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Saturday 20 January 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  Chippenha 1st 3
 
Bridgwater entertained Chippenham who are second in the league and who scored eight against Bridgwater earlier in the season, so a tough game was anticipated, but the home team felt they had something to prove.
 
Bridgwater started very strong, working hard all over the pitch to make sure they were the better team and this paid off when a well worked passage of play found Jordan Rawles in the D to slot home. The rest of the half was well fought out with every single player giving their all to stop Chippenham from dominating the game like they had earlier in the season.
 
At half time Bridgwater led by the single goal, and the team talk focused on keeping up the work rate, and not allowing Chippenham a chance. Things started off superbly for Bridgy as they extended their lead after a quickly taken hit by Will Pope found Andy Taylor, who reached Todd Barrett at the back post to slot home. This seemed to wake Chippenham up and they had a spell of play that led to them pulling a goal back from a crisp shot. Earlier in the season, this could have been the moment that Bridgwater crumbled, but they did the opposite and with Chippenham pushing for the equaliser, Bridgy hit on the break with Tom Lott picking the ball up from just inside the opposition half, driving for the goal and slipping the ball under the oncoming keeper.
 
The home team were on top and playing the best game of their season but a five minute interruption to the game broke their rhythm, and allowed Chippenham to get back into the game with two quick goals to level the game. Again in other games Bridgwater have folded in these situations but they got stuck in and with some stout defending (in particular from Duncan Morrish with some last ditch tackles, and some good saves from Pete Saunders who was back in goal for the first time this season) kept Chippenham at bay. A late break saw Bridgy on the attack, the ball finishing with Will Pope who found himself free on the back post to sweep the ball home and win the match for Bridgwater! A massive performance from Bridgwater with all playing their hearts out. A big thank you to all the supporters who helped by cheering the team along, and to the umpires who kept the game going in a difficult match at times.
 
Man of the match was shared between Duncan Morrish, Will Pope and Tom Lott.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1,  Weston super Mare 4

 

The Ladies 1s faced local derby team Weston super Mare in what was set to be a tough match. Not long into the game, Bridgwater were down a player due to injury, and a shuffle of positions was in order. This led to a series of goals scored by Weston before the end of the first half.

 
Restarting the second half, Bridgwater knew there was a lot of work to do and that they had to play their own style of hockey rather than their oppositions. Unfortunately, despite multiple short corners and chances, the Bridgwater did not get on the scoreboard. 
 
However, in the final few minutes of the game, Bridgwater were given a final chance with a short corner where a penalty flick was conceded by the visitors defence. Lucy Burridge stepped up and scored the home team's only goal of the game.
 
Player of the match: Amy Burridge 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Keynsham 1st 5,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2
 
The 2s took the short trip to Bristol to face Keynsham who are above them in the table. Knowing it was going to be a tough game Bridgwater hoped to a full squad, but due to a misread text message they went with only 11. The game started tentatively with both teams struggling to keep possession it the wet conditions. Then a break away down the left led to Rich Payne squeezing a reverse pass across the D to Mulberry who just managed to control the ball and carefully place the ball into the net. This woke up Keynsham and Bridgwater were on the back foot. Then a hopeful ball put into the D by Keynsham fell kindly to their striker to level the game. A moment of madness gave Keynsham a second, when a bad call led to the keeper Durkin letting the ball go into the back of the net because he felt the pass was from outside the D. Going from a early lead to falling behind gave Bridgwater some extra desire, and a good run into the D from Will Kelly saw a spin sent across the goal, tapped past the keeper by Alfie. Bridgwater went into half time the scores still level.
 
The second half saw the lack of substitutes take its toll, and Keynsham came out of the blocks quickly and beginning to take control of the game  - pressing high making it difficult for Bridgwater to get it out of their half. The pressure began to create cracks in the tired legs of Bridgwater Keynsham scored three quick goals. Bridgwater heads fell and they never looked like they would get back into the game. Bridgwater did have some good chances in the second half, the best of these was a good run down the line by Alfie who did all the hard work to see his shot going narrowly wide.
 
