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This photo just oozes Energy and Fun! Truly wonderful.

Three of the U12 Canterbury teams (Eagles, Hawks & Gulls) at the weekend.


Thank you for the great response to the Ball Patrol request - we have a few spaces to fill  See details below.

We are approaching the second half of the season for the Canterbury ladies and mens 1st teams -  and we are looking for ball patrol for the home matches - if you haven't heard about this our U12 and U14 teams support our Ladies and Mens 1st  XI teams by providing excellent Ball Patrol for their matches at Polo Farm.
Being part of the match day squad really is a great opportunity to get up close to the best hockey in the country. It is also a really good way of 'giving something back' to the hockey club at Polo Farm - some of the girls and boys have even used it as their volunteering part of their DofE Bronze Award.
We really hope that your sons and  daughters will be able to offer their services to help us cover these exciting home matches. It is not a huge commitment, and if everyone offers to do a few it would be much appreciated. Thank you to all those who have helped out so far this season.
The children get to watch the games close up (often involving  international players), they are  asked to arrive about 20 minutes before the start of the match and between the four/six of them make sure there is always a ball on the pitch during the match. They are lent a Ball Patrol hoodie, and receive a free drink and food from the kitchen after the matches. We also offer a free CHC training shirt for any children who ball patrol for four matches throughout the season.
The last four matches for the Ladies are;
Saturday 16th February @ 4pm vs University of Birmingham
Saturday 23rd February @ 2pm vs Bowden
Saturday 16th March @ 4pm vs East Grinstead
Saturday 30th March @ 2pm vs Holcombe

The last four matches for the Men are;

Sunday 10th February @ 12.45pm vs Oxted
Sunday 24th February @ 12.45pm vs Old Loughts
Saturday 2nd March @ 4pm vs Richmond
Sunday 24th March @ 12.45pm vs Brighton & Hove (FULL)

Please do contact me direct at, with fixtures your sons/ daughters can ball patrol, many thanks.
Rachel Brett
U8s Triangular - The Whales

After arriving to find a completely white and frozen pitch, extra gloves, hats and fleeces were put on by players and spectators alike to ensure the games went ahead on Sunday.
The Whales played brilliantly and won both of their first games against Blackheath 3's and 1's both by the score of 1-0, with goals being scored by Oliver Goode and Howie Baker.  The third match was against the home team Maidstone and Canterbury scored first again through Howie Baker. Maidstone then managed to equalise in the last minute and the game ended 1-1.

A fourth game in a row without a break proved just too much as the teams unbeaten run came to an end against the Canterbury Dolphins where they lost 0-3. The Whales then drew against Blackheath 2's 1-1 with another goal from Howie Baker and finished their fixtures narrowly losing to Canterbury Turtles 0-1.
A great performance by the whole team, but special mention to Howie Baker for his goals, Lydia Keir for her brilliant defending and Layla Beer for some great saves in goal.
U8s Triangular - The Turtles
Match 1 vs BEHC 1 won 1-0     Match 2 vs Maidstone won 2-0
Match 3 vs Dolphins draw 0-0   Match 4 vs BEHC 3 won 3-0
Match 5 vs BEHC 2 won 2-0     Match 6 vs Whales won 1-0
I think!! 

With an attacking line up of 4-3-1-1. Canterbury were set up to score more than their opponents. That was the plan!

Rosie who was in goal was only called upon to make 3 great saves in the third match, and the mark of a great goalie is concentration and keeping the ball out of the goal. Which she did keeping a tournament clean sheet. Well done.

With Audrey in front of Rosie mopping up anything coming her way  made it very difficult for all the turtles opponents to get even a shot on goal. Rory, Orlando, Frances and Holly interchanging in the midfield produced some lovely hockey and the work rate to keep the team attacking as much as possible.

Oscar, Mael, Afraz and Lola playing more as strikers were given the task to put the ball in the back of the net. They didn’t disappoint, with some heroic goal line saves in some of the games the turtles could have come away with more goals and more celebrations and even bigger smiles!

A fantastic team effort.  #turtlepower!!

