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County Championships – B Division Finals

On Saturday 1st June Nottinghamshire found themselves back at the Nottingham Hockey Centre, looking to continue their unbeaten run in this year’s competition and gain promotion in to ‘A’ Division, the top-flight in County hockey.

Between them and a promotion place were the Isle of Man. These two sides have met several times over the last few years, the last meeting a gripping 5-5 draw in Bedford.

As the sun came out and with the temperature and humidity rising, Notts started strongly. Inside the first minute, Notts captain, Steve Batten, drove down the baseline towards goal and his pinpoint shot beat the Isle Of Man keeper, Will Margot, to put Notts 1-0 up. The game however remained in the balance and on 20 minutes the Isle of Man gained a penalty corner. Andy Whiting’s drag flick, hit the Notts post man and deflected wide. The umpires conferred and, deciding it was on target, awarded a penalty stroke. Whiting stepped up to calmly convert and the sides went into half time at 1-1.

Notts started the second half brightly, buoyed on by a great half time team-talk by new coach Matt Orridge. It obviously did the trick! On 40 minutes, after some sustained pressure, Notts won a penalty corner, cooly dispatched into the bottom left corner by Sam Dixon. Then, two goals in two minutes, the first an alternate penalty corner routine converted by Steve Batten and then a screamer from Notts left wing back, James Fisher, saw Notts go in to the final 16 minutes with a 4-1 advantage. Then came the comeback… An Isle of Man penalty corner led to a hugely disputed penalty stroke, converted again by Whiting and just a minute later the Isle of Man’s Jonny Callow scored a penalty corner to bring the Isle of Man within one with 12 minutes still to go. Some stout Notts defending held the Isle of Man at bay. Two minutes from time the Isle of Man swapped out their ‘keeper for an extra outfield player and then, as time ran out, the Isle of Man earned a penalty corner. Whiting’s drag flick, saved by Notts keeper Neill Slane, was then judged to have hit one of his own defenders, preventing a goal and yet another controversial penalty stroke was awarded. With the final action of the game, the Isle of Man’s Andy Whiting completed his hat-trick of penalty strokes to send the game into a penalty shootout.

After five strokes the score stood at 3-2 to Notts, but Notts ‘keeper, Neill Slane was getting closer to each of the Isle of Man flicks. He got a large part of the Isle of Man’s third but couldn’t keep it out. Notts then scored their fourth. Notts’ Slane finally got a full left glove to the Isle of Man’s fourth stroke and it was Notts’ James Fisher who ensured that Notts went into the final, and gained promotion, with a cool final stroke when the pressure was on.

In the other semi-final, Lancashire beat the Channel Islands 6-2 to set up a Nottinghamshire v Lancashire final.

With promotion already secured, and with the sun beating down, Notts were quick out of the gates yet again. Notts skipper, Steve Batten, again driving down the baseline saw his pull back across goal hit a Lancashire foot. The resulting penalty corner calmly dispatched low to the Lancashire ‘keeper’s right, by Sam Dixon, to put Notts 1-0 up inside 3 minutes. But Lancashire remained calm in their play and on 9 minutes scored from free play. On 20 minutes, during a superb smothering save by Notts no.2 ‘keeper Jason Ward, Ben Docherty was controversially adjudged to have deliberately impeded the Lancashire forward whilst clearing the rebound and a penalty stroke was awarded, but no personal penalty. With Notts losing their cool, Lancashire increased their lead just 2 minutes later. Notts regrouped and after a short team talk by captain Batten, regained their calmness and began to get themselves back in to the game, just as half-time arrived.

