1st team away to Wolverhampton 04/01/14

1.30pm push back at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton. 11.45 meet at the club.

Rich Dean (Gk)
Simon Parnell
Giles Rowden
Mike Wattley
Andy Barnett
Steve Marsh
Ben Cantrill
Guy Malpass (c)
Ben Hollands
Dan Rennie
Dan Howe
Randall Moore

Coach: Dave Evans

I can’t play so Guy will be sorting things on the day. See you all next Tuesday. Good attendance please!

Buka

New Years Day Football Match Vs The Cricket Section 2014

Merry Christmas to everybody and a Happy New Year to you all.

Just to inform everybody that there is the first Annual New Years Day Football match Vs the Cricket Section is on Wednesday 1st of January, 11:45 am Kick off.

Support from all hockey section will be greatly appreciated as the cricket section seem to be fielding a rather strong team. Food and drink will be available in the club after the game and the premiership football will also be LIVE to watch in the afternoon. So come down and celebrate the New Year with us all.

Squad for NYD Football Match

Line up will be decided nearer the time.

 

Pete Chiu (GK)

Tony Milner

Gareth Minton

Dan Howe (C)

Rob Peatfield

Andy Peatfield

John Peatfield

Andy Barnett

Neil Jinks

Mike Wymer

Jamie Ferguson

Dave Parr

James F’Bridge

John F’Bridge

Colin Bishop (Player Coach AKA – Ray Wilkins)

 

Referee and Linesman needed if anybody wishes to volunteer.

 

Fantasy Hockey – Week 10 – Christmas Break

With the final games before christmas in and all points tallied the leader board can now be published for the Mens Fantasy Hockey League 2013

The ladies are leading the way  but its exceedingly tight at the top with the top 3 all on the same points.

Without further ado the League table at the half way point of the season is as follows.

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 449
2 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 449
3 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 449
4 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 446
5 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 443
6 Geeks United Richard Bendall 440
7 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 432
8 Team Strop* Brad Evans 428
9 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 418
10 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 418
11 Plan B Steve Paling 418
12 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 417
13 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 413
14 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 412
15 Team Weet Chris Weetman 408
16 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 407
17 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 407
18 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 400
19 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 399
20 Doom Weasels Pog 397
21 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 397
22 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 391
23 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 388
24 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 387
25 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 385
26 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 380
27 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 379
28 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 376
29 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 370
30 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 367
31 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 365
32 TBC1 Randall Moore 363
33 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 358
34 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 336
35 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 331
36 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 319
37 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 318
38 Creswell Dennis Wall 307

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team ‘ Santa Hat’ Match Report Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Whitchurch Fathoms

Stafford Fathom Santa Hat Team on Saturday 14th. December 2013 v Whitchurch Fathoms - Lost 3-0

Date : Saturday 14th. December 2013
Fixture : Santa Hat Game Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Whitchurch Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside, Stafford
Push-Back : 4pm
Score : 3-0 ( H/T 3-0 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Will Trotter & Matthew Till
( Nominated by Mav / Richard Bendall, watching whole of the game from the sidelines & the Stafford Fathom Team & Stafford Fathom Captain )

Umpires : Brian Brinson & Greg Spencer

Stafford ( Santa Hat ) Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( 13 players ) :
Pog ( GK ), Paul Rennie, John Sinclair, Carl Dudley, Taran Bassie, Dan Wheawall, Matthew Till, Tyler Murray, Will Trotter, Damon Morbay, Kyle Rennie, Harry Coltman, Edward Baker.

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team were unable to play this ‘ Santa Hat’ game at their usual 10am time at Beaconside, because the opposition Whitchurch, couldn’t make a morning pushback, so they had to play at 4pm under the floodlights for the first time this season ( the floodlights should have been sorted by the Beaconside Sports Centre, as they promised that they would be fixed before this game, as certain lights hadn’t been working or pointing in the wrong direction for a number of weeks now, but unfortunately they hadn’t managed to sort them in time for this game, so parts of the pitch wasn’t lit as well as it could be ). Anyhow, for this game the team lost 7 players from the team that won 7-1 last week against Ludlow Fathoms, unfortunately unavailable to play in this game was Ian, Jack & George Hodgkinson & Declan Martin ( due to other commitments ) & Charlie Trotter, Daniel Rennie & Elliott Glennon, were back playing for Stafford 1sts this week, as they only helped the Fathoms out last week, because the Fathoms were short of a few players and they were playing for Stafford 1st. Team, which were playing before the Stafford Fathom Team game at the same venue as them last week. Anyhow, back for this game was Matthew Till returning from his injury of 2 weeks ago, when he tried to jump the fence at Beaconside ( and the fence won ) & Dan Wheawall was brought back in the team, after reaching the dizzy heights of playing for Stafford 3rds the week before plus he was the only one promising to dress up as Santa for this game, Damon ‘ I’m not sure where my Santa Hat is’ Morbey was also back from injury & Tarran Bassie. Harry Coltman, Tyler Murray & Ed Baker, were also back / available for this game. Once the photo-call of all the fathom players wearing their Santa Hats had been taken ( photo attached above ), everyone was raring to get on with the game.

