End of Season Survey
We have designed this survey for all our club members to help to get feedback. We would appreciate if you could fill out the following survey so we can make improvements where possible for next season. Thank you in advance!
Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club AGM 2016!
Please come along to support your club and voice your opinions on the future of the club.
We are currently looking for new faces to join the Committee so please get involved or ask any committee member for more information!
Club Chairman: Andy Dickson
• Chair monthly club committee meetings
• Oversee the weekly selection of all the Men's teams
• Preside over any disciplinary matters within the club
• Liaise with England Hockey for the betterment of the club
• Attend Walsall Borough Hockey Development Group and Black Country Group meetings
• Negotiate agreements for our playing venues and attend site meetings as necessary
• Organise the venue and costings for the Club Annual Dinner
• Any other matters as decided by the committee
Treasurer: Mike Slater
• Oversee Financial Performance
• Financial Planning
• Financial Reporting
• Maintain accurate Books of Account
• Any Other duties required by General Committee
• Recording all Receipts and Payments in the Club’s books of Account
• Reconciliation of Cash Book with Bank Statements
• Prepare and present financial reports to General Committee, including Annual Budgets and Monthly Statements of Receipts & Payments
• Preparation of Annual Accounts for presentation to the Annual General Meeting
Secretary: John O'Reily
• Receive communications from E.H, MRHA etc and pass the information to the relevant club members/committee.
• Reply to the above on behalf of the Club.
• Produce Agenda and organise monthly Committee meetings, informing Committee of the dates.
• Take Minutes of the monthly Committee meetings and send copies of the Minutes to all Committee members.
• Keep a record of attendance at the Committee meetings and report this to the AGM.
• Produce an Agenda and organise the AGM, informing members of the date, with at least 6 weeks notice.
• Take Minutes of the AGM and present copies at the next AGM.
• Organise, produce Agenda and publicise an EGM when required.
• Complete the annual Affiliation to E.H. using data produced by the Membership Secretary.
• Make sure that the Club is run in accordance with the Club’s Rules, as written in the Fixture Book.
Membership & Match Fees Secretary: John Hayward
• Keep up to date records of members with information from completed membership forms.
• Ensure all members pay an appropriate Annual Subscription either by full one off payment or monthly direct debit.
• Liaise with Captains, refer to match sheets to ensure payments are made and memberships logged.
• Distribute membership cards to paid up members.
• Liaise with Treasurer in respect of payments to the bank account.
• Attend monthly Committee to report membership activity.
• Provide Secretary with appropriate up to date information relating to membership in preparation for the annual return to the H.A.
• Arrange collection of match fees from team Captains or designated collector for each team.
• Examine, agree and file match sheets.
• For each team keep a record of monies collected, expenses incurred using information from match sheets.
• Count and bank money from match fees.
• Liaise with Treasurer in relation to monies paid into the account.
• Liaise with Captains in relation to non-payment of match fees.
• Attend Committee meetings to report on situation or issues in relation to match fees.
Fixtures Secretary: Fiona Palmer
• Book pitch slots for matches and training
• Arrange Pre Season friendlies
• Organise all home fixtures into slots
• Update MRHA website with locations and PB times
• Confirm all home fixtures with opposition fixtures secs
• Inform team captains of locations and times of away fixtures
• Book teas
• Arrange mid season friendlies
• Re-arrange any abandoned fixtures within league timescales
• Inform league sec of any abandoned matches
Umpires Secretary: Steve Smith
• It starts in late August, with a confirmation of requiring umpires for league games, plus any friendlies. This is sent by email to the Umpire Secretary of the main Association MRHA, and has to be returned by the 31st August.
• I receive a weekly update of who is umpiring the next fixture, I then send an email/text/ or phone to the appointed umpires, giving them details of the match fixture. This must be done by the Sunday night of the previous week, otherwise fines are occurred.
• I notify the umpires that are allocated for the games that week, of any cancellations of the first team within three hours of the game, and also the Umpire Secretary for my division within three days and a rearrangement date for the fixture.
• If said umpires cannot make game or the new date and time for the said fixture, I have to request new umpires with the Umpire Secretary for my division.
• I request the Committee to provide teas for the umpires.
• I have to update the MRHA website of any changes of phone numbers, pitch details and times.
• Attend Committee Meetings.
Club Welfare Officer: Vicki Banks
Whilst everyone in the club has a responsibility to safeguard and protect young people/vulnerable adults, the Welfare Officer is responsible for promoting good practice, child protection and safeguarding within Aldridge and Walsall Hockey Club.
Role of the Welfare Officer
• To be the first point of contact for staff, volunteers, parents/carers and young people where concerns about welfare, poor practice or child abuse are identified
• Implement the Club’s reporting and recording procedures
• Promote the Club’s best practice guidance/code of ethics and behaviour within the Club
• Assist the Club to fulfil its responsibilities to safeguard young people
• Assist the Club to implement its child welfare implementation plan
• Assist volunteers in keeping their certificates and qualifications up to date
• Ensure confidentiality is maintained
• Promote anti-discriminatory practice
• Be the first point of contact with the England Hockey Lead Child Welfare Officer
• Maintain contact details for local social services, police and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in case of an emergency
Junior Coordinator: Dave Foster / Steve Smith
• Supply equipment, balls, sticks, cones, bibs, medical bag.
• Provide a coaching session for up to about 15 children between the ages of 6 and 11 years.
• Collection of monies from parents
• Coordinate parents versus children’s game end of season.
• Collection of parents contact details.
• Provide medical assistance where necessary.
