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End of Season Awards Night

It was a fantastic evening last night as Stafford Hockey Club celebrated the end of season in style. Here are the winners of the awards.

Club Player of the Year: Mike Wymer

Club player of the year, Mike Wymer. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: Dave Parr

President’s Award: Dave Parr for all his work in securing planning permission for a pitch at Riverway. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: John Sinclair

President’s Award: John Sinclair, for all his work over the years as fixtures secretary and running the fathoms. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

Young Player of the Year: Will Trotter

Will was unable to attend the evening.

1st Team Player of the Year: Ed Handley

1st team player of the year: Ed Handley. Presented by Andy Barnett, 1st team vice-captain.

2nd Team Player of the Year: Jack Hodkinson

2nd team player of the year: Jack Hodkinson. Presented by 2nd team vice-captain, Mike Wymer.

3rd Team Player of the Year: Paul Taylor-Grime

3rd team player of the year: Paul Taylor-Grime. Presented by Steve Paling, 3rd team captain.

4th Team Player of the Year: Josh Williams

4th team player of the year: Josh Williams. Presented by Jack Fudger and Rikki Deller, 4th team captain and vice-captain.

5th Team Player of the Year: Tom Deakin

5th team player of the year: Tom Deakin. Presented by Gary Varga, 5th team captain.

Fathoms Player of the Year: Joe Mullor

Fathoms player of the year: Joe Mullor. Presented by John Sinclair, fathoms captain.

Urgent Call for Help

Hi All

I have been asked to post a request for helpers to aid Rob Peatfield in setting up the new Goals at Beaconside, those of you at training would appreciate the current ones are not up to scratch and the only way we’ll have the new goals in place for Saturday is if we put them together ourselves.

Rob will be at Beaconside with all the tools required from 3pm Tomorrow (Friday) As many helpers as possible would be great.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 11th. October Re : Stafford Fathoms v North Staffs. Fathoms

Date : Saturday 11th. October 2014
Fixture : Stafford Fathom / Development Team v North Staffs. Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford ST18 0AD
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 0-4 ( H/T 0-2 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K )
( Nominated by Stuart Sutton Ex-Stafford Hockey Player watching his Grandson : Will Buckley play for Safford Fathoms )

& Tom Deakin ( Nominated by Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland & Jack Fudger

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie,

4) Tom Deakin

5) John Sinclair,

6) Ben Deakin

7) Ollie-Joe Simmons

8) Will Buckley

9) Kyle Rennie

10) John Sinclair

11) Jack Hodgkinson

12) Neil Jinks

Stafford Fathoms had to wait until this Saturday to play their first home game of the season and again like last week were giving another young player, Ben Deakin ( brother of Tom Deakin ) his hockey debut in the side and they were also being watched from the sidelines by Stuart Sutton an Ex-Stafford Hockey Player who had come along to watch his young Grandson, Will Buckley play for Stafford Fathoms and I am sure as the game progressed that he picked up on the togetherness and experience that all Stafford Young Fathom Players had gained from playing in last Saturday’s fathom game away to Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team and from the start Stafford started well and were holding their own against another opposition which like last week had a number of experienced players in it’s side. For 15 minutes both sides were evenly balanced and playing some nice hockey, but then North Staffs Fathoms were awarded a short corner and from it, they managed to take the lead from it, when Stafford didn’t defend it as well as they could of done. Stafford didn’t allow this set back to up-set them and just like last week they kept plugging away but unfortunately just as half time was looming North Staffs extended their lead, when Stafford didn’t mark as well as they had been and North Staffs nipped in to go 2-0 up.

The team talk at half time by Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to the rest of the team, was to ignore the score-line of 2-0, as both goals had been the only time Stafford’s young keeper had really been tested by in the first half and they both could have been prevented with a bit better defending. The team also needed to pass and communicate with one another a little bit better than they had been in the first half, as the experienced players in the North Staffs Fathom Team in the first half had managed to contain the raw energy of the youngsters in the Stafford Fathom Team, so when the second half started Stafford fathom youngsters took on board the half-time team talk and started well against North Staffs but the opposition did however up their game and started to test Stafford defence a lot more in this half than the first half and as a result Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley had a lot more to deal with, which he dealt with splendidly and young Tom Deakin playing only his second competitive hockey game was doing a sterling job in midfield for Stafford, with some real good tackles and lay offs to fellow team mates and Kyle Rennie, George Hodgkinson and Will Buckley for Stafford were combining well up front for Stafford and were constantly testing the experienced North Staffs Fathoms Defence but eventually North Staffs got the better of Stafford and managed to score another 2 goals despite Stafford competing with them all over the pitch and at the final whistle North Staffs ran out 4-0 winners but just like last week the opposition praised the way Stafford Fathom Team had battled and kept going in a good, well fought and entertaining game.

