County Championships B Division Preliminary Tournament 2017

It was damp and dreary conditions that welcomed Nottinghamshire and Cornwall as they started off the 2017 B division pool hosted at the Nottingham Hockey Centre.

With the pitch proving quite slippery due to the weather and several players loosing their footing early on, it was Cornwall who started the better, and Ben Eddy put them ahead after only 4 minutes. Nottinghamshire gradually found their feet and, shortly after the break, Sam Dixon pulled them level with a trademark drag flick PC finish.

Chris Burton foils an early Cornwall PC

Cornwall replied and retook the lead when Josh Pearce finishing from free play, before Nottinghamshire completed the scoring when Charlie Brook deflected in from another well worked Nottinghamshire PC and the game ended 2-2.

The second game of the day saw Derbyshire, newly promoted from the C Division, take on Northumberland, a side relegated from A Division. Derbyshire stormed into the lead within the first minute when Chris Beastall finished nicely, before Northumberland got into their stride. Guy Draper doubled Derbyshire’s lead just 10 minutes later. Northumberland finally started to pull together and got a goal back, through Jonathan Stoddard, just before half-time. The second half was a cagey affair. Both side defended well and stifled any free flowing attacking play. Final score 2-1 to Derbyshire.

Ryan Day scores a thunderous reverse stick goal v. Herefordshire

Game 3 saw Herefordshire face Nottinghamshire. The sides have met several times before in the County Championships and the end result here was no different to their recent meetings. Eight goals, including a hat-trick from Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day plus one a piece for Alex Davies, Manny Soar, Charlie Brook, David Ebbage and skipper Adam Innocent was more than enough to counter the Herefordshire goals by Andy Rogers, Stuart Goddarzi, Hary Ellis and Nicko Evans.

Game 4 saw Cornwall take on Northumberland. It was all evenly balanced before a rush of blood by Northumberland’s goalkeeper, Jordan Thompson, saw him take out a Cornwall forward illegally, give away a Penalty Stroke and receive a 10 minute yellow card on 12 minutes. This put Cornwall in control. Josh Pearce converted the stroke and, with Northumberland without a goalkeeper on the bench and forced into to playing with a ‘kicking back’, found themselves 3 down, with further goals from Dom Proctor and Cuthbert Sheppard. Northumberland did pull one back when Andrew Hayes converted a penalty corner, but Cornwall replied to regain their 3 goal lead through Sam Dunston before Thompson returned. Northumberland pulled to within two, right on the stroke of half time through Ritchie Brown and set up a nervous second half, especially when Chris Traynor scored for Northumberland to make to 4-3. A nervous 28 minutes later Cornwall were relieved to hear the final whistle with no further goals.

The final game of day 1 saw Derbyshire take on Herefordshire. Derbyshire were looking to finish the day on maximum points and Herefordshire were looking to consolidate after their earlier loss to the hosts. Herefordshire defended stoutly and it wasn’t until 33 minutes that Derbyshire finally broke them down when their skipper, Ashley Blakemore, converted from a penalty corner. The second half followed much the same vein and Herefordshire could provide no response to further goals by Derbyshire’s Joe Fell and Chris Beastall at the end of day one.

The weather on day two couldn’t have been more different than day one. Clear blue skies and bright sun welcomed the counties as they arrived at the host venue.

Cornwall and Herefordshire kicked off proceeding and Herefordshire found Cornwall too strong, providing no reply to a brace from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston and one a piece for Nic Stanlake, Henry Lewis and Cuthbert Shepherd.

Nottinghamshire’s Freddie Sail has no hope of stopping Northumberland’s Chris Traynor’s early Penalty Stroke

Game two saw hosts Nottinghamshire face Northumberland. The last time these two sides met it resulted in a 4-4 draw on a dreary day in Durham. However, on this glorious day Nottinghamshire were slow out of the blocks and Northumberland quickly took control. 3 up in 12 minutes through a Penalty stroke, converted by Chris Traynor, before adding his second and another from James Talbot. Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day pulled one back just before half-time and Lukasz Urbaniak made Nottinghamshire’s defecit one, just after. However, two further goals form Northumberland’s captain, James Redpath, and with Chris Traynor completing his hat-trick, the game was safe despite Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook scoring a late consolidation goal.