• (Please note that I can accommodate seven children, but any over that number with regard to ability and safety at least another pair of hands is definitely required)
PR Officer: Kieran Bhakta
• Organise and collate weekly match reports from team captains
• Ensure the club's website is updated weekly
• Responsible for the club's facebook page and twitter feed
• Submit match reports to the local newspaper
• Responsible for the club's general publicity of news and events
• Attend Committee Meeting and support the club where possible
Written by Steve Smith (3rd XI Captain)
• I arrange for a squad of at least eleven players, tell them details of the said fixture and meeting time and any directions for away games.
• Arrange travel/cars etc.
• Supply balls, medical bag, team sheets and spare shirts if needed.
• Organise team positions, and subs if needed.
• Collecting of monies for game, and annual subs, and any other club functions.
• Enquire on players availability for the following week.
• I request the Committee to provide teas and drinks for the umpires.
• I arrange any rearrangement fixtures for any league games.
• Organising a social event for the 3rd Team Social.
• Attend Committee Meetings.
Committee Representatives: Jobeth Bastable & Anna Milne / Duncan Mitchell & Matt Moore
Written by Anna Milne (Ladies Section)
• Attend Committee Meetings
• Support the club with any work / projects eg Annual Dinner / Social Events
• Representative from the Women’s (or Men’s) Section
Women's 1s Suffer Defeat to 2nd Place Barton
Women's 1st XI 0-3 Barton
5th February 2016
Aldridge & Walsall always knew it was going to be a tough fixture away to 2nd placed Barton. The task was made even harder having only 10 players for the majority of the first half.
The effort displayed by the team and how they worked to support each other was outstanding. This accompanied with the efforts of keeper Vicki Banks and a goal line clearance from Cat Slater kept Barton at bay until they scored after some stunning individual play with only a few minutes of the half remaining.
Barton came out fighting in the second half and quickly scored two well worked goals. Aldridge & Walsall quickly regained their discipline and communication between the midfield and defence ensured Barton's players were effectively marked limiting their attacking options.
Aldridge & Walsall midfield and attack demonstrated excellent perseverance, searching for a goal when the opportunity arose. Lucy James came closest after a well worked movement, causing Barton's keeper to scramble low to keep the ball out.
Despite the result the team can be proud of the effort they gave and the resilience shown by the midfield and defence to keep the score to a minimum.
Next week Aldridge & Walsall face top of the league Bloxwich - the result could determine which team wins promotion.
Late Drama As Moore Secures 3 Points
Men's 2nd XI 2-1 Bloxwich
5th February 2016
Aldridge & Walsall HC 2nd XI faced Bloxwich HC 2nd XI this week at home. The game got off to a great start in the first half, with Dave Foster scoring his 20th goal of the season 10 minutes into the half. Walsall battled well for the duration of the half, but a lapse in concentration minutes before half time led to Bloxwich equalising, making the teams tied at half time. The score remained 1-1 for a while, both teams challenging hard for the ball; sometimes competing a little too recklessly, since both teams were shown numerous green card and Bloxwich also seeing a yellow given. The opportunity came when Sef Huyskens deflected the ball onto a Bloxwich foot and a penalty stroke was awarded. Dave Foster failed to convert the chance however, leaving the score still tied. In the last 5 minutes, a long corner in front of goal was given. It was taken quickly, and played into Matt Moore, who turned, brought the ball into the circle and shot, leaving the keeper helplessly diving to his right as he watched the ball sail into the net, bringing the score to 2-1 to Walsall. Bloxwich tried to pressure for the last few minutes, but due to the great performance from the defence and with such little time left, the score at full time remained 2-1 to Walsall.
Women's 1s Ease Past Stafford
Women's 1st XI 2-0 Stafford
27th February 2016
Aldridge & Walsall ladies 1st XI eased past Stafford 2nd team to secure a 2-0 win.
Aldridge & Walsall were in control of the first fifteen minutes, dictating the pace of the game and creating opportunities. Fran Ball and Millie Brown were a constant threat on the attack and were being found with ease through great balls from Rian May- John and good interchanges between defence and midfield.]
Good defensive work from Anna Milne allowed her to get the ball up the pitch to Lucy James who had found herself in space behind the Stafford defence. It was Izzy Butterfield who got onto a rebound to score the first goal for Aldridge & Walsall. Stafford grew into the last ten minutes of the half bringing Aldridge & Walsall into a hard battle. They maintained composure, allowing them to go into half time maintaining their lead.
The second half saw both teams come out strong with Stafford not looking to give up. Several short corners were awarded to both sides, but neither team were able to find the net. Izzy Butterfield worked tirelessly across the pitch, creating opportunities as she went. Aldridge & Walsall continued to press and soon found further joy, this time courtesy of a ball picked up by Fran Ball. After running the length of the pitch, she struck the ball in the D, securing a second goal for Aldridge & Walsall.
The last 10 minutes, Stafford gave it everything they had, but Aldridge & Walsall defence led by Mel Cuthbert remained solid and maintained their 2-0 score line
End of Season Dinner
When? Saturday 19th March 2016
Where? Druid's Heath Golf Club
☆ 3 Course Meal with Coffee
☆ Live Band
☆ Fundraising Games
☆ Awards Ceremony
☆ Bar Open All Night
Tickets are £20 per person - payble to your captains please.
Starters: Carrot and Coriander Soup / Ardennes Pate with Melba Toast / Smoked Mackerel Salad / Creamed Garlic Mushrooms
Mains: Braised Lamb Shank / Salmon in Lobster and Champagne Sauce / Chicken in a White Wine Sauce / Vegetable Lasagne Pasta in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake / Chocolate Fudge Cake / Sticky Toffee Pudding / Cheese & Biscuits
Hope to see you all there!
