Indoor Hockey – Starts 10th June

Indoor hockey will start on the 10th of June at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. It will run for 10 weeks over the summer. The games will be played on a full size indoor hockey court and will start at 8 pm and finish at 10 pm. Players will meet at the club for lifts at 7:10. Otherwise players can go direct.

Price is £5 each and you will get at least 3 games (18 mins each) over the 2 hour period. The aim is to field 4 separate mixed teams to play each other once through the evening on a round robin basis. Players will be split into 4 mixed teams on the evening.  There will be umpires for each game and will be played according to indoor hockey rules.

There will be changing rooms and I believe there is a bar for a quick beer afterwards.

We will be looking for 24 players (including keepers) each week. ALL abilities welcome!

Indoor hockey is a great way to improve your hockey skills and is excellent fitness for the upcoming season.

If you are interested in playing contact Dan Howe.

Whynots settle for a point

Stafford Whynots travelled to Whitchurch on Thursday to face Market Drayton in their second summer league game. Despite the team doctor arriving without any kit, Stafford were quick to rally round and find him an outfit, even if the shorts were a little tight from the lost property basket (aged 8-10).

Stafford fought their way through the first half with some excellent passing between the young side, with Falconbridge and Trotter linking up well against a solid Drayton defence. Meanwhile, Simms held the Stafford defence together and kept Drayton at bay. Ball came close to scoring, as did Peatfield, but both were unable to find the net. Whynots nearly took the lead before half time through Marsh, only to see his shot saved on the line by a Drayton foot.

The second half saw Stafford dominate more of the play, and with Hollands and Howe pressing through the middle they were eventually awarded by a well struck strike by Sillito to take the lead. After some long aerial balls by Rowden (and a somewhat dodgy aerial from Buka), Stafford continued to press hard but Drayton did not give in. Evans played a great game throughout and kept Stafford in the lead, but a well worked attacking move from the Drayton side saw a well deserved equaliser towards the end.

Final score: Market Drayton 1-1 Stafford Whynots
Scorer: Nathan Silitto
Players not mentioned in match report: 0

Next week Stafford have a club game, before travelling to the same pitch again the week after to face hosts Whitchurch.

Overall, another great performance.

Whynots summer league result

Stafford Whynots started their summer league campaign with an excellent youth side performance against North Staffs, despite the wet ‘summer’ weather.

Stafford opened up the scoring early on on the game with a goal from James Falconbridge, but soon found themselves trailing after two well-worked North Staffs moves gave them the lead. Whynots continued to fight, and the young side’s determination paid off when Chris Sunderland convincingly found the net to draw level. In a tense last quarter, it was Whynots who finally came out winners with a close range skilful reverse strike from Adam Kyle.

Final score: Stafford Whynots 3 – North Staffs 2

Next week sees Stafford’s Whynots side travel to Whitchurch on Thursday.

Summer League Hockey

Stafford have entered two teams in this years Mercian sponsored Hockey League, Stafford Whynots and Riverway (Stafford).

Details are attached as Summer League Fixtures 2013.

All home fixtures are on a Tuesday evening, 7.30pm push back at Beaconside Sports Centre, Staffs University, Stafford.

Away game details are notified nearer the time.