Welcome to Bridgwater Hockey Club

Saturday 15 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st 4,  Mid Somerset 3
 
Bridgwater entertained third-placed Mid Somerset, a team who were looking to avenge a defeat earlier in the season. Bridgwater got off to the perfect start playing some good hockey and going a goal ahead scored by Todd Barrett. Shortly after, they extended their lead with Tom Lott grabbing his first of the day. Even though Bridgy were the best team in the first half Mid Somerset were always dangerous on the attack with their skilful forwards (added to some poor Bridgwater marking) and the visitors were able to pull one back.
 
The second half was end to end with goals and cards galore. Lott would grab another for Bridgy, with another two for Mid Somerset meant the score was level at 3-3 with the game nearing the end. With a flurry of cards and sin bins, it was left for Lott to smash home the winning goal and complete his hat-trick. Mid Somerset pushed for an equaliser but were unable to find it. 
 
Man of the match - Tom Lott 
 

GoCrea8 Hockey League

North Somerset 2nd 9,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
 
Bridgwater 2s took the trip up the M5 to North Somerset knowing it was going to be a tough game against 3rd in the table and the game started badly for Bridgwater conceding early to a well worked breakaway goal, and this was the start of things to come. Bridgwater were outplayed in the first half conceding four goals without any response.
 
At half time Bridgwater knew there was not a lot they could get from the game but try to deliver a better performance on the second half. The half started off brighter, with Bridgwater creating a few chances, Bridgwater did eventually get a goal through a penalty flick taken by Will Kelly. But the legs of the 11 players were starting to tire, and gaps started appearing. North Somerset capitalised on this, scoring a further five goals. The one highlight was keeper Brandon Durkin saving a penalty to stop it being ten!
 
Man of the Match went to Tom Stacy for his hard work in midfield 
 
Friendly Fixture
Burnham 10,  Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 0
 
The Ladies 2s were facing a difficult friendly this week against Burnham. The opposition only had 10 players so a big thank you to Pheobe Pernham and Danni Morgan who played for Burnham. Both played really well up front.
 
The difference in divisions showed from the beginning with Burnham scoring their first goal within the first few minutes. Hilary McNeil, Rachel Higgs and Niamh Dillon did a great job keeping the attacks at bay which were coming fast. Kate Ward and Tracey Gue did well trying to get the ball out from the back with some great passes through to the forwards. Kashi Morrish then found herself 1 on 1 with the keeper who was quick out of her goal making it difficult for Kashi to shoot. 

With a change in formation and moving a few people around Bridgwater played better in the second half. Again Burnham continued to attack but Lauren Morrish and the rest of the defence did a great job keeping them out of the D from a long string of long corners!! Christian Durkin made a few good saves in goal after stepping in for us. Abbie Stevens and Vicky Redwood both did a great job down the wing in their first match for the club. 
 
This was a very difficult game for Bridgwater seeing the final score 10-0 to Burnham.
 
Player of the match was Rachel Higgs
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 2,  Bristol University 5th 7 
 
The 3s lost their must win game to bottom of the table Bristol University. The first half saw them four goals down, but the second was a more even affair at 2-3 with goals from Paul Bond and Jack Dillon. The result puts the 3s in a precarious position in the relegation zone in Weset Central 1.

Man of the Match shared between Dom Rauch and Jack Dillon
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
ECV Hornets 3rd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 1
 
The 4s travelled to ECV Hornets, just above them in teh table, and a win would have really signalled their potential for promotion. It wasn't to be, however, and Hornets made home advantage tell, to take the points and open up a bigger gap to Bridgwater, with only four matches remaining to the end of the season.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 1, Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 4
 

After a week off, the youthful 5s hoped to capitalise on their continued improvement throughout the season, and came up against a strong Sidmouth & Ottery side who aren’t top of the league for nothing. Until the morning of the game there was 9 bodies that were ready for the battle, including a 10th with injured skipper Morrish ready to get his kit on. However due to popular demand, he was stood down as three players popped up and helped out.
 
The game started with both teams looking to press forward but it was clear from the start that it was going to be a tough day at the office for Bridgwater and the back three of Rowan ‘My word he's grown in two weeks’ James, Jim ‘the legend’ Smith, with late comer Dan ‘Oh Flippety Heck’ Buller, proved that by making some solid tackles. It wasn’t all doom and gloom however as Ben ‘Silky’ Sims gave Bridgwater some experience in the middle of the park, which allowed Connor ‘Hooray, I can play this week’ Gillespie and Toby ‘The Dark’ Knight some freedom to play their own games. Mark ‘Justin’ Beebe and Sam ‘the haircut’ Thomas filled in the wings really well and helped in attack and defence, with the latter looking to have finally been put into the right position, silly Skipper.
 
