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
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.
“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
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 – email@example.com by 31st December 2018 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.
Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2019.
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.
(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.
It is with great sadness that NHA announces the loss of County and Men’s league stalwart Peter Cranswick.
He had been suffering from a form of leukaemia for the past eight years.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Below are several comments lifted from our Facebook page;
A hockey legend within Nottinghamshire. Had many Sunday night chats with Peter regarding Saturday’s matches. A great ambassador for hockey. Love and thoughts to the family at this sad time from all of us at Mansfield Hockey Club. Matt Seals
I spent many a Sunday morning explaining how well Boots 1st XI had lost. A real gentleman and great enthusiast for the game. People like Peter made hockey great in Notts. Will be sadly missed and sincere condolences to his Family. Peter Farmer
Very sad news!! Sincere condolences to Peter’s family from Sikh Union (Nottm) Hockey Club Pritpal Dhanjal
Sad news; a great man who did so much for hockey in Notts & the Midlands – he’ll be sorely missed. Keith Kirkpatrik
Peter was a true gentleman with a real passion for the sport, my condolences to his family during this sad time. James Hewitt
Peter was a fantastic person, so many hours spent on a Sunday morning discussing the previous days results as he gathered information for his evening post report. He will be greatly missed. Condolences from All at North Notts Hockey Club. Jason Faulkner
Really sad news. Peter will always be remembered as a true legend of Notts hockey. Many weekends we put the world to rights discussing things in and around hockey …. then I would give him my Evening Post match report back in the day….. thoughts are with his family Kris Elston
As the last Notts President working with Peter and current chairman I was so pleased that a moment of remembrance was held with West Bridgford and Boots at the weekend. I called Peter Mr Nottinghamshire. All my love to Kate; a sad loss of a hockey legend and a good friend. Andrew Barnes
Peter cared very deeply about the clubs he was involved in and the leagues he oversaw, always had an opinion on future fixtures and loved to reminisce about past results too. Even rang up about seeing hockey players in the list of Robin Hood runners. Big loss to the Nottingham hockey family. James Cameron-Williams
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Notts HC
Nottingham Players HC
Nottingham Trent University
Sikh Union (Nottingham) HC
University of Nottingham
West Bridgford HC
Worksop (Men) HC
* As well as county club players, those players living, born or studying in the county also qualify to play
The deadline is Wednesday 24th May or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14.
Details of the course are as follows:
Sunday 4th June
NOTTINGHAM HOCKEY CENTRE, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2PS
John O’Brien, 07593 538229
Margaret McLoughlin, 07712 779295
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.