Within 5 minutes of the restart Notts had reduced the deficit to one, with another classic Sam Dixon penalty corner goal, before Lancashire regained their two-goal advantage through a penalty corner of their own. With Lancashire legs tiring, Notts were now applying all the pressure, limiting Lancashire to speculative long balls and deep aerials to relive the pressure on their defence. With 12 minutes to go, Notts young star, Jude Chapman, broke through the Lancashire defence and his quick thinking saw him create the necessary space to catch the Lancashire ‘keeper by surprise and slot the ball past him to bring Notts back within one. Could it be Notts turn for a comeback? Chapman then hit the post, the ball bouncing back onto a defender’s foot for a Notts penalty corner. The resulting Sam Dixon penalty corner was deflected by Chapman and his quick thinking saw him knock the rebound from the ‘keepers save back past him, only to see it agonisingly hit the post again. A reckless challenge from a Lancashire full-back was punished with a 2 minute green card, when almost all were expecting a 5, or even 10, minute yellow card. Notts pulled ‘keeper Ward with 5 minutes to go, but Lancashire’s experience in the dying minutes showed and they managed to hold out to win 4-3.

Overall this has been a great campaign for Notts. Our aim/long term plan was to make it to Finals day – we went one step further and gained promotion. The squad over the Preliminary tournament and Finals day was made up of 9 separate clubs, that brings about its own challenges, but with a sympathetic coach, guiding the squad to play to their strengths who knows what might happen next year when we take on the might of the ‘A’ Division counties!

Nottinghamshire 2019 Squad
Back row (L-R) Ben Docherty, Jason Ward, Alex Whitt, Steve Batten, Jack Howard, Ryan Day, Jude Chapman,
James Fisher, Henry Godkin, Matt Orridge (Coach), Gareth Parr (Manager)
Front row (L-R) Neill Slane, Max Sowter, Ken Gainsford, Alex Davies, Josh Dixon, Sam Dixon, Josh Singleton, Chris Powell, Ali Lewis, Manny Soar (Ass. Coach)
Not Present – Charlie Brook

Nottinghamshire Men’s County Squad Appearances

At the County Championships this weekend I was asked whether we kept track of match appearances.

The short answer was no… but I do have a list of everyone that has been part of a squad since we restarted the County side in 2012.

Enjoy!!

2012 – Nottingham 2013 – Durham 2014 – Cheshire 2015 – Swindon 2016 – Woking 2017 – Nottingham 2018 – Bedford 2019 – Nottingham Grand Total
Adam Innocent X X X X X X 6
Sam Dixon X X X X X X 6
David Ebbage X X X X X X 6
Josh Dixon X X X X X 5
Luke Davies X X X X X 5
Alex Davies X X X X X 5
Joshua Singleton X X X X 4
Charlie Brooke X X X X 4
Manny Soar X X X X 4
James Hewitt X X X X 4
Ryan Day X X X X 4
Chris Burton X X X X 4
Alistair Lewis X X X 3
Matt Orridge X X X 3
Adam Henfry X X X 3
Steve Dockrell X X X 3
Alex Whitt X X X 3
James Bateman X X X 3
Ben Docherty X X X 3
Ben Morris X X X 3
Craig Young X X X 3
Henry Godkin X X X 3
Martin Ebbage X X 2
Jason Ward X X 2
Neill Slane X X 2
Chris Beastall X X 2
Mark Northcott X X 2
Jude Chapman X X 2
James Wakeland X X 2
Lukasz Urbaniak X X 2
Oliver Matharu X X 2
Chris Powell X X 2
Clive Morris X X 2
Gareth Parr X X 2
Jack Howard X X 2
Tom Palframan X X 2
Mike Holmes X 1
Chris Portman X 1
Aaron Cambden X 1
Ken Gainsford X 1
Freddie Sail X 1
Kyle Farquarson X 1
Nathaniel Hammond X 1
James Fisher X 1
Phil Young X 1
Gareth Bland X 1
Ben Walton X 1
Ben Bradley X 1
Max Sowter X 1
Henry Baldwin X 1
Nathan Wakeland X 1
Mark Richardson X 1
Tom Campbell X 1
John Proctor X 1
Peter Hextall X 1
John Short X 1
Roy Greasby X 1
Matt Parker X 1
Josh Pettinger X 1
Matt Proctor X 1
Steven Batten X 1
Matt Seals X 1
Matt Smith X 1
Jon Madieros X 1
Josh Dent X 1
Grand Total 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 144

County Championships B Division – Nottingham Pool Report

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made it a memorable weekend!

