Festivities At HockeyFest
Aldridge & Walsall entered two teams into the England Hockey HockeyFest 6-a-side Tournament at the University of Birmingham.
A&W’s men’s team was a mixed of experienced players and talented youth. Goals from Paul Richardson and Dave Kinsey helped A&W cruised into the semi finals. Special mention must go to youngsters Dom Bonniface and Joe Millerchip who excelled against older and more experienced opposition. After a comprehensive defeat of Kings Heath in the semi finals, A&W were up against a strong Old Hales in the final. The two teams had previously drawn their group match. The final. however, went to Old Hales who narrowly won with a display of clinical finishing.
A&W can hold their heads high, however, to be runners up against teams from higher divisions. A&W mixed side also performed well in finishing 3rd in the tournament. The mixed side threw caution to the wind, played without a keeper and attacked throughout. Dave Foster and Nikesh Patel were the top scorers as the team played against mixed sides from Harborne, Bournville, Old Hales and others.
Overall a great performance by A&W and a great day!
Hockey Refresher - Umpires & Players
An evening at the Stick and Wicket Club on Thursday 15th September at 7.30 p.m.to present the new rules and allow our umpires and players to raise any questions on the rules and their interpretation by BCHUA and Midland umpires coaches. It will be presented by a panel of senior umpires Martin Stott, National League Umpire and Immediate Past President of BCHUA, Rob Crosson Level 1 Umpire Coach and Appointment Secretary BCHUA & Midland and Peter Bell Level 1 Umpire Coach.
The evening will start at 7.30 PM with a 15 minute break at around 8.45 PM terminating at 10 PM. The theme of the evening will be “Back to basic Umpiring” and will cover the following points:- (It would benefit all those who umpire, in particular Club appointed umpires and anyone who blow an occasional whistle and players)
- Trigger points and reacting appropriately to the first opportunity and early to prevent escalation.
- Whistle tone, use and variation. Use of control cards, how to issue, when and combined with whistle tone.
- Timing of suspensions, umpire nearest to the subs bench
- Location of subs
- Tone of speech and closed statements rather than an open statements.
- Free hits and 5 metres
With a question and answer session depending on the time available.
Hockey Fest 2016
Aldridge & Walsall's annual Club Day aka Hockey Fest. We have lots of plans this year including:
- Junior training sessions for under 12s and under 16s.
- Back to Hockey sessions for adults who may not have played for a while.
- A great, social and friendly way to get back into hockey, no matter how long you've been out.
- Mixed senior matches.
- BBQ and drinks back at the Stick & Wicket.
The day is open to members and non-members. More details to follow but keep the date free!
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.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aston University Recreation Centre
(Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ)
9:30 am - 10:30 am