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Canterbury Junior Hockey Club had a massive presence (and a mass of medals!) at the annual Indoor Copperbox tournament - 10 teams across all age groups headed up to the Olympic park over the Christmas break to partake in the mighty competitive tournament , full reports are below.

The U10 girls team had a bit of a celebrity day that day - it started with a shout out on Radio 2 from Sarah Cox on the breakfast show and then a second one in the evening on the Drivetime show too! AND then Nuala bumped into Tom Daley, superstar british diver, at Westfield for a quick selfie. Word on the street is Tom Daley was equally star struck as he was convinced Nuala's Dad, Keith, was none other than Nick Knowles!

We are not overly convinced but we are yet to see Nick and Keith in the same room at the same time, so who knows!

Lovely photo of you both Nuala!

Huge congratulations to Aimee Plumb, CJHC U18 player and Ladies first team player, on being awarded the Higgins Group UK Youth U18 Hockey Player of the season. This award is run by the Hockey Writers Club and is awarded 'to young players with great hockey ability, personal qualities and potential for future developement'

Congratulations Aimee.

Ten CJHC teams headed up to the Olympic Park Copperbox to take part in the biggest Uk Indoor Hockey event. Herewith are the reports...a quick summary is FIVE gold medals, TWO silver medals and TWO individual trophies..... excellent results.....

(Apologies if the photos are appearing very large - technical hitch which I will overcome next week!)

Well the Copperbox had come around again and the Canterbury U10 girls were keen to get going after weeks of superb mentoring from Nigel, Spencer and Harrison. 
We had a simple game plan.
1: Enjoy yourselves 
2: Don't worry about mistakes
3: Play as a team
4: Compete for everything (in a lady like way of course)
5: Play one game at a time and don't worry about how we were doing overall
This took any pressure off the girls and they were able to soak up every minute of a wonderful day. They played outstanding Hockey all day.
Never worried when under the kosh as our defence was totally solid and able to calm things down until normal service was resumed.
Mid field controlled the games brilliantly and released the wingers who time and time again had the opposition scrambling back.
A superb solo goal from Holly who used the boards to beat at least 50 opposition defenders (well it seemed like 50) to score a memorable goal.
Ava with a cool head kept out too many shots on goal to count.
Rosie was a perfect captain and wore her armband with pride.
The rest of the team all played a huge part in the day and we ended with 2 draws and 4 wins!
If I can now take you back to plan number 5!
We'd stuck to this so well that none of us had a clue as to how we'd done overall and it really did come as a genuine surprise to find out our Canterbury girls had come out on top and WON!
The Umpires picked a player of the Tournament and that too went to a Canterbury girl. A much deserved award for Holly and an extra momento for her trophy cabinet. 
Worth a point in every game was the amazing support from up in the gallery, Canterbury supporters are the best!
Thanks to Lucy who let me get on with the easy job of coaching. She kept time so I knew when to rotate players.  Ran up and down the stairs 200 times to liaise with parents as we kept the girls nice and calm downstairs. And has spent hours on the laptop sending hundreds of emails, setting up whatsapp groups and sorting out all the little minor details that make the whole experience so enjoyable for all.

Team: Ava Sonnen (GK)  Rosie Hudsmith (C)  Nuala Gorman  Izzy Rowney  Phoebe Rowney   Bea Alexander
Holly Pattison  Elena Kuhn Tempe Simmons
Coach: Lee Rowney 
Manager: Lucy Rowney 
Report By Lee Rowney

The early start and perhaps the occasion took it’s toll on the Canterbury U10 boys and they started the Copperbox competition tentatively and lacking the confidence to pass the ball swiftly that had been shown in training.  The strong Wotton Under Edge side converted two very well taken short corner drag flicks to take the lead.  Canterbury began to brush away the cobwebs and battled their way to scoring one in return, however not quite enough as Wotton took first blood and Canterbury took a loss in their first game. 