Stuart Sutton as mentioned at the being of this report was watching the game from the side-lines and he was very impressed on how all players in the Stafford side had kept going and hadn’t let their heads drop at any time even though they eventually lost the game 4-0 and he was also asked before the game started if he minded naming a Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms and after the game he nominated young Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley as Man of the Match for his splendid performance in between the posts for Stafford and young Tom Deakin playing only his second game was also nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms, for all his hard work and endeavour in midfield for Stafford by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is an Away game to Old Wulfs Fathoms and is a 2.30pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB and all players picked to play in this fathom game will need to meet at 1.15pm at Stafford Hockey Club.

Match Report Re : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms for Saturday 4th. October 2014

Date : Saturday 4th. October 2014

Fixture : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Alleynes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone Staffs ST15 8DR
Push-Back : 2.00pm
Score : 13-0 ( H/T 6-0 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K ), Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor .
( All 5 Players Nominated by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland umpired to help out Barlaston Fathoms, as they only could provide 1 umpire for this game ( but he left 15 minutes before the end of game Re : him captaining Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ).

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K ) ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with Neil Jinks ),

2) Tom Deakin ( his mum drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

3) Paul Rennie ( drove certain team members to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

4) Neil Jinks ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with goalkeeper, Tom Stanley – but left 15 minutes before the end of the game Re : him playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club at 3.30pm ),

5) John Sinclair,

6) Glynn Bibby ( drove to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with partner Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies Hockey ),

7) Jay Mullor ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with his son, Joe – but he left 15 minutes before the end Re : him playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ),

8) Joe Mullor ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with his Dad, Jay and his mum collected him after the game ),

9) Taran Bassie,

10) Kyle Rennie,

11) George Hodgkinson ( his mum drove him direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

12) Will Buckley ( his dad drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

13) Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies ( Glynn Bibby drove Jo to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ).

When Stafford Fathoms arrived at Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone, it soon became very apparent to all in the Stafford Fathom Team, that the Barlaston Fathom Team they were playing against, was a team of experienced players, as there appeared to be no youngsters in their side and with Stafford fielding a number of youngsters in their side, three of which i.e. Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin & Joe Mullor ( all of school age i.e. 11 to 16 ) were all making their debut in a Stafford Fathom White Shirt.
The first 15 minutes of the game saw the young looking Stafford Fathoms overwrought by this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team and they soon found themselves trailing by 5 goals to nil, as they allowed their opponents to dictate / dominate the game and debutant keeper in Stafford Fathoms goals, Tom Stanley who in this 15 minute period had made some good saves for Stafford, was unable to prevent any of these 5 goals hitting the back of his Stafford net. However, after this 15 minute period the Stafford Fathom Team settled down and started to keep their opponents at bay and at half time Barlaston Fathoms had only been able to get another goal pass a now resolute Stafford Fathom Team and were now winning the game 6-0.
Second Half saw Barlaston Fathoms kindly allow Stafford Fathoms to field both their 2 substitutes so when the second half began Stafford Fathom Team had 13 players on the pitch ( including Jo Lovatt from Stafford Ladies ) against the Barlaston Fathom Team of 11 players and no substitutes and even though Stafford had the superiority of numbers on the field it didn’t prevent their opponents scoring a few more goals in this half, but Stafford Fathoms were now making this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team work really hard for their rewards ( i.e. additional goals ) and 15 minutes before the game finished 2 players i.e. experienced Jay Mullor & Neil Jinks had to leave to play for other Stafford Teams elsewhere ( Neil Jinks was playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club Re : 3.30pm pushback & Jay Mullor was playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 4pm pushback ) and the Umpire, Dave Thurgarland from Stafford also had to leave to go and captain the Stafford 4th. Team who were playing at Beaconside, Stafford at 4pm. However, in the final 10 minutes of the game Stafford youngsters of George Hodgkinson & Will Buckley with the assistance of Glynn Bibby combined well up front to set up George Hodgkinson with a one on one chance against the Barlaston Fathom Keeper, who did well to block / prevent George Hodgkinson getting a solitary goal for Stafford Fathoms.

