THE SEASON IS STILL NOT OVER!
The competitive part of the season commenced towards the end of September and here we are nearly eight months later and we still have two teams in national events.
The U18 Girls are preparing for the national finals at the University of Birmingham on Saturday/Sunday 19/20 May (when they play Belper, Chelmsford and Trojans in the round-robin event) while the Mixed team are contemplating a semi-final against Staines in the national mixed trophy at Old Loughtonians HC on Saturday 9 June with, hopefully, the final the next day against Ipswich or Phoenix.
The U18 Girls qualified for their finals with their excellent 3 – 2 quarter-final win over Olton & West Warwicks in March and the Mixed team beat the same club last Sunday 5 – 0 with an outstanding display of hockey after going ahead in the opening minute. With hat-trick hero Gavin Cole grabbing the attention of the enthusiastic crowd the squad never looked like releasing their firm grip on the game. I wish both teams the best of good fortune in their efforts to bring yet more success to the Club.
The Men’s Veterans did the Club proud by holding a very strong Isca team to 2 – 1 in the final of England Hockey’s Veterans’ Cup Final at Chelmsford HC. After struggling in the first half the team came back strongly after the break and only a fine save by the Isca goalkeeper denied us a draw in the closing seconds. Congratulations to Jerry Blackmore and his team for their fine run in the event starting way back against Stevenage in October.
I’ve already issued a big “thank you” to all the teams and everyone else involved in making last weekend’s Magpies’ Tournament so enjoyable and successful but I’m very pleased to do so again if a little more briefly on this occasion. The event takes a lot of organising and I’m very grateful to everyone concerned.
I’m also very grateful to Irene Bicker and Jose Tibbenham for organising the recent umpire training course and to tutor Norman Hart and to all 29 members who gave up a Saturday to take the course. When they have passed their practical tests the Club will be so much better off for umpires each week.
In case you are wondering the recent work at the entrance to the car park has been to provide improved drainage on the road down from the village. We have co-operated with MSDC on this project at no cost, of course, to the Club.
I take this opportunity to remind members of the following events.
Summer Mixed Hockey
I hope as many members as possible (who play league hockey) will be able to make the five evenings of mixed hockey STARTING AT 7.00PM NEXT MONDAY, i.e. 14 MAY.
The other dates are (all Mondays also at 7.00pm) – 4 June, 18 June, 2 July and 16 July. Please bring a white and another coloured shirt – and match fee of £3 per session!
Annual General Meeting
To be held in the clubhouse at 8.00pm on Thursday 21 June. The agenda will be issued before the end of May.
To be held at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall at 12 noon on Sunday 1 July by kind permission of David and Wendy Green. Please follow signs leaving the A143 into Church Lane, Redenhall (i.e. the entrance for the old Country Fayres). The Strawberry Luncheon is one of the most important and enjoyable events in the Club’s social calendar so I hope you will be able to attend.
Please e-mail me for tickets which are £10 each (including a drink). There is no charge for children under the age of seven.
Please let me know if you would like to enter a team of four (in either the Men’s, Ladies’ or Mixed category) for this event to be held at Bungay GC on Thursday 23 August. The cost is £100 per team which includes 18 holes of golf, plenty of prizes and carvery luncheon.
300 CLUB – congratulations to the following winners!
£20 Vera Wharton, Mr E Clark
£15 Margaret Greenacre, Pat Hall, Roger Laurie, Lyndsey Boatman
£20 Rosemary Steggles, Gordon Thorburn
£15 Angela Howlett, Janet Reader, Ann Cunningham, John Renault
£20 Janet Hall, Colin Ridley
£15 A Yates, David Edwards, J Neep, Tracy Baker
£20 Janet Hall, Norman Hart
£15 Phil Alexander, Michael Dye, Pat Daniels, Vera Wharton
£20 Roy Whipps, Linda Hunter
£15 Rosemary Redmond, Peter Dolton, Philip Banham, Mrs B Howes
The Club is extremely grateful to all members of the 300 Club for the invaluable support they give to HMHC.
New members are very welcome!
Please contact Angie Wheelhouse at 26 Association Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0TQ.
With best wishes
Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
11 May 2007