This did not deter the boys and some of the more experienced members of the squad reminded the boys that the round robin competition could still allow them to progress subject to them winning the rest of their pool games.  Their second match was again a tight affair against Old Loughtonians but there were signs of Canterbury’s potential, and a battle ensued leading to their first win 1-0. 

Next up Coalville Town and again some improvements seen but still no champagne hockey.  However, points make prizes and Canterbury secured a hard-worked 1-0 win placing them second in their group and in to the Division 1 play offs.
First up was Surbiton (first placed team from their pool)  with a few positional changes and recognising that the slate was wiped clean and it was all about winning the next 3 games the team set about doing just that.  With pressure from the whistle by Dom and Rhys leading to an early goal the tam never looked back.  Swift passing and pressure from the front lead to 3 more goals and a convincing 4-0 win.  One down two to go! 

Next up the only team to have taken points from the boys all day Wotton (winners of their pool).  Buoyed by the confidence of their first significant win the boys again attacked from the off with two early goals putting Wotton on the back foot. Canterbury continued to dominate looking a different team to that in the first half of the competition.  Three more team goals followed the result of clean passing and unselfish moves from the boys sharing the scoring amongst the forwards.  This really was an impressive display of champagne hockey!  Two wins from two, could they really complete the hattrick? 

The final game was Chelmsford (second from their pool) and what an end to a cracking day from the boys,  with strong distribution from the defensive units of Will G, Joey, Noah and Ben through the midfield controlled by Will Upton and Reef aptly feeding the forwards Dom, Rhys and Freddie to slot away the goals the final score was an impressive 4-0 win and the boys became well deserved Copperbox Champions.
Many thanks to all involved in preparing the team for the day including Nigel,  Harrison and Spencer who have led the regular Wednesday night sessions and have seen the boys develop during their tenure.  Thanks also to the regular coaches and manager for their part in preparing and organising the team and to all those who attended the training sessions but did not quite make the team for the day itself.  Without a large training squad to provide the competition amongst the players making selection tough and without non travelling reserves Tom H and Arthur A being willing to continue to train with the team and wait in the wings the team would not be as strong.  The result on the day really was the culmination of effort from many quarters since the beginning of the season.
Finally well done to the boys for not giving up, to rising above the defeat and working hard and trusting each other to deliver the final three performances to win the competition.  We all hope you take the confidence and learning from this tournament forward in to the rest of the outdoor season.
Team:  Will Gardiner, Joey Burden, Ben Beatty, Will Upton, Dom Curtis, Rhys Jones, Freddie Post, Noah Slater, Reef Upton.
Vicki Beatty

The girls arrived at the Copperbox Arena for the opening ceremony. Over half the team had never played at the indoor event before so were excited but understandably a little nervous. Once the flashing lights and booming music stopped we were first game on against Kingston. It was an even game but two chances fell to the opposition and they converted both. It ended 2-0 to Kingston. 
Next up were London Wayfarers, we made a strong start. There were chances for both teams, but once again the London team tucked the ball away resulting in a 1-0 defeat. 
After a long break we then faced our final pool opponents Surbiton Magpies on pitch C. We were dominant throughout but a lapse in concentration from the girls led to two quick fire goals right at the end of the game. A 2-0 loss. 
The three loses had not dampened the girls spirits and they went into the next game against Blue Hornets with renewed vigour. They fought hard but could not score so it ended 0-0. To shuffles we went. Neave performed some heroics in goal. Freya Sonnen tucked away a great shuffle and we thought we had won it with a second strong shuffle from Savanna but this was harshly ruled out for slapping. We lost on sudden death. 
The next game up was against Saffron Walden. Despite numerous short corners and goal bound attempts the ball would not go across the line. It was 0-0 and another loss from penalty shuffles. 
The final game was against Brentwood where our domination was finally reflected in the scoreline, as we ran away as comfortable 3-0 winners with two great goals from Freya Sonnen and one from Savanna. This was a great way to finish off a long day and the girls left the Copperbox at 9pm tired but happy having had a fantastic day. Hopefully remembering the experience for many years to come. 
Thank you to all the girls for their determination and grit when things weren’t going their way. They never gave up and were a credit to the club. Thank you also to all the parents whose supported the girls throughout the day. Looking forward to more hockey fun in 2019!!!
TEAM: Neave Jeffrey Fox, Lucy Gotke, Freya Sonnen, Freya Padfield, Poppy Batchelor, Izzy Kitson, Darcy Kerrell, Lottie Pearton, Savanna Truelock