All players who played in yesterdays Stafford’s Fathom Team should be pleased with their performance in this very tough game against a very experienced Barlaston Fathom Team, especially as after this game at the Pheasant Pub in Stone whilst having teas and something to drink, it became apparent while talking to a member of the Barlaston Fathom Team that the team they had just lost 13-0 to, was their 2nd. Team and that 2 seasons ago their 2nd. Team was part of the fathom fixtures but last season they had reverted back to playing second team league fixtures but were getting well beaten in a lot of their fixtures and in one game they were beaten 16-0, so this season they entered their 2nd Team back into the fathom fixtures.

Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team were really pleased how all players in the side kept going and didn’t let their heads drop at any time, especially as it was the first fathom game of the season for some of them and some opposition players & officials also made similar comments about our Stafford Fathom side and the Man of the Match award was awarded by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to all the youngsters in the side Re : Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor for their dedication to keep going even though the Stafford Fathom Team were beaten 13-0 by this experienced Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to North Staffs Fathoms at Beaconside, Stafford ( Re : 10am pushback and 9.30am meet at Beaconside, for players selected to play in this game ) and as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team I am hoping the togetherness and experience gained by all players in yesterday’s game will be utilised by them for this home game this Saturday against North Staffs Fathoms.

Stafford Touch Rugby Festival

Stafford HC Mens and Ladies have been invited to take part in a Mixed Touch Rugby Festival on the 26th May at Stafford Rugby Club

Squad of 10 with 6 in team (min 2 men and 2 ladies on the pitch at anyone time) – all games are non contact and no previous experience is necessary!

So those who are fleet of foot and have those snake hips or just fancy trying something new with an odd shaped ball please let me know as it would be great to put a team in

Please show your support for this event as I know many members of Stafford RUFC are coming down over the coming days to support our Beer Festival

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4th Team vs Telford

The fourth team for the match vs Telford away (meet and pushback details confirmed by your captain) is as follows,

 

Mitchell Cartwright

Jon Williams

Dave Thurgaland

Carl Franklin

Ian May

Alun Johnson

Neil Jinks

John Sudale

Josh Williams

Ravi Singh

Sam Gibson

Will Trotter

Jack Fudger

Beaconside Parking Restrictions

Starting Monday, 11th November 2013

Please be aware that all cars parked at Beaconside Sport Centre need a free parking permit to be displayed in the car windscreen.

These can be obtained by from the Sports Reception desk. You will need to provide your car registration number. It may be possible for regular users can get a permit that lasts for a month – please ask at reception.

There will be fines of £70 for ALL cars parked on double yellow lines; in disabled bays (without disabled sticker); on the grass; parked without a permit visible or not in a marked parking bay.

Please can captains make visiting teams aware of the new restrictions on their arrival.

4th Team vs Leek 7ths

The 4th team to play Leek 7ths 4pm pushback at Beaconside is as follows

Mitchell Cartwright

Dave Thurgarland

Jon Williams

Chris Pendleton

Tony Milner

Neil Jinks

Jack Fudger

Carl Franklin

Ashley Dunne

Josh Williams

Alun Johnson

Ravi Singh

Damon Morbey

 

 

Stafford Mens and Ladies Fantasy Hockey leagues are Back.

Hi all,

The start of the season is nearly upon us and with it comes the return of the two most eagerly awaited competitions, I am again in charge of organising both the Mens and the Ladies Fantasy Hockey leagues. (exactly like fantasy football – but based on the performances of the Mens and Ladies teams of Stafford)

If you would be interested in joining either or both (Men are welcome to enter the ladies league and Ladies, likewise you are welcome to enter the Mens League) please contact me on staffordfantasyhockey@gmail.com, or see me in person

Dates for your Diary

11th September 2013 – Ladies league details available

14th September 2013 – Mens league details available

20th September 2013 – Ladies Teams need to be received

21st September 2013 – Ladies League starts

4th October 2013 – Mens Teams need to be received

5th October 2013 – Mens League starts

 

Please pass on details to anyone who might be interested

 

Thanks

 

Mav

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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!