When the game started, Stafford Fathoms were looking to try and make sure they preserved their 100% record of not losing at Home since the season started, as they had won all their previous 3 home games which were against Bridgnorth ( 1-0 ) on 12th. October, Old Wulfs ( 5-0 ) on 26th. October & Aldridge & Walsall Fathom ‘B’ Team ( 3-0 ) on 30th. November and to try & build on the 7-1 win from the previous Saturday ( 7th. December ) which was Away to Ludlow Fathoms. Stafford Fathoms knew before the game started that this game was going to be a tough challenge, because it appeared that the opposition, Whitchurch had brought a team of players of slightly higher standard than Fathoms and appeared to have a coach with them and no other fathom team this season, has had a coach on the side-lines watching & encouraging them while playing against Stafford Fathoms. Anyhow, the team talk given before the game started by Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, was to be focussed on what Stafford could do rather than worry about what a very strong opposition, might do and that Stafford should try and make sure that when they did have possession of the ball, just like in all the previous games where a good result had been achieved, that the players passed to one another and for the first 15 minutes of the game, Stafford ( with all their players wearing their Santa Hats & Dan Wheawall wearing his Santa Outfit while playing ) were holding their own against a very lively and strong Whitchurch Fathom Team, when an innocuous shot on goal by Whitchurch, from outside the D, hit the back of the Stafford goal, with no one supposedly touching it, was given as a goal, as one of the 2 Stafford Umpires reckoned that the Stafford Keeper, Pog had touched the ball with his stick before it went into the back of Stafford’s net and was therefore awarding Whitchurch the goal. However, when the Stafford Keeper, Pog respectively challenged this decision, given by this particular umpire, stating that he categorally hadn’t touch the ball with his stick, the umpire then consulted his other Umpire at the other end of the pitch and this other Umpire stated that due to the distance he was away from the hit / strike by the Whitchurch player and the poor lighting of the floodlights, he reckoned he couldn’t see whether or not Stafford keeper’s stick had touched the ball or not on it’s way into Stafford Fathom’s goal, so after this consultation with his other umpire, the umpire who originally gave the decision, decided that the goal would count / stand and was adamant about it, despite protests from a number of Stafford Fathom Players, that it shouldn’t stand, as they felt that Pog, Stafford’s Fathom Keeper, hadn’t touched the ball with his stick and the whole Stafford Fathom Team were naturally gutted and very disappointed by this very harsh decision, especially as they had been doing OK up to this stage, but typical Stafford Fathom style, they dusted themselves down and accepted it, even though they didn’t agree with it in any shape or form and then tried to re-focus back onto the game. This controversial decision did however unnerve and unbalance Stafford and five minutes later, Whitchurch capitalised on Stafford’s uncertainity, when they nipped into between defender and keeper to slot home their second goal, then Stafford seemed to settle down from going 2 nil down in such a short space of time and with half time beckoning, Whitchurch managed to just get the better of a now resolute Stafford’s defence and to sneak another goal, so when the half time whistle did blow, Stafford couldn’t belief that they were going in at the break, 3-0 down.

The team talk at half time given by Paul Rennie, the Stafford Fathom Vice Captain was about forgetting about how all three goals were conceded or given, as they were now history and the fact that the team they were playing were of a slightly higher standard than Fathoms, should not faze them, because Stafford now needed in order to try and get back into this game to try and keep hold of the ball and to pass it more than they had in the first half and not to try and take the ball on against this strong Whitchurch Team, who were more than capable of tackling our players and getting the ball back into their possession and that Stafford should try and communicate better with one another, again this was lacking at times in the first half, but he did admit that the first 2 goals Whitchurch had scored had been soft / gift goals, especially the first one. then just before Stafford Fathoms went back out onto the pitch for the second half, Stafford 2nd. Team Captain, Gareth Minton, who had been watching the first half of this game from the side-lines, chipped in with Paul Rennie’s Stafford Fathom’s team talk by saying, if Stafford kept better possession of the ball than the opposition, then Whitchurch without the ball, would become a lot less effective, no matter how good they might be.

