CANTERBURY MENS HOCKEY CLUB
So the next phase of #thegreatescape moves to Beeston on 3 April and then Lea Valley on 17-18 April.
Hamish Roberts being presented with Ivy Hawkes Bursary by Kwan Browne Canterbury First Team coach, England under 21 coach and Trinidad and Tobago international.
The Ivy Hawkes Bursary is awarded by the Kent Playing Fields Association to talented Athletes. Hamish receives £100 towards coaching and training costs.
In 2015 Hamish was registered to play for the Canterbury men’s first team and was also selected to for the National Age Group U17 Squad. In addition to developing his hockey skills Hamish is also undertaking an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) in a collaboration between Loughborough College, Skills Active and England Hockey.
Huge progress has been made over the Summer - the new indoor centre will shortly be open for business - here is a photo of the flooring being inspected.
The new Astro Tuff pitch next to the clubhouse has now been finished and will be in operation from 20 September 2014.
At the CHC AGM on 24th July Lee Hare was elected as the new Charirman of Canterbury Hockey Club. Stepping down was John Hinchliffe who had been in post for 11 years. In addition stepping down from the crucial position of Fixtures Secretary after many many years (no one seems to know how many!!) is Graham Brown. Into his shoes steps Graham Vaughan. We wish both Lee and Graham the very best in their new posts and we are sure the club will give them every support.
At the AGM members unanimously supported a resolution to award life membership to Mark Batchelor (Batch to all) for his superhuman work as Treasurer of CHC after more than 20 years. Life memberships were also awarded to John Hinchliffe and Graham Brown.
Many congratulations to Kwan Browne, our current Clubman of The Year - who has been appointed England u-21 coach. You can catch up with him on pitch and TV as he is playing for Trinidad & Tobago in the Commonwealth Games starting this week. Also playing are Nikki Lloyd, Nikki Kidd, & Suzanne Townsend & apologies to any others who I have not been told about!
Great Good news - at the second attempt the plans to develop Polo Farm Sports Club - have been approved at the most recent meeting of Canterbury City Council's Planning Committee. A tight vote by the Chairman's casting vote but as we know only too well on the pitch a single goal is all that counts! Come to the AGM to hear more...........
At a packed club supper on Friday 2nd May the following annual awards were made:
Clubman of The Year: Kwan Browne
Young Player of The Year: Toby Vaughan
Top Goal Scorer: Matt Lea
Top Team of the Year: 4th XI
Congratulations to all.
We would like to thank Steve Laslett who has stood down as Club Captain after two years hard work and to warmly welcome Matt Lea as the new Club Captain. Matt is very approachable, has been involved with the Club since he was a Junior, plays in the Pilgrims, is heavily involved in Junior coaching and thus is ideally placed to take on this important position in our Club - we wish him well.
Just a reminder that Trials/Training is this
Wednesday 11th September 6pm for 6.15pm start ON PITCH 2
ALL WELCOME below Pilgrims and especially any new or aspiring members.
All new players please report to Matt Lea and complete a form with your details on. We do not know how many will turn up so please be patient whilst the evening is organised by Matt and the team captains.
The first selection meeting of the new season is on Monday evening 16th September so if anyone wishes to be considered and is available for selection on Saturday 21st September for the first round of friendlies BUT WHO cannot attend Trials please EMAIL (please do not ring) me - thank you
After trials/training finishes at 7.45pm the Bar will be open.
Sat 5th October.- League season for Pilgrims downwards starts
Ist team - another near missVictorious Vets over 50's
1s – Mens EH Premier League
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 3 out of 12
After having bounced up and down between Premier and Conference during the last few seasons to bounce back into the Premier in 3rd position in the League and 4th at the Championship play-offs was outstanding and a credit to Michael Farrer, captain, Kwan Browne, player-coach and David Stevens as manager. A special mention to Nigel Durban who turns out as pitch side physio and general morale raiser year after year.