Humphreys Secures 3 Points With Penalty Flick Saves
Men's 1st XI 2-1 Market Drayton
20th February 2016
Aldridge & Walsall were the visitors to second in the league Market Drayton, missing influential players and knowing they were in for a tough battle.
The game started well with A&W looking dangerous on the counter attack and creating a number of opportunities. It was the home side, however, who went ahead when a loose ball in defence allowed the Market Drayton forward to nip in just ahead of the oncoming goalkeeper. A&W were soon back on level terms when good work down the right by Glenn Humphries and Alex Dallaway set up Paul Richardson to score his 14th goal of the season.
Market Drayton should have taken the lead soon after when they were awarded a penalty flick. The scuffed attempt, however, was saved by goalkeeper Ben Humphreys. The remainder of the first half was finely balanced with both sides creating chances. Ben Humphreys kept out a Market Drayton drag flicked short corner. At the other end of the pitch, the A&W forward line continued to look dangerous.
A&W started the second half well and looked the most likely to get the next goal. It duly came when, following a penalty corner, Matt Bown was the first to react to the opposition keeper's save and smash home the rebound. It could have been even better for A&W but Paul Richardson's smart turn and finish was harshly ruled out. The game ended in late drama when Market Drayton were awarded a second penalty flick in the dying seconds of the game. Captain Ben Humphreys' second penalty save of the game, however, ensured that A&W came away with the 3 points.
Double Victories for A&W 1st Teams
Men's 1st XI 3-2 Wolverhampton
13th February 2016
A&W 3-2 Wolverhampton After a great performance last week Aldridge and Walsall were hoping to continue their goal scoring master class against bottom of the league Wolverhampton. However it was the home team who were on the back foot within the first few minutes when Wolverhampton slotted home a penalty corner to take the lead.
Aldridge and Walsall were then awarded a penalty Stroke from a clever bit of play by Paul Richardson who rounded the keeper and put the ball onto a defenders foot on the line. Barry Guest stepped up and gave the Keeper no chance when he fired it past him to make it 1-1.
As the first half was coming to an end Aldridge and Walsall were awarded a Penalty Corner which was converted by Barry Guest after he wrong footed the keeper with a low drag flick making it 2-1 as the whistle blew.
The second half saw a scrappy affair from both teams. It was Wolverhampton who again scored first when a crash ball was deflected past Keeper and Captain Ben Humpheries making it 2-2. However Aldridge and Walsall’s lead was restored when Alex Dalloway’s penalty corner drag flick rocketed past the helpless Wolverhampton goalkeeper making it 3-2.
In the late stages of the game Wolverhampton were desperate to get something from the game and kept on piling on the pressure. Their efforts were rewarded when they were given a penalty corner with minutes to go. However with a smart save on the line by Richard Flavell and a clearance by Kris Holder it was Aldridge and Walsall who held on to their lead to walk off with the 3 points. N
Women's 1st XI 3-0 Lichfield
13th February 2016
Aldridge & Walsall ladies welcomed back Cat Slater from injury and Laura Geeson who was a previous player at the club. The team recorded a league win in emphatic style by putting in a controlled performance against Lichfield 3rd.
Goalkeeper Vicki Banks was tested by Lichfield within minutes of the start but she was more than equal to the task. Following this wobble Aldridge & Walsall kept the door firmly closed and began to dominate in all areas of the pitch. Mid way into the half, they took the lead after Lucy James scored a great goal following some sustained Aldridge & Walsall pressure. The defence ensured a couple of short corners were kept out and they saw in the half time break with their 1 goal lead intact.
The second half started at a high intensity as both sides knew that the next goal would be significant. Lichfield pressed high, had plenty of possession, but produced few clear cut opportunities. Aldridge & Walsall kept things tights showing discipline & patience. They were solid in defence, providing a good platform for the midfield and forwards to create scoring chances from. Some great attacking runs by Aldridge & Walsall resulted in a short corner, a powerful shot from Laura Geeson made it 2-0 to Aldridge & Walsall.
This goal slightly deflated Lichfield from which Aldridge & Walsall took advantage. They piled on the pressure resulting a further penalty corner being awarded. A slip to the left, allowed Cat Slater to strike the ball , from which Lucy James secured a further a goal.
The result was 3-0 to Aldridge & Walsall allowing them to move to mid table in the league
Foster Forces Wolverhampton Walkover
Men's 2nd XI 5-0 Wolverhampton
13th February 2016
Aldridge and Walsall 2nd XI secured three points against Wolverhampton with a decisive five - nil victory this weekend; a fantastic result which builds on the narrow victory last week against Solihull Blossomfield. In conditions far more conducive to free flowing hockey, Dave Foster scored yet another hat trick, with Nick Patel and Joe Millerchip contributing an additional goal each.
The result was in part due to solid and consistently good defending, evidenced by keeper Andrew Dixon only being called upon to make just the solitary save. This created an ideal base from which to build repeated waves of attack enabling Dave to continue his superb scoring streak.
Overall, a comfortable win which did not overly test our mettle but just reward for consistent performances in 2016.
