Level 1 Umpiring Course
Sunday 16th November at King's College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3LA – 9.00am to 4.30pm
Places on the course will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and will be restricted to a maximum of 24 candidates the cost of the course will be £50 per candidate.
The theory exam will be taken online prior to the course and some practical coaching on the pitch will be given on the day.
Following the course the candidate will immediately become a "cub umpire unassessed" and will immediately be eligible to umpire league matches as per league regulations without any time limitations provided they umpire a minimum of 3 matches per year.
To book a place on the course please go to http://englandhockey.co.uk/
The deadline for booking is 7th November 2014 so book early so as not to be disappointed.
Bridgwater Hockey Club Day
We are now on winter training times.
Winter Training Times
From Tuesday 2nd September
7pm-8pm Mens 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and GK
8pm - 8:30 pm GK
8:30pm-9:30pm Ladies 1st and 2nds, Mens 1st and 2nds
Sunday 11:00am - 12:00noon resumes on 14th September
We are taking part in the England Hockey Give Hockey a Go.
All are welcome to join us on Saturday 6th September at Chilton Trinity School.
10 am till 11:30 am Ladies
11 am till 1200 Juniors
12 till 3pm Mens
Summer League 2014 Results and League Tables
Our AGM took place on Tuesday 5th June 2014. Please see below for list of elected Committee Members:
President- Geoff Banham
Chairman- Sheila Burridge
Vice Chairman- Tim Sullivan
Treasurer- Marcus Blyth
Secretary- Bridget Hedaux
Club Captain- Steve Turvey
Men's Fixture Secretary- Nathan Dyte and Dan Rogers
Ladies Fixture/Match Secretary- Julie Morrish
Umpires Secretary- Geoff Banham
Membership Secretary- Carwyn Jenkins
Equipment Officer- Amy Burridge
Club Communication Officer- Scott Upham
Social Secretary- Chris Cullem/Amy Burridge
Welfare Officer- Sheila Burridge
Youth Representative- Millie Burridge/Sean Hedaux
Disciplinary Officer- Carwyn Jenkins
Ladies 1st XI Captain- Amy Burridge
Ladies 2nd XI Captain- Julie Morrish/Emma Hill
Mens 1st XI Captain- Carwyn Jenkins
Mens 2nd XI Captain- Chris Cullum
Mens 3rd XI Captain- Richard Payne
Mens 4th XI Captain- Kody Fludgate
Mens 5th XI Captain- Steve Morrish
We're running the Bridgwater HC Summer Leagues again this year, and they will be running on Tuesdays, beginning on Tuesday 20th May.
Fantastic 2013/14 Awards Night and Auction at Bar 27
Around 120 players, guests and vice-presidents attended the Bridgwater Hockey Club prizegiving and auction evening at Bar 27 on Saturday 26th April. Thanks must go to Bar 27 for the excellent carvery meal, which always goes down well!
Club President Geoff Banham was master of ceromonies for the pre-dinner Auction of Promises and fund raising games which raised well over £400 for club funds. Thanks to all those members and supporters of the club who offered items and promises for sale, especially to hockey equipment supplier Grays. The stick that Grays donated created the bidding war of the evening!
The team captains rounded off their seasons with speeches picking out the highlights of the year, and revealing the coveted 'Player of the Year' awards for each of the club's seven teams:
Mens 1st - Matt Upham
Ladies 1st - Laura Coles
Mens 2nd - Dan Rogers
Ladies 2nd - Sue Chaplin
Mens 3rd - Richard Payne
Mens 4th - Max Syvret
Mens 5th - Brandon Durkin
Further awards were made for fair play (Mens - Dan Pigden, Ladies - Kira Gardner), best young players (Mens - Duncan Morrish, Ladies Millie Burridge), most improved (Mens - Brad Palmer, Ladies - Claire Evci), Top Goalscorer (Richard Payne) and Team of the Year (won again this year by the Mens 4th Team, who this year won their division and secured promotion.
The Clunk Trophy - the club's sought after booby prize, went to Chris Fletcher.
Club Captain, Steve Turvey, closed the formal part of the evening by highlighting all teh work that goes on 'behind the scenes', and thanking all of those in the club who work hard to maintain and improve the impressive standards and countywide reputation that Bridgwater enjoys.
The last presentation of the evening followed, and the Ray Morrish trophy for exceptional work in support of the club, was made jointly to Steve Pigden and Steve Morrish - respectively the Mens 4th and Mens 5th team captains - for the work they do in managing the developing teams in the club, providing players to higher teams, and achieving (in both cases) terrific results for their teams this season.
Own Goal rule to be phased out
England Hockey confirms that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Mandatory Experiment "Own Goal" rule will be withdrawn from the NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League and Investec Women's Hockey League with effect from 1 February 2014. This will also apply to the quarter finals, semi finals and finals of the Investec Women's Cup and the NOW: Pensions Men's Cup.
The rule will not be changed for any other hockey - league or competition - until 1 September 2014.
This is with the proviso that any new tournaments or competitions that are started once the regular league season has concluded, eg summer leagues, may play to the new rules prior to that date.
Engand Hockey recognises that a change of rules mid-season is not ideal and this is why the rule has not been changed in other areas of the game. However as the new rule will apply to international hockey from 1 February it has made this change so that elite players to be playing to this rule with effect from that date too. Investec Women's League and NOW: Pensions Men's League clubs were consulted and there was overwhelming support for this.
Read more at England Hockey ...
New 2014/2015 Kit
A new shirt and short (skort) design for men and ladies is available to order from Somerset County Sports. For more details contact Amy Burridge.
The kit will be manufactured by Kukri, and supplied by Somerset County Sports.