So with that in mind, Stafford went into the second half all fired up and wanting to turn things round and to put the disappointing first half behind them and Damon ‘ I’m not sure where my Santa Hat is’ Morbay and Matthew ‘ don’t let me jump any fences’ Till both took on the half time team talk and worked tirelessly in midfield helping Stafford snuff out / break down Whitchurch’s attacks by some good tackling and more importantly reading the game and intercepting Whitchurch passes and then once the ball was in their possession making some good passes to their young forward line of Will Trotter, Tyler Murray, Kyle Rennie, Edward Baker, Harry Coltman & Dan ‘ where has my Santa Outfit gone – Elf Knows’ Wheawall, who were all combining well and setting up one another with some really good chances on goal and in Stafford’s defence, young Taran Bassie, Vice Captian, Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley & Captain, John Sinclair were all playing their part in containing Whitchurch attacks and on the few occasions when Whitchurch did manage to get past the well marshalled midfield / defence of Stafford, Pog in goals for Stafford Fathoms, was like the rest of the team, very capable of dealing with any threats on his Stafford goal and when the final whistle blew, Stafford Fathoms were a little disappointed that they hadn’t managed to put the ball in the back of Whitchurch Fathom goal in the second half, especially as they had taken on the half time team talk and had a lot more possession of the ball in the second half, but they were happy with the fact that they had stopped Whitchurch from adding to their goal tally of 3 from the first half.

The team talk at the end of the game by Vice Captain, Paul Rennie in the wind and the rain, was that Stafford Fathoms should go into the Christmas / New Break of no games for 2 weeks, pleased with their second half performance, in the knowledge that the second half had been a real team effort with good tackling, interception and more importantly keeping possession of the ball and that they were terribly unlucky not to have also scored a goal in the second half of the game ( which unfortunately meant for the first time this season, Stafford Fathoms haven’t managed to score at home plus it also meant that they had lost their 100% record of winning at home ).

Mav / Richard Bendall, who was assisting the Fathoms on the sidelines with the timings of the double substitutions ( Re : having 13 players ) awarded Matthew Till with the Man of The Match Award. However, at the end of the game the Fathom Team decided that they wanted to chose Will Trotter as their Man of the Match, so as it is the season of goodwill ( and all that ), I have decided as Captain of the Fathom Team, to make this week’s Stafford Fathom’s Man of the Match a joint award, so both Matthew Till and Will Trotter have both been chosen as Man of the Match for this game.

At the half way stage of this season, all players who have played for Stafford Fathoms this season or umpired our games ( a big thank-you for this goes to Charlie Trotter & Brad Evans, as well as the other people who have done this for the Stafford Fathoms ) at home have definitely played their part ensuring that Stafford Fathom Teams have progressed really well from last season as from 9 games played ( 5 games away & 4 games at home ) they have won 4, lost 4 and drew 1, scoring 23 goals in the process and conceding 16 goals, so when Stafford Fathoms are back in action in the Fathom Fixtures on Saturday 18th. January 2014 ( see below for details ), then they have to use this first half of the season, as a good platform to progress even further, especially when travelling away to play.

The next Fathom’s game is on Saturday 18th. January 2014 against Cannock Fathoms, which is at home, but is being played at Stone Hockey Club ( Re : 10am pushback and players being picked to play in this game will need to meet at Stone Hockey Club for 9.30am ). However, if your interested there will be a game at 4pm at Beaconside on Saturday 4th. January 2014, for all 4th. Team and Fathom / 5th. Team players, as neither of these teams have a friendly fixture on this date, when the other 3 teams do. Anyhow, from myself as Captain of Stafford Fathoms and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of Stafford Fathoms, can we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and will see you all again for Stafford Fathoms either on Saturday 4th. January 2014 or on Saturday 18th. January 2014, when we can try and see if we can overturn the 2-0 defeat we experienced at the beginning of the season, when we played them away at Cannock Hockey Club on their pitch with the sprinklers.

