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End of Season 2019

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Another successful season for Canterbury Junior Hockey comes to a close with lots of team success both indoors and  outdoors.  Additionally individuals have performed well for their teams with many children playing at county level, some at regional level and few achieving National honours for their Country.

Our senior ladies and men’s teams are full of current and ex junior players with the current 1st teams including many current under 18 players.

However as importantly, we have lots of children turning up week in week out and just enjoying their hockey which can only be achieved with support of our fantastic coaches, managers and support staff who make it all happen.
I am extremely proud of our club, it is a thiving community and provides such a great sport for so many.

I would like to thank our Newsletter sponsors Charles Bainbridge Estate Agents, Designer Bend Company, Burgess Hodgson and our other sponsors St Edmund's and Kent College, and Gardner Croft. Also a huge thank you to the CJHC 'team' - all of you who volunteer and support the club.
Once again well done everybody on a great season,  the planning is already underway for summer camps, PSI indoor hockey along with organising our outdoor hockey coaches and managers for next season. 

We rely on our volunteers so if you would like to get involved then please contact Annie Hare (Mini Hockey) at or Chris Laslett (Junior Hockey) at or myself. We will be announcing our AGM date shortly too - please do look out for that and join us for the evening.
Enjoy your summer
Doug Young


Last month our U16 girls and boys hosted an evening of match play with guests from the Southern Hemisphere - Como School in  South Perth had travelled 14,500 kms to visit Polo Farm (well, and some other European teams along the way). We were delighted to meet them, host them, and play against them, what a great experience.
Thank you to Lauren Martin for the photos, and to Chris Laslett, Jo Martin and Katie Young for organising the event.
Pro Series Indoor UK

Brings the fast, fun and exciting nature of the indoor game to the forefront and gives young aspiring hockey players the opportunity to enhance their game.  Indoor hockey is the perfect vehicle to improve technical skills and decision making on the field.
The PSi organisation started in South Africa and has spread to the Netherlands and Ireland.  This year sees it's launch in the UK.  There are six regionally based centres around the country all led by well known names in the field of coaching - Polo Farm will be the home for the Canterbury Cavaliers, led by Kwan Browne.  Through the course of the year coaching programmes will be delivered with an end goal of attendance at various tournaments located both in the UK and Europe.

Our initial bank of six sessions start in mid May and our first target competition will be the Southampton Intercity Showdown on the 19th and 20th October. Here's the details:-

Thursdays 16th and 23rd May, 6th, 13th and 27th June, and 4th July

Times: (Years of Birth)
2006 to 2008 (2009 by invitation) - 18.30 to 19.45
2003 to 2005 - 19.45 - 21.00

Fee: £50 – pre-booking and payment is required

This opportunity will be offered to players across Kent and places will be limited.  For details and registration please contact or Annie on 07793 799870.
1.  Half Term Game Days
A short session of skills followed by a round robin of matches. Not too serious and plenty of fun.

Fee: £10.00 - non members welcome.  

10.00 to 12.30
Wednesday 29th May - Years 6 to 8
Thursday 30th May - Years 2 and 3, 4 and 5.

Pre booking required - sign up at
 2.  Skill Shops - Mondays, 15th July to 19th August (6 sessions)
Specific skill sets tackled by quality coaches.

18.00 to 19.00 Years 4 and 5
19.00 to 20.00 Years 6 to 8

Fee:  £10 per session or £50 for all six if paid in advance.

To book, please email 

3.  Summer Camps led by Kwan Browne & Guest Coaches
Great preparation for the season ahead for players in Years 2 through to 9.  Grouping will reflect age, experience and ability.

Tuesday to Friday 27th to 30th August - 10.00 to 12.30.

Fee:  £25 per session or £85 for all four.  Pre-booking and payment is required.

Contact for information and booking.

4.  East Kent Development Programme (Kent Hockey)
Many of you will be aware that this is the first rung on the ladder to representative hockey.  Canterbury HC hosts the East Kent programme which is open to all players of a suitable standard, from local clubs, schools, etc.  This year's programme will run during the summer months and will be led by Chris Laslett, CHC Director of Junior Coaching, and supported by a team of experienced coaches.