In the third game table topping Derbyshire faced Cornwall. A close first half saw Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall get the only goal, before 3 goals in six minutes, from Jacob Foster, Adam Foster and Ben Everett-Li put the game beyond Cornwall. They didn’t give up however, and goals form Martin Rowe and Cuthbert Shepherd pulled it back to 4-2 before Derbyshire’s Adam Foster scored his second to make to 5-2 to Derbyshire. A late consolidation from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston would prove invaluable later in the day.

Two unanswered first half goals from Northumberland’s Andrew Hayes and James Redpath saw them take a 2-0 lead at half time in their last game of the weekend against Herefordshire. Two further goals in the second, from Andrew Titmus and James Talbot were more than enough bearing in mind that Hereford’s only goal came from Harry Ellis.

Nottinghamhire’s Josh Dent limits Derbyshire’s options from a side line ball

The weekend ended with what all the local spectators had been waiting for. A local derby game as Derbyshire took on Nottinghamshire. Cornwall’s results earlier in the day meant that Nottinghamshire needed to win by 2 clear goals in order to qualify for Finals day. Derbyshire had already secured their place. But, local rivalry meant that only a win for either side would do. Notts gained the upper hand on 6 minutes when Ryan Day increased his tally for the weekend with an excellent penalty corner finish. The close proximity of the counties meant that both sides’ players knew each other extremely well, many playing for the same clubs, and it may have been brought to bear when a crunching challenge by Nottinghamshire goalkeeper, Chris Burton, saw Derbyshire awarded a penalty stroke just 60 seconds later. This was calmly converted by Derbyshire’s Adam Foster. Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook restored Nottinghamshire lead on 13 minutes, only for Adam Foster to pull Derbyshire level again on 20 minutes. Derbyshire led for the first time on 26 minutes through Guy Draper, before Nottinghamshire pegged them back to 3-3 when Sam Dixon scored from a penalty corner. 2 goals in a minute from Derbyshire’s Dan Molloy and Guy Draper extended their lead to 2, before Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook’s penalty corner deflection saw the hosts only trailing by one at half-time. Nottinghamshire’s captain, Adam Innocent, scored early on in the second half to bring the sides level before they took the lead again through Ryan Day. Two goals from Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall saw them regain the lead before Notts captain again pulled the sides level. In the last 10 minutes Nottinghamshire piled on the pressure, but some good saves from Derbyshire’s goalkeeper, Rich Harman, kept the score at 7-7. An over-time penalty corner by Sam Dixon hit a Derbyshire foot for a repeat as Dixon went off in agony having taken a stray stick to his hand. The subsequent and final penalty corner of the game was saved by Harman to keep the score 7-7!

So Derbyshire and Cornwall qualify for finals day after an exciting and thrilling two days of hockey.

Nottinghamshire 2017 Back Row: Amo Soar (Head Coach); Ali Lewis; Josh Dixon; Alex Davies; Ryan Day; Tom Palframan; David Ebbage; Alex Whitt; Chris Burton; Freddie Sail;Sam Dixon; James Hewitt (Assistant Coach) Front row: Ben Docherty; Adam Innocent (Captain); Luke Davies; Lukasz Urbaniak; Charlie Brook; Manny Soar; Josh Dent


Club Not Selected Selected
Beeston HC 4
Belper HC* 2 4
Boots HC 9
Mansfield HC
Newark HC 1 1
North Notts HC 1
Nottingham HC 1
Nottingham Players HC 1
Nottingham Trent University
Sikh Union (Nottingham) HC 1
South Nottingham
Teddington HC* 1
University of Nottingham
West Bridgford HC 1 2
Worksop (Men) HC

* As well as county club players, those players living, born or studying in the county also qualify to play