1st Team Match Report v Leamington HC

Stafford HC 1st team finished the first half of the league season with a disappointing 4-2 home defeat against Leamington HC.  Stafford were forced to make a couple of changes at the back due to unavailability and the unfamiliar partnerships struggled to cope with a well organised opposition.  The first goal came when Stafford missed a number of tackles, the first shot was blocked but the rebound was put in on the reverse stick side.

 

Stafford were able to create some chances and John Peatfield scored with a lovely chipped shot after a Randall Moore pass.  Unfortunately Stafford then let another two sloppy goals in after more missed tackles but did pull one back before half time, with a trade mark Randall Moore drag flick at a penalty corner.

 

Stafford went into half time feeling that they were well and truly in the game but that changed after half time when keeper Brad Evans was red carded for dissent after a penalty stroke was awarded.  Captain Richard Buka put the pads on and amazingly saved the penalty!  Unfortunately Stafford eventually conceded a final goal after John Peatfield received a yellow card and Stafford were down to 9 players.  Despite some heroic efforts from Ben Hollands and Charlie Trotter in midfield Stafford could not score.

 

Stafford are 4th at the break, there have been some big positives but unfortunately  the lack of discipline  at crucial times has cost Stafford dearly.  Stafford will be looking to put things right after the Christmas break and maintain a push for promotion.

Details for Friendly Fixtures for Saturday 4th.January 2013 Re : Stafford 1st. 2nd & 3rd. Teams.

Dates & times for Friendly Fixtures on Saturday 4th. January 2014 :

Wolverhampton 1sts v Stafford 1sts
1.30pm push back at Aldersley Stadium, Aldersley Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Stafford Hockey Club to travel to Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton, to be announced by Stafford 1st. Team Captain, Richard Buka nearer the date )

Stafford 2nds v Old Shills 2nds
1.00pm push back at Beaconside, Stafford
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Beaconside, to be announced by Stafford 2nd. Team Captain, Gareth Minton nearer the date )

Old Shills 3rds v Stafford 3rds
2pm push back at Old Shills Hockey Club, Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LW
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Stafford Hockey Club to travel to Old Shills Hockey Club to be announced by Stafford 3rd. Team Captain, Jamie Ferguson nearer the date ) .

Please can you let your Captain know your availability for the above friendly games on Saturday 4th. January 2014, as soon as you possibly can and there might be a game at 4pm at Beaconside on Saturday 4th. January 2014,for Stafford 4ths and 5ths, if there is enough players interested in playing in this game, so please let Stafford 4th. Team Captain, Neil Jinks or myself ( John Sinclair )as Stafford 5th. Team Captain, know before Saturday 4th. January 2014 about wanting to participate in this game.

Before I go, I would like to invite you all tomorrow afternoon to come along and watch the Stafford 5th. Team / Fathom Team as our youngsters and a few oldies like myself play against Whitchurch Fathoms at 4pm at Beaconside. This season Stafford’s 5th. Team / Fathoms have yet to lose at home, so I am sure your support, would be very much appreciated by all in the team, as I am sure it would drive us on to try and achieve a fifth straight win at home and to build on last Saturday’s 7-1 win away against Ludlow Fathoms.

If you are unable to come along and watch our fathom game tomorrow and support our youngsters or are unable to attend / join in the festivities at the Club’s Christmas Party tomorrow nite, then can I take this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, as Fixture Secretary for Stafford Hockey Club and hope to see you all again in 2014 Re : the friendly fixtures on Saturday 4th. January 2014.

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team for Saturday 14th. December 2013 Re : Santa Hat Game of Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Whitchurch Fathoms

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( as at 12-12-2013 ) for Saturday 14th. December 2013 for Santa Hat Fathom Game against Whitchurch Fathom Team Re : 4pm pushback at Beaconside and Stafford Fathom Players with Santa Hats to meet at 3.15pm at Beaconside :

All players listed below to have photo taken before the game starts in one of the goals, with all the team wearing their Santa Hats and then hopefully they will play in their Santa Hats in this Fathom Game or face a forfeit of being fined a £1, which will be donated to the Text Santa appeal being shown on ITV1 the following Friday.

1) Pog ( GK )
2) Paul Rennie
3) Carl Dudley
4) Taran Bassie
5) Will Trotter
6) Damon Morbray
7) Kyle Rennie
8) Tyler Murray
9) Ed Baker
10) Dan Wheawall
11) Harry Coltman
12) Matthew Till
13) John Sinclair

Umpires :
Brian Brinson & maybe Greg Spencer, but if he can’t do it, Neil Jinks of Stafford 4th.Team has said he will get back as quickly as possible from playing Lichfield Away to Umpire instead of Greg.