Next week sees another tough game against Old Bristolans, but Bridgwater are looking to change their luck.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Weston super Mare 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 3
 

The Ladies 2s travelled to Weston, looking to get their first win of since the Christmas break.


Bridgwater started well with Rose Baker and Jess Shobbrook hassling from the start. Jess won the ball passing it to Clare Wilson on the edge of the D, who in turn found Rose on the far post putting Bridgwater a goal up in the first two minutes. This boosted Bridgwater with Beth Porter, Danni Morgan and Kate Ward doing a great job intercepting the ball from Westons hit outs. Kate Ward then had a shot on goal, Clare Wilson picked the deflection to score Bridgwater's second goal. Weston then started attacking and broke through the middle, Lauren Morrish and Jenny Hayden-Briffet did well to track back. Sue Durkin made some good saves in goal but unfortunately Bridgwater conceded a goal. Kashi Morrish and Niamh Dillon linked well down the right to get the ball through to Clare who again found Rose in the D scoring her second of the game.
 

Weston started the second half a little more determined but Hilary McNeil, Rachel Higgs and Bridget Hedeax did a great job keeping them out of the D. Weston then scored from a short corner with the ball just going over the line. Bridgwater continued to play well and pass the ball around and saw the game finish 3 2 to Bridgwater.

 

Player of the Match: Clare Wilson.

 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
North Somerset 2nd 5,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 4
 
The second team’s loss was the third team’s gain this week. Aaron Turner failing to make the meet played an important part in this game. The first 15 minutes saw one way traffic as the promotion chasing North Somerset appeared unstoppable piling three goals past Bridgwater. The Bridgwater skipper brought himself off the bench up front and moved normal forward player Paul Bond back into midfield and all of a sudden it clicked. Turner now “turned” the defence inside out with his customary one handed dribble. Chances fell to Bond who scored, Coad who was saved, Turner who was saved and Morrish who finished brilliantly (with his foot which wasn't spotted!). At 3-1, Bridgwater were back in the game but conceded once more to go in 4-1 down at half time.
 
The second half was a transformation. Turner was unstoppable and the midfield and defence broke through the North Somerset defensive line time after time. Rich Biddle’s mazy run found Phil Morrish free and the first time shot beat the keeper. Minutes later Turner laid on a simple finish for Morrish and at 4-3 they had a worried opposition. Dillon crossed a brilliant ball from the right back line but Morrish's swing failed to make contact with the keeper nowhere. North Somerset on a rare excursion into the half, gained a fortunate fifth when Bridgwater’s defence hesitated in anticipation of a free hit being given to them. Never mind, Bridgwater reacted brilliantly with Turner pulling another back (blowing a little he had now to go off for a short rest!). Then Bridgwater were awarded a penalty stroke. Unfortunately Morrish’ s stroke was exceptionally well saved by the keeper with his stick diving to the right.  Turner came back on and more chances were made. Jack Dillon had a deflection saved luckily by the keeper when a worse touch may well have beaten him.

The game ended as a loss but the performance was the best of the season.
Man of the Match: Paul Bond
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 5, Taunton Civil Service 2nd 3
The 4s paraded a strong team as they entertained Taunton Civil Service 2s at home. Civil Service (one place above Bridgwater in the table) had held Bridgwater to a draw in the away fixture. The first half in general was very messy, and the strength of Civil Service caught Bridgwater by surprise. There were numerous well worked and co-ordinated attacks at both ends but it was CS who took the lead. Bridgwater equalised shortly after only to concede again for 2-1. They managed to equalise for the second time and 2-2 at half time gave Bridgwater the chance to start again in the second half.