Coach Ed
U8s Triangular - The Dolphins
After a frosty start and not knowing if the pitch was quite playable Canterbury U8 Dolphins rose to the challenge to face Blackheath, Maidstone and fellow Canterbury Whales and Turtles. 
There were goals galore for 7 of the 9 players with 12 goals being scored over the 6 games. The Dolphins ended up winning 5 and drawing 1 so a very successful morning was had by all.
All the players had lots of time on the pitch and throughout the morning grew in confidence with some fine tackling from Jack Chapman-Falconer and Archie Barnes; some crucial saves in the goal from Oliver Triggs; some lovely play in the mid field from Millie Clewes, Eleanor Champion, Megan Buckland and Oliver Anderson and some great tenacity from the forwards Max Grosser and Emily Surridge. Special mention to Max for scoring 5 goals. Thank you all for trying so hard and looking forward to the next round of matches to keep learning and improving.  

Report Lucy Barnes.
U10 Boys Lions
Canterbury under tens boys Lions team travelled to Marden for their first under 12‘s tournament. They started against Maidstone and got into their stride almost immediately scoring within the first couple of minutes. Maidstone did pull one back but it had to bounce off both posts before just rolling over the line. Apparently unconcerned by this goal the under tens went on to win 3-1. This turned out to be the only goal that they would concede all day.

Filled with confidence from this victory the boys just got better and better throughout the remaining fixtures. They displayed dazzling individual skills which they balanced beautifully with expansive, crisp and flowing hockey. They stood up to the physical challenge of playing in the older age group and showed they would not be muscled off the ball and certainly weren’t going to be outpaced. They went on to win all six of their games and scored three goals in each. They beat a strong marden team twice before doing the double over BBHC as well.

They are a glorious team to watch play hockey and their success is truly deserved because of the effort they put into their game. They played  six 15 minute matches back to back and didn’t stop running until the very final whistle. It was an outstanding squad performance and very good day out at Marden!

Scorers; Will Gardiner 2,  Rhys Jones 2,  Freddie Post 2,  Reef Upton 3, Will Upton 3, Dominic Curtiss 6
Report James Curtiss
U10 Girls A

It was a beautiful sunny freezing cold morning, but as usual the under 10 girls A team were full of the joys of spring and very excited and eager to play hockey.

Wrapped up to the nines, it was game time! The team consisted Elena, Freyja, Phoebe, Holly, Bea, Mali, Ava and Lottie.

From the very first game all the girls got stuck in and played some lovely hockey, stringing up to 10 passes together and the majority of the time resulting in a goal. From the back line Elena bossed the game and gave some great 16 yards passes to create quick attacks on goal. With Freyja sweeping from the back and clearing up any quick breaks from the opposition! The two of them worked well together as defensive team making sure the opposition never had a chance to score.

Ava in goal commended the D and created a fantastic barrier that go one could get through.

In the midfield we had Bea who created lots of space whilst giving some great passes and was always on the attacking hunting for goals as well and with Phoebe demonstrating the best runs to enable attacks to happen alongside some silky skills

Mali showed some good skills running down the right bypassing lots of defenders and crossing balls into the D for her team to run on to. Then we have Lottie and Hollie, goal scorers of the day, converting some beautiful crosses into great open play goals.

Well done to all!!!
Very proud coach of the Day, can’t wait to see this lots play full sided games in the near future
Report Moira Clewes

U10 Girls B
Off to Sevenoaks on a rather frosty Sunday morning for the U10 girls.

Warm up consisted mainly of running about playing old fashioned games of "IT" "HE" "Bamalamafizzfazz" and "Go Johnny go go go".

Ok, the last two have yet to be invented but we're working on it!

The first match highlights included some brilliant passing play from the girls and then........Scarlett had a shot on goal that in Hockey terms went in "Top Bins" a normal person that means right in the top corner! Scarlett said she'd not meant to hit the ball like that, I think she was just being modest.

The team then settled in to their day, smiles on their faces and playing as a team of equals.

An unfortunate loss to Ashford in a game where no matter how they tried..the ball wouldn't go in the back of the opposition net, was the only down point of the day. Ashford took their chances and deserved to win. 