Unfortunately the nous, guile and skill of Sidmouth & Ottery was better than Bridgwater's and they took the lead with a fine finish. But the Christian ‘Bale’ Durkin pulled off some magnificent saves that kept Bridgy in the game. The joker in the pack this week was Steve ‘Windy’ Miller with his partner in crime Harvey ‘Baby Face’ Larcombe who caused problems for the Sidmouth & Ottery defence but couldn’t quite force the ball home. But a solid defence of Smith, James and Buller were again breached by some more Sidmouth & Ottery skill and the visiting team went into the half two up.
 
Just after the start of the second half, a club legend and Larcombe supporter popped along to watch. Match ball sponsor and former skipper, Roy ‘Balls’ Pumfrey was there to help encourage and push the 5s along.
Knowing that a physical battle was on, Bridgwater pressed forward with their pace and passing, hopefully getting a goal that was there, just needed to be taken. Geoff Banham came on for the start of the half. Thomas was showing his improvement in the second half, tackling back, pushing forward and creating chances. Knight was riding high, as he looked cool, calm and composed as Smith, Banham and Sims all pressed forward to try and get something from the game. But there was a mismatch in size, which Sidmouth & Ottery exploited well and scored two goals, one of which was a fantastic strike from the top of the D.

 

Sims continued his magic in the middle.

 
Keeper Durkin proved how much he has also improved as he pulled off some cracking saves. The defence was now high and James along with Thomas and Miller made some crucial tackles. Then in a moment of madness Dan Buller was put up top, he had a nose bleed and missed his first pass. But as this 'isn’t the world cup' things were moved around and pressure was built up on Sidmouth & Ottery as Bridgwater’s passing game looked smooth as Beebe and Miller took the running on the right, with Smith’s fine through ball finding Buller and causing much excitement. On the sidelines, the crowd was screaming for a goal, and the Sidmouth & Ottery defender couldn’t close down Buller, whose reverse strike (which was not going wide according to some, the tennis nets to the right of the goal begged to differ) found the top of the net. A SCREAMER causing wild celebrations on the side line. Mr Pumfrey continued his support, egging the team on and late chances fell to Miller, Beebe, Knight and Larcombe who all came close. The game ended 4-1 to the opposition.

 
The 5s can be proud of what they achieved so far this year. The start of the season they were convincingly beaten by this team - and the improvements from all are marked and the future looks bright.

 

Man of the match was close with Dan Buller voting for himself, but MOM was Sam Thomas for his fighting display. Miller and Knight came a close second.
 
Many thanks to match ball sponsor, Roy Pumfrey.

 

Sunday 16 February 2018

England Hockey Mixed Cup

Firebrands 9,  Bridgwater 0

 

Bridgwater's mixed team travelled to Firebrands for the next round of the Cup, again preparing to play opposition in the top division. After an even start, it was Firebrands who got the first real opportunity of the game when they were awarded a penalty flick after a deflection struck captain Rob Morrish on the facemask whilst on the line. However the score remained level as keeper Amy Burridge made one of numerous saves that afternoon. Bridgwater continued to battle and play well in the first half but were unfortunate to go in at half time three goals down, with the goals coming from short corners.

 

The second half played out in a similar fashion with both sides creating chances. However it seemed all the fortune was with Firebrands as Bridgwater saw at least four chances cleared off the line with some great last ditch defending - Lucy Burridge was particularly unfortunate not to grab at least one goal. Firebrands continued to use their experience to win short corners and another penalty flick which this time they converted, and with a combination of more fitness and fortune they ended up running out 9-0 winners a score which flattered the Premiership side.

 

Bridgwater can hold their heads up high after playing well in the competition against sides much higher than them and can use this experience to show they can compete against higher opposition. 
 

Player of the Match was Amy Burridge

 

Auction of Promises

 

The Club will be holding an “Auction of Promises” Night on Saturday 3rd March at The Admiral’s Landing, Bridgwater Docks, starting at 7.00 pm.

 

We would like all club members to pledge an item, a prize, or a commitment to do something, however small or large, to be auctioned on the evening.

 

This is the Club's most important fund raising event by far - and it helps to keep subscriptions and match fees down. Please let your captain or a Committee member know what you'd like to pledge as soon as you can, and by 24th February at the latest. You can download the form below, and there will be some paper copies around over the next few weeks.

 

If you need any ideas for a promise, please talk to your captain or a  Committee member. Try to ensure that you come along on the night, bringing any friends or family, to help raise money for the Club. Bring along a cheque book or cash, as we will need to collect the money on the night.