Thirteen Goal Thriller Restores Men's 1s Form
Men's 1st XI 9-4 Solihull Blossomfield
6th February 2016
After a frustrating run of results Aldridge and Walsall needed a positive performance to get the season back on track. The away team showed an abundance of attacking flair with Paul Richardson and Kieran Bhakta finding the score sheet early to put them infront. Barry Guest increased the lead from a penalty corner before Solihull were awarded a flick that kept Walsall’s feet on the ground. The away team dominated possession and attacked with threat, consistently finding the net throughout both halves. Over commitment allowed Solihull to mount a small comeback however it was not enough to change the outcome. The three points were confirmed with Richard Moody’s smart finish ending in Aldridge & Walsall 9 – 4 Solihull Blossomfield. Confidence is high leading into next weeks game against Wolverhampton.
Get Involved: Level One Umpiring Course
Details and booking information for the course are available on the website below:
http://englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=296§ionTitle=Find+a+Course (currently page 3).
The deadline is Wednesday 10th February 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:
Date: Sunday 21st February 2016
Venue: The Royal School Leisure Centre, Goldthorn Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0EG
Organiser: Greville Wilday, 01384 280016
Tutor: Richard Kendall, 07751 731128
The course costs £50 which members would have to pay themselves. This money will then be fully reimbursed when individuals have completed 3 Club matches 'free of charge'. After this they would receive their normal £5 / £10 fee per match.
Late Winner As Leek Claim All 3 Points
Women's 1st XI 2-3 Leek
23rd January 2016
Aldridge & Walsall ladies suffered a tight loss against Leek. Both sides battled hard from the start and it was Leek who were the first to score. Leek quickly found their lead negated after a great run and pass from Millie Brown resulting in Fran Ball scoring the equaliser, allowing Aldridge & Walsall back into the game.
Aldridge & Walsall stayed strong with Lucy James and Anna Milne holding the midfield . Aldridge & Walsall maintained composure and despite a high volume of play could not seem to find their way through the Leek defence. A penalty corner was awarded to leek as the half time whistle went. A tense few minutes, with a further 5 penalty corners being awarded and defended well, one being saved on the line by Mel Cuthbert meant a 1-1 score at half time.
The second half saw both teams determined to take the lead with some good end to end hockey. It was Aldridge & Walsall who took the lead from a goal by Izzy Butterfield. Leek then piled on the pressure and it was not long before they broke the defence and equalised. It was then in the last 10 minutes of play that despite some good team work by Aldridge & Walsall, Leek added another to seal the win.
The result was 2-3 to Leek.
February Social: Games Night
When? Saturday 6th February 2016
Where? Walsall Cricket Club
A fantastic, fun Feburary Social - Poker, Darts, Pool and other fun and games will be played on the night!
As always, the bar will be open throughout the night!
Would be great to see as many of you there as possible to support the club!
Facebook Event: CLICK HERE
Men's 2nd XI Fight Back To Earn Vital Point
Men's 2nd XI 3-3 Old Hales
16th January 2016
Following on from a good win last week, Aldridge and Walsall 2nd XI looked to continue their good form against Old Hales. From the off its was always going to be a close game with both teams holding great spells of possession. However A&W were first to strike through Dave Foster and from then on the game was tightly contested with both teams taking control for spells of the game. It was end to end with 3 goals for Old Hales who twice took the lead with Aldridge and Walsall fighting back with goals from Dave Foster and Sef Huyskens respectively. It continued to be close all the way to the final whistle with the scoreline at 3-3. It was a good performance from both sides in wintery conditions to fight for the draw which was well deserved by both sides.
Foster Bags Four Against Old Sills
Men's 2nd XI 5-2 Old Silhillians
9th January 2016
The Aldridge and Walsall HC 2nd XI played their first game of 2016 this weekend, in a league match at home against Old Sills. They achieved a great start to the New Year by beating their opposition in an impressive 5-2 victory; Dave Foster netting four of the goals and Immanuel Hazel with one. An impressive performance by Foster earned the team a decisive win, scoring two from short corners along with a spectacular volley. Special mention goes to Joe Millichip, who put in a star performance having to play out of position at left back due to missing regular team defenders.
Overall a great performance from the 2nd XI and made sure that Walsall's New Year got off to the best possible start!
Four for Richardson as Men's 1s Finish 2015 in Style
Men's 1st XI 5-0 Bromsgrove
12th December 2015
Aldridge and Walsall were looking to finish 2015 with a victory from a mid table clash against Bromsgrove HC. The first half got off to a flying start with an early goal from Paul Richardson courtesy of a defensive error from a familiar face. Bromsgrove then fought their way back into the game but were unable to convert their chances thanks to some excellent goalkeeping from the ever dependable Ben Humphreys and A&W's solid defence. The half time break came with A&W 1-0 ahead.
The second half began in a similar fashion to the first, with an early goal from Barry Guest from a well executed short corner. The scoreline then became 3-0, after a searching pass from Dave Kinsey saw Paul Richardson grab his second of the game after a neat finish in the bottom right corner. The penultimate goal came in quick succession thanks to another defensive error. The final goal was as a result of an inch perfect pass from Oliver Dallaway which was exquisitely finished by Paul Richardson for his fourth goal of the game.
Aldridge and Walsall go into the Christmas break in high spirits and hope to carry the momentum into the new year.
Dominating Performace from Women's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 0-2 Bloxwich
5th December 2015
It was a difficult away fixture for A&W on Saturday, facing the league leaders, Bloxwich.
The game started brightly for A&W which saw two early chances narrowly slip wide of the goal. As the first half progressed, A&W found it difficult to find their feet particularly in the final third after a burst of good possession. It was from a counter attack that Bloxwich threw men forward where they managed to score a goal, from a short corner, to take the lead.
The second half was well battled as A&W continued to press forward particularly after a yellow card was awarded to a Bloxwich player. However, no real clinical chances fell to A&W, as frustration mounted. Bloxwich managed to score a second goal from a short corner around 15 minutes from the end of the game.
