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Saturday 1 December 2018
 
1st December    Bridgwater Mens 1st    6    -    1    Team Bath Buccs C

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

Bridgwater travelled to Exeter to play against a young Ashmoor side both sides wanted something from this game. Ashmoor started the stronger of the two teams but Bridgwater keeper Brad Palmer managed to keep them at bay. The defence of Luke Otley, James Kettlewell and Steve Morrish had Ashmoor covered and it was then the turn of Ted Kelly and Steve Miller up front to create some early chances. it was Jim Smith who opened the scoring with a strike set up by Sam Stacey. Toby Knight and Bertie Kelly looked handy on the left and right of midfield and Smith then got another goal as Bridgwater passed around the defence, Kieran Barrow this time making the assist. Bridgwater made it three before half time as Smith put in a lovely aerial for Miller to set up Ted Kelly for a goal.
 
Ashmoor pressed hard and with both teams without subs tiredness was starting to become an issue. A lovely move ended with Ted Kelly getting another goal with Smith completing his hattrick after. Miller was causing a threat from the left, but he was unlucky and couldn’t find the net himself. Ted Kelly completed his hattrick before the final whistle.
 
Joint men of the match were Toby Knight and Jim Smith.
 
1st December    Mendip                2    -    2    Bridgwater Ladies 1st
 
The ladies 1s put in a gritty and determined performance against an equally gritty and determined Mendip home team. The ladies started well with some good drives forward and defensive work, in what would prove to be an end to end match. Unfortunately Bridgwater were two down at half time, but this did not deter the ladies and after a formation change and a good team talk at half time, the Bridgwater team went out all guns blazing. 
 
The first goal for the away team came from a textbook short corner from captain Lucy Burridge, assisted by Sapphy Reed-Yang to close the gap. Bridgwater weren’t satisfied with one goal. Their second goal came from Reed-Yang in open play, levelling the scores. Some excellent defensive work from deputising keeper Sue Durkin, and the brick wall that was player of the match Julie Morrish kept the Mendip players from scoring in the second half. The team have two more Cup matches to go before the Christmas break and are positive that they can keep up their good form! 
 
1st December    Bridgwater Ladies 2nd    8    -    2    Taunton Vale 6th
 
The ladies 2s were high in confidence before taking on Taunton Vale 6s this week, and rightly so. Bridgwater started the game pushing forward straight away and had lots of chances to score. They were slightly drawn into playing Vale’s game taking the width out of the pitch which made things difficult. Bridgwater finally took their chance and Willow Hobbs scored her first of many goals during the game; ensuring she’d bagged her hatrick before half time. Vale then broke through the middle of the pitch and went on to score their first goal before the break.

In the second half Bridgwater found their recent form again with waves of attack on the Vale defence. The team played the ball around the pitch well and were rewarded with more goals; one from Miche Rushe, and four more from player of the match Hobbs meaning she had scored 7 in the game! Vale grabbed themselves a further consolation goal, but the damage was done early. A massive thank you to Danni Morgan for stepping up in goal!
 
Sunday 2 December 2018
 
2nd December    North Somerset B        2    -    4    Bridgwater B

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!

 

Junior Section Update and Dates

Bridgwater Hockey Club 2018-19 Junior Update no.1
Available at junior training or via download from here and on our Facebook Group.
junior flyer 2018-19.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [353.9 KB]
News! West Masters Trials - Ladies
Start in October, November for all age groups. Details in the attachment below.
West Masters-2019-Trials.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [129.4 KB]

Please Complete and Return Your Membership Form!

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.

Training starts Tuesday 4th September!

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.

2018/19 Fixtures Summary

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.

AGM Updates

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:

 

Introduction

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.

 

Treasurer's Report

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

 

 

Vice-Presidents

All current Vice-Presidents were re-elected.

 

Any Other Business

Coaching

The committee to discuss the selection and appointment of coaches at the first committee meeting, to cover mens and ladies sections of the club.

New Membership

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.

First Aid

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.

Pitch Update

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.

 

2017/18 Season Awards

 

The Bridgwater Hockey Club Awards Evening was held at the Admiral’s Landing in Bridgwater. After a carvery dinner, the awards were presented to the players’ players of the year by team, followed by a range of special awards. Trophies were presented by club president Sheila Burridge and chair Alan Baldwin. 
 
Some of the award winners in the picture, with Tom Lott getting some assistance holding the trophies!


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

Online shop for club kit - go here

 

and for more 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 at Chilton Trinity 1610 All-weather Pitch.

 

Ladies

Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 7:00pm

 

Mens

Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 8:15pm

 

Junior Training

Resumes on Tuesday 11th September at 6:00pm

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