Sarah Gotke
The boys arrived in good time for the opening ceremony and enjoyed the glitz and glamour of the music and bright lights.  Once the excitement had subsided it was time to get down to the hockey.  Our opening group game was against Wotton under Edge.  We started well with a solid defensive shape and good movement from the forward players.  We scored some good goals, with Ollie getting the first of six flicks from short corners and we ran out deserved 5-0 victors.  Our second group game was against Chelmsford who were not as strong as in previous years.  The boys were now well and truly in their stride and overpowered an inexperienced team with some clinical passing and good individual skills.  The final score was 7-0. 
The format of the tournament meant an hour’s wait between matches, so from the ceremony at 2.15pm our third group game against Teddington did not start until just before 6pm.  This was a sterner test with Teddington showing some good skills and Jacob in goal was called in to action for the first time, making a couple of great saves.  We soon turned on the style with Rhys scoring a fantastic penalty into the top corner and us running out 3-0 winners.  A great outcome, no goals conceded and lots of promise going forward.
The quarter final pitted us against a skilled Braintree Blue Hornets team.  We started somewhat sluggishy, but once we had got into gear we fought hard.  It was not our best performance as the opposition harried and closed down well and limited the passing options, however with excellent defence from Ollie and Thomas we eventually ran out 2-0 winners.  By this time the tournament was running some 40 minutes behind time, meaning our 8.21pm semi final finally pushing back at 9pm.  Having played Sevenoaks in a friendly the week before, we knew that this would be a tough game.  We started really well, putting the opposition under heavy pressure and winning a number of short corners and took the lead.  However Sevenoaks themselves created a good chance, only to see Jacob make another good save.  Soon after we broke to the other end and doubled our lead to give the team breathing space.  Sevenoaks came fighting back and with two minutes to go, scored a well worked goal.  The team showed some good maturity and composure as they saw out the remaining time without any further scares.
Having watched a number of the other classification matches go to penalty shuffles, the final against Cambridge City did not start under 9.30pm.  For most of the boys the challenge was to get their legs going after a long day.  The final was well contested, with Cambridge attacking with a number of fast and skilful players, however we were resolute and fought hard for every ball.  The game was end to end, and one  of our breaks, Nathan produced a great bit of skill to create a chance and put us ahead.  We continued to defend well as a team and minutes later Robin settled the matter from close range with a good finish and gold medals for the Team.
The boys were rightly delighted with a great win.  It was great credit to the team that they were able to put in such a fantastic effort after eight hours at the venue!  All nine of the boys made a contribution to the day with Jacob making key saves at important moments, Thomas producing some fantastic passes and alongside Ollie keeping things tight at the back.  Ollie really found his niche on short corners flicking many in to the roof of the net.  Rhys had a great tournament in midfield, scoring a number of goals, working tirelessly in defence and almost scoring a goal with an audacious lob that missed by inches.  Robin really found his spot on the right, driving though defences and alongside Nathan they were a formidable attacking unit, both demonstrating good awareness of the right time to release the pass.  Kyle also played some of his best hockey of the season with great individual skills and some good goals.  Freddie showed real maturity in playing a number of positions, using his speed up front and excellent tackling across the back.  Likewise Thomas Tan provided great cover across the middle and at the back, always working hard  and producing some excellent passes through to the forward line.
All in all this was a great (if long) day out.  Thanks to Harrison for all his help in the build up to the tournament and on the day, his tactical know-how was vital in helping the boys to play some great hockey.  Also a special thanks to the parents who stoically soldiered on through the day, keeping the children going with a wide range of provisions.  It was somewhat comical as we ran to the presentation area at just before 10pm to collect the trophy as the tannoy announced that the lights would be going out at any second!!!
Squad:  Jacob Beer, Ollie Curtiss, Thomas Hutchings, Rhys Harmer, Nathan Sumner, Robin Cox, Freddie McMullan, Kyle Gurubatham-Kanny, Thomas Tan.