Final score was 2-0 to Bloxwich.
Women's 1st XI 5-1 Wolverhampton & Tettenhall Ladies 2nd XI
5th Dec 2015
A/W ladies 1s put in a good performance to take 3 points away to WATs.
A/W started strongly with some fast paced play and accurate passing, which allowed them to heap pressure on WATs defence. A/W took an early lead with goals from Heidi Whittaker and a spectacular hit from Lucy James. WATs came back swiftly with a goal, but A/W re-grouped resulting in a goal from Rachel Martin and Fiona Palmer.
Second half A/W consolidated their lead with Anna Milne playing a pivotal role in midfield. A great run from halfway by Anna, finished with the teams 5th goal. WATs attacked strongly in the last ten minutes after A&W had a player sent off , however A&W defence comfortably dealt with the attacks.
The final score was 5-1 to A/W.
Men's 1s Now 3 Points From Top of West Mids Prem
Men's 1st XI 7-1 Kings Heath
28th November 2015
After a slow start to the season, the month of November has been good to Aldridge & Walsall HC. Three wins and a draw have seen the club move just three points from top spot in a fiercely contested West Midlands Premier League.
Saturday's win came as AWHC picked apart a well set up Kings Heath Pickwick side. Taking the lead within minutes of the start and always in control, more goals quickly followed as AWHC looked solid in defence. This allowed some free flowing hockey and Glenn Humphries completed a first half hat-trick, as AWHC went into the second half with a comfortable 6-1 lead.
Complacency enabled Kings Heath to get a slight foothold in the game, and penalised with players being sent off led to Aldridge and Walsall having to play with ten men on two occasions. However the away team missed numerous penalty corners and chances, stifled by a solid performance from the Aldridge and Walsall back line, marshalled by captain and goalkeeper Ben Humphreys.
Paul Richardson scored the best goal of the game and the only one in the second half, with a individual effort from an acute angle after rounding the keeper to cap off a 40-yard solo counter counter attack. AWHC travel to second-placed Bloxwich next week in a local derby and clichéd six pointer.
Men's 2s Pulled Off A Shock Against League Leaders
Men's 2nd XI 2-1 Bloxwich
28th November 2015
On Saturday Aldridge and Walsall 2XI faced a tough game against high-flying Bloxwich. Towards the end of a closely fought first half, and against the run of play, Bloxwich scored the opening goal with a quick counter attack. From that moment, Aldridge and Walsall managed to command the game for large spells. With just over a quarter of an hour to play Ben Hopton created a great chance which Sef Huyskens turned in at the far post to level the game after failing to convert an earlier opportunity carved out by Richard Francis. Aldridge and Walsall kept the pressure on Bloxwich when Ben Hopton broke through and got another assist as Dave Foster scored a reverse hit from the top of the D with he keeper scrambling to try and save it. From then on it was end to end but Aldridge and Walsall held on with thanks to a commanding team performance to clench a well deserved victory.
Women's 1st XI 0-2 Stafford
28th November 2015
Another tough game for A/W this week against Stafford 1st team. A/W went out positive despite the wet & cold weather.
The first 10 minutes was evenly matched, but Stafford gathered pace,scoring the first goal from open play. A/W did not let the goal deter them and saw some good attacking runs from Fran Ball. From a free hit, Rachel Martin smashed the ball at goal and Fiona Palmer got a stick on the rebound, putting the ball at the back of the net. Unfortunately as the ball had not gone '5' before entering the 'D', the goal was disallowed.
The second half, A/W defended well. As the rain continued, Izzy Butterfield battled relentlessly in left midfield, and keeper Vicky Banks kept many shots at goal at bay. It was in the last few minutes that Stafford succeeded in getting through the defence line to score a 2nd goal. A penalty corner against A/W on the final whistle was defended well.
The game ended 0-2 to Stafford.
Outstanding Men's 1s Performance at Much Wenlock
Men's 1st XI 4-2 Ludlow
21st November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall 1st XI made the trip to Much Wenlock to play an in form Ludlow side. The hosts dominated possession in the early stages. A&W, however, were strong in defence and soaked up the pressure. As Ludlow pressed, a lightning A&W counter attack won the game's first short corner which Alex Dallaway swept home to give the visitors the lead. Ludlow continued to press and were rewarded with their own short corner which they converted following a well rehearsed routine. The remainder of the first half continued in the same fashion with the hosts dominating possession but the away side always looking dangerous on the break. It was another blistering counter attack that lead to a second short corner for A&W. This time it was Barry Guest to drag flick the ball into the top left corner and give the away side a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first. The A&W defence soaked up all everything Ludlow could throw at them, limiting the home side's chances. Ludlow's main play-maker was kept under wraps by Tim White, making sure he had little influence on the game. When Ludlow did threaten to score, keeper Ben Humphreys pulled out a stunning stick save from a Ludlow drag flicked short corner. A&W upped their tempo and continued to attack. Paul Richardson and Dave Kinsey were a constant nuisance but unable to convert their chances. It was Alex Dallaway and Barry Guest who converted two further short corners to secure the three points. Ludlow were able to get a consolation but A&W held on for a well earned 4-2 victory.