Goal Scorers

Penalty Corner Field Goal Total
Ryan Day 3 3 6
Charlie Brook 2 3 5
Adam Innocent © 3 3
Sam Dixon 2 2
Alex Davies 1 1
Manny Soar 1 1
David Ebbage 1 1
Lukasz Urbaniak 1 1

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 7

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 7 Week 7 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 16th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Melton v Beeston Bees Syd Baylis Trophy B Friskney / J Barnes R Kirk / A Barnes
7:00pm – 8:15pm Boots v Derwent Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / M Gamlyn A Bird
8:30pm – 10:00pm Loughborough Town v West Bridgford Syd Baylis Trophy C Griffiths / C Wakefield
(Reserves J Carter / A Barnes)
 R Kirk (A Bird)
Thursday Thursday 18th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm North Notts v Beeston Swarm Arthur Sandford Cup T Lawrie / P Walker A Barnes
7:00pm – 8:15pm Burton v Nottingham Arthur Sandford Cup  L Ball / J Wakeland ?P Leigh / D Straker
8:30pm – 10:00pm Mansfield v Nottingham Players Arthur Sandford Cup A Shaw / B Workman  D Straker / A Barnes

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 6

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 6 Week 6 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 9th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Bees v Derwent Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / M Gamlyn A  Bird
7:00pm – 8:15pm West Bridgford v Melton Syd Baylis Trophy C Griffiths / J Carter R Kirk
8:30pm – 10:00pm Loughborough Town v Boots Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes / B Friskney
Thursday Thursday 11th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Derby v Burton Arthur Sandford Cup B Humphries / B Workman S Widdison
7:00pm – 8:15pm Nottingham Players v North Notts Arthur Sandford Cup  T Lawrie / J Wakeland A Barnes
8:30pm – 10:00pm Nottingham v Mansfield Arthur Sandford Cup A Barnes / J Wakeland

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 5

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
Week 5 Week 5 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 2nd August
7:00pm – 8:15pm West Bridgford v Beeston Bees Syd Baylis Trophy T Lawrie  / C Wakefield P Leigh
7:00pm – 8:15pm Derwent v Loughborough Town Syd Baylis Trophy J Wakeland  / J Carter R Kirk / A Bird
8:30pm – 10:00pm Melton v Boots Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes / A Barnes
Thursday Thursday 4th August
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Swarm v Nottingham Players Arthur Sandford Cup B Humphries  / S Widdison res J Wakeland
7:00pm – 8:15pm Mansfield v Derby Arthur Sandford Cup B Workman  / A Barnes res. P Walker
8:30pm – 10:00pm North Notts v Nottingham Arthur Sandford Cup R Greasby  / M Gardner * S Widdison assessor*

Umpiring Appointments – Syd Baylis Trophy and Arthur Sandford Cup – Week 4

Waterbase Pitch 1
Sand Dressed Pitch 2
Waterbase Pitch 4
  Week 4   Week 4 Umpires Umpire coach
Tuesday Tuesday 26th July
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Bees v Loughborough Town Syd Baylis Trophy K Ronson / C Griffiths
7:00pm – 8:15pm Boots v West Bridgford Syd Baylis Trophy R Greasby  / C Wakefield
8:30pm – 10:00pm Melton v Derwent Syd Baylis Trophy J Barnes  / M Gamlyn
Thursday Thursday 28th July
7:00pm – 8:15pm Mansfield v Burton Arthur Sandford Cup W Humphries  / J Wakeland A Bird
7:00pm – 8:15pm Beeston Swarm v Nottingham Arthur Sandford Cup J Carter / M Gamlyn
8:30pm – 10:00pm North Notts v Derby Arthur Sandford Cup own umpires

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association – Recruiting Senior Men’s Manager and Coach

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association are inviting expressions of interest in the posts of;

Senior Men’s County Manager

This is an ideal opportunity to assist in the county squads tournament organisation and administration.

Initially, the role will include informing potential players of trials and coaching sessions and inviting potentially suitable players along.

