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w/c 17th December 2018

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Santas helpers managed to spare us a few hours on Sunday morning at the mini session - truly in the Christmas spirit!

Left to right -  Santa Stu Mears, Santa Mervyn Lewis, Elf Lee Rowney.  Looking good!


Last Sunday was the last regular session for minis and we re-start on 6th January.

We have a fun hockey Bonanza this Friday 21st, see the flyer below.  It's for players in Y2 to Y5 and is for a couple of hours (10.00 to noon) - £10. 

Give the children a last pre christmas run around (giving adults time to do their pre christmas run around elsewhere!)

PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - contact Annie Hare - details below.

It’s December, so as usual, the annual trip to the Real Club de Polo Barcelona was on the agenda for the Junior Section.  This year, in a departure from previous seasons, we decided to take only the very youngest age groups, with teams in the U9 boys’ and girls’ age groups.
There was a great enthusiasm to sign up and we considered entering more teams in the age groups – we accepted the invitation to take part.  Through October and November there were significant withdrawals and the whole tour was under threat,  However, I shouldn’t have worried,  our core of players held fast and with only just the right numbers we were on our way.  The squads were minimal, but we couldn’t have wished for a more rewarding gang of boys and girls (and parents) to have taken part – they were brilliant!
I was very proud of all of the young green and white army - they were great ambassadors for Canterbury HC - photo below shows the travelling boys and girls.

Annie Hare

The Boys U9 arrived in Barcelona a little unsure and apprehensive for the experience that awaited them.  With only the bare 6 team members this was going to be a tall order but the boys were up for it.  With 5 games of European hockey there was plenty to be learned.
Although the first game against the hosts and eventual winners Club de Polo was a 3-1 loss, many shuffles were saved by Ben to keep the boys in the game and Arthur was released in to the opposition’s D to take an early shot to score, we certainly had them rattled and the potential could be seen.  The next two matches were very tight affairs and could so easily have ended in wins however Canterbury narrowly lost 1-0 and in the next they fought very hard to earn a 1-1 draw with a goal from Heath deftly released from midfield by Arthur.  The next match caught the boys off guard and a little sluggish and the opposition were a step above the rest and we ended up  on the wrong end of a 5+-0 defeat despite some tireless defending from Ben, Tom and Ali.
So the final match was a play off for 9/10th place.  What a different story it would have been if the draw and 1-0 loss had gone our way but 9th place was the goal.  The boys played with confidence, speed of thought and cohesion throughout the final match with all boys demonstrating what they had learned throughout the 3 days and with a goal from Connor they earned themselves their first win of the tournament and a deserved 9th place.
Well done to all the boys for sticking to the task, never giving up and learning with every match.  All the boys improved over the weekend and should carry this forward in to the second half of the season.
Team:  Ben Beatty (GK), Ali Ridge, Tom Pack, Arthur Aikin, Connor Grantham-Stevens, Heath Voissey-Stovell.
Some highlights picked out by assistant coach John;
THE TEAM We took a young team with no subs who have gained invaluable experience. The boys were a pleasure to coach.  They enjoyed themselves, worked hard for each other, listened carefully and implemented instructions. COHESIVE DEFENCE The goalkeeping from Ben was magnificent all one match against the hosts they switched to a penalty hit after he saved five penalty shuffles in a row (he