Women's 1st XI 0-0 Bloxwich
21st November 2015
This week Aldridge & Walsall ladies were against Bloxwich who are currently second in the league. Aldridge & Walsall knew it was going to be a tough game but settled into the game quickly. From the start, Bloxwich were putting pressure on Aldridge & Walsall defence creating chances but were kept at bay by a strong defence line including Lucy Baker, Helen Cragg & keeper Vicky Banks. Lots of creative running was seen by Rachel Martin, up front, but this week was unable to follow last weeks fantastic goal. Bloxwich were awarded a few short corners but Aldridge & Walsall were quick off the line to block the shots. At half time, the score was 0-0.
The second half saw a lot more end to end play, with both sides having chances. Rhian May -John & Lucy James worked tirelessly in midfield, having a hand in many attacking opportunities. With 10 minutes to go, an Aldridge & Walsall player was given a green card resulting in the team being down to 10 players. Bloxwich took advantage of the ‘card’, coming through strong on the attack, but Aldridge & Walsall remained calm and continued to give everything they had, determined that Bloxwich would not score. The final whistle went with no goals, a well earnt point for Aldridge & Walsall.
Late Market Drayton Equaliser Disappoints Men's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 3-3 Market Drayton
14th November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall Men’s 1st XI were aiming to build on last week's win against 2nd in the league Market Drayton.
The home side started brightly and had the majority of the possession. Market Drayton, however, almost took the lead but for a fine reaction save from keeper Ben Humphreys. A&W continued to press and were rewarded for their enterprise when Alex Dallaway converted a short corner. A&W continued to dominate and were soon 2-0 up when neat play from Ollie Dallaway on the left released Paul Richardson who beat two defenders to score. Despite enjoying the majority of the play, however, A&W gave the away side a way back into the game just before half time.
After the break, Market Drayton changed their formation and worked hard for an equaliser. A&W soaked up the pressure and then countered with some good attacking play down the right wing, earning yet another short corner. This time it was Barry Guest who swept the ball in the bottom left corner. As the second half progressed, Market Drayton continued to apply pressure and Ben Humphreys was called upon to keep out a series of short corners. Daylight reduced, floodlights were turned on and the rain increased. Tired A&W legs amalgamated into a series of mistakes which led to Market Drayton firing the ball in at the back post to score. As the umpires signalled two minutes left, the opposition threw everything forwards and caught A&W outnumbered from another cross which skipped past three players and was crashed into the goal by a Market Drayton stick.
The match ended 3-3; Market Drayton ecstatic about the one point while A&W came off slightly disappointed they were unable to hold onto the three points.
Women's 1st XI 1-6 Barton
14th November 2015
After securing a good victory last weekend, Aldridge & Walsall Ladies were this week up against Barton, currently at the top end of the table. Aldridge & Walsall new it was going to be tough, and were missing a couple of key players.
Barton started the game strongly and applied pressure from the whistle. Despite some excellent defensive work by Aldridge & Walsall, Barton quickly took the lead. Aldridge & Walsall struggled to move the ball around and found themselves under sustained pressure from a well drilled Barton side. The well structured side continued to press hard and by half time, Aldridge & Walsall were trailing 0-3
The break was crucial to Aldridge & Walsall .It was a chance for captain Mel Cuthbert to take stock, and channel the team's focus into playing with passion & pride. This is exactly what the team did, they played with great heart and collectively lifted the performance. Rhian May - John & Anna Milne were instrumental in the centre of the pitch and combined well with the forwards. Fran Ball intersected a ball and made a fantastic run from half way, Rachel Martin picked up the rebound from Frans' shot, securing Aldridge & Walsall a goal . Despite some late runs from Amy Poyner and Millie Brown, Aldridge & Walsall were unable to get back into the game.
The game ended 6-1 to the away team.
Men's 1st XI Claim Vital 3 Points
Men's 1st XI 1-0 Wolverhampton
7th November 2015
After back to back loses Aldridge and Walsall were looking to return to winning ways against 2nd from bottom Wolverhampton. After a promising start where Walsall kept the ball well and held the home team at bay but struggled to make many goal-scoring opportunities. Then after going down to 10 men a sudden new found urgency and direct play found young Dominic Boniface through on goal 1 on 1 with the goal keeper. A Wolverhampton defender recklessly challenged him, bringing him down and with Glenn Humphries running clean through on the back post saw the umpires issue a short corner as hard justice for the visiting team.
The second half started of with a more promising tempo from Walsall seeing Dave Kinsey on the end of a defence splitting cross from Glenn Humphries only to put the ball narrowly wide.
Then, from a half time change of formation, Glenn Humphries once again began a move that proved fatal with the demise of a tiring Wolverhampton team. Without looking up, Glenn put a through ball onto Kris Holder who had made a charging run to the top of the opposition’s D. With an old calm head, Kris controlled the bobbling ball and with his maize skills turned the defender twice to give him time to pick a visionary pass for Alex Dalloway to run onto clear through on goal. With the defender not knowing which way to turn tripped and left Alex time to pick a spot on goal to shoot and score a goal clearly the leader for the goal of the season contention.
Aldridge and Walsall then played safe and kept the ball well for the remainder of the game and take the 3 points back to the club house for a well-deserved pint.
Martin Grabs Winner in Stafford Clash
Men's 2nd XI 6-2 Wolverhampton
7th November 2015
Aldridge and Walsall HC 2nd XI continued their return back to form, winning a very convincing 6-2 against Wolverhampton HC 2nd XI, following their decisive 1-0 win the previous week.
