26th January Bridgwater Mens 1st 4 - 2 Bristol UWE 1st
The mens 1s ensured they’d be keeping pressure on top side Old Bristolians as they defeated tough side Bristol UWE. The early exchanges were fairly equal and both side has their fair share of chances - with keeper Pete Saunders and his defence keeping the UWE attack at bay. After a loose pass from a UWE centre back, a Todd Barrett and Will Pope breakaway enabled the latter to slot the ball home and put his side ahead. UWE responded quickly however, and soon found themselves level. With the game in the balance, another quick break out of defence enabled Pope and Barrett to combine again - this time, Barrett putting his side back in the lead. Only a few minutes later, a well disguised free hit into the D was deftly deflected home by Barrett to put Bridgwater further ahead. Another loose pass from the UWE defence found its way to Paul Bond, whose strike was deflected in by a defender to bring the score to 4-1 - his first goal for the 1s. The damage was done in the first half, and although conceding another in the second, Bridgwater ran out deserved winners.
Player of the match was deservedly awarded to Todd Barrett.
26th January Firebrands C 1 - 3 Bridgwater A
The mens 2s kept their great run of form going with a win over Firebrands. Player of the Match Dom Court opened the scoring after it fell kindly to him after a well saved shot. Then after some sloppy defending Firebrands grabbed their first of the game, leaving the score level at the break, mainly due to some good goal keeping by the Firebrands keeper. Knowing they should be winning the game Bridgwater had to try and get in front again; eventually getting their wish through Court’s second - this time a reverse strike off a bouncing ball. Tom Lott ensured the win would go to Bridgwater and kept his rich vein of scoring form, stopping in front of the rushing keeper to lift it over him into the net. Another good performance from the side that puts them right in the mix in the top half of the table.
26th January Somerset Gryphons 3 - 0 Bridgwater B
The mens 3s were unable to grab a positive result from a difficult game away to Somerset Gryphons, as it always is. The side found themselves two down at half time, having to endure a lot of rough and tumble from their opposition. Unfortunately the second half didn’t get much better, with Gryphons bagging their third and final goal from a short corner.
Player of the match was Danny Rogers.
26th January Bridgwater C 1 - 7 Isca E
The mens 4s were on the wrong side of a 7-1 scoreline, coming up against a strong Isca side who really highlighted their potential. Despite their best efforts, they couldn’t keep the rampant Isca side at bay. They did, however, manage to grab themselves a goal - inevitably bagged by Steve Turvey. Encouragement for the 4s can be found through their player of the match - Oscar West - who is shining in his debut season.
26th January East Devon D 1 - 1 Bridgwater D
This week was going to be a top test for two teams in the middle of the table. No debuts today but it was good to see keeper Luke Hendrie come back into the
The game started off in the ever so slow fashion Bridgwater are accustomed to, with both defence and attack both in use. East Devon looked handy on attack with their young players doing all they could to harass and press the Bridgwater back line of Steve Morrish, James Kettlewell and Will Baldwin but they couldn’t get the final touch to put it past Hendrie. The midfield of Jim Smith, Luke Otley, Will Marchen-Saunders and Toby Knight looked solid, with Bertie Kelly, Sam Stacey and Steve Miller pressing up top. Once the game got going for both teams it was a very tight tussle with neither side getting full control, but Bridgwater were unlucky to not go ahead from a Smith strike. Stacey had to go off of the pitch for 15 minutes as he took a heavy blow to the foot, but the ten men of Bridgwater played really well. Both teams were clearly wanted the win, with chances to be had, but the defence of Bridgwater stood firm with Hendrie making some mad dashes off of his line. Miller came close with Kelly making sure he made his mark on the game.
A half time masterclass was called and Bridgwater obliged. The players all started to play a bit more free flowing hockey with Knight looking great in defensive and attack mode, Smith was also determined to create something putting everything on the line. There was a far higher press and that caused mistakes, but unfortunately Bridgwater couldn’t convert as the East Devon keeper made some good stops. East Devon’s youth and experience up top created some good chances, but again Hendrie looked on top form, so did Smith, Kettlewell and Baldwin. But things changed for the better once Bridgwater scored, it was a fine through ball (that took no deflections or half stops) from a Kettlewell strike to Miller who struck the goal. Neither player knew how the ball wasn’t stopped, blocked or scored to be honest but Bridgwater were ahead. Stacey came close, and Bridgwater nearly got a second through Miller, but the East Devon keeper was equal to it. Marchen-Saunders never gave up, battled hard in the middle, not too bad for only his second game.
East Devon then pushed more experience up front which led to a couple of defensive errors that gave East Devon a short corner. The short corner wasn’t what was practised but a half clearance from Morrish on the goal line didn’t quite get clear and East Devon levelled. After this all the game was East Devon who went in search of a second. If it wasn’t for the tracking back from Baldwin to deflect the cross from the attacker's stick it would have been 2-1 - a great clearance working with Hendrie to kep East Devon out. Both teams went in search of ga winner but it was not to be
A well deserved draw, that could have gone either way. Jim Smith’s never give up attitude at points in the second half started to pay off, Bertie Kelly continuing to improve, with Toby Knight also impressing.
But man of the match went to Will Marchen-Saunders who just blew the game. Well done chaps.
26th January Bridgwater Ladies 3 v 4 Taunton Civil Service
The ladies 1s put in an excellent comeback against Taunton Civil Service, after going down three down within the opening first quarter. This did not deter Bridgwater as their determined attitude and a formation change enabled them to come back to level the score before half time with three lifted shots, one from Sapphy Reed-Yang and two from Player of the Match Willow Hobbs. The remainder of the game was a back and forth affair, with Bridgwater being disallowed two goals. It was an incredibly competitive match but Civil Service managed to find a winning goal in the last few minutes of the game.