Open to players born 2003 to 2008

Sundays -
30th June 09.30 to12.00
7th July 13.00 to 15.30
1st September 09.30 to 11.30
8th September 12.00 to 14.00

Fee:  £75

For information, details and registration contact - Players need to pre-book to attend.

The last girls u10 matches of the season were upon us - The Regionals.

A three hour drive North of the Wall into deepest Alan Partridge country to Harelstone Magpies HC awaited us.

The weather was less than kind, but to be honest, the children and parents have become used to playing and watching in conditions that even Wildlings find uncomfortable. 
The girls all lined up for a pre-match hair plaiting and there was a brief production hair styling line that the inventor of production lines himself; Henry Ford would have been proud of.Unfortunately, there wasn't time for me to have the corn rows I wanted but there's always next year eh!

At this level there are no easy games and to expect any high scoring matches was always going to be a bridge too far. Playing in a slightly obscure region we were up against teams from locations that most of the girls had never heard of. This meant there were no preconceptions of how a team plays but also the downside for the coaches of no idea how a team plays!

St Albans
Bury St Ed's
St Neots
Norwich Dragons
Canterbury Sharks
As you can see from above, these are not teams we come across very often in our own triangulars!

The pool was tight, the games were all close and after 5 games it was down to our manager Lucy to check score boards and see if the girls had done enough.

The waiting bit is never easy and does tend to fray the nerves somewhat.

Our record of 3 wins; one draw and one narrow loss was the same as two other teams in the pool.
With only the table topper going through, this was really nervous stuff!

The last game played out, the opposition scored 3 goals but this wasn't enough and Canterbury sharks were through to the final by a solitary goal!

Canterbury v Norwich City in the final of the Regional championships!
This was a tight game, Canterbury took an early lead but Norwich came back to level and shortly after, went ahead 2-1. A quick half time chat with the girls and they came back, fighting for each other.

2-2 with seconds to go and a sudden break down the right from Canterbury. The ball was moved across towards the Norwich goal; breaths were held; time stood still and my heart even stopped long enough for me to see the light! A shot from the smallest of angles got past the keeper and we all yelled with joy!

Unfortunately the full time bell (Yes bell) was adjudged to have rung on the stroke of the shot and the goal was not given!The girls took this all completely in their stride and not a complaint was heard as we moved onto a P Flick shoot out!
After the first round of 3 it was still a draw and we moved onto sudden death!
Unfortunately lady luck wasn't smiling upon us that day and we lost out.

A few tears, a few low heads but what an achievement!

Look at their season as a whole. 
Copperbox 1st
Counties 1st
Regionals 2nd

That is a results list that many other clubs would love to have! These girls have been amazing all year, all 60+ of them. Choosing teams has been hard simply because of the strength and depth of talent. 
Narrowing a squad of 13 to 10 was almost impossible and required the searching of many souls.

Our Younger coaches Harriet and Lauren have been the best example to the girls. They've been the perfect role models for the children and have put up with being prodded and poked and constantly asked about their "boyfriends" by groups of sniggering girls with grace and humour. Our set up would have been far duller and less vibrant without them!

The parents have been mega too; and as girls friendships have formed, so have the grown ups become "bezzies" as supporting in all weathers is prone to do. We missed Moi at the finals (I didn't Obvs) as she was away doing something far less important, but she was there with us in spirit and kept constantly in touch with throughout the day.

Top parents  Top coaching team Top club Top Top Top girls!