Facts & Figures regarding Stafford Fathoms Fixtures this Season ( 2013 / 2014 ) up to Sunday 8th. December 2013.

Facts & Figures regarding Stafford Fathoms Fixtures this Season ( 2013 / 2014 ) up to Sunday 8th. December 2013.
9 games played ( with 1 game being cancelled on 23-11-2013 ) – 4 Games at Home & 5 Games Away. Have Won 5 of them, Drawn 1 of them & Lost 3 of them ( Which were All Away ). Have scored 22 Goals & Conceded 13 Goals. Top 3 Scorers of Stafford Fathom Team ( so far ) : Paul Rennie 4 goals in 9 Appearances, Dan Wheawall 3 Goals in 5.5 Games and Will Trotter 2 Goals in 9 Games, along with George Hodgkinson with 2 Goals in 2 Appearances. Players with 100% Appearances i.e. played in all 9 Fathom Games so far are Will Trotter & Paul Rennie.

Stafford 2nds to play Ludlow – and a desperate request for a goalkeeper!!!

Stafford 2nds currently do not have a goalkeeper for this coming weekend. If anybody would like a game in goal please let me know ASAP!!!

Meet time – 11:30 at the club – 1:30 push back

GK tbc

Gareth Minton – yes – direct
Andy Simms – yes

James Faulconbridge – yes
Colin Bishop
Pete Chiu – yes

James Gillingham
John Faulconbridge – yes
Jack Ball – yes

Rich Bendall – yes
Matt best – yes

Sam Gibson – yes

Dear all,

image

The Christmas party is this Saturday!

There’s going to be food, karaoke, and plenty of organised fun and
the price is £7 including a glass of mulled wine, or £5 for juniors.

If you could let me know that you are planning on coming so I can get a good estimate of numbers, that’d be great but you can pay on the door.

Please feel free to invite partners and friends along for the evening and we hope to see as many friendly faces there as possible.

Hockey committee

1st team at home to Leamington 14/12/13

12 o’clock meet for 1pm start at Beaconside

Christmas themed teamsheet:

Brad ‘jingle’ Evans
Giles ‘Santa’ Rowden
Elliott ‘elf’ Glennon
Steve ‘advent calendar’ Marsh
Mike ‘stocking filler’ Wattley
Ben ‘Rudolf’ Hollands
Dan ‘brussel sprouts’ Rennie
Andy ‘Prancer’ Peatfield
John ‘snowman’ Peatfield
Randall ‘a dog is for life’ Moore
Charlie ‘Angel Gabriel’ Trotter
Guy ‘Christmas lights’ Malpass
Richard ‘boxing day turkey’ Buka

Coach: Dave ‘the grandpa that no-one wants to talk to’ Evans

Any problems, let me know.

Buka

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 7th. December 2013 Re : Family Affair Game of Ludlow Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team

Date : Saturday 7th. December 2013
Fixture : Ludlow Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team
Venue : Much Wenlock Leisure Centre / William Brookes School TF13 6NB
Push-Back : 1.30pm
Score : 7-1 ( H/T 2-0 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Paul Rennie, Charlie Trotter, George Hodgkinson, Paul Rennie, George Hodgkinson, Charlie Trotter & Jack Hodgkinson
( Paul Rennie – 2 Goals, Charlie Trotter – 2 Goals, George Hodgkinson – 2 Goals & Jack Hodgkinson – 1 Goal )

MOM : 11 year old George ( Who says I’m a small player ) Hodgkinson.
( nominated by Stafford Coach : Dave Evans watching whole of the game from side lines )

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Elliott Glennon ( 1st Half ) / Daniel Rennie ( 2nd. Half ) ( GK ), Paul Rennie, John Sinclair, Declan Martin, Ian Hodgkinson, Jack Hodkinson, Charlie Trotter, George Hodgkinson, Will Trotter & Kyle Rennie ( & Brad Evans played out for Opposition, Ludlow Fathoms ).

