Guildford HC News - 2019/20 Season Issue 22 - 14 Feb 2020
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Club News
14 Feb 2020
In This Week's Edition...
  • Last Weekend at GHC
  • This Weekend at GHC
  • Latest Match Reports
  • Junior Skills Camp: 17-19 Feb - BOOK NOW!
  • Comedy Night - 7 Mar - BOOK NOW!
  • Former GHC President turns 100!
  • England Hockey Restructure
  • Back to Hockey and Cavaliers
  • Next First Aid Course: 2-3 March
Last Weekend at GHC

Senior League Results from Last Weekend

We celebrated two excellent home wins from our Men's and Women's 1st teams!

And the Ladies teams nearly had a clean sweep - 5 out of 6 wins!

P13: W9 D1 L3

Ladies' Leagues
Ladies' 1s v  Wayfarers 3-1 (W)
Ladies' 2s v Surbiton 3-2 (W)
Ladies' 3s v Chertsey Thames 3-1 (W)
Ladies' 4s v Epsom 3-0 (W)
Ladies' 5s v Oxted 4-1 (W)
Ladies' 6s v Clapham Common 1-4 (L)

Men's Leagues
Men's 1s v Indian Gym 3-0 (W)
Men's 2s v London Gamblers 0-1 (L)
Men's Shadows v Croydon & OWs 1-3 (L)
Men's 3s v Croydon & OWs 3-0 (W)
Men's 4s v Croydon & OWs 2-0 (W)
Men's Cavaliers v Cranliegh 2-2 (D)
Men's Pilgrims - no match
Men's Gondoliers v Epsom 4-3 (W)

Junior Round-up

Storm Ciara was the big winner on Sunday with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 80mph.

Junior fixtures were cancelled or postponed in the interest of safety.
This Weekend at GHC:


Home Fixtures
Saturday 15 Feb

10:30 Ladies' 4s v Chertsey Thames Valley in the Surrey County Cup

12:00 Men's Cavaliers v Sanderstead
13:30 Men's 2s v Cranleigh
15:00 Men's 3s v Teddington

Storm Dennis is due to drop a month's worth of rain in 24 hours starting about 3pm on Saturday with strong wind gusts.

Please check with your Captain or Squad Manager as some games may need to be rearranged again this weekend.

Notable Junior Fixtures
Sunday 16 Feb

Top of the table clash for the Girls U14 Prem team v Surbiton - 10:30 at GHC.

EH Cup match for the Girls U16 A team v Horsham - 12:00 at GHC.

EH Cup match for Boys U16 A team v Surbiton - 13:30 at GHC.

EH Cup Tier 1 knockout match for Boys U18 at Surbiton 15:30.

For more details, see What's On in this newsletter or check out the GHC Webpage What's On

Send in your match and tournament reports and photos to for next week's InTouch...
Latest Match Reports
After last week's bumper crop, we are down on match reports this week. Perhaps quality over quantity?

The Men's 1s report is our 999th published on our GHC website (which was new in Sep 2013).

Will yours be the 1000th match report next week...?

Send in your photos and stories to

See past match reports on the GHC website here:
February Half-Term Camp: 17-19 Feb

Book Now!

Calling all U6-16s - you won't want to miss the opportunity for excellent coaching in small groups and the chance to learn and practice some really fun skills, drills and games.

All expertly designed and delivered by GHC Director of Hockey, double Olympian Dan Fox.

Click here for more information and to book:

Some photos from our January camp:

Future 2020 Camp Dates:
6-7 April
25-26 May
23-24 July
26-27-28 August
26-27-28 October
21-22 December
Comedy Night at Guildford Harbour Hotel on 7th March

Tickets Selling Fast - Book Now!

This was a super fun event last year - not to be missed!

Get your team together or come on your own and we will find you a table to join...

Saturday 7 March

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Dinner 6.30pm Comedy 8pm

Great line-up of local comedians
Fantastic curry (meat, veg options)
Tickets £35

Former Guildford HC President Celebrates Her 100th Birthday!
It seems the secret to longevity and good health is playing hockey and helping run your local club...

GHC President Maggs Kyte is here with former President Mel Burgess (standing, left) and Alex Laver (seated) who celebrated her 100th birthday this week:

Alex started playing for Merrow Ladies when she was still at school.

She moved to Guildford HC when the two clubs joined during the war.

She was a corporal in the WWAF during the war and was an aircraft fitter.