Ava Sonnen (gk)
Lottie Singfield
Holly Pattison 
Phoebe Rowney 
Tempe Simmons 
Izzy Rowney 
Rosie Hudsmith (c)
Elena Kuhn 
Freyja Clewes 
Nuala Gorman
A huge thanks to King's School Canterbury for keeping us all warm by sponsoring our hoodies!
Lee Rowney

The team travelled to Surbiton on a cool April afternoon, hoping for a strong performance.  Our first match saw us pitted against a good Oxford Hawks team.  We started steadily and had the best of the opening few minutes, however after about five minutes we suffered a significant setback when Rhys took a stick to the mouth, which left him with a deep cut on the inside of his lip.  The team were shaken by this and as they regrouped Oxford won a short corner and scored with a great strike into the corner.  It looked as if our tournament was getting off to the worst possible start, however the team rallied and managed to force an equaliser through a good goal from Nathan.  In the end a well won point.
The second game saw us play Amersham and Chalfont.  Rhys was out of action and so Jonny came in to play his first part in the tournament, and what a part.  As a team we really played some great passing hockey in this game, creating many chances to score.  Jonny was in the right place at the right time, scoring some good team goals and a couple of good individual finishes.  He ended up with five in a 6-0 win.  Henry played really well in midfield, providing some good passing and movement to set up some of the goals.
This left us with the last group game against Horsham needing a win to qualify as group winners.  This was another competitive game, with Rhys, patched up with steri-strips and some painkillers, bravely re-entering the fray.  We had to fight hard against a well drilled and competitive team, however, we again passed the ball well and managed to score some good goals, winning 3-0 and qualifying as group winners.
After a brief rest break we were to face Trojans in the quarter final as the matches moved to 10 minutes each way.  By this time we were nursing a number of injuries with Jonny having bent back a wrist in a collision with the goalkeeper and Nathan with a sore Achilles.  The team started the quarter final well, on the front foot and creating a number of good chances in the early minutes.  Trojans were a quick and mobile team and were able to break with speed when we overcommitted.  Somewhat against the run of play Trojans scored and for a few minutes, we lost our shape and tried to do too much individually.  We settled down in second half and started to play better.  Ollie and Thomas at the back were moving the ball well and keeping tabs on the Trojans runners.  In midfield Robin, Nathan and Rhys were dominating the play.  We deservedly equalised and pushed for the winner, but time was against us and so we ended up with penalty strokes.  It was a tense shoot out, with Nathan, Rhys and Ollie holding their nerve as we went in to sudden death strokes.  Jacob made two great saves, the second of which brought us the win, 6-5 on strokes.
The boys were determined to get to the final and therefore qualify for the national tournament.  We were up against the Dragons (Old Georgians).  They were a very proficient side who fought hard for every ball.  The game was closely contested from both sides.  We created a number of short corners in the first half, but could not quite force the ball home.  At the other end Jacob had to be on his toes as they threatened.  The first half went past in a flash, without any score.  A number of the boys were struggling with the physical demands of the matches and Freddie came on to add some much needed energy to the team.  At the start of the second half we lost concentration for a moment and the ball ricocheted around the circle and fell to one of their strikers to score from about 10 yards.  For a few moments the boys panicked and tried to dribble and chase the goal, however they then settled down and played some aggressive attacking hockey, forcing the Dragons to defend for the rest of the half.  We created two great chances to score, but could not take them, the goalie made a great save from a flick from Nathan as time ran down.  With seconds to go, Rhys drove into the circle and looked to have been fouled, but the umpire waved play on and we had lost.  The boys were devastated, but had to try and pick themselves up for a playoff for third against local rivals Sevenoaks.
There was some confusion as the schedule did not have a playoff listed and as we arrived at the pitch, Sevenoaks were packing up to leave.  After some discussions with tournament control, the game went ahead and we started on the front foot, really forcing the pace.  Henry up front was a constant menace to their defence, and Thomas T at left midfield had a great game.  We were comfortably 2-0 up at half time, and despite a fightback from Sevenoaks in the 2nd half we managed to win 2-1.
Having been utterly dejected at the end of the semi-final, some of the smiles came back after the play off.  They were not particularly happy with a  bronze medal as the prize of entering the national finals had just eluded them.  Nevertheless this was a great learning experience for the team and all of them made significant contributions on the day. 

Once again I would like to say thanks to all the players for all of their efforts through the year, they have been a great group of kids to coach and gave absolutely everything on the day.  Thanks also to the parents for your support of all the training, come rain or shine.  I would also like to thank all of those who helped coach throughout the year, Nick Tan, James Cox, Les Gurubatham, James Long Castro, James Curtiss, Simon Collins and others I am sure to have forgotten!  It has been a hectic and busy year for all the teams in the u12.  There has been much progress made, both individually and also as teams.  Hopefully we can go one better next year. 