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team having lost 5 players ( Carl Dudley ( other commitments ), Matthew Till ( injured ), Dan Wheawall ( promoted to 3rds ), Damon Morbay ( injured ) & Tarran Bassie ( other commitments ) ) of the 13 players picked at Tuesday Nite’s Team Selection to play Ludlow Fathoms, they had to reluctantly to draw on three young 1st. Team players, Daniel Rennie, Charlie Trotter & Elliott Glennon who had played before Stafford Fathoms game ( Re : Ludlow 1st. against Stafford 1sts ), to ensure they started the game with 11 players and the opposition Ludlow Fathoms also found before the game started that they only had 8 players, so they recruited their 1st. Team Keeper & Stafford 1st. Team Keeper, Brad Evans, to help them out and to ensure they started the game with 10 players and a keeper, who hadn’t played in goals before.

The Stafford Fathom Team which won last week by 3 goals to nil, only had 5 players from that game starting this game i.e. Paul Rennie, John Sinclair, Will Trotter, Declan Martin & Kyle Rennie but despite the changes to the team from last week, the team had become a Family Affair with Dad Paul Rennie playing with his 2 sons, Kyle Rennie & Daniel Rennie and Dad Ian Hodgkinson playing with his 2 sons, Jack Hodgkinson & George Hodgkinson and 2 Brothers Charlie Trotter & Will Trotter, playing alongside one another.

Stafford took an early lead from dependable Paul Rennie via one of his short corner routines ( i.e. stop it & smash it one ) and with him & John Sinclair ensuring from their on in, that nothing was going to get past them in Stafford Fathom’s defence, it meant Elliott Glennon, helping Stafford Fathoms out in goals, when he normally plays out for the Stafford 1sts, was finding he had very little to do. However, when Brad Evans ( Stafford’s regular first team keeper ), playing up front for the opposition did manage to get past the resolute John Sinclair in Stafford’s defence, Elliott came to Stafford’s & Sinky’s rescue, by meeting his first team counterpart, to ensure his shot on goals, went just wide of his Stafford goals and with half time looming Charlie Trotter ( another Stafford 1st. Team player helping Stafford Fathom’s out ), skillfully danced round a number of Ludlow defenders to slot the ball home from close range, so as to ensure Stafford Fathoms went in at half time 2-0 up.

The second half saw Daniel Rennie, another Stafford first team player going in goals for Stafford Fathoms, when he had been playing out for Stafford Fathoms in the first half and Elliott Glennon was now playing out for Stafford Fathoms and he was then given the job / task of marking his fellow first team keeper, Brad Evans who was playing for the opposition and he completely marked / snuffed him out of the game. However, that didn’t prevent within 5 minutes of the start of the second half, Ludlow managing to put Stafford under the cosh and to win their first short corner of the game and from it they managed to put the ball past Stafford’s defence / keeper to make the game 2-1 to Stafford and this goal for the next 5 minutes or so, seemed to unsettle / unnerve Stafford and their persistence not to cave to Ludlow’s re-found energy ( Re : them trying to get that all important equalizer ) and Ian Hodgkinson & Declan Martin in Stafford’s midfield worked tirelessly to claim back control and it soon paid dividends Re : them winning a number of crucial tackles in the middle of the park / pitch, this also had a knock-on effect, as it helped to feed Stafford’s young forward line of Will Trotter, Kyle Rennie & George Hodgkinson, all of them going close on a number occasions with decent shots at Ludlow’s goal and eventually young 11 year old George Hodgkinson soon converted one of these chances, when he dribbled the ball nicely around the virgin Ludlow keeper ( i.e. playing in goals for the first time ), to slot it home for his first goal for Stafford Fathoms and to extend Stafford’s lead to 3-1 and this third goal then seemed to settle Stafford down, as not long after that, they won themselves a short corner, which Paul Rennie converted in the same style as his first goal in the first half ( i.e. stop it and smash it ), so now with Stafford leading 4-1, they now grew in strength and belief and started to take a lot more control of the game and about 10 minutes later, Stafford scored again when Dad Ian Hodgkinson put an exquisite pass across the Ludlow D for his young son George to slot home for his second goal and Stafford’s fifth and even though Stafford now had a commanding lead, it didn’t stop Ludlow from occasionally putting Stafford under a bit of pressure, but it wasn’t long before Stafford were at it again, when they extended their lead even further, when Charlie Trotter went on another of his runs, before slotting the ball home for his second goal of the game and Stafford’s sixth. Paul Rennie in defence, then decided it was now time to take himself off the pitch for the last ten minutes of the game, due to him taking a knock to one of his knees, earlier in the half and 2 goal, first team player Charlie Trotter was then requested by Stafford’s Vice Captain / tactical advisor, Paul Rennie to drop back into defence to take over from him and John Sinclair was then requested by him to go up front to replace Charlie Trotter and he soon had a chance to try and put himself on the score sheet for Stafford, but unfortunately his shot on goal was comfortable saved by the Ludlow keeper. Anyhow, with the clock rapidly ticking down to full time and Stafford winning 6-1, young Will Trotter, decided he wasn’t going to be outdone by his older brother, Charlie and he went on a ‘maisey’ run of his own, going pass a number of Ludlow defenders but the only difference with his run compared to his brother’s, was when he saw young Jack Hodgkinson at the top of the D, he casually and unselfishly slotted the ball to him, so that he could then hit it sweetly and with some power past the advancing Ludlow keeper, to ensure Jack also got onto the score sheet ( along with his younger brother, George ), to record his first Stafford Fathom goal of the season and at the final whistle a few minutes later, Stafford Fathoms had ran out victorious and had won the game 7 goals to 1. However, even those who didn’t get on the score sheet during this game, certainly played an integral part in Stafford Fathoms recording their best ever win, so far this season and last season, so well done to everyone who participated in this game, including the in-effect, Brad Evans who helped out the opposition.

