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Saturday 14th October 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Chippenham 1st  8, Bridgwater Mens 1st  2
 
Bridgwater travelled to top of the table Chippenham and were on a high after winning twice last weekend. That did not last long as they were blown away by a much better team finding themselves 5-0 down after about 20 minutes. Before half time Bridgwater pulled a goal back through Jordan Rawles. In the second half, Bridgwater played much better, but close marking of players will be the main improvement area. Bridgwater were still to lose the second half 3-1 with Kody Fludgate getting the Bridgwater goal from left back! The game ended 8-2 and unless Bridgwater can start marking better in the tougher games they will be on the losing side. 
 
Player of the Match - Kody Fludgate. 
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Mendip 1st  1, Bridgwater Ladies 1st  0  
 
Bridgwater travelled and faced a second in the league Mendip on Saturday. Bridgwater started the first half positively against their opposition, pressing and holding the play in the opponent’s half with an offensive defence tactic. They were unlucky not to win a number of short corners and penalties, despite clear reasons to give them to the Bridgwater team.

However, the Bridgwater defence were soon put under pressure in their own D with goal keeper Amy Burridge making save after save. However, they were unable to stop the attack and Mendip opened the scoring from a penalty corner.

From the restart, both teams played end to end hockey to win chances of scoring a goal. The Mendip team won several more penalty corners which were defended well by the Bridgwater defence. Only the single Mendip goal separated the teams at the full time whistle. Bridgwater played a good game of hockey against another strong team and were unfortunate to not come away at least with an equaliser. The team look forward to their next game where they hope to a positive result against top of the table, Clifton Robinsons.

Joint Player of the match:  Cass Walker and Charlotte East.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 2nd  0, Keynsham 1st  2
 
The game started fairly even with both teams getting their share of the ball and with a bit of an end to end game and both teams saw good chances wasted. However, just before half time Keynsham won a penalty corner and with a good flick managed to beat Bridgwater keeper to his right.

After a rousing team talk at half time, the teams started off even. However, in response to dissent, the umpires resorted to their cards and this meant Bridgwater could apply some pressure. But a few misplaced passes meant the chances were squandered, and after Keynsham scored again from a penalty corner, with an almost carbon copy of the first goal.This did not leave Bridgwater enough time to get back into the game and this saw the game end at 2-0 to Keynsham.
 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd  2, Winscombe 4th  2
 
Bridgwater needed a win today against Winscombe 4s and were looking forward to the home advantage.

Bridgwater attacked from the off with Rose Baker winning the ball and Bridgwater had some great possession and attacking play with Willow Hobbs and Clare Wilson passing the ball into space for the forwards. Danni Morgan was unlucky not to score just off the post. Bridgwater's persistence paid off when they won a short corner. This was worked really well and resulted in Elesi Ryder scoring her first goal of the season. Bridgwater continued to have chances on goal and should have scored a few more in the first half.

Bridgwater started the second half with the same motivation with Kate Ward and Kashi Morrish working tirelessly down the right getting some great balls into the D. Karen Chilcott and Kath Briggs then worked the ball up the pitch together before Kath scored Bridgwater's second goal. Winscombe then began to attack more but Rachel Higgs, Hilary McNeil and Karen Williams held them off well making some strong tackles. Sue Durkin made some strong kicks away but Bridgwater then conceded a short corner, which saw Winscombe get a goal back. Bridgwater continued to attack and had more chances to score but they just couldn't find the goal. Winscombe then counter-attacked and scored a good equaliser.

The final score was 2-2 but this didn't reflect the amount of possession Bridgwater had in the game. Focusing on putting away those chances in future games will be key.
 
Player of the match - Willow Hobbs
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd  0,  North Somerset 2nd  8
 
North Somerset started the better team, soon finding themselves two goals up. Bridgwater fought back and had several chances to score in the first half but basically did not hit the target with their shots at goal.
 
The second half saw North Somerset score at will as the Bridgwater team capitulated. Bridgwater did have chances but as in the first half either failed to hit the target or were thwarted by the opposition goal-keeper.
 
Bridgwater were outclassed and need to think hard about how they approach the rest of the season.
 
Player of the Match Jack Dillon.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Taunton Civil Service 2nd  3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th  3
 
Bridgwater travelled the short distances to take on Taunton Civil Service 2s. Civil Service fielded a strong side and Bridgwater had to fight to stay in a game which flowed from end to end. Bridgwater took the lead from a well worked short corner, initially well saved, before Eele flicked the ball into the top  left of the goal at the second attempt. Despite a battling defence and good midfield performances from Casey, Blackmore and Gillespie, Civil Service equalized before half time.

The second half saw Bridgwater concede early on but instead of collapsing they pushed forward catching the opposition defence off guard, with a long ball from Mike Eele, deftly deflected past the keeper by Pigden.

The scores remained level until 10 mins from the end when Bridgwater again found themselves behind. Time then to throw everything forward and with minutes to spare Steve Turvey scored a well worked equaliser to gain a well deserved point. 
 
Player of the Match was deservedly Alex Howe with a strong defensive game.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Sidmouth & Ottery 5th  9,  Bridgwater Mens 5th  1
 
12 players travelled to Ottery and things started well for Bridgwater as they didn’t concede in the first five minutes, Then a rush of blood from the right side of attack with Edward Hayden-Briffett led to a short corner. In his own words, Steve Wilson, put in ‘an utter pants’ short corner which was flicked knee high down the middle by James Kettlewell, goal. Two goals in two games for the 5s - the dizzy dizzy heights had been achieved. However this shocked Sidmouth and Ottery and they then raced into a 3-1 lead with some woeful Bridgwater marking at the back. Some quality finishing by Sidmouth & Ottery made the most of the errors. Andrew Hayden-Briffett continued to create down the left with Harvey Larcombe, strengthening in the Bridgwater team, producing some crosses and chances for Christian Durkin and Toby Knight. Unfortunately Sidmouth & Ottery looked strong and with a side full of wise old heads, and they caused lots of issues for the Bridgwater defence as Rowan James, Steve Morrish, Kettlewell and Will Baldwin made some good tackles. Morrish deflected a goal bound short corner over the bar and Baldwin saved shots on the line, and the keeper Hutter made some top notch saves. The Hayden-Briffett twins both looked going forward and defending with some awesome tackles.
 
The second period saw Sidmouth & Ottery put two more quick goals past the defence. This then lit a fuse in Bridgwater as Syvret and Wilson tried to gather the midfield with Syvret stepping up to be the midfield dynamo.  Despite some more goal line clearances and some quality saves, Sidmouth & Ottery exploited every gap and showed the Bridgwater young guns how to finish, putting three more into the Bridgwater goal. But this didn’t stop young Knight and James from chasing every ball they could and still trying to press forward.
 
Things still to work on, but the opposition were older, stronger and well drilled. The Bridgwater youngsters continued to battle and high hopes remain for the rest of the season.
 
Player of the Match was somehow Steve Morrish.

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  

 

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, starting September.

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