Walsall started off very well, scoring early on in the first half, but with Wolverhampton soon equalising. Both teams attacked well, but Walsall's attack had the edge, in both skill and stamina, over the Wolverhampton defence, with good passing and moving pieces, looking both nice to the eye and inevitably to the scoresheet. There was some excellent play from Karl Webster and Andy Turner in midfield, breaking down many attacks before they had even fabricated. The defence cannot be left out unnoticed, however, defending many shorts and free hits in the 23, which often lead to promising counter-attacks. We should give the main credit to the goal scorers: Matt Moore, Simon Bradburry, Karl Webster, Andy Turner, and Dave Foster with 2, although his second will not be one he will be too proud of, having mis-hit the ball from a short, but somehow managed to bypass the keeper and bounce over two defending sticks!
Nevertheless, a big congratulations to the whole team on their performance; the scoreline only starting to reflect how well everyone played and the effort everyone gave to the final whistle.
Women's 1st XI 2-1 Stafford
7th November 2015
After their disappointing loss the weekend before, Aldridge & Walsall ladies were determined to get back on track with a win this weekend.
The game started well with both teams building up good play, which saw a number of attacking runs from both the forwards and midfields. Stafford were first to score a goal. Aldridge & Walsall, kept their heads up, playing some good hockey. The second goal of the game came following a build up from Aldridge & Walsall defence, some great stick work between Rhian May -John and Fran Ball in their attacking circle, resulted in Fran equalising the score line. Shortly after this, Captain Mel Cuthbert, caught the follow through from a Stafford stick, resulting in a cut just above the eye. Aldridge & Walsall quickly reformed while Mel received medical attention.
Mel returned to the field just before half time and led the defence in maintaining the 1-1 score at half time. After half time Aldridge & Walsall maintained fully focused on a win and successfully transferred the ball around with some great team play. Their second goal of the game after some skillful stick work by Rachel Martin. Despite some attacking play by Stafford, Aldridge & Walsall defended well, with Fiona Palmer adjusting well into a right defensive role. Both sides continued to push forward, but no further goals were scored.
Late Goal Proved Crucial for Women's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 0-5 Streetly
24th October 2015
Local rivals Streetly were the hosts for Aldridge and Walsall this week, as they looked to follow up last week's battling win. The first half was dominated by the hosts, as they scored two early goals to take control of the match. Then, a downpour of biblical proportions started and both teams did well to keep the standard of hockey so high. Despite getting into a number of good positions, it was Streetly who snatched another goal before half time. Skipper, Ben Humphreys, reminded the side of their much improved second half performance a couple of weeks ago and to keep battling, and the team responded with some much slicker play. A number of chances came and, unfortunately, went but the momentum was with A&W. However the Streetly strikers were clinical with their chances and slotted a drag flick before a lucky bobble sealed a 5-0 result. The team look to bounce back and keep up their 100% home record against Solihull Blossomfield next week.
Women's 1st XI 1-2 Dudley
24th October 2015
A&W 1-2 Wolverhampton Tettenhall It was the home side who started the strongest, putting together some good attacking moves. They took advantage of Wolverhampton's sluggish start and Lucy James scored a great 1st goal from open play. Wolverhampton quickly picked up their game and began to move the ball around. Aldridge & Walsall remained focused resulting in an hard fought end to end game. Despite several attacking runs by Fran Ball and Heidi they were unable to increase their lead. Wolverhampton equalised before half time. In the second half, both sides were more determined than ever and moved the ball at pace from stick to stick, some great skills shown by both sides. With 20 minutes to go, it was the away team who got through Aldridge & Walsall defence bringing the score to 1-2. The final push from Aldridge & Walsall to equalise saw the team put in 110% to the game. Though they were unable to equalise, they should be extremely proud of their effort.
Strong Start for the Badgers!
A&W Badgers 1-0 Streetly
24th October 2015
A well fought game for Aldridge & Walsall Badgers against rivals Streetly proved to be a success for their new team of youngsters. The new players fitted in well and played at the standard expected at Aldridge & Walsall. The team coached by manager Dave Foster and assistant coach Liam Humpage managed to win 1-0. A great run and pass from Rob Steadman set Ethan Allen for a late and crucial goal. The goal scorer said that hard training and testing drills proved key to their success. Two goals in the same amount of games for Ethan against Streetly has resulted with no losses for the team as their last game ended in a 1-1 draw. The match was tough with the same amount of chances either side of the pitch but with hard work and good play, the team got a well-deserved win.
Manager Dave Forster made regular substitutions to give the new youngsters some good game time and experience for them to carry forward into the upcoming matches. A solid defence and a great game for keeper Aiden Hill was the backbone for key passes which created chances to pressure the opposition. The team should be happy with the result as everyone played well against a strong side. Now with a win under their belt and experience of playing with one another, the coach can look at the team and strengthen it where needed for a greater performance, sure to challenge any opposition they come up against.
This year the hockey club Xmas dinner will take place on Saturday 28th November 2015, 7pm - late at the Boathouse, Sutton Park .
Tickets are £30 per person which includes a 3 Course Dinner (4 choices per course). Raffle and gratuity is also included.
Contact Mel Cuthbert 07985 024643 / 01922 442397 for more information.
Please come along to support the club!
Richardson Seals the Deal Against Wednesbury
Men's 1st XI 1-0 Wednesbury
17th October 2015
Paul Richardson's third goal in as many games was enough to give Aldridge and Walsall a hard-earned win against local rivals Wednesbury.
The transfer of two Aldridge and Walsall players to Wednesbury in pre-season added extra spice to a scrappy encounter, which was a far cry from the high standard of hockey seen in their opening two games.
The decisive goal came mid way into the first half, as Richardson turned home Nick Dickson's cross from the left following good work from Kris Holder and Neal Kassell.
The second period was end-to-end, with captain Ben Humphreys making a number of saves in the Aldridge and Walsall goal to keep the visitors out.