Dave Evans, who had stopped to watch Stafford Fathoms, after coaching the first team game before the fathom game started, awarded 11 year old George Hodgkinson, who was playing his second game for Stafford Fathoms and had scored 2 goals during the game, with the Man of The Match Award, which he had also won a few weeks before in his first game for Stafford Fathoms ( Re : the game Away in October to Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Team ).

This Saturday ( 14th December ) Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team will be playing their final fathom game of the year against Whitchurch Fathoms at home at Beaconside Re : a later pushback than normal of 4pm and all Fathom Players who are picked to play in this game, will need to meet at Beaconside at 3.15pm with Santa Hats ( except for the keeper ) Re : them being worn during this game, otherwise you will incur a £1 fine, which will be donated to the Text Santa Appeal on TV a week later + will be having a team photo taken in one of the goals before game starts, of us all wearing our Santa Hats ( so please do not let the side down, I am counting on you all joining in the festive spirit, which will also be drunk at the Club Christmas Party in the evening and everyone is welcome to join in that as well, please see me or text me for tickets – if interested ) . Unfortunately missing this game after playing in Saturday’s magnificent 7-1 win, will be the Hodgkinson Family of Ian, Jack & George due to other commitments. However, making a welcome return for this Saturday’s Final Fathom game of the year against Whitchurch Fathoms, after missing Saturday’s brillant 7-1 win, are Pog in goals, Alan Snell, Harry Coltman, Tyler Murray, Taran Bassie, Carl Dudley & maybe Damon Morbay, if he has recovered from his injury which prevented him from playing this Saturday. Unfortunately it appears Matthew Till & Peter Powers will probably be missing until Fathom’s next game on Saturday 18th. January 2014 against Cannock Fathoms which is at home but at Stone Hockey Club ( Re : 10am pushback ), due to an injury Matthew picked up last Saturday ( 30th. November ) playing against Aldridge & Walsall ‘B’ Fathom Team and Pete due to a bereavement in his family, so from myself as Captain of Stafford Fathoms and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of Stafford Fathoms, can we wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see you both fit & well and back playing for the Stafford Fathoms on Saturday 18th. January 2014.

Unfortunately last season Stafford Fathoms didn’t get to play Whitchurch Fathoms, as the home game in October last year wasn’t played supposedly due to senior players in their side refusing to drive the younger players to Stafford and the away Fixture to them in January this year, was cancelled due to snow.

Fantasy Hockey week 8 — what??? its only a week late.

Ok firstly apologies It appears I didn’t as I thought update this last week although everything was sitting waiting, however as I am still waiting for 5ths result from today and the 4ths Man of the match I will post last weeks table here.  All I can say is the guys are being put to shame with Fi and Berni both in the top 3, don’t you know I’m not hearing the end of that if it lasts…

I should also point out that all games next week will count towards the fantasy hockey, including all friendlies, so with no further ado The league table after game week 8

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 401
2 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 395
3 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 390
4 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 376
5 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 373
6 Geeks United Richard Bendall 372
7 Team Strop* Brad Evans 370
8 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 365
9 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 361
10 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 360
11 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 360
12 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 357
13 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 356
14 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 356
15 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 352
16 Plan B Steve Paling 352
17 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 351
18 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 345
19 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 340
20 Doom Weasels Pog 339
21 Team Weet Chris Weetman 337
22 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 334
23 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 332
24 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 330
25 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 328
26 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 325
27 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 324
28 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 322
29 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 320
30 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 319
31 TBC1 Randall Moore 316
32 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 311
33 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 301
34 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 277
35 Creswell Dennis Wall 275
36 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 268
37 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 263
38 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 256

1st Team Match Report v Ludlow HC

Stafford HC 1st team travelled to Much Wenlock last weekend to play Ludlow HC, they were left frustrated losing 1-0.