Paul Surridge

With a full 16 girls teams registered our U14 girls team enjoyed a competitive day of indoor hockey starting with 3 good wins in the group stage against Epsom (3-0), Maldon (2-0) and Surbiton (1-0).
We then progressed into the Quarterfinals to play Guildford. Despite winning 5 penalty  corners, hitting the goalpost and having a shot cleared off the line, we succumbed to a well placed penalty corner drag-flicked into the bottom corner by the Guildford striker thus losing 1-0.
Not to be disheartened, our girls pulled up their socks for our final 2 matches resulting in a win against Marlow (2-0) and an exciting draw against Surbiton (2-2).
We finished 5th overall having won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1.  Scorers were Rebecca Hutchings 4, Lily Beer 2, Rose Price 2 and Chloe Plumb 2.
Report by Jason Langdale 

The U14 boys took a couple of matches to get in their stride. The team had struggled to all get on the pitch together for the training sessions and took a little time to settle into things. However, this did not stop them from winning all their matches in their pool without conceding a single goal. 
They met Wotton Under Edge for the semi final. It was a tough match with Canterbury managing to score the first goal. Things took a dramatic turn when Eddie Rowney, our goal keeper, was given a green card. Thomas Izzard very bravely stepped forward to face the resulting penalty flick with only a face mask for protection! The other team took no prisoners and, not surprisingly, scored from a very hard flick aimed straight at Thomas, who had the sense to duck out of the way to preserve life and limbs! However, in the shuffles, Canterbury won 2:0 and went through to the finals to face Repton Hockey Club.
Repton had clearly had a lot of Indoor training and played a superior passing game. Canterbury held their own in the defence and had several opportunities to score but unfortunately they did not manage to put the ball in the back of the goal. Repton found their way past our defence just once. Final score: 1:0 win to Repton. Silver medal for Canterbury!

Massive thanks to Toby Vaughan for coaching and Glenn Prebble for assisting on the day!
Squad: Eddie Rowney, Thomas Izzard, Michael Sabine, Charlie Gotke, Callum Conlon, Joshua Prebble, Leo Norwood, Jude Stroud

Angela Sabine

Could the U16 Girls find enough players for a team?
Only with Chloe and Rose to complete the dream!
Perfect start versus Saffron Walden with a 7-0 win,
Playing together to avoid the sin bin!
Excellent wins against Hertford and Upminster were fun
Really tough losses against Marlow and Surbi-ton!
Boydie almost scored some goals from defence
Oh my goodness it was tense!
marked the spot for Hannah’s penalty flick
In it goes – that was slick!
Not meant to be in the finals, we came third in our pool,
Don’t you worry, we know we are still so cool!
Oh Ashleigh our goal keeper extraordinaire was super,
Obviously Madi as kicking back was a real trooper!
Rose scored a goal, but her Mum didn’t see,
Hooray a goal for the lovely Fi!
Oops-a-daisy Jack nearly missed his trains,
Coaches Aimee and Lauren took the reins.
Keeping the goals flowing were Chloe and Issie
Extremely well played all, especially
Issie Martin
Saffron Walden 7-0 win, Goals: Hannah (1, flick), Issie (3), Chloe (3)
Hertford 3-1 win, Goals: Chloe (2), Issie (1)
Marlow 0-2 loss
Surbiton 0-3 loss
Upminster 3-0 win, Goals: Chloe (2), Sofia (1)
3rd place out of 6 in the pool
Bishops Stortford 2-3 loss, Goals: Hannah (1), Rose (1)
6thplace out of 12 overall.
Many thanks to Jack for coaching, and Aimee and Lauren!

