Dates for your Diary!

Just a quick reminder to everybody that Tuesday Training has now finished.

Also April is a busy month for all Stafford Hockey Club Members in terms of fundraising and Celebration.

Stafford Beer and Hockey Festival 2014 – 10th, 11th and 12th of April

This date is the biggest event in the Hockey Club’s Calender and also the biggest fundraiser of the year. We have 20 different Ales and 9 different Ciders on offer this year, all from across the country. We have an Live Acoustic night on the Thursday night, Live band on Friday and also Live music on the Saturday night. On the Saturday we have the Hockey Festival, this involves over 18 teams from the local area and further afield. The day starts at 9am for and continues through the day. If you need a team or wish to enter one please get in contact with myself ASAP.

This is a huge event a relies on the help from our members. If you can give some time in the week (Friday especially) it will be greatly appreciated. We  are also in need of raffle prizes and members that know how to flip a burger.

You can follow the event page on facebook here

https://www.facebook.com/events/598801556864840/

Presidents Game and SGM – 26th April

To finish the season we play a President’s XI vs a Chairman’s XI. This club game is open to all club members and is a celebration of the season and the players that have played throughout the season. The game starts at 12:30 but players should ideally arrive between 12:00/12:15. If you are interested in playing, contact Mav or Dan Howe and we will arrange 2 teams to compete on the day.

After the game we will hold the Special Annual Meeting which all members are invited and advised to attend as its an important meeting to elect new members of the club. It is also chance to discuss any information in regards to the hockey section and its development.

End of Season Presentation Dinner – 26th April

The end of season presentation dinner will take place on Saturday evening and will be a celebration of teams and players in the club. Tickets for this event will be £10 and will include a delicious curry dinner (poppadoms included). Dress code for this event is to be smart (shirt and tie). Please let your captains know of if you are going to be attending. Tickets should be available at the clubhouse during April. Raffle prize donations welcome.

 

Dan Howe 07891505159

 

 

1st Team Match Report v Leamington

Stafford HC 1st team, wrapped up this years campaign with a professional 2-0 victory away at Leamington Spa HC.  The opposition stunned Stafford in the first fixture winning 4-2, so the Riverway team knew they would have to take the game seriously.

 

Stafford started well with good work on either flank from Charlie Trotter and Andy Peatfield, possession soon turned into penalty corners, Ben Hollands opening the scoring after Trotter laid the ball into his path after a switched move.  Soon afterwards, Stafford doubled their lead when Richard Bendall was upended in the circle and a penalty stroke was awarded, Ben Cantrill on his return from injury duly slotted home.

 

After this Stafford played possession hockey, the defensive trio of Gareth Minton, Simon Parnell and Giles Rowden, switching the ball to deflate a visibly tiring Leamington.  In the second half, the opposition came into the game more with man of the match Richard Buka called upon in goals to make a number of crucial saves.  Ironically enough Buka is normally an outfield player only playing in goals due to illness to Brad Evans!

 

Stafford continued to create chances but could not extend their lead further.  In an up and down season, Stafford came 5th in the league, with a number of positive elements including the emergence of a real talent in Charlie Trotter and in having the league top goal scorer in Randall Moore, things are looking good for the Club and team.

1st Team Match Report v Ludlow

Stafford HC 1st team were left disappointed last weekend after losing 3-1 at home to Ludlow HC.  In an up and down game, Stafford played some lovely hockey but were unable to put their chances away.

 

In poor conditions Stafford took an early lead after the energetic Charlie Trotter won a penalty corner, Randall Moore scored with a low drag flick.  Unfortunately Stafford could not keep the lead for long as a defensive lapse saw a Ludlow forward left in space, he was able to turn and play the ball to an unmarked player at the far post to score.  Soon afterwards Ludlow scored again, Brad Evans beaten at his near post by a straight shot.

 

Stafford continued to attack, and great work by debutant Jack Ball saw him hit the post and just miss out with another chance at the far post.  Stafford won a number of other corners but could not get the injection right, when they did have a chance, the Ludlow goal keeper was able to smother the shot.

 

Ludlow then got the final goal as a midfielder made his way into the circle after a couple of stick obstructions before putting the ball under an advancing Evans.

 

A disappointing result, which sums up Stafford’s season, great play at times without due reward and some defensive errors.  Stafford’s last game next week is away against Leamington Spa.