 

For once Stafford started well enough, winning a number of penalty corners.  A slip from Randall Moore to Ben Cantrill found the latter in space, he seemed to be pushed off the ball but the infringement was not spotted by the umpire.

 

Unfortunately a yellow card for Andy Peatfield and an unsavory incident involving players from both sides, seemed to take the wind out of the Stafford sails and the game became disjointed.  Stafford did win another penalty corner but this broke down and Ludlow were able to break, the ball was played into the circle and deflected off Simon Parnell’s foot into the path of a Ludlow forward who was able to put the ball into the goal.

 

After that the game became scrappy, Randall Moore had the best chance but his reverse stick shot came off the bar, Ludlow had a few chances but were unable to finish.  Stafford pushed higher in the second half but tight marking and some lacklustre running seemed to nullify the Riverway side and the game remained 1-0 at the end.

 

If Stafford want to get promoted this season, they need to work on their discipline and be prepared to put the effort in for 70 minutes.  Next week they round off the first half of the season against Leamington Spa HC at Beaconside, 1.00pm push back.

Revised Stafford Fathom Team for Saturday 7th. December 2012 Re : Ludlow Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team – The Family Affair Game

Revised Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team for tomorrow ( Saturday 7th. December ) for Fathom Game Away to Ludlow Fathoms Re : 1.30pm pushback at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre, William Brookes School TF13 6NB. Stafford Fathom Players to meet at 11.30am at Stafford Hockey Club, unless going Direct to game or playing for Stafford 1st. Team before Fathom Game :

1) Brad Evans ( GK ) ( Already playing in goals for Stafford 1sts against Ludlow 1sts before Fathom Game at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be staying for teas after Fathom Game with his Dad, Dave ).
2) Paul Rennie ( Car Driver and will be stopping for teas with his 2 sons, Daniel & Kyle after Fathom Game ).
3) John Sinclair ( Will be Stopping for teas after Fathom Game ).
4) Declan Martin ( Car Driver and will be stopping for teas after Fathom Game ).
5) Ian Hodkinson ( Driving direct to Much Wenlock Leisure Centre with his 2 sons Jack & George and will be stopping for teas with his 2 sons, Jack & George after Fathom Game ).
6) Jack Hodgkinson ( Going direct with his Dad, Ian & Younger Brother, George to Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be stopping for teas with his Dad, Ian & Younger Brother, George after Fathom Game ).
7) Daniel Rennie ( Already playing for Stafford 1sts against Ludlow 1sts before Fathom game at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be staying for teas with his Dad, Paul & Younger Brother, Kyle after Fathom Game ).
8) Charlie Trotter ( Already playing for Stafford 1sts against Ludlow 1sts before Fathom game at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be staying for teas with his Younger Brother, Will and his Dad, Dave after Fathom Game ).
9) Will Trotter ( Going direct with his Dad, Dave to Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be staying for Teas with his Older Brother, Charlie & his Dad, Dave after Fathom Game ).
10) George Hodgkinson ( Going direct with his Dad, Ian & Older Brother, George to Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and will be stopping for teas with his Dad, Ian & Older Brother, Jack after Fathom Game ).
11) Kyle Rennie ( Will be stopping for Teas with his Dad, Paul & his Older Brother, Daniel after Fathom Game ).

Stafford Fathom Game tomorrow very much a Family Affair.

John Sinclair – Stafford Fathom / 5th. Captain.

1st XI away to Ludlow 7/12/13

9.40 meet at the club for a 12.00 push back in Much Wenlock (early meet is due to festival in the town so heavy traffic)

Brad Evans
Giles Rowden
Elliott Glennon
Simon Parnell
Ben Cantrill
Ben Hollands
Dan Rennie
Andy Peatfield
John Peatfield
Randall Moore
Charlie Trotter
Guy Malpass
Richard Buka