A win and a draw against Sevenoaks was very good considering the extra player who'd sneaked onto the pitch (possibly to keep warm) and the last game against the other Canterbury was eagerly awaited by all.
The B team ran out narrow winners with the A teams goalie keeping out a few decent shots (nothing top bins) from the B girls. 

As usual, a selection head ache for the coaches as there are so many talented children to chose from.

Thanks also to the vocal and encouraging support from the parents and various family members who live each second of the game as if they were on the pitch themselves.

Report Lee Rowney.
(Coach forgot to take a photo - 10/10 for thinking outside the box Mr Mears!)

U10 Girls 1
In our first game we faced a strong attacking side from Tunbridge Wells B's. Unfortunately we failed to hit the target despite valiant efforts from our forward players. Defence were severely pressed as well forcing Lara Mears to have to make some outstanding saves holding the opposition off to a 0-0 draw.
In our second game we faced a very strong Marden A who, despite heroic efforts from all Canterbury defence, beat us 2-0. Again Lara was put to the test.  Canterbury did well to hold the opposition off as well as they did.
In our third match we faced a familiar team in Canterbury 2's.  We won this game 2-1 with outstanding goals from Honor Francis and later on Erin Heddershaw. Unfortunately we conceded a goal down to an error the opposition capitalised on.
The fourth game was against another Marden team who proved to be very strong on the attack. Despite Poppy Roberts and Eva Osmer intercepting some very well worked out Marden attacks, we still lost 2-0.  I feel as a coach this was a very harsh score line, but such is hockey!
Game five was a magnificent end to end game against Tumbridge Wells A's! Molly Holgate and Ruby Bradford did Canterbury Hockey Club very proud indeed. Fantastic interceptions and great passes.  Maisy Keir scored a very well deserved goal early on in the match but unfortunately we were beaten 2-1.
In the final game we drew 0-0 against Marden. Special congratulations goes to Poppy Roberts for her sheer determination and spirit for hassling the Marden attack and constantly closing them down.
With in depth scrutiny I feel Honor was my player of the tournament in Canterbury 1's.
All the U10 girls did very well indeed.  I feel we represented Canterbury extremely well. Thank you all parents for bringing them along and braving the 'fresh air' so well.

Report; Stuart Mears
U10 Girls 2's

On a sunny morning at Mardens new sports complex the girls produced some excellent structured and skillful hockey but were often out muscled by larger girls and disadvantaged by no goalkeeper. They produced two excellent performances against Tonbridge Wells drawing 0-0 against the A’s and beating the B’s 2-1 with goals from Olivia Ridge and Gracie Lawton.

Marden’s teams were more challenging with the girls narrowly losing against their three sides despite some excellent defending on the goal line by Elizabeth Chipperfield. Well done and thank you to all the girls for their constant work ethic throughout the tournament.

Report; Gareth Nicholls
U12 GIRLS - Eagles, Hawks, Gulls

On a cold but sunny morning three U12 girls teams competed in a triangular against Old Wills, Holcombe and Burnt Ash at Polo. The Eagles won 1, drew 2 and lost 2. The Hawks won 2 and lost 3 and the Gulls won 4 and lost 1.

These were very encouraging results with excellent individual and team performances. Two of the Canterbury teams had no goal keepers and most of the opposition had keepers which added to the challenges for the girls.
Most pleasing was how the girls were starting to use the full width of the pitch and at times opting to pass back. Ball skills had improved immeasurably. All girls showed full commitment and determination throughout the morning. Areas to work on for next time were in particular pitch positioning and following up their shots on goal. A thoroughly enjoyable morning had by all. Well done girls!!!!

Photo of the three teams is our photo of the week.

Report; Sarah Gotke
U14 Girls

The U14 Girls travelled to Cranbrook School to play Marden on a bright but chilly Sunday.  The match began with some lovely passing by the Canterbury team and the ball kept predominantly in the opposition’s half.  

We won a couple of short corners, quickly followed by a third and despite some good shots at goal came away empty handed thanks to some great work by the Marden goalie.  From the hit out Marden managed to take the ball swiftly into our half, but Rebecca was having none of it and soon the ball was fed back to give Sophie W a shot at goal, unfortunately very well saved.  The forwards won themselves a couple more short corners, but didn’t manage to capitalise, letting the ball find its way back into our D and a good attempt by Marden was expertly saved by Georgia.  