The magnificent Seven!

The boys travelled to the copperbox with only one sub, key players not fancying it and expectations were fairly low.

An outstanding performance saw them reach the final after beating Surbiton in the semi with a last minute Ollie Boswell winner.  The boys heart wrenchingly, missed out on gold when they lost on shuffles to a strong Fareham side in the final. Silver Medals for the boys.

Thanks must go to our amazing coach BJ for achieving a great team performance and the boys for their huge effort, you truly were the magnificent seven and did the club proud!

Chris Sharp (GK)  Joe Mitchell  Josh Willis  Miles Coode  Ben Young  Callum Lea  Ollie Boswell

Katie Young

Having withdrawn from the EH Indoor Competition due to lack of numbers we were very happy to manage to get a team together for The Copper Box, not just a team but a very good team. Ten girls made the trip up to the Olympic Park, all arriving on time, almost!

Due to 2 teams dropping out the U18 Competition changed to a round robin competition, so everyone played everyone.

The 1st match was v Teddington, a 2-0 Win, followed by a 3-2 win over Saffron Walden then a 3-0 win over Chelmsford. The 4th match was against Southgate who had also won all their matches so far & were looking very strong. Our girls fought hard but Lost 3-0.

Who would play in the Final was down to the last pool match, Canterbury needed a win against Old Loughts & we really needed Southgate to lose to Saffron Walden.

It all worked as planned Canterbury beat Old Loughts 7-0, Saffron Walden beat Southgate, so with 3 teams on 20 points we made the final ahead of Saffron Walden on goal difference.

The final v Southgate was a well fought match, Southgate were determined not to let Canterbury get the better of them but our girls were not going to give in and managed a 3-0 win making them Copper Box Champions, for several of the team this was their last age group indoor opportunity so fantastic to end with a win.

The Team was Robyn Thompson, Lauren Martin, Ailsa Naylor, Sian Emslie, Harriet Williams, Daisy Lee-Browne, Paris Gasson, Tiegan Aitkin, Abbie Bean & Imogen Davies.

Huge thank you to our Coach Fabrizio.
I'm afraid I've lost my bit of paper with all the scorers but 18 goals were shared out quite well, special mention to Tiegan who has played very little hockey for a couple of years but just kept finding the back of the net!

I would also like to congratulate the 5 members of the U18 team (Lauren, Ailsa, Sian, Harriet & Paris) who went to Telford this weekend with the Ladies 1's for the Jaffa Super 6's, unfortunately they lost all 4 matches but by all accounts all played very well, they should all be very proud of themselves & are a credit to CJHC.

Carolyn Williams


The hot tip for Indoor glory 2018 was the Yarra Valley team from Australia, who had played a training match against our Mens’ 1st team earlier this week. But the Canterbury U18 boys powered through their group games (Old Southendians, Teddington, North Wales and Saffron Walden) to finish with four wins and top of their group. A tough semi-final against Old Loughts went to shuffles, with a great save from Brad, and nerveless final shuffle from Joshua to give us victory and a place in the final.
To our surprise, our opponents in the gold medal match weren’t Yarra Valley but Teddington, a team we had already met in the group stage (and hats off to Teddington who played the whole tournament with no subs.) The final result was 3-1 and victory to Canterbury. Gold Medal champions.
Brad Lea won U18 Player of the Tournament for some great saves. Congratulations to Brad, and to all the U18 boys who played so well as a team. Huge thanks also to Adam Izzard for coaching the boys on the day. 
The only bad moment was a last-minute injury for Joshua - all of our best wishes for a speedy recovery Josh!
U18 team:
Oliver Ainsworth  Joshua Izzard  Thomas Izzard  Tim Launois  Brad Lea   Adam Lee-Browne  Will Mead  Joe Mitchell  Archie Ralph-Harding  Oliver Weston
Nicola Lee-Browne
U14 Girls vs Holcombe

The first game of 2019, was soon upon us after a long festive break. The team got off to a positive start, all arriving on time and most with sticks to play with! The weather was cold yet dry and all was set for a post festive display of great hockey.