The weekend opened with Hosts Nottinghamshire v. Cornwall.

Long periods of sustained pressure from the hosts along with some stout defending from Cornwall meant the game was scoreless, until Notts’ Jude Chapman forced a scrappy PC over the line just before half time. Cornwall responded early in the second half with an open play goal by Alfie Budge, capitalising on a rare Notts defensive error. Notts finally sealed a 2-1 victory in their opening game when Sam Dixon converted a PC with 5 minutes to go.

The second game of the day saw Wiltshire play Norfolk.

Another evenly balanced game. Norfolk started strongly and took an early lead through Guy Crooks form open play. Norfolk doubled their lead on 17 minutes through Vincent Pertorious. Just before half time Wiltshire’s Matt Janes pulled one back and gave Wiltshire some momentum going in to the break. Two goals around the hour mark, one each for Wiltshire’s Marc Brothers and Tom Morton completed the comeback for a 3-2 win.

The third game of the day saw far travelling Channel Islands take on the Hosts Nottinghamshire.

In what was billed to be the game of the weekend, the Channel Islands started strongly, after their epic journey the morning of the tournament, with a goal by Phil Cuming after just 6 minutes. It wasn’t until early in the second half that Notts’ Sam Dixon pulled the sides level from a Penalty Corner. The Channel Islands regained their lead just 9 minutes later through Sam Dunstan, following another rare Notts defensive error. But two goals in three minutes, Sam Dixon’s second PC conversion and a field goal from Notts’ captain Charlie Brook saw the hosts home 3-2.

The fourth game of the day say Cornwall v. Norfolk

Cornwall were eager to bounce back after their close defeat to the hosts, but two first half goals From Norfolk’s Vincent Pretorious and another two after the break from Norfolk captain Will Edwards and Lee Hoggett saw Norfolk 4-0 victors.

The final game of day one saw Wiltshire take on the Channel Islands

An early goal by the Channel Islands’ Bill Millar put Wiltshire on the back foot and the Channel Islands took advantage with further goals from Peter Millar and captain Tom Millar, before Wiltshire responded though an open play goal from Sam Creedy, however a second by the Channel Islands’ Tom Millar would restore the Channel Islands’ 3 goal advantage shortly before half time. Two more Channel Islands goals in the second half, by Michael James and Tom Millar completing his hat-trick, spurred Wiltshire into a spirited comeback late on, but goals by Paddy Gompels and Jack Gompels we not enough to halt the Channel Islands 6-3 win.

Sun and blue skies welcomed the teams on day 2 at the Nottingham Hockey Centre, a stark contrast to the dull and drizzly weather on day one.

Cornwall v Channel Islands

The Channel Islands again started strongly, two goals in the opening 11 minutes, from Sam Dunstan and Peter Millar saw them take a two-goal lead. Cornwall bounced back level through Jonny Heward and Michael James but a further two goals from Jamie Bolton and Tom Millar saw the Channel Islands regain their two-goal advantage at half time. A spirited fight back saw Cornwall get back within one when Martin Rowe converted a Penalty Corner, before the Channel Islands Sam Dunstan restored their 5-3 advantage at the final whistle.

The second game of Day two saw the hosts, Nottinghamshire, back in action, this time against Norfolk.

Both sides were evenly matched, and it was only a 17th minutes Penalty Stroke, after an accidental foot on the line, converted by Sam Dixon, that separated the sides at half time. After the break, Notts came out all gun firing, and three goals in 4 minutes, Sam Dixon completing his hat-trick and another by Chris Powell, put Norfolk on the defensive. Two further goals, from Notts’ Charlie brook and Jude Chapman would seal the victory 6-0.

Game 3 of day two saw Wiltshire take on Cornwall. A win was vital for Wiltshire in order to stay in the running for a final’s day qualification place.