Then, as well as liaising with Tournament Directors and Tournament Officials you will also be required to attend tournament meetings, pass on relevant rules and regulations info to coach and players, assist in pitch side paperwork and ensure (as far as practical) player eligibility.

Depending on experience, the manager may also have some input into the squad selection process.

Senior Men’s County Coach

Any prospective coach should be at least EH Level 2 qualified.

This is an ideal opportunity to raise your profile within the national hockey community and increase your experience in a higher tiered competition.

As well as coaching the squad through he County Championships competition, any prospective candidate will also be expected to deliver a number of trials and final squad coaching sessions.

They will be expected to have input into the structure of trials and squad coaching as well as providing input into the final squad selection along with the captain and other senior players.

Limited financial support can be provided on agreement.
Please respond, stating which position you are interested in, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – by 31st December 2014 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2015.

Men’s Senior County Championships – Open Coaching and Trials‏

This year, once again, Clive Morris (Head coach), James Hewitt (Brains/Hewy) assistant coach and Adam Innocent (Captain) are organising the Nottinghamshire Men’s County side for the County Championships in 2014.

After a disappointing campaign last season, Nottinghamshire are looking to rebuild. The preliminary tournament will be held on 10th/11th May 2014 at Deeside Ramblers HC.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and maybe challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

Tuesday 8th April –7:00pm to 8:30pm – Open to all
Tuesday 15th April – 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Open to all

Tuesday 29th April – 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Training Match v Lincolnshire – Final squad only
Tuesday 6th May –7:00pm to 8:30pm – Final squad only

All training is at Highfields on the Water.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at Deeside Ramblers HC on 10th – 11th May 2013. An overnight stay will be required and will be supported by the County Association.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 31st May at Old Loughtonians, where another overnight stay is probable and, as before, will be supported by the Association.

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must fill one of the following criteria;

  1. Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
  2. Live in Nottinghamshire
  3. Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
  4. Have been born in Nottinghamshire

Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail Clive so we have rough idea on our many players are coming


Gareth Parr
Hon. Secretary

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Two New England Hockey Competitions for 2013/14

England hockey are formalising two new competitions for the 2013/14 season.  If anyone is interested in forming a ‘County’ team for either, please contact me ASAP at

Entry forms can be found HERE


Profile: A new competition for 2013/14

Format: Each competition is played on a straight knockout basis. Teams who enter the Cup and lose in the first round will be entered into the Trophy, guaranteeing two matches.

Cup Entry Criteria: Very few clubs can field a team of players over 60. Entry is based on “County” teams. Eligibility to play for a team is based on playing for a club in that county or living in the county. More than one team may enter from a county, or two counties may merge to form one team. Team contacts will need to show authority (please send with your entry form) from the relevant county to play under their name. Players must be 60 or over on 1st September 2013.

Finals’ Day Sunday 4 May 2014


Women’s Masters Over 45s Cup & Trophy

Profile: A new competition for 2013/14

Format: Each competition is played on a straight knockout basis. Teams who enter the Cup and lose in the first round will be entered into the Trophy, guaranteeing two matches.

Cup Entry Criteria: Open to all Over 45s teams. Teams can play an unlimited number of guest players from up to five
local clubs. There is no separate Trophy entry. Players must be 45 or over on 1st September 2013.

Finals’ Day Sunday 27 April 2014

Central College Nottingham Hockey Strike Out

In Arctic conditions the Central College Nottingham male hockey team battled through to finish 6th overall at the British Colleges National Championships.
For many this was their first experience competing in at this level, the first match for the team was on arrival and the schedule continued through to the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking with the team on Monday morning, many were still recovering from the hectic schedule and long journey back from Bath, but the feeling amongst the players was “It was a great experience and an opportunity to compete against some really good players and teams”.
“We are glad we got through to the National Championships and with one more win could have come away finishing third which would have been the icing on the cake for us all”.


For further information regarding this article or the Sport Academy at Central College Nottingham contact Sport Academy Manager – John Widdowson – Tel: 0115 914 6431