Auction Night March 2018 - Pledge Form
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Saturday 8 February 2018
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Firebrands 3rd 4,  Bridgwater Mens 1st 2
 
A depleted Bridgwater team travelled to Bristol to play Firebrands - a team they defeated easily earlier in the season. Unfortunately things did not go so well this time around with Firebrands taking the lead early on. Bridgwater pulled one back through a Will Pope goal but two further goals from Firebrands meant they would go in at half time 3-1 up.
 
In thge second half Bridgwater came out looking like a different team, pulling a goal back from a short corner when Duncan Morrish was able to score his first goal for the first team. But then a mix up in the Bridgwater defence enabled Firebrands to go two ahead once more. The rest of the match was an even affair with no further goals and Bridgwater missed their influential captain Tom Lott through injury, having taken a ball full on to his knee.
 
Man of the Match was shared between Duncan Morrish, Dominic Court and Jordan Rawles.
 

GoCrea8 Hockey League

Bridgwater Mens 2nd 2,  Shepton Mallet 2nd 3
 

The Mens 2s welcomed Shepton Mallet to Bridgwater, on a cold wet day on Saturday, and the game was well balanced with both teams creating chances. It was Shepton who were the first to make a breakthrough. This came from a break away goal, calmly placed past the Bridgwater keeper. The first goal quickly became two, leaving a hard task for Bridgwater to come back into the game, and this is how it remained until half time.


Bridgwater knew they had their work cut out to get a result from the game, and made some positional changes to try and gain control. It took a while but a well worked move from a long corner saw the ball played into Simon Burland who hit a reverse shot into the bottom corner. Bridgwater hoped this was going to be the start of the come back, but it was not to be. Due to tired legs and minds a poor defensive error lead to Shepton Mallet creating a great opening which they scored from. With not much time left Bridgwater had to attack, and a great run from his own half saw Ted Kelly run past numerous Shepton players to get into the D and play a brilliant ball to Aaron Turner for a tap in.

 

The game then came to an end with a disappointing 2 -3 loss for Bridgwater, who have to pick their heads up for next week and look to end the season on the right track.

 

Man of the Match was Ted Kelly.

 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Firebrands 5th 3,  Bridgwater Mens 3rd 5 
 
In the last chance saloon for relegation, Bridgwater 3s forced a win to keep themselves in with a chance to stay up.
 
Bridgwater scored twice in the first half with goals from Marcus Blyth and Edward Hayden-Briffett - both from moved short corners. Bridgwater went in at half time two up but it should be said that goalkeeper Rauch made several important saves and the defence made some very good tackles to keep a clean sheet.
 
The second half saw Firebrands score fairly quickly. The score remained until the final 18 minutes. Bridgwater were awarded another short corner and this time Danny Rogers lofted a sweep into the net. Firebrands came back with a second to make it 3-2. Sam Uminski then went on a 40 metre mazy run as his co-forwards Phil Morrish and Jack Dillon pulled the defence apart and basically walked the ball into the net. Firebrands heads went down as Morrish’s direct shot from a short corner cannoned off both pads of the keeper to end up inches over the line for 5-2.  With only four minutes to go Firebrands scored a third. Deciding to rest on their laurels, Bridgwater let the last few minutes play out rather than try and score again.
 
Men of the Match was shared between: Dom Rauch, Sam Uminski, Alex Howe and Jack Dillon.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 4th 8,  Yeovil & Sherborne 4th 2
 

Bridgwater 4s entertained Yeovil 3s at home. Captain Kev Hicks returning from two weeks injured, changed to an attacking formation with only two central defenders at the back, thanks to the late inclusion of James Kettlewell. The intention was to swamp a generally goal hungry Yeovil right from the start. This worked well and despite the occasional attack from Yeovil, Bridgwater dominated the first half which ended 3-0.

 

With strong midfield performances from Mike Eele, Tyler Fagan, and Paul Blackmore throughout the game, Bridgwater started the second half in the same way scoring a fourth goal early on, followed by the inevitable fifteen minute glitch in the plan when Yeovil threw everything forward and managed to pull two goals back. Steve Pigden played in nearly every position on the pitch as Bridgwater tried to stem the flow of attacks.

 

Bridgwater showed a lot of character and turned the game around again. They shut up shop at the back and scored a further four times before the final whistle. This was a strong team performance and Steve Wilson and Steve Turvey up front netted four goals between them. Tyler Coleman and Aiden Casey played well on the wings, and Stradling and McNeill worked hard to fulfil their new roles as wing backs.A mixed bag of goals came from Turvey, Wilson (3), Coleman, and Eele (2).

 

Bridgwater deserved the win and they now find themselves at 4th in the table, with a game at ECV Hornets next week where a win would take them into third place.

 

Man of the match went to young Tyler Coleman who had his strongest game for the 4s so far and was rewarded with a late goal himself. 

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.

 

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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