Christmas had made a good impression on the team, with, the art of ‘giving’ being truly perfected! Although both teams were strong in attack, Holcombe dominated the 1st half, demonstrating some great coordinated passing which Canterbury could not seem to match. Much of the 1st half was  played in our territory. Georgia Binfield (GK) was repeatedly tested, saving a couple of strong shots from an attacking Holcombe team. Iona Lester managed a quick break into their half, crossing into the D, where a waiting Evie Lewis shot, scrambled, but failed to get past their defence.

Holcombe continued to dominate, Canterbury failed to find a much needed second gear, Holcombe wanted to win this and with 20 mins play gone, Holcombe notched up their 1st goal. Canterbury’s heads were down, we struggled to mark players and quickly Holcombe got their 2nd and 3rd goals! This seemed to wake our girls up, with attacks finally starting to take shape with Olivia Brooks-Merino almost running the entire length of the pitch and shooting at a determined Holcombe goalie, who saved it. Both Poppy Ladd and Elli Upton also had shots created by successful breaks along the wing, but the 1st half just didn’t go our way, with score sitting at 3:0 to Holcombe.

The 2nd half saw Canterbury starting to take control, with strong defensive breaks from Lorna Forbes, who was able to pass up the line to Georgie Upton, who managed to make great progress but could not connect with a forward in the D. Subsequent breaks came from Annie Verrier and Hannah Sumner, who both started to test the Holcombe defence. It wasn’t long until we started to worry the Holcombe goalie, with shots coming from Iona, Evie and Elli, unfortunately luck just wasn’t going our way and we failed to see the back of the net. Holcombe came back with more attacks, our defensive line up was strong with Poppy, Lorna, Lucy and Hannah White all working together to try and feed the forwards. Georgia was the final line of defence and proved that even with all the padding, legs and arms can stretch in all directions!

Unfortunately it was only a matter of time until Holcombe got their 4th Goal, a strong attack with quick passing. It wasn’t to be Canterbury’s day, with the passing somewhat iinconsistent or perhaps it was more the act of ‘gifting’ the ball to Holcombe to continue that festive spirit??

Final Score Holcombe 4, Canterbury 0.
Player of the match, Georgie Binfield for saving far more than were scored.

Report by Ben Lewis
U12 Girls vs Sir William Borlase Grammar School

Three Canterbury teams (Tigers, Panthers and Lions) and 2 Sir William Borlase Grammar School (SWB1 and 2) teams arrived on Water 2 after the long Christmas Break. The sun was shining and we were roaring to go!

First half matches were played as new teams giving coaches a chance to place players in some different positions on the field to usual. With 5 games won out of 6 Canterbury were on a roll! Second half matches saw updated Canterbury teams playing against SWB's A and B teams this time. Despite SWB players being up to 2 years older (and very tall!) we didn't let it phase us and continued to hold our own winning all 3 matches against their B team and loosing 2, drawing 1 against their A team.
With so much hockey in play it was hard to watch everyone but in particular I saw some lovely saves by Lara Mears hit from players at least double her height and some great passes/goals from Amelia Lawton, Miriam Thorpe and Dana Kuhn. Players of the match were chosen by the SWB team and special anniversary socks were awarded to Lottie Pearton, Freya Sonnen and Poppy Gault.
Huge thanks to SWB school for a lovely morning played in great spirit and to all the wonderful helpers - umpires Chris Carter, Lee Rowney, Ash Hooker and for one game only Stu Mears, plus the gorgeous timekeeper Liz Mears. Thanks also to the U10 goalies Ava Sonnen and Lara Mears helping their big sister team out again.
Charlie Lewis
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