defence with young Harvey “1D” Larcombe coming close to opening the scoring. Sidmouth & Ottery were able to create their own chances and despite Jim Smith, Rowan James, James Kettlewell and Morrish defending, they were able to get some shots off that were well saved by Seaward. Cernikovs, Miller and Larcombe all came close to scoring for Bridgwater with Kelly who missed a shot that was well saved by the keeper. The back and forth game ended up with some tired legs in the 5s as the Christmas period started to take its toll - Sidmouth & Ottery’s pressure finally told and they went a goal up with just two minutes before half time.

The second half started with a quick Sidmouth & Ottery goal that seemed to spur Bridgwater into life. Kelly and Knight started to dominate in the midfield as their younger legs began to expose Sidmouth & Ottery in the middle. But the opposition were always set up for the counter attack and with Kettlewell off the pitch for a few minutes, they pounced and scored a third. Bridgwater fought until the end, and despite Knight now playing a mixed defence, midfield and attack role, with Jim Smith and Morrish pressing forward they couldn’t get the elusive goal that they did deserve. Seaward continued to impress with some cracking saves.

First game back after Christmas, too much Turkey, last minute changes and only 11 players with two debuts against, top of the table, the young 5s looked good.
 
Thanks to Mark Hutter for the loan of goal keeping kit, and Phil Morrish for the loan of some astro shows - keeping the 5s show on the road!
 
Man of the Match was Toby Knight who tracked back and had a consistently good game.
 
Sunday 14 January 2017
 
Somerset Cup
Yeovil & Sherborne 5,  Bridgwater 1
 
Bridgwater travelled to Yeovil to take on Yeovil & Sherborne in the opening round of the Somerset Cup. The opposition are in the division above, so it was always going to be a stiff challenge. So it proved, with Yeovil & Sherborne stretching out with three unanswered goals in the first half.
 
The second half was more even, though, with Bridgater grabbing a goal back through the hard-working Andy Taylor. The home team added two more in the half, to run out comfortable winners. All in all, a good workout for Bridgwater, ahead of the first post-holiday league match A good workout from a team that are in a higher division for their first league match of the year, at home against Chippenham, to try and avenge a defeat from the away match earlier in the season.
 
Under 12 Hockey Festival - Bruton
 
After the long drive to Bruton the Bridgwater Unnder 12 squad were both excited and nervous, lined up to play five games on a very chilly Sunday.  This was the first tournament for many but they all slotted into their roles and listened well to coach Dan Pigden.

Game 1 saw the group play against a strong Cheddar Valley A Team and although Lucas Hobbs and Oliver Mackay linked well, driving the ball forward, without a goal keeper it was always going to be difficult, and the result was a loss - 4-0. Lesson 1 - stick close with attackers as they move into the D.

After a break and the arrival of Oscar and Edward Taylor straight off the rugby pitch, Game 2 against Yeovil & Sherborne 2 was a much closer affair. Oscar stepped into goal, Oliver moved into defence and Jess Oram, Jasmine Tucker and Sid Munt put in a solid performance. Several shots at the opposition goalkeeper were either saved or just went wide. A quick break by the Yeovil forwards saw the ball threaded through the defence and past the keeper for 1-0.  Lesson 2 - move into wider positions and use space on the pitch.
 
Game 3 against Chard saw Lucy Bremner and Holly Evans in midfield make some strong interceptions and try to release the ball forward.  Shots on goal and improved possession with some amazing saves from Oscar kept the game end to end. Arden Kehoe along with Abby Reid and Edward Taylor worked hard to stop the Chard players getting into the D. However a quick break led to the first Chard goal, followed quickly by a second when the Chard player reacted quicker than Bridgwater. Oscar made a great save but the loose ball was followed up and popped into the goal. 2-0 loss. Lesson 3 - react quickly to the situations on pitch.

Game 4 against a strong Civil service squad, saw heroics by Lucas Hobbs as he used his clever stickwork to get into shooting space. Despite an injury to his hand he had several shots on goal which went agonisingly wide. The 2-0 loss score line did not do justice to the huge improvement in play.
 
In the fifth and final game, the Bridgwater played the Cheddar Valley B team (with several from the A team). Here everything clicked, players in better defending positions, strong tackles and distribution into space, hard running and again shots on goal.  No goal scored but 'your best performance' said coach Dan.
 
Well done to all involved - lots to work on but the effort and enthusiasm shown by all will bring improvements quickly in the rest of the season.  Thanks to parents for their support on the day and the long drive there and back!

Selection Policy

 

As part of the preparation for the new season, the team selection policy has been updated and re-issued by the Committee.

 

It is available on the website here, and is used as guidance to all captains when selecting players for Bridgwater teams.

Membership Forms for this season now online. If you're an existing member, and you've signed up to emails from the club, then you should receive an email from Sue Chaplin, the Membership Secretary. If nothing has changed, then if you confirm by email, then there is no need to complete a new form.

 

 

Updates from the 2017 AGM

Club Officers 2017/18
President Sheila Burridge
Chairman Alan Baldwin
Vice-Chairman Carwyn Jenkins
Treasurer/
Membership Secretary
Rachel Higgs/
Sue Chaplin
Secretary Bridget Hedaux
Club Captain Steve Turvey
Fixture Secretary - Men Rob Morrish
Fixture Secretary - Ladies Julie Morrish
Umpires Secretary

Julie Morrish

General Committee Geoff Banham
Equipment Dan Pigden
Press and Communications
(Social Media)

Alan Baldwin

(Duncan Morrish)

Social Secretary Karen Chilcott
Welfare Officer Sheila Burridge
Youth Representative Will Kelly
Disciplinary Officer Marcus Blyth
Team Captains

1st Men

Tom Lott
1st Ladies Cass Walker
2nd Men Mike Morrish
2nd Ladies Clare Wilson
3rd Men Phil Morrish
4th Men

Kev Hicks *

5th Men Steve Morrish
* co-opted by the committee after the AGM

Financial Decisions

 

It was decided that subscriptions should not be increased for playing members, and that subscriptions and match fees should stay the same as last year. In summary:

 

Subscriptions
Adult Playing Member £70 *  
Non-playing/social Member £25 *  
Student member £40 *  
Juniors £25 *  
    *to be paid or standing order in place by 31 October
Match Fees    
Adult Member £8    
Students and Juniors £5  
Umpires Payment    
Per match £8  

 

Online shop for club kit - go here

Latest League Updates

(click the links below to get the latest from the league websites)

 

Mens All Ladies All
Mens 1 Ladies 1
Mens 2 Ladies 2
Mens 3  
Mens 4  
Mens 5  

Training Times (from September)
at Chilton Trinity 1610 All-weather Pitch.

 

Training suspended for Christmas until Tuesday 9th January

 

Men

Tuesdays - 8:15pm to 9:30pm 

 

Ladies

Tuesdays 7:00pm to 8:15pm

 

Please arrive 10 minutes ahead ready for an off-pitch warm-up!

 

Junior Training

Tuesdays 6:00 pm to 7:00pm in term time.

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