Election of Club Officers for 2013-14

The annual Hockey Section SGM was held today, where the following members were elected to undertake roles during the 2013-14 season.

Club Officers
Chairman, Dave Parr
Secretary, John Sutton
Treasurer, Richard Bendall
Fixture Secretary, John Sinclair
Team Secretary, Richard Bendall
Welfare Officer, Carl Franklin

Team Captains
First XI, Richard Buka
Second XI, Gareth Minton
Third XI, Jamie Ferguson
Fourth XI, Neil Jinks
Fifth XI, John Sinclair
Veterans, Jamie Ferguson
Summer League, Giles Rowden and Jamie Ferguson

Committee Members
(in addition to the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Fixture Secretary and First XI Captain)
Dan Howe, Mike Wymer, Andy Barnett, Paul Grimes

Ken Wain Memorial
Congratulations and thanks are once again due to Dan Howe, who was awarded the Ken Wain trophy for the second consecutive year.

Thank you to all of those members who attended the meeting.

Beer Festival

The bar will be open from 3.00pm today for anyone who would like to sample whats on offer and later on this evening there is entertainment on which will be provided by Richard Buka’s band.

The hockey tournament is on tomorrow so can all members make sure that they are at the clubhouse for 9.00am to help set everything up.

See you all there!!


Revised Time For SGM – 20.04.13

Because of the Save Stafford Hospital Walk, the Hockey Section has modified its plans for Saturday 20 April.

The President’s game has been cancelled and will be played later in the Summer.

The SGM will go ahead on Saturday 20 April, but at 12.30 pm at the Club.

Any members wishing to go on the Walk will have time after the meeting to go to the Market Square for the start


Please Support Stafford Hospital

Stafford Hospital needs your support to help prevent the downgrading or closure of many of its acute services. You can visit http://www.supportstaffordhospital.co.uk to find out more information and sign the online petition.

The benefits in having a fully operational local hospital with an A&E department are invaluable – just ask any hockey player. Our home pitch at Beaconside is less than a 2 minute drive from Stafford Hospital, meaning that any player who is unfortunate enough to get injured can be receiving professional emergency treatment very quickly at a time when they may need it most.

The proposal is to close acute services at Stafford Hospital, which will affect critical care, accident & emergency, and maternity departments. Please sign the online petition here in an attempt to help save these essential hospital services.

As well as signing the online petition, you can also visit the campaign shop in the Guildhall Shopping Centre (where Carphone Warehouse used to be, opposite HMV and the former JJB Sports) to find out more. There is also a public march taking place from the Market Square to the Hospital grounds on Saturday 20th April at 2pm.

You can download a poster here to show your support for this campaign, or access template letters to send to those who can make a difference. Above all, please take a moment to sign the petition. Hockey can be a dangerous sport, so let’s make sure we do all we can to keep our local hospital open just in case we should ever need it!

Beer Festival

There is a leaflet drop being done tomorrow evening to promote the beer festival which starts on Thursday. Could all members please make an effort to assist with the leaflet drop and meet at the clubhouse at 7pm.

Thank you.

1st Team Match Report v Kidderminster

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team wrapped up this years season with an emphatic 7-0 victory against Kidderminster Hockey Club.  Stafford had to win to ensure survival and were clearly highly motivated from the start.  The early exchanges were fairly even and it took a good move from Andy Peatfield to allow Stafford to open the scoring, he raced past his marker before playing the ball wide to Steve Marsh, who then hit the ball into the corner to put Stafford ahead.

Kidderminster then managed to win a couple of penalty corners, Brad Evans in goals made a couple of good saves to deny the opposition.  After that is was really one way traffic.  The next goal was scored by Dan Howe who dinked the ball past a stranded goal keeper after another Marsh strike.  Howe then got another after he slapped the ball home from an acute angle.

After the break, Stafford kept up the pressure, Chris Sunderland scored a great individual goal after he beat a couple of players before lobbing the goal keeper from a tight angle.  Howe then completed his hat-trick after Dan Rennie un-selfishly played the ball into his path, allowing an easy finish.  Peatfield then scored the next after a slick penalty corner saw him place the ball under the goalkeeper.  The final goal was scored by Giles Rowden after player of the season, Ben Hollands passed the ball into Rowden’s path he neatly deflected it home.  The man of the match award was given to Guy Malpass, a defender who put in a great performance to constantly keep Kidderminster at bay.

In what has been a tough league this year Stafford can point to a lot of positive performances with the emergance of some great young talent, in 15 year olds, Charlie Trotter and Brad Evans and 17 year old Dan Rennie and Andy Peatfield.  With a strong youth policy and coaching set-up, Stafford will be looking forward to a great 2013-2014 season.

Club Game – Saturday 6th. April 2013 Re : 11.30am push back at Beaconside

Players as at 3pm on Wednesday 3rd. April 2013, who have confirmed to me that they are definitely available to play in Club Game this Saturday ( 6th. April ) at Beaconside Re : 11.30am push back ( players to meet at 11am at Beaconside ) :

1) Neil Jinks
2) Harry Coltman
3) Me ( John Sinclair )
4) Dave Parr
5) Jo Lovatt
6) Nathan Sillitto
7) Adam Robinson
8) Rav Singh
9) Jamie Ferguson

As at 3pm on Wedneday 3rd. April 2013, still awaiting replies from my text to the following players, regarding availability for this club game :

Taran Bassie
Sam Gibson
Ed Baker
Lee Whitelock
Ian Hodkinson
John Williams
Josh Williams
Tony Milner
Jack Ball
Isha Newman
Jack Fudger
Peter Chiu
Ric Franks
Carl Franklin
Mary Moss ( Re : Stafford Ladies playing in this club game, if they want to )

Fathom / Club Game – Saturday 6th. April 2013 at Beaconside – Push Back : 11.30am

This Saturday ( 6th. April ) Stafford Fathoms Opposition Cannock Fathoms have cancelled. Even though Cannock Fathoms have pulled out of this game Re : push back of 11.30am at Beaconside, it will now become a club game for all Fathom Players, 4th. Players ( who will be playing later at 4pm at Beaconside in a re-arranged league game against Cannock 6ths ) & 3rd. Players ( who have no game this Saturday ) & any Stafford Ladies who fancy playing in this game, especially if they are a keeper, as require 2 keepers & 2 umpires for this club game. If you wish to play in this Club Game at 11.30am at Beaconside then please text John Sinclair on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. Please be aware that Green & White Tops will be provided for this club game Re : one lot of players playing as the home team in Green & another lot of players playing in White, as the away team. However, please feel free to bring your own green & white tops, if you want for this club game. Match Fees for this Club Game will be £5 for Seniors & £2 for Juniors. Food is currently laid on down the club, for after this game and all participating in this club game are invited back to club for this food.

1st Team Selection & Meet Time – 06.04.13

Home to Kidderminister (LEAGUE MATCH) – Meet at the PITCH at 11.45am for a 1.00pm push back.

Team to play:

Brad Evans

Andy Barnett

Charlie Trotter

Guy Malpass

Giles Rowden

Steve Marsh

Andy Peatfield

Richard Buka

Dan Howe

Steve Sudale

Ben Holland

Dan Rennie

Chris Sunderland

James Gillingham

It is the last league game of the season so please come down and support us!!