Paul Blackmore and Paul Tilley were strong in midfield and were helped by Carwyn Jenkins who was guesting, playing himself back from an injury. Gradually Bridgwater began to take control and took the lead for the first time in the game. They added a fourth goal to give themselves a cushion. A crazy few minutes then followed with CS countering strongly. They had a goal correctly disallowed and then were awarded a penalty flick which drew them back to within a single goal. Bridgwater battled in defence and scored a fifth before the final whistle.
 
A mixed bag of goals came from Tilley, Blackmore, Steve Turvey, Steve Wilson and Jenkins.
Bridgwater deserved the win and they strengthen their fifth place in the table now only a single point behind the next team in the table.

Man of the Match was deservedly Alex McNeill who battled throughout in defence. 
 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 3,  Ashmoor 4th 2,  
 
After last week's trip into Devon against top of the table, the 5s had a crucial bottom of the table clash against Ashmoor. Several changes were made to Bridgwater as ‘haircut’ Sam Thomas and Tyler Fagan became available, as did younger Syvret, Joe. Both Will Baldwin and Steve Miller were allowed some leave to have some time on the hockey pitch. The weather was set to be windy with some light drizzle, so knowing which way the wind blew, Bridgwater won the toss and chose to face the wind in the first half. Would this be the right decision?
 
So after looking forward to a bang bang 12 pointer of a game, things started slowly. Both teams were looking to get something from the day's play so both came out of the blocks tentatively. At the back Steve Morrish looked ordinary, but James Kettlewell and Baldwin looked good as they blocked the young Ashmoor offence, allowing minimal shots on goal, which in turn were ably seen away by returning keeper Christian Durkin. Thomas started confidently with some strong tackles, but it was the midfield quartet of Jim Smith, Toby Knight, Fagan and Syvret who all looked to control the game for Bridgwater. Ashmoor had some skilled players of their own and combined with some highly prized youth, they kept Bridgwater at bay whilst still causing the defence a few issues. Bridgwater came close a couple of times to breaking the deadlock with Nikita Cernikovs, Harvey ‘DC Dent’ Larcombe and Miller all breaking free to only just miss. Fagan pulled a worldy of a save from the Ashmoor keeper and the half ended goalless.

Bridgwater actually started a second half without conceding a goal straightaway, hoorah, but as the game progressed things started getting niggly and tight as both teams wanted something from the 12 pointer. Fagan, Smith and Syvret were helping pull the strings with the little legs of Knight going around the pitch, covering forward and defensive positions. Syvret got the ball into the net, but sportingly admitted that the ball had hit his foot and the goal was diallowed. Larcombe and Miller both came close, as did top scorer Kettlewell who had the keeper making a crucial save, as well as defenders blocking on the line. Unfortunately two errors in the space of about 30 seconds from Morrish, coupled with Smith going off, as he ‘needed a breather’ changed the game as Ashmoor went two goals up with only 16 minutes left. As a wise man once said ‘this aint the world cup, who cares if its 2-0 may as well lose 5-0 trying’ so Morrish went up front, if only to keep away from the others good defensive work. Now Ashmoor could have gone three or four up but resilience at the back saw Syvret making a goal line clearance and Durkin making some good saves.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Knight got the ball into the D to Smith, whose goalbound shot was defelected past a helpless keeper. Game on! Pressure was then exerted by such a mobile front line and an error was pounced upon as Morrish ran into the D unopposed to square to Cernikovs whos shot was delflected deftly into the goal by Fagan. So two assists for Morrish (at least that’s what he'll say!). Then a game of scramble in the D was played at both ends as both teams wanted to take the win in the final minutes. Smith won a restart bully, which resulted in Miller going one on one with the goal keeper, and he fluffed it so well it went in. Then with only a minute left, Ashmoor nearly drew level, but the Bridgy boys hung on to take the points.

Overall a great effort one and all, tight until the end, a fun ‘Miller' time’ was had by all and Bridgwater were glad with the win in a hard fought even game. Sam Thomas came close in Man of the Match, but Toby Knight yet again took the honours. Well done all!
 

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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