A special thanks also to Annie, who as well as doing everything she does, also acted as Manager for the U12s this year.  Her insatiable appetite to organise us, meant that the season ran smoothly and we were always in the right place at the right time, in fact often in right place at a very early time!
Squad:   Jacob Beer, Ollie Curtiss, Thomas Hutchings, Freddie McMullen, Robin Cox, Thomas Tan, Rhys Harmer, Nathan Sumner, Jonny Devereux, Henry Goodwin.

Paul Surridge


Overall our U14 Girls had a good season with the following results:
P W D L F A GD +/-
25 17 3 5 76 37 39
Special congratulations to our Development team who won their HCGL Development League!
We enjoyed an End of Season Awards event on Friday 26th April shared with the U14 Boys. The awards were:
Coaches Player of the Year
A team - Georgia Binfield
Dev team - Lorna Forbes
Most Improved Player of the Year
A team - Alice Hellyar
Dev team - Rebecca Carter
Team Player of the Year
A team - Beth Langdale
Dev team - Iona Lester
Top Scorers of the Year
Overall - Poppy Ladd with 13  
A team - Chloe Plumb with 10
B team - Evie Lewis with 12
Many thanks to all the parents that helped with organizing, pizza ordering and clearing up on the night.
We look forward to seeing all the girls on the hockey pitch again soon!
Fabrizio, Tony and Jason
On Sunday the U14 boys travelled to Southgate HC to compete in the Mercian Finals day along with Old Loughtonians, Sevenoaks and Winchester. For our semi-final we were drawn against Winchester and the boys went onto the pitch full of positivity and expectation. Unfortunately Winchester proved to be a much stronger opposition than expected. They were well organised and powerful and did not allow us to get into the game, which meant that we found ourselves 4-0 down in the first half. The Canterbury boys did not give up and managed to pull a goal back through captain Thomas Izzard, but a couple of unfortunate green cards, including a harsh green card for goal keeper Eddie Rowney, resulted in Canterbury slipping further behind. A late consolation goal from Charlie Jain left the final score at 10-2.
The Canterbury boys worked through their frustrations and disappointment in time for the bronze medal match against Sevenoaks. Right from the whistle the Canterbury team came out a completely different side. They attacked the Sevenoaks D with pace, power and team work and did not allow Sevenoaks to play their usual passing game. The pressure paid off and Canterbury were quickly 3-0 up thanks to a short corner drag flick from Thomas Izzard, followed by an excellent lead run from Ethan Aitken, allowing Thomas the space to bury a backhand shot, and finally a well taken rebound tennis shot from Ethan. Thomas went on to score a further 3 cracking goals thanks to the work rate and passing of his team mates across the whole pitch. The strength of character and team spirit that all the boys showed was admirable, but special mention should go to Eddie Rowney who put the first game completely behind him and had an absolute stormer against Sevenoaks. A day of two halves, ending with an immensely satisfying 6-1 win.
TEAM: Eddie Rowney, Edward Lampard, Harry Halle-Smith, Hugo Corteen Coleman, Jude Stroud, Callum Conlon, Charlie Jain, Sam Laird, Leo Norwood, Josh Kitson, Michael Sabine, Sam Ericson, Ethan Aitken, Blue Kelleher, Thomas Izzard (captain)
Ziggy Ericson

The boys have had an amazing season winning the vast majority of their games.  2nd at the copperbox, 3rd in Mercian finals and 3rd nationally is a fair reflection of their hard work.  More importantly the boys have played with passion and commitment whilst being respectful to opposition and have had some fun along the way.

Thanks must go to coach, Craig Alder assisted by Morten And BJ all have shown upmost commitment and support to the squad

Katie Young
A massive thank you to all those Little Sticks children (and their parents) for such an enjoyable season. We have watched you all grow in confidence and skill and wish you all luck for next season. 

From the Little Sticks Team


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