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w/c 28th January 2019

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Canterbury Player Aimee Plumb receiving the Higgins Award from Mark Francis of the Higgins Group last week in London.

This award is a national junior award and the judges not only look at hockey ability, but also personal qualities and potential for the future within the world of hockey.

Many Congratulations Aimee.

Half Term Coaching Camps with Kwan Browne 
We are delighted to be able to offer two camps over the half term break delivered by Kwan Browne, probably one of the best known players in the world!  Currently player/coach to Premier league leaders Hampstead & Westminster and also England U21s.

Monday 18th February will be for players in Years 3 to 5 (U8 to U10)

Thursday 21st February is geared for Years 6 to 9 (U11 to U14)

Time: 10.00 to 12.30
Venue: Polo Farm
Cost £25

Places are limited and will be offered to Canterbury players initially, but don't delay because these will go out to the wider hockey community by the end of the week.

Booking at or contact Annie on 07793 for further details.

U10 Boys Canterbury Leopards
Drew 1, Won 4
A frosty but sunny start to the day saw the Leopards start slowly against TW titans, despite having the majority of the possession and mounting numerous attacks, the Leopards struggled to beat the TW keeper who did a great job. The boys worked hard, using both wings to create opportunities,however the final score remained 0-0.

After a regroup, and with a slight rejig of of the team, the Leopards faced Holcombe. With lessons learned from the first game, the boys used the width to create some lovely attacks. The mid field trio of Lincoln, Connor and Tom Rogers working hard to create some nice chances for the forward line, who managed to score 2nice goals.

Games against TW Raiders and Sevenoaks followed, and the Leopards continued on their winning streak, scoring 5 in each game, with the goals shared across the whole team. The defensive effort was also solid, with no goals conceded by keeper Reuben and some great tackles and intercepts made by the dynamic duo of Harry and Hugo.

The final game was a repeat of the first game and the boys showed their determination, mounting some well worked attacks from the back to finally get the ball past the TW keeper and secure their final win of the day. Thanks to Annie and Jenny for their fab organisation, and to all the umpires for their help.

Team: Reuben Jeffrey-Fox, Hugo Fassum, Lincoln Goldsack, Connor Grantham-Stevens, Tom Harrop, Harry Ledger, Tom Rogers, Leo Rolison

U10 Boys Canterbury Tigers
Lost 1, Drew 2, Won 2

The Tigers started strongly with a nice 2-0 win over the TW Raiders which set the day up nicely. A draw against 7oaks followed (1-1), and then unfortunately a strong TW Titans side managed to beat the Tigers 4-0. A regroup and some good tactics from coach Ash Hooker led the Tigers to finishing the day on a high with another win.

Team: Reuben Jeffrey-Fox, Alfred Holden, Ben Hooker, Piers Lansdell, Jude Leberl, Thomas Pack, Thomas Solley, Jack Williams, Cian Young

Karen Young
Canterbury U12 Girls vs Canterbury U14 Girls
Indoor Matches

We arranged some indoor matches with the U14's last Wednesday and the U12's certainly didn't disappoint. We had the advantage indoors with previous indoor experience and Nigel at the helm whilst the U14's had age and Hugo on their side.

The first match was a draw 0-0, the second won by the U14's 1-0 and the third won by the U14's 3-0. Some great saves by stand-in goalkeeper Jacob Beer and some really strong indoor match skills shown by Lottie Pearton, Freya Sonnen and Lucy Carter.

We may not have won every match but the girls didn't get phased and absolutely held their own against the older age group, I was very proud of them indeed, well done girls!

Coach - Nigel Durban

Players - Jacob Beer, Kate Boffey, Lucy Carter, Scarlett Fletcher, Eleanor Griffin, Dana Kuhn, Freya Padfield, Lottie Pearton, Freya Sonnen, Jessica Starck

Charlotte Lewis

U12's Girls in the U10's Triangular

After being kindly invited to join the u10's Triangulars again Canterbury, Ashford and Spencer. We fielded a team of the younger age group. 

The first match was against Canterbury B. The girls started really well and were passing the ball into space. With great attacks down both wings by Tilly Henderson and Sophie Goodie. This sort of play soon lead to two goals. They continued to put pressure on the u10's girl who defended really well. 