However, it was Cornwall that started strongly, determined to make the long journey worthwhile, they took a two-goal lead through Martin Rowe and Mark Symons inside 11 minutes. Wiltshire pulled one back almost immediately through Ben Clarke and so it would stay until the 63rd minutes when Wiltshire equalised through Jack Gompels. A nervy last 7 minutes for Cornwall as Wiltshire piled on the pressure, but they held out for a 2-2 draw.

The penultimate game of the weekend saw Norfolk take on the Channel Islands. A win for Norfolk could see them Challenge the Channel Islands for a finals place.

The game was extremely tight. Very few errors made by either side and it took 30 minutes for the Channel Islands captain, Tom Millar, to break the deadlock. Norfolk looked for a response and threw everything forward, but a goal 8 minutes from time by Channel Islands’ Sam Dunstan sealed a 2-0 win and the mathematical possibility of finishing the group top, should Notts falter in the last game of the weekend.

And so to the final game of two cracking days of hockey, played both on and off the pitch in the greatest of competitive and social spirits, Wiltshire v hosts Nottinghamshire. With Nottinghamshire looking for their first 100% record for many years.

Notts started strongly and there was no reply possible by Wiltshire. Notts’ skipper, Charlie Brook, put them ahead on just 4 minutes, followed by Jude Chapman on 10. Sam Dixon converted a Penalty Corner on 19 minutes and Notts went into half time three-up. With tiredness setting in, Wiltshire had no reply to further goals from Chris Powell and Alex Davies and Jude Chapman completing a great personal weekend with his hat-trick and Notts running out 7-0 winners.

Final Table

Nottinghamshire P4, W4, D0, L0, GD+15, P12
Channel Islands P4, W3, D0, L1, GD+6, P9
Wiltshire P4, W1, D1, L2, GD-9, P4
Norfolk P4, W1, D0, L3, GD-5, P3
Cornwall P4, W0, D1, L3, GD-7, P1

Squad 2019
Nottinghamshire Squad 2019
Back Row – Matt Orridge (Coach), Jason Ward, Ryan Day, Henry Godkin, Jude Chapman, Alex Whitt, Neill Slane, James Fisher, Ali Lewis, Gareth Parr (Manager)
Front Row – Ben Docherty, Ken Gainsford, Alex Davies, Josh Singleton, Charlie Brook (Captain), Sam Dixon, Chris Powell, Josh Dixon, Manny Soar (ass. coach), Jack Howard

NHA AGM 2019 Calling Notice

Notice is hereby given of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association

As agreed at the 2018 AGM;

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019, 7:00pm for 7:15pm
AT: Nottingham Hockey Centre (Upstairs Conference room)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Clubs are expected to send TWO voting members to this meeting.

The Agenda, Minutes of the previous AGM, officers reports and any other relevant papers will be placed in this post on the NHA website before the meeting.

Would clubs please forward any nomination for Executive posts and for any vacant committee positions (along with proposer and seconder details) to be received by the Secretary no later than 5pm on 3rd April 2019 – CLOSED.

Please also forward any nominations for Honorary Life Membership of the Association by 19th April 2019, along with a brief explanation as to why you have nominated them. – CLOSED

Regards

Gareth Parr
Hon.Secretary

(Links will become active as reports become available)

Please endeavour to print your own copies of reports – only a very limited number will be available on the night.

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Graham Sulley

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Graham Sulley last week. Graham was a Vice President and former Chairman of Nottinghamshire (Men’s) County Hockey Association.

Graham had not been well for quite a long time.

His Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1.30pm on Friday 22nd February at West Bridgford Methodist Church, Musters Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ and then after at the Derek Randall Suite at Trent Bridge.

Di is asking if anyone has a photo of themselves with Graham If they could bring it along as she is going to make of book of photographs

A New Coach for Nottinghamshire Hockey

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Orridge as Head Coach for the Senior Men’s County Squad.

