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Saturday 18 November 2017
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 1st  2, Team Bath Buccs 5th 0

 


After two wins on the trot Bridgwater were looking to make it three against a team they had already beaten in the cup this year. The game started off a little scrappy with both teams trying to find the goal to settle them down and take control. Fortunately half way through the first half it was Bridgwater who would take the lead through a powerful strike from skipper Tom Lott. Bridgwater then pushed for their second and shortly after it came from a not so well worked short corner routine that pusher out Gower found himself with the ball in the D to slot home. At 2-0 up at half time Bridgy intended to get the game over with as soon as possible.

 

The second half started very bitty and was not helped with a few green cards meaning both teams were down to ten players men at times with no team able to take advantage. Bridgwater had multiple short corners but were unable to score, and at the other end they defended stoutly keeping the Bath team out with Jenkins able to clear a couple off the line. The scored didn't change, giving Bridgwater a well earned win. Not the prettiest of games but a gritty performance with the defence and keeper Hendrie able to keep their second clean sheet in three games.

 

Man of the match - Tom Lott 

 
West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Winscombe 2,  Bridgwater Ladies 1st 1
 
After a team and formation reshuffle, Bridgwater travelled away to Winscombe looking to continue on their previous results. They started the first half positively with an offensive formation and held the Winscombe defence in their own 25, but despite a number of short corners, Bridgwater were unable to get onto the scoreboard.
 
Quick and strong counter attacking from Winscombe saw them put two goals past the Bridgwater defence. Shortly before the halftime whistle, Bridgwater won a penalty corner from a foot in the D and were able to score from this advantage. Leaving the score 2-1 at half time.
 
The second half remained goalless but good hockey was played by both teams, giving plenty to work on before the last match before the Christmas break next week. 
 
Player of the match: Laura Coles 
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Clifton Robinsons 4th 8,  Bridgwater Mens 2nd 1
 

Bridgwater 2s travelled to Clifton Robinsons, knowing it was going to be a tough game, needing a good start but this was not to be the case, starting with possession, it was soon lost and Robinsons countered, scoring with their first attack. This was not the start Bridgwater was hoping for, but was a sign of things to come and  Bridgwater did not recover, going into the break 6-0 down.

 
Bridgwater were just looking for a better performance in the second half, as they knew there was not much chance of closing the massive deficit. After a switch of positions Bridgwater started the second half much better. They had some pressure and even managed to get a consolation goal through Will Kelly. But the final score ended at 8-1. It was a much better performance in the second half, which Bridgwater hope to take into next week against a familiar opponent in Bridgwater 3rd XI!
 
Man of the Match this week was shared between Rich Payne and Scott Hogan. 

 

West Clubs Women's Hockey League
Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 3,  White Eagles 2nd 2
 
The Ladies 2s were looking to continue their good form against 2nd in the table White Eagles 2s.
Bridgwater soon found themselves under pressure from the White Eagles attack. Rachel Higgs, Bridget Headeaux and Hilary McNeil did a fantastic job in defence to stop the attackers getting a shot. Bridgwater then broke on the counter attack with Jenny Hayden-Briffet and Kate Ward working hard up the right passing the ball into Dani Morgan who scored her first goal for the club. Bridgwater again found themselves under attack but keeper Sue Durkin made some good saves and Niamh Dillon made some important tackles to stop the shots going in. White Eagles then equalised after lots of pressure. Bridgwater again upped their game pushing forward with Lauren Morrish and Kashi Morrish working hard down the left. Clare Wilson managing to get a ball through to Rose Baker who smacked the ball past the keeper just before half time.
 
Bridgwater knew they needed to keep the lead and Karen Chilcott went on a great run through the middle, unlucky not to score. Jess Shobbrook then made a run into the D slotting the ball to Rose Baker to score her second of the game. With Bridgwater getting tired and White Eagles continuing to press they scored a second goal.
 
The game finished early with ten minutes remaining due to a White Eagles player falling awkwardly on her ankle and an ambulance having to be called.
 