Aldridge and Walsall will be looking for a stronger performance this weekend when they visit Streetly in the second ofback-to-back local derbies.
Women's 1st XI 1-2 Dudley
17th October 2015
Aldridge went out positive in this weeks home fixture, but It was the away side who started the strongest, putting together some good attacking moves. A/W quickly got into the game, resulting in some good end to end hockey.
Following an A/W short corner, a penalty stroke was awarded to A/W. Rachel Martin calmly took the stroke, scoring in the bottom left corner. The second half saw the away side digging deep, good set pieces allowed them to pass A/W midfield. A/W defence, led by captain Mel Cuthbert, battled hard but struggled to get back into their attacking half. Dudley were awarded several short corners which keeper Vicky Banks defended well.
With 10 minutes remaining, Dudley broke through A/W defence to score an equaliser. The pressure remained and in the last 2 minutes, Dudley were awarded a controversial short corner, from which they scored.
The final score was 1-2 to the away team.
Frustation for Men's and Women's 1st XI
Men's 1st XI 3-5 Coventry Sikh Union
10th October 2015
Aldridge and Walsall travelled to Coventry Sikh Union on Saturday, knowing they were in for a very tough game against a side who rarely lose at home. A number of injuries to regulars didn't help their situation either.
The match got off to the worst possible start as Sikh Union found themselves 2-0 up in the first ten minutes. However A&W didn't help themselves after that, as more poor play left them 4-0 down at half time and staring down the barrel.
This was a completely different match in the second half after skipper Ben Humphreys demanded pride was shown and the next 35 minutes was won. Sharp reactions from Matthew Bown earned the first goal and his second soon followed. Sikh Union scored a breakaway but A&W's spirit was not broken, as Alex Dallaway's bullet drag flick kept the game alive, but there was not enough time left. The result was a 5-3 loss but the second half performance was one to be proud of.
Women's 1st XI 0-0 Leek
10th October 2015
Aldridge & Walsall ladies found themselves defending deep in their own half as Leek pressed high in the opening minutes.
Aldridge & Walsall quickly spurred into life and the midfield started to win possession inside the Leek half. Midfield pressure was maintained but Aldridge & Walsall were unable to score.
As the game continued, both sides continued to push for a goal with penalty corners being awarded to both sides with neither being able to put the ball into the net.
In the final 2 minutes Aldridge & Walsall were awarded another penalty corner, a great shot from Rachel Martin unfortunately was slightly to high & no goal was awarded .
The game ended with no goals.
Men's 1st XI Off to a Flying Start!
Walsall 3-0 Old Wulfrunians
3rd October 2015
Aldridge and Walsall opened up their season at their brand new home, Aston University Sports Ground, with a solid home victory over a battling Old Wulfrunians side. The first half was a tight affair, but A&W just about deserved their 1-0 at half time, thanks to a deflected finish from Glenn Humphries. Ben Humphreys made a few fine saves to keep the score line 1-0, before some neat interplay between the strikers resulted in the second goal; this time for Paul Richardson. Shortly after, Richardson capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to put the icing on the victory and secure a 3-0 win.
Annual Membership Subs
A reminder that all annual membership subs are due by the 31st October 2015. This can either be by direct debit or cheque. Please ask your team captain / John Hayward (membership and match fees secretary) for more information. All weekly and annual membership details can be found HERE
The first social of the year will take place on Saturday 17th October at Walsall Cricket Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets will be £10 per person which includes use of the bar, entry into the skittles competition and mostly importantly a 2 course meal! If you will be attending, please could you put your names down HERE, so we know numbers for catering purposes. Thank you!
Club Day 2015
The first event of the season saw a fantastic turnout for the Club Day at our new pitch and clubhouse at Aston University Recreation Centre! It was great to see some new faces at the club - where we gave our new members a warm welcome!
New Adventure for Aldridge & Walsall
With the start of the new hockey season around the corner, there is a sense of excitement around Walsall & Hockey Club as members look forward to the long-awaited relocation to Aston University Recreation Centre and Playing Fields on Birmingham Road.
The new state-of-the-art synthetic pitch, due to open in August 2015 has promised to be a major development in the club's long term strategic plan of encouraging the younger generation from the local community to take up the sport of hockey, following the success of our athletes at London 2012.
Club Chairman, Andrew Dickson explains, "the club has recently signed a Community Partnership Agreement with Aston University. This is an exciting new venture for the club with a brand new state of the art playing surface with changing rooms and a club house for drinks and after match hospitality on site."
The club caters for all ages and playing standards, but above all, Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club has a sociable and friendly atmosphere, and provides a great environment to meet new people. The club currently runs four men's teams, one ladies team and a junior section, with plenty of opportunities to develop and progress within the club. The relocation has also provided the club with a new on-site clubhouse for members and opposition to socialise, as well as hosting regular social and charity events the club organises.
We are currently welcoming new players. Senior training commences on Monday 7th September, 8-10pm at Aston University Playing Fields and Junior training starts later that week on Saturday 12th September, 9.30-10.30am at Walsall Campus (entrance via Magdalene Road).
For more information:
- Facebook: Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club
- Twitter: @Ald_Wal_Hockey
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club is a Sports Club Standard accredited club. The club has met minimum operating standards set out by Walsall Council showing that the club is well managed, child friendly, safe and effective in delivering their sport.
Monday 7th September
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aston University Recreation Centre
(Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ)
Saturday 12th September
9:30 am - 10:30 am
University of Wolverhampton, Wasall Campus
(Magdalene Road, Walsall, WS1 3TA)