Matt is currently a coach at Belper Hockey Club and has been a part of the County setup for the last 6 years, firstly as a player and then as Assistant Coach last season.

Matt says;

“I feel I have the experience and drive to succeed in this role, I have been in and around the county set up for a few years and understand the needs of a tournament weekend.”

“I have a good relationship with players from previous squads and many players from clubs around Nottinghamshire. This I believe is vital when attracting players to the trials and keeping the tight bond that there has been in previous squads.”

“I was disappointed with the outcome from last years tournament and feel that I have learnt valuable lessons from this experience, both from working with the players and from what is needed for the tournament format.”

Good luck Matt!

Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the format of trials and training sessions for this year’s campaign

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association is a constituent body of Midlands Region Hockey Association Ltd. and endeavours to improve the standard of hockey within its County.

For further information please contact Gareth Parr (Secretary) via www.nottshockey.org.uk

Bill Workman

NHA are very sad to announce that EMHUA President Bill Workman lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Tuesday 23rd October. His family were at his bedside.

Our thoughts are with Linda his wife, David, Glen & Ray, his hockey playing sons and the rest of his family at this very sad time. Further details will be announced in due course

NHA Recruiting – Senior Men’s County Coach

After 4 successful years in charge, Amo Soar is stepping down as Head Coach of the Men’s Senior Squad in order to focus on coaching the England O40s Masters, so NHA currently have a vacancy.

The Men’s senior County Squad is an important facet of our County Association – giving players (and technical staff) the possibility of participating at a higher level and outside the normal league competitions. Our aim has always been to have as diverse a spread of County clubs represented in the squad as possible.

Please spread the following information around your contacts.

Any prospective coach should be at least EH Level 2 qualified or aiming to become.

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 the 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 your interest, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – gareth@nottshockey.org.uk by 31st December 2018 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2019.

Local(ish) Level 1 Umpiring Courses

The following umpiring courses have been posted on the England Hockey Umpiring Courses page

Venue: Ivanhoe College, North Street, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HU
Start date: 16.06.2018 | Duration: Saturday 16th June 9am – 4:30pm

Venue: NEW PAVILION, CHRISTCHURCH MEADOWS, BELPER DE56 1BA
Start date: 17.06.2018 | Duration: Sunday 17th June 10:00am – 5:30pm

To book on, please visit the England Hockey page above and click on the relevant BOOK ONLINE NOW » button

NHA AGM 2018 Calling Notice

Notice is hereby given of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association

As agreed at the 2017 AGM;

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th April 2018, 7:00pm for 7:15pm
AT: Nottingham Hockey Centre (Upstairs Conference room)

Clubs are expected to send TWO voting members to this meeting.

The Agenda, Minutes of the previous AGM, officers reports and any other relevant papers will be placed in this post on the NHA website before the meeting.

Would clubs please forward any nomination for Executive posts and for any vacant committee positions (along with proposer and seconder details) to be received by the Secretary no later than 5pm on 13th April 2018.

Please note: We currently require a representative to Midlands Council and to the East Midlands Hockey Umpires Association (EMHUA).

Also Note: Whilst Andy Barnes is currently happy to carry on as Chairman, we ideally need to start some succession planning, so anyone who may be interested in the role of Chairman, please let me know,

Please also forward any nominations for Honorary Life Membership of the Association by 13th April 2018, along with a brief explanation as to why you have nominated them.

Regards

Gareth Parr
Hon.Secretary

(Links will become active as reports become available)

Please endeavour to print your own copies of reports – only a very limited number will be available on the night.

AGM-2018-Agenda

AGM-2017-Minutes

AGM-2018-Officers-List

AGM-2018-Club-Details

  • Please note – due to GDPR would all clubs please complete the updated form

AGM-2018-Secretarys-and-Comps-Report

AGM-2018-Treasurers-Report

AGM-2018-NWHL-Report

AGM 2018-NHDGReport

AGM-2018-Umpiring

AGM-2018-Discipline

AGM-2018-Life Member Nomination