Guildford HC News - 2019/20 Season Issue 21 - 7 Feb 2020
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Club News
7 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!
  • Back to Hockey and Cavaliers
  • First Aid Course + New First Aid Kits
  • FIH Pro League
Last Weekend at GHC
Second Hand Kit Sale Brings in Helpful Funds for GHC

Last weekend we had a great example of a club member who had an idea to help out and who made it happen.

Lucinda Frostick, whose children play in our Junior section, has set up two Second Hand kit sales so far this season.

Both sales, including last Friday night, gave people the opportunity to purchase pre-loved hockey items at low price with the proceeds going to the club. Win-win!

Efforts like this make a huge difference - making the club a nice place to be and bringing in funds to help us keep investing in a great experience for everyone.

Thank you soooooo much to Cindy for making this happen and to all who donated items for sale.

Also a huge thank you to the Nichols family who donated a whole set of Junior GK kit to the club that Abi was no longer using.

This will really make a difference to those young players wishing to try out and eventually play in goal - such an important role but GK-ing does require a lot of kit. Can't thank you enough!

Please note that if you have an idea or some energy to spare and wish to help make something happen, please get in touch with your Captain, Squad Manager, our Director of Hockey or anyone on the Management Team:

There is a full list of who's who with contact details here on the GHC website.

Quiz Night 2020

Also last weekend we had a fabulously fun Quiz Night that got very eggs-citing (see the GHC Twitter feed!).

Many thanks to Ali Strutt - our new GHC Social Secretary - and Dan Fox for organising the evening.

If you have any ideas or could help organise social events, please get in touch with Ali
Gondoliers Celebrate 50 Years

While the youngsters were... [spoiler alert if you are going to check the Twitter feed] cracking eggs on their heads at the club, the Gondoliers had a much more sensible get-together to celebrate 50 years (!) of GHC Gondoliers.

Yes, that's right, Peter Gordon shares with us this precious photo of the Gondoliers celebrating 50 years since the formation in 1970 of the Gondoliers team.

At least one of the players in the photo was in the first game back in 1970!

GHC Cavaliers were started this season - we look forward to someone sending InTouch a photo of them celebrating at the Dog and Pheasant in 2070!

Senior League Results from Last Weekend

Not our best weekend so far this season but a few really good wins and draws. And, as always, we learn from the losses.

P14: W6 D4 L4

Ladies' Leagues
Ladies' 1s v Witney 4-1 (W)
Ladies' 2s v Spencer 1-2 (L)
Ladies' 3s v Wayfarers 1-0 (W)
Ladies' 4s v Old Cranl'ns 3-3 (D)
Ladies' 5s v Croydon and OWs 1-3 (L)
Ladies' 6s v Old Georgians 0-0 (D)

Men's Leagues
Men's 1s v Oxford University 1-3 (L)
Men's 2s v Wanderers 0-2 (L)
Men's Shadows v Old Cranl'ns 3-3 (D)
Men's 3s v Old Georgians 4-2 (W)
Men's 4s v Kenley 4-1 (W)
Men's Cavaliers v Addiscombe 8-0 (W)
Men's Pilgrims v Wimbledon 1-1 (D)
Men's Gondoliers v Winchester 2-1 (W)

Junior Round-up from Last Weekend

Under 10s and 12s

GHC Juniors were in force again last weekend, with many, many 7's matches including the Girls Under 10 Storm team who won four games without conceding a goal at Old Georgians (match report below).

EH Cup Matches

The Boys Under 16 Prem team had an excellent win over Wimbledon in the EH Cup Tier 1 Division 8. Having already won v Reading (7-0) and with a game still to play, the boys are second in the table on goal difference and should be through to Regional Finals taking place in April - watch this space. Good luck, boys!

The Boys Under 16 C team didn't do quite as well in their EH Cup Tier 2 Division 8 match losing to Epsom 2-4. They could still qualify for play-offs but would need to get past the GHC U16 B team who are in the same pool!

The Boys Under 14 Prem team beat Winchester 4-0 in their final EH Cup Tier 1 Division 5 match which means they top their table, undefeated having scored 24 goals and let in only 4. This qualifies them for EH Cup Tier 1 Regional Finals taking place in April. Well done!

NAGS Training Camp

Speaking of fabulous results for boys...congratulations and well done to GHC BU16 goalkeeper Ben G who progressed from the England Hockey Futures Cup selection tournament in the summer to participate in the NAGS training squad.

After further selection, Ben has been invited to the upcoming training camp taking place in the February half-term where a team will be selected to play against Ireland U16s. Fantastic news and we hope he enjoys the experience of training and playing at that level!

Fabulous Friendly

The Girls Under 16 A team took on a young Surbiton Performance team in a friendly with both teams playing some quality hockey. The teams were evenly matched and the level of play from these mostly 14 and 15 year olds bodes well for hockey in England!