Next came Spencer who were playing great passing hockey which the girls had noticed. They continued to play really well passing the ball and closing attacking players. The pressure soon paid of with a goal. The defence of Lucy and Poppy who were supporting the midfield and breaking down the attacks. 

Straight after the match it was time to take on Canterbury A who started the strongest with some great passing play. Our defence and midfield worked really hard, but Canterbury A soon scored with a great team goal. The girls looked a little down, but gritted their teeth and fought on and soon got back into the game. It was great end to end stuff which was great to see. In the second half of the game the girls scored a goal to equalise which they did deserve. 

After a break we were back on playing Ashford A. The girls got straight back into their stride putting a lot of pressure on Ashford. They soon got a short corner, Lucy scored but it was disallowed. But Lucy soon got on the score sheet with 2 short corner tap ins on the post. The girls were on a high now and looking for more goals. Not long after they made it 3 with another well worked goal by Sophie Godwin. 

With a quick run across to the other pitch the girls were ready to take on Ashford B, our last match. Yet again the girls played some great passing hockey moving the ball into space. The defence were passing well to the midfield with great runs from Sophie Mears and Sophie Goodie. Zara cleared the ball 3 quarters of the pitch to Sophie Mears who turned it into another attack. The pressure soon told with a few goals from Sophie Godwin ending the game 4-0 winners.The girls worked really hard together and I was very proud of them. Well Done.

Coach - Mervyn Lewis

Players - Poppy Batchelor, Zara Brett, Sophie Godwin, Sofie Goode, Lucy Gotke, Tilly Henderson, Izzy Kitson, Maddie Leech, Sophie Mears

U12 Boys

The Under 12 boys A & B teams were due to play a triangular at Marlow Hockey Club with Marlow and Teddington as opponents. These were not our usual opponents, but the boys were looking for some stronger competition in the run up to the Kent County Tournament. Unfortunately the biggest opponent was the M25, and a crash (not one of our group) on the southbound route which meant over half the boys never made it to the event!

Fortunately 8 boys managed to make the event, so we played all in one team and faced the Marlow and Teddington A teams twice. We dominated all four games and spent a lot of time in the opposition D, with numerous shots and chances on goal. However there was a little bit too much dribbling and “fancy” shots on goal, rather than just simple passing and hitting. Something to work on in training next week.

Overall we managed to get 6 goals and conceded none. There was only one shot on goal for the opposition, which showed our strength in defence.

Thanks to all the parents who attempted the trip (we appreciate your efforts), and to those parents who survived the blistering wind and snow to support at the pitch-side!

Thanks to the boys who banded together to make a strong team - Barnaby, Ben, Philipp, Jonny, Freddie, Robin, Rhys and TT.
Nick Tan
U16 Girls

It was a very cold and rainy day for the U16’s match away against Blackheath today. We got off to a good start with Tilly catching the opposition unaware, scoring in the first minute. Jess followed this with a second goal a minute later. After this we got another three great goals in the first half, two from Ella and one from Issie Martin, meaning we were 5-0 up at half time.

After a quick half time chat with coach Chris in the rain, Blackheath came back stronger in the second half, managing to hold off our first short corner. Hannah then scored a brilliant goal and shortly afterwards our second corner resulted in a goal for Ella. Our next goal by Channice was named "goal of the match" by Chris Martin, Tilly hit Channice a long ball in the air and she managed to hit it into the back of the net, making it 8-0.

The rest of the match produced more goals from Tilly, two from Issy Mount and one more from Jess, as well as a penalty flick from Hannah. This resulted in a final score of 13-0, and we decided Channice deserved player of the match.

Goals; Tilly-2, Jess-2, Ella-3, Hannah 2 , Channice-1, Issie Martin-1, Issy Mount-2

Report; Jess McMeeking

Huge thank you to Chris Laslett for rearranging his own plans to coach the team. Chris said that the girls played well in tough conditions!
Thankyou as well to Chris Martin for umpiring and Harry Forbes for providing a taxi service, collecting match fees, sorting out the masks and balls/bibs etc and generally being so supportive.


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

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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