Good work from Eleni and Hannah on the wings feeding the ball to the forwards who made a few more attempts on goal, but the ball wasn’t going in!  Half Time Score 0-0.   A positive start to the second half with some nice defending from Natalya and tackles by Sophie A getting the ball to Jess who made some great runs down the wing allowing more shots at goal for the forwards. 

It had to happen eventually and at last a feed to Poppy resulted in the first goal!  Marden attempted to take the ball to our end, but Lorna constantly got in their way sending the ball back onto the forwards’ sticks allowing Evie a great shot which found Iona’s stick and the second goal was scored.  Grace made a good clearance from our end leading to our third goal fired in by Evie.  Our final goal was set up by another run down the wing by Jess, pass to Iona, then to Evie who scored. 

Lovely passing throughout the match, awareness of each other on the pitch and good marking of the opponents – great teamwork leading to a well deserved win.

Coach Fabrizzio’s Player of the Match – Iona Lester

Indoor Training
Indoor training Is available for U10s (6.00 to 7.00pm) and U12s (7.00 to 8.00pm) on Wednesday evenings and is open to all.  This format of the game is so beneficial to the outdoor variety that we would encourage everyone to take part.  The charge is £3 a go.

Half Term
Please note that there is no regular training or Little Sticks on Sunday 17th February as this is the half term break.  Some of the squads may be organising practises on this day, but players will be advised separately if this is the case.  We will be back to normal on the 24th February.

Would anyone like to give umpiring a go?  It's not that scarey and we are able to offer a short crash course to help you get underway.  Let me know if you are interested.

Equipment Amnesty
Balls and bibs have gone walkies.  Please check kit bags, etc and return to the Clubhouse.  We can't afford to keep replacing them at the current rate.

Social - Grown Ups
It's a long long time since the grown ups in the Minis did a social.  Ideas please!

Social - Minis
We have a party (very young ones) and a disco (not so young ones) on the radar - are there any volunteers out there that are brilliant at organising this sort of thing?  Help please!

Cancellation Due to Bad Weather
We will be lucky if over the next few weeks we get away without cancelling any sessions, however please note that Minis almost always runs, except in the case of severe frost or snow.  We rarely call off sessions due to heavy rain.

If the forecast is for particularly bad weather we will try to monitor and make an early decision, and in these cases emails may be sent out on the Saturday.  

As we are always reluctant to cancel, at times we will leave the decision until early Sunday morning.  On these days, please watch your emails early doors to check what is happening as I will send out details as early as I can.  I know some of the managers are using Whatsapp etc, so you may also hear from them.  Please don't text me or call unless an emergency, because I can't cope with the volume!

If we are forced to cancel the Mini sessions, this does also mean that Little Sticks will not be running.  We rely on volunteers for this group who are usually at the club due to their own children/siblings taking part in the older sessions.  Little Sticks will also be included on the weather updates. 

Annie Hare

The Ladies Hockey club is looking for assistance with accommodation for 2 ladies who are hoping to join the club to play for the Ladies 1st XI from the 4th of February for 2 months. They are 25 and 29 and we are looking ideally for accommodation for the pair of them in or close by the Canterbury area so that they can access the hockey club as easily as possible.  

If you have anything that maybe suitable please get in contact ASAP so that we can talk about the options and remuneration. 

Many thanks

Lucy Barnes
KENTISH GAZETTE Thursday 17th January 2019

We sell our Adidas club kit at Polo Farm, this is run by Sally Hayes. The shop stocks all playing kit as well as outer wear, shoes, sticks and accessories. The shop will be open at the following times every week during the season;
Wednesdays 6.00pm to 8.15pm

Saturday afternoons from 1pm (if shop is locked please ask for Sally at the bar)

Sunday mornings 9.45am to 1145am.

For Shop enquiries please email Sally Hayes at
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for ages 3 - 18
Scholarships available. 

Call us to find out more 01227 475601
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