Huge thanks to Guildford Business Park for sponsoring the club this season - here are the Girls Under 16s in their very fine looking Guildford Business Park sponsored shirts:

This Weekend at GHC:


Home Fixtures
Saturday 8 Feb

GHC Ladies' and Men's 1st teams are both at home again this Saturday...
Come enjoy and support!
13:15 Ladies' 1s v London Wayfarers

16:30 Men's 1s v Indian Gymkhana
London Wayfarers are one place ahead of Guildford Ladies' 1s and Indian Gymkhana are two places above GHC Men's 1s in their respective league tables.

These will be very competitive matches and your support will be hugely appreciated.

Come and be our 12th player!

Other home matches on Saturday are:

13:30 Men's 4s v Croydon and OWs
14:45 Ladies' 6s v Clapham Common
15:00 Ladies' 4s v Epsom
16:30 Men's Cavaliers v Cranleigh

And the Shadows play Croydon & OWs 11am at Charterhouse.

Home Fixtures
Sunday 9 Feb

The Under 12 Girls are hosting a massive 7-a-side tournament as a warm-up to the upcoming Surrey Plate competition.

Fourteen teams (!) are coming to participate. Huge thanks and well done to Katie Stewart who leads the Under 12 Girls and who every week provides excellent opportunities for the 100+ girls in her age group to thrive. Massive job and super well done!

It is league priority date so the U14-18s have some important league matches.

Notably, the Boys Under 18s can qualify for League Finals Day with a win over Marden Russets away. Good luck to Coach Dan and the team.

Get your match and tournament reports and photos ready to send in to for next week's InTouch...
For more details, see What's On in this newsletter or check out the GHC Webpage What's On
Latest Match Reports
Seven reports sent in this week!

We are now up to 995 match reports on our GHC website. It's looking like we will pass the 1000 mark next week!

Please share your team's stories - win, draw or loss, they're worth sharing and preserving as part of our GHC experience and history.

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

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!
FIH Pro League

The FIH Pro League is back for its second season! There are four weekends of action in London in May and June.
The club priority access is now finished but tickets are on general sale. Don't miss out.
Upcoming FIH Pro League matches are live on BT Sport - this weekend's fixtures are below including GB Women and Men.

Check BT Sport for live programming times.

Check FIH Pro League for scores and schedules.

This weekend's action:

Fri 07 Feb (W) - ARG v USA - 9pm
Fri 07 Feb (M) - ARG v ESP - 1130pm

Sat 08 Feb (M) - NZL v GBR - 4am
Sat 08 Feb (W) - CHN v BEL - 6am
Sat 08 Feb (W) - NZL v GBR - 630am
Sat 08 Feb (M) - IND v BEL - 1130am
Sat 08 Feb (W) - ARG v USA - 9pm
Sat 08 Feb (M) - ARG v ESP - 11:30pm

Sun 09 Feb (M) - NZL v GBR - 2am
Sun 09 Feb (W) - NZL v GBR - 430am
Sun 09 Feb (W) - CHN v BEL - 6am
Sun 09 Feb (M) - IND v BEL - 1130am
What's On
A look at what's happening...

GHC Blue
13:15 Ladies' 1s v London Wayf'rs
14:45 Ladies' 6s v Clapham Common
16:30 Men's 1s v Indian Gymkhana

GHC Green
13:30 Men's 4s v Croydon and OWs
15:00 Ladies' 4s v Epsom
16:30 Men's Cavaliers v Cranleigh

GHC Charterhouse
11:00 Shadows v Croydon and OWs

--:-- Men's 2s at EUHC Gamblers
10:30 Ladies' 5s at Oxted
12:45 Men's 3s at Croydon and OWs
13:30 Ladies' 3s at Chetsey TV
14:00 Gondoliers at Epsom
16:00 Ladies' 2s at Surbiton


GHC Blue
09:00 Boys U10 v London Wayfarers
10:30 Girls U12 Tournament
13:30 Girls Gazelles v Reigate Priory
15:00 Boys U16C v Bromley and Beck

GHC Green
08:45 GU10, GU12 v OCs
10:30 Girls U12 Tournament
13:30 Girls U14C v Gerrards Cross
15:00 Girls U14B v Aldershot & Farnham

GHC Charterhouse
10:30 Boys U14A v OGs
10:30 Girls U14B v Epsom

10:30 GU12 at Reading
11:00 BU14D at Old Georgians
12:30 BU10 at Horsham
12:30 GU16B at Surbiton
13:00 BU18 at Marden Russets


GHC Blue
13:00 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
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 Training
12:00 GU14C v Ashford (Mddsx)

10:30 BU16B v BU16CH
11:00 GU14D at Marlow
11:00 BU14D at Old Kingstonians
11:25 GU12 at Wimbledon
11:45 GU12 at Richmond
12:30 GU16B at Surbiton
14:00 BU16A at Surbiton
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 BU14A v Old Loughtonians
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
--:-- GU14A at Reading
11:00 U8s at Ashford
14:45 BU14D at Spencer
15:00 BU16A at Surbiton


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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