26th January Bridgwater Ladies 2nd 4 v 1 Winscombe 4th
The ladies 2s were looking to bounce back to their winning form against Winscombe 4s this week; and they definitely delivered.
Winscombe started the game well attacking Bridgwater from the start, with Bridgwater having to defend waves of fast attacks and soon found themselves a goal down. Bridgwater then began to put some pressure on Winscombe with shots going just wide and the Winscombe kicking back doing well to keep the ball out of the goal. Bridgwater won a short corner and scored from a flick from Clare Wilson; both sides going in level at half time.
The second half saw a much better performance from Bridgwater, passing the ball around the pitch and driving at Winscombe. It wasn't long until they were rewarded with their second goal, with Holly Hobbs creating and finishing wonderfully. A great drive from the defensive 25 into the attacking D from Lauren Morrish allowed her to cross the ball to Rose Baker who slotted the ball home. Bridgwater’s fourth and final goal of the game came from another short corner with Clare Wilson flicking again and Jenny Hayden-Briffett dropping onto the rebound and scoring well.
Player of the match went to Lauren Morrish for an excellent performance in driving the team forward.
Our victorious mixed team, that beat Penzance 7-1 on Sunday 20th January to move to the next round of the England Mixed Hockey Cup
It's that time of the season when we ask all players (Senior and Junior) to complete a Membership Form so that we can ensure we have all the correct contact and other details on file.
Membership Forms are available for download, and captains and other club officials should be able to provide paper copies as well. Please help us keep all your details up to date.
Well, for Ladies and Mens teams anyway!
Ladies at 7:00pm and Men at 8:15pm. Let's have a great turn-out for the first week!
The Junior training will start on Tuesday 11th September at 6:00pm. We've delayed it by a week as not all the schools are back on the 4th September.
A summary of this season's fixtures now on the Fixtures Page. Some times (mostly for away games have not yet been completed. We'll update as soon as we know.
There was a slightly disappointing attendance at the AGM with only 15 members attending.
Not the full minutes here, but some of the main points below:
Alan Baldwin chaired, welcomed those attending, and confirmed that the meeting was quorate. Apologies had been received from 12 members.
Alan gave a short report of the season.
The season's award winners were summarised and confirmed and trophies will be engraved to be avaiable shortly.
Copies of the accounts were circulated, and with some adjustments, the accounts showed an excess of income over expenditure of £2,781. It was noted that it had been a strong season for fundraising.
Given the current financial position of the club, the treasurer proposed that subscriptions, match fees, and travel expenses (fuel) would remain at the same level as this year, and this was agreed.
A specific reduction in subscriptions of 50% for goalkeeping members in recognition of the costs of providing goalkeeping equimnet was discussed, proposed and agreed.
Election of Officers
The following Officers were duly proposed, seconded and elected:
President - Sheila Burridge
Chairman - Alan Baldwin
Vice-Chairman - Sue Chaplin
Treasurer/MembershipSecretary - Rachel Higgs
Secretary - Bridget Hedaux
Club Captain - Dan Pigden
Men’s Fixture Secretary/League Liason - Rob Morrish
Ladies Fixture/Match Secretary - Julie Morrish
Umpires’ Secretary - Julie Morrish
General committee - Geoff Banham
Press and Communication Officer - Sapphy Reed-Yang/Alan Baldwin
Youth Representative - not elected (to be co-opted at the start of 2018/19 season)
Ladies 1st XI Captain - Lucy Burridge
Ladies 2nd XI Captain - Clare Wilson
Men’s 1st XI Captain - Duncan Morrish
Men’s 2nd XI Captain - Mike Morrish
Men’s 3rd XI Captain - Marcus Blyth
Men’s 4th XI Captain - Ian Stradling - co-opted Aug-18
Men’s 5th XI Captain - James Kettlewell
All current Vice-Presidents were re-elected.
Any Other Business
The committee to discuss the selection and appointment of coaches at the first committee meeting, to cover mens and ladies sections of the club.
It was agreed that the a sub-committee should be set up to work to attract new members to the club - especialy in the 19-25 age group. This sub-committee to be set up at the first committee meeting.
Sue Durkin offered to liaise with her employers to provide a lockable first aid cupboard for the 1610 pitchside. A meeting is to be convened with 1610 to follow up.
It was agreed that additional first aid training should take place for club members - both formal and informal to ensure adequate first aid coverage in the club.
Bridget outlined that further work to complete and enhance the pitch refurbishment would take place in June.
Bridget to keep the committee and the club updated with further improvement plans and developments.
Mens 1st Player of the Year - Tom Lott
Mens 2nd Player of the Year - Harry Rose
Mens 3rd Player of the Year - Dom Rauch
Mens 4th Player of the Year - Alex Howe
Mens 5th Player of the Year - Toby Knight
Ladies 1st Player of the Year - Sapphy Reed-Yang
Ladies 2nd Player of the Year - Hilary McNeil
Top Goalscorer - Tom Lott
Best Youth Male - Mulberry Threlfall-Eyres
Best Youth Female - Willow Hobbs
Most Improved Male - Lewis Coad
Most Improved Female - Lauren Morrish
Best Trainer - Kashi Morrish
Fair Play Trophy Men - Kieran Wood
Fair Play Trophy Ladies - Hilary McNeil
Team of the Year - Mens 1st
Clunk - Brandon Durkin
Captain's Cup - Rob Morrish
Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 7:00pm
Resumes on Tuesday 4th September at 8:15pm
Resumes on Tuesday 11th September at 6:00pm