Hilary McNeil claimed player of the match for her solid performance in defence.
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 3rd 4,  Old Bristolians 2nd 4
 
Due to an injured player lying on the pitch awaiting an ambulance the game started one and a quarter hours late. Many thanks to the opposition, players and various umpires for changing their afternoon to allow this and other matches to take place.
 
Bridgwater were playing second in the league and found themselves a goal down within 60 seconds and annihilation was anticipated! OBs appeared to be far superior and were far quicker to the ball - going two goals up. Eventually as Bridgwater got to grips with a completely new formation, inroads were made with Cam Birch and Adam Lowe taking hold of the midfield. In their only short corner a Birch shot was illegally stopped on the line and a penalty stroke was given which Lowe converted.
 
The half time team talk was about making sure that Bridgwater competed for the 50/50 balls. But it didn't start too well as Bridgwater went 3-1 down. However, despite their first half domination OB’s took the foot off the pedal and were soon to be 4-3 down themselves as a Simon Burland brace and a Cam Birch goal gave Bridgwater what looked like an unexpected 3 points! Then in the dying minutes OB’s equalised when a falling player crossed to an unmarked player to convert. It was a pity to lose the lead, but overall a good result.

Man of the match - Cam Birch (with 2 votes!)
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
West Dorset 2nd 3,  Bridgwater Mens 4th 2
 
A very different 4th team travelled to take West Dorset for an important mid-table fixture. Considering the different shape of the team, Bridgwater battled hard, but were destined not to claim any points, finally going done 3-2.
 
GoCrea8 Hockey League
Bridgwater Mens 5th 1, Sidmouth & Ottery 5th 4
 
A bit of hairy selection this week as the 5s lost nearly half their starting line-up to the higher teams, but did have a few come down. Things got off to a bad start as there had been a game delayed earlier so several players had to leave half way through the game to meet other commitments. Thanks to Geoff Banham for stepping up to assist with numbers.
 
With the change in personnel came a change in shape of the team, with poor little Durk (Christian Durkin) still silly enough to go in goal, looking to keep up his impressive form. New centre back partnership of Jim Smith and Steve Morrish looked set for a busy game as the team that were top of the table came with two very high strikers who looked decent in front of goal. Despite pressure from Rowan James on the left and Matt Graham on the right, Sidmouth and Ottery pressed high and pushed Bridgwater back and where unlucky to not be a couple of goals up within five minutes, luckily Sidmouth & Ottery managing to tackle themselves in front of goal. The midfield of Sam Thomas and Edward Hayden-Briffett in the middle, and Andrew Hayden-Briffett with Mark Beebe as the outer halfs made life interesting for the Sidmouth & Ottery team as they hastled and harried throughout. The 5s welcomed back Aiden Casey who played up front with Stephen Miller and young Harvey Larcombe with Miller looking pacey and up to the task up front. Unfortunately Bridgwater were unable to make a breakthrough, despite Smith, and both Hayden-Briffetts getting strong shots off with Miller unable to get a goal. But Sidmouth & Ottery showed their composure as they put men further forward who out-thought the Bridgwater backline and scored two more goals.
 
In the second half Bridgwater looked more resilient and up for the challenge. A small change in formation pushed Smith further up the pitch, which allowed the creation of more chances. Larcombe came close but again a strong Sidmouth & Ottery attack managed to score another. Then the almighty Chopper Banham came onto the pitch to replace Beebe, as Bridgwater were now down to 11 men. Somehow Bridgwater won a short corner which was rifled into the back of the net with a push through the keepers legs from Edward Hayden-Briffett, cue scenes as if Bridgwater had won the world cup! The game was end to end with Durkin making some good saves, Morrish cleared one off the line, with James and Graham both looking strong in the tackles.
 
The game ended 4-1 with the second half a worthy 1-1. Many thanks to those who left late to ensure we had enough players and to those who stepped up from nowhere. Also thank you to Roy ‘Roy's Ball’ Pumfrey for sponsoring the 5s match balls for the season - much appreciated.
 
Man of the match was a close run thing, with it going to the last vote as Mark Beebe, Stephen Miller and Andrew Hayden-Briffett came a very close second to Edward Hayden-Briffett.
 
 

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  

 

This week's (Sat 18th Nov) games ...

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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