24-Sep-2016 Bridgwater Ladies 2nd  1 v 12  Sidmouth & Ottery Ladies (Away)


A tough match this week for the Ladies 2s who played the recently relegated Sidmouth & Ottery 2s Away. With a number of the regular squad unavailable, we had some of our new players step in to give a squad of 12 trekking down to Ottery.

The first ten minutes looked good, but with many  efforts overturned by the opposition we knew it was going to be a hard match. An early penalty corner against us was superbly defended by newcomer Hilary McNeil, and with Julie Morrish and Bridget Hedeaux playing a solid defence, Bridgwater managed to cut out the advancing opposition. A break for Bridgwater came when Karen Chilcott drew an attacking penalty corner, which was then fantastically converted by Julie Morrish's wide strike to Julie Reed sweeping it into the left corner. 
Unfortunately this early lead was not a sign of things to come, and Sidmouth & Ottery's skilful forwards had soon woken up to slot a few goals past the Bridgwater defence. 

Bridgwater seemed to get a new lease of life just before half time with Miche Rushe, Niamh Dillon and Beth Porter making some great tackles, allowing Kate Ward to really push forward on the right wing. With everyone taking what has been learned at training on a Tuesday into play, Niamh and Kate pairing up on the right, Katie Morris making some fab interceptions in defence, Sue Durkin making a ton of saves and newcomer Jess Shobbrook opening up the play on the left, it was a great team effort but a disappointing score line. 

Player of the match was Julie Reed.

Next week Ladies 2s are home at 10.30 to Winscombe 4s

#HockeyFest 2016!



Last Saturday, Bridgwater HC hosted our #HockeyFest 2016, with many budding hockey players joining in with the 'come and try it' sessions.


The weather stayed warm and and dryish as more than 20 juniors enjoyed small sided games, scored goals and even tried their hands as goalkeeper.


Supported by regular Bridgwater coaches and players the juniors had great fun trying new skills and tricks. All left with #HockeyFest goodies of lanyards and wristbands and big smiles and a promise to return to regular juniors training sessions every Tuesday.


Some also tucked into a burger from the barbecue and bought from the Bridgwater hockey club 'bake off' cake sale. Lucy Burridge's Elmo fairy cakes flew out the box. All funds made from the cake sale will go to charities supporting our local community.


The adults then got stuck in and it's was great to see new players returning to hockey or just giving it a go after inspiration of the Olympic gold medal! Players were able to fuel up between games with a selection of burgers and hot dogs and yes, more cakes!


With everyone 'mucking in' to help the day run smoothly by umpiring, organising teams, cooking at the barbeque or selling cakes there was a really great atmosphere to kick off the season.


The season's main coaching sessions start on Tuesday 6th Sept, with Juniors at 6:00pm-7:00pm, and Ladies 7:00pm-8.30pm at Chilton Trinity/1610. Men's traing begins on Wednesday 7th September at 6:30pm to 8:00pm for 3rd, 4th, 5th, U18 and BacktoHockey, with Men's 1st and 2nd 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Hope to see you all there!


Pictures to follow!


Pre-season Training starts Tuesday 2nd August (7:00pm) at Chilton Trinity


Pre-season training for all starts on Tuesday 2nd August at Chilton Trinity. Let's see how many people we can get to attend to start the preparations for the 2016/17 season. Even if you can't attend for the whole session, the captains will be pleased to hear from all those who plan to play next season so that planning can begin on selections for the league season which starts in late September for the Ladies and October for the Men's teams.