2s – Higgins Group London Premier Division
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 8 out of 12
Started off brightly but faded over the season but big thanks are owed to Phil Jones who has skippered the team over the last few years and he is now standing down. 2 youngsters in the team caught the eye, Toby Vaughan and Chris Wyver (who also kept for the Grims) are ones to watch through next season.
PILGRIMS – South Hockey League – Kent/Sussex Regional 2
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 2 out of 12
Could be argued that they were unlucky not to be team of the season! The selection committee at the start of the season made the conscious decision to make every effort to get the Grims promoted out of the same League as the 3s without the 3s being relegated. Both strategies worked and Mat Lea as Grims skipper deserves congratulating on both skippering the team with single minded purpose and despite a 6 week lay off with a broken ankle still managed to end the season as leading goal scorer.
3s – South Hockey League – Kent/Sussex Regional 2
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 7 out of 12
A somewhat difficult season early on but they finished brightly at the end with a run of wins under skipper Steve Laslett who has been plagued by injury this season. Now established as the senior development team and can look to establishing themsleves in the top half of Kent/Sussex Regional 2 League
4s – Kent Area Division 1
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 12 out of 12
The stoicism and dry humour of skipper Tim Keir is amazing. He never stops smiling in the face of his team losing numerous games by the odd goal and always willing to help other teams out if he can - a real team player. Though relegated this season this could be the making of them next!
MILLERS – Kent Men’s – Open Premier A
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 3 out of 12
A very good season, especially when you consider they have several over 50s in the team! They, like the Grims, also have achieved their aim, but of NOT being promoted under skipper Lee Hare. This has been difficult at times especially when they sat top of the League before Christmas. Chris Paine the Millers Goalie deserves a mention for his willingness to often keep twice each Saturday when other teams are short.
5s – Kent Men’s Outdoor – Open Premier C
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 9 out of 12
Started brightly but faded a little not helped by a long term injury to their skipper Jon Holton, but re returned refreshed having recuperated in Katmandu! (sic). However there are some promising youngsters coming through and they found an inspiring new keeper in Gary Wyver - father of Chris so obviously goal keeping runs in the family!
GRIFFINS – Kent Men’s Outdoor – Open Division 1
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 7 out of 12
Anno Domini is catching the Griffs up faster than the born again Friars! However they finished well under new skipper Tony Panayides but much helped by the Boys under 16s squad and Tim Smith. As the old originals started to fall off the wall mainly due to injury the team is thinking of being renamed the Grifflets or Baby Griffs!
VETS (over 50s) – Wessex Vets League
LEAGUE POSITION: Indecipherable!! we think 2 or 3 out of 15 or 16
All we can say is we look forward to them playing in a Kent League next season! They have decided to follow the trend-setting Friars (of 8 years ago) and change their name to The Squires - this should give them more street credibility! Well done to Jon Wild in cajoling his team around Southern England and finishing we think second but you need a maths degree to work out the positions in this league which is also hardly ever published! However a lot of fun was had and their carbon footprints will be more PC next year!
FRIARS – Kent Men’s Outdoor – Open Division 3
FINAL LEAGUE POSITION: 6 out of 11
Another contender for team of the year (shurely not, a step too far - ed)! Having decided at a very impromptu end of a 2012 season meeting to play League hockey as their normal opposition were dying off they surprised themsleves to finish a mid-table 6th and this is NOT in the bottom Kent League. They have enjoyed their season hugely, it must be admitted helped by youngsters Pete Young and Alex Williams who both got over 10 goals apiece. Tony Jones with ever good humour enters his eighth decade and he is still their skipper for next season, though the Friars management are looking closely at the DDA Act to make sure they comply!
MASTERS – National EH Cup
Outstanding season ending as National Champions under the combined leadership of John Maylam, Jimmy Laslett and manager Lee Hare. This team have consistently performed at the very highest levels having reached the quarter finals or more year after year