Alex has travelled the world including white water rafting on the Zambezi when she was in her 70s!

More former hockey players helping Alex celebrate her birthday:

And yes, here is the famous Happy 100th Birthday letter from the Queen:

A Structure Fit for the Future - Proposal for the England Hockey AGM 2020
In the England Hockey AGM 2017, a motion was tabled and approved for EH to review the governance of hockey in England.

The background to the motion was that many people were finding the processes, tools and organisations involved in delivering hockey to be inefficient, inconsistent and unnecessarily complicated.

A project has since been in process and a new structure has been proposed - the upcoming AGM 2020 (17 March) will include a vote to approve the new structure.

The proposal - "A Structure Fit for the Future" - sets out the plan to modernise, streamline and improve the administration of hockey for the benefit of players, clubs and the organising bodies.

This presents a once in a generation opportunity to systematically improve the sport, aligning our collective efforts more effectively to create:
  • A fairer structure for clubs and participants to progress within competitions and league structures
  • Common league rules across the genders and different areas
  • Improved junior competition structures
  • Less travel for clubs and players
  • Common structures and approaches will make administration easier for clubs and associations
  • A leaner more accountable structure that will be easier to improve in future aligned to club's wishes
  • More alignment that will provide greater opportunity to systematically improve technology provision
The GHC Board are in the process of deciding how GHC will vote in the AGM; some of us have been engaged with the review and restructure process meetings since the beginning.

We want to share with GHC membership the proposal and seek any feedback or comments you might have that we should consider.

Some of more relevant documents and references are here:
Please send any feedback, comments, concerns before 19 February to or get in touch with any of us individually (GHC Contact List)

The resolution to be voted on in AGM 2020 is this:
  • "Approval of the resolution to endorse the ‘Structure Fit for the Future’ proposal and instruct England Hockey to work with the membership with the aim to deliver the changes proposed in the timeline set out in the full proposal document."

The time frame is to move on to detailed planning if the resolution is approved in March with implementation ready for the 2021/22 season.
Calling All Dads of U11-14 Players

Two Questions...
First - Before taxi-driving to your kids' sporting events took over your life, did you used to play football or rugby or hockey?

Mike Fitter is our Men's "Back to Hockey" (B2H) Coach; he advises that several of our Friday night B2H group - who are “lapsed” footballers/rugby players and totally new to hockey - are adapting like ducks to water.

These brave souls are having a ball and are likely to form the basis of more dads & lads hockey next season - fantastic progress and fun!

It's not too late to join this winter B2H group 8-9pm on a Friday night at GHC - better for you than sitting in the bar while your sons play!!

It is open to you all, at nil or minimal cost, and we can lend you a stick. Mums are also welcome if they are the designated Friday night hockey drivers (though you are also or otherwise welcome to join Women's B2H - details here.)

If interested in the Friday night training group either email Mike – or go and watch his group on the blue pitch near the GK training on a Friday night and approach him there for details. 

Many of you will know Mike as he is / has coached our U10s & U12s boys.

Second - Saturday hockey for 13 /14 year olds – is your son interested for next season?

FYI: Mike also runs our new-this-season Cavaliers men’s Saturday side which aims to include 13 / 14 year olds, B2H dads and is tied together by some experienced players.

So far it has been a great success. Not only are the Cavaliers currently 4th in their league table, but the team has given 10 of our juniors a start to their senior hockey careers - with one player already promoted to a higher side.

We are considering extending this scheme to more juniors next season, so if your son is 13 now or will be during the 2020/21 season, and he would be interested in playing Saturday men’s hockey from the age of 13, please let us know so we can start planning!!

See the latest Cavaliers match report here.

Final First Aid Course of the 2019/20 Season

Mon 2 - Tue 3 March

Please note that the dates for our final First Aid course before the end of the league season have changed and are now:
Monday and Tuesday 2 & 3 February 2020

Each GHC team should have two qualified First Aiders.
If you will help with First Aid at GHC, the club pays 2/3 of the cost of the course (£40 cost to participants, the club plays the other 2/3). This is a two-evening course that can also be used in your workplace. Certificate is valid 3 years.

Non-GHC friends also welcome - cost of the course is £120.

Please book with AMJ directly; email Angie or Adrian:

Angela Jenkinson

Adrian Jenkinson

Or contact GHC CWO Michelle Fussell with any questions.
New First Aid Kits!

If you played at home last weekend you might have noticed the new First Aid kits for our home pitches.

Please note that there is a RED First Aid kit bag for each pitch - labelled "Blue" or "Sand". (Please don't take the green ones - which need to stay where they are on the wall.)

The team playing the first match of the day needs to collect the kit from the entrance to the bar (upstairs in the clubhouse) and take it to the pitch,

The last team to play on either pitch must return the kit to the bar at the end of the day's matches.

Please remember to complete an injury report for each injury. England Hockey collect these - the more data the better as they continue to monitor the sport along with the FIH and other NGB's for the safety of all.

Please hand in reports to Michelle Fussell or the First Aid room (first door on the left as you enter the clubhouse from outside.)

A special Thank You to Hartington Financial Consultancy Ltd whose generous sponsorship helped us replace the green First Aid boxes that had broken and update with fresh supplies.

Also, Thank You to Michelle Fussell for acquiring and organising the new bags and supplies!
What's On
A look at what's happening...

GHC Blue
10:30 Ladies' 4s v ChertseyThamesV
12:00 Men's Cavaliers v Sanderstead
13:30 Men's 2s v Old Cranleighans
15:00 Men's 3s v Teddington
--:-- Men's 1s at Winchester
11:00 Shadows at Merton
11:30 Ladies' 3s at Cranleigh
12:00 Men's 4s at Royal Holloway
12:30 Pilgrims at London Wayfarers
14:30 Ladies' 1s at Reading
15:00 Gondoliers at Woking

GHC Blue
10:30 GU14A v Surbiton
12:00 GU16A v Horsham
13:30 BU16A v Surbiton

GHC Green
10:30 GU12 v BU10
13:30 BU12 Training

BU16B v BU16CH
11:00 GU14D at Marlow
11:00 BU14D at Old Kingstonians
11:25 GU12 at Wimbledon
11:45 GU12 at Richmond
14:00 BU16C at Woking
15:30 BU18A at Surbiton


GHC Blue
11:45 Men's Pilgrims v Old Cranl'ns
13:15 Men's Shadows v OKs
15:00 Men's 1s v West Hampstead
16:30 Gondoliers v Cavaliers
11:15 Men's 3s at Epsom
14:30 Men's 2s at Addiscombe


GHC Blue
10:00 Boys U12 Surrey Plate
14:00 GU16A v Epsom in League Quarterfinals
15:30 BU12 v HandW, Teddington
GHC Green
10:00 Boys U12 Surrey Plate
14:00 GU14C v GU14D

GHC Charterhouse
10:30 BU10 v Reading
12:00 GU14B at Wallingford
--:-- BU14B in League Quarterfinals at Reading
--:-- BU16C at East Grinstead
11:00 U8s at Ashford
12:00 GU14A at Reading
14:45 BU14D at Spencer
15:00 BU16A at Surbiton
16:45 BU14B at Reading


Please remember:
  • the time listed here and on the GHC website is your pushback time (for home matches).
  • vacate the pitch as soon as your match finishes which will be 15 minutes before the next fixture's start time.
  • let your players, supporters and opposition know that smoking and dogs are not allowed at Broadwater.
  • If you would like to take your drink outside of the clubhouse, please make sure to get a plastic or paper cup from the bar - broken glass and hockey pitches don't mix well. Thank you!

See What's On on the GHC Website for all match details including timings and pitches.
Looking Further Ahead...

23 Feb - Boys U12 Surrey Plate
at Guildford HC
10:00 - 14:00

01 Mar - Girls U10 Surrey Plate
at Surbiton HC
10:00 - 14:00

01 Mar - Boys U10 Surrey Plate
at Surbiton HC
12:00 - 16:00

08 Mar - Girls U12 Surrey Cups
at St George's College
10:00 - 14:00

08 Mar - Boys U12 Surrey Cups
at St George's College
12:00 - 16:00

08 Mar - Girls U12 Surrey Cups
at Guildford HC and Charterhouse
09:30 - 14:30

15 Mar - Boys U10 Surrey Cup
at Trinity School Croydon TBC

15 Mar - Girls U10 SurreyCup
at Trinity School Croydon TBC

22 Mar - U8-12 Canterbury Festival



Comedy Evening at Guildford Harbour Hotel - click on the image to book:



Annual Canterbury Festival for U8-12s

APRIL to JUNE 2020

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Training Sessions at GHC

It's back! The Surrey Youth Games Training for Waverley Borough will be at GHC. This is free training for new players in the Borough (resident or going to school in the Borough).

The games culminate in a big tournament Saturday 14 June.

Check the Active Surrey Website for more details



End of Season Celebration

Harbour Hotel Guildford



17-18-19 February
6-7 April
25-26 May
23-24 July
26-27-28 August
26-27-28 October
21-22 December


Sunday 14 June 10am-4pm
Sunday 28 June 12pm-4pm

Click on the logo to visit our Partner websites.
Check our Partners webpage for more information about Sponsorship.


Sponsor News:
Ski Miquel Packages Exclusive to GHC

Special thanks to Ski Miquel who Sponsor GHC and support our Girls Under 12 Squad.

Ski Miquel have a special offer for Guildford HC members - see the terrific deals here:
"Here at Ski Miquel we know sport can bring people together. Hockey has long been a part of our lives and we feel it's time we gave something back!
£25 per person donation to your hockey club AND
Half-priced holiday to all players who share a room with 2 other full-paying guests"

The locations and accommodations look fantastic - do have a browse. If you aren't a skier, maybe now is a good time to try!

Call to book 01457 821 200

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2019/20 Captains, Leaders and Helpers

If you have a skill or interest you can share, please let us know
Thank you in advance to all who are either staying in or stepping up to captain and other roles this season!

See more detail here on the
GHC Website.

Senior team captains and managers:

M1 - Craig Mullon, Tony Hall
M2 - Harry Curtis
M3 Shadows - James Higgins
M3 - Mike Kefford
M4 (Krakens) - Andrew Austin
Cavaliers - Mike Fitter
Vets (Pilgrims) - Alex " Lawts" Lawton
Supervets (Gondoliers) - Tom Carney
Back to Hockey - Mike Fitter

L1 - Libby Leadbeater, Andrew Fergusson
L2 - Suze Burton-Wyllie
L3 - Clare Ferris
L4 - Michelle Robson
L5 - Sophie Miller
L6 - Maggs Kyte
Back to Hockey - Cathy Sanderson

Mixed Hockey - JY Chan
Fixtures and Pitches - David Jennings
Umpire Coordination - TBC

Social Events - Ali Strutt

Junior Section Age Groups - please note this list is not comprehensive - please check our Junior Age Group pages for a full list of coaches and helpers. Thank you to all!!

Under 8s - Rob Tong, Ben Bristow
Girls Under 10 - Mercedes Bushnell
Boys Under 10 - Claudia Klijnstra, Richard Gibson
Girls Under 12 - Katie Stewart
Boys Under 12 - Claire Haines, Jonathan Haines
Girls Under 14 - Robert Manning, Kim Lunt, Dominique Pilling, Emma Francis
Boys Under 14 - Matthew Penney, Sophie Penney, Jo Burne
Girls Under 16 - James Bennett, Melinda Rock
Boys Under 16 - Caroline Rees, Mike Kefford
Boys Under 18 - Caroline Tristem, Dan Fox

Pitch Bookings - Jeremy Holt, Viral Patel
Junior Section - Melinda Rock
Goalkeepers - Nicola Morison, Gina Castle, Dave Gunner
Schools - Tanya Baird
Skills Camps - Dan Fox
Midweek Skills - Robert Manning
Indoor Hockey - Dan Fox
Director of Junior Coaching - Dan Fox
Young Leaders Programme - Dan Fox

Also: dozens of parent volunteer coaches.
40+ Young Leaders
Everyone who umpires!!!!
Match Reporters!

GHC Board 2019/20

President - Maggs Kyte
Secretary - Jo Collins
Clubhouse - Tony Hall
Treasurer - Mark Lenel
Sponsorship - James Relph
Men's Captain - Mike Kefford
Ladies Captain - Maggs Kyte
Juniors Captain - Melinda Rock
Membership - Dave Dickson
Social - Vacant
Website/InTouch - Melinda Rock
Special Projects - Gavin Lotay


Catering - Dave Hall, Andrew Fergusson
First Aid - Michelle Fussell
Welfare - Michelle Fussell
DBS Verification - Michelle Fussell, Melinda Rock
100 Club Administrator - Libby Leadbeater
Hawkinsport Kit Liaison - Caroline Rees
Schools Coaching Outreach - James Relph, Dan Fox
Graphic Design - Cathy Sanderson
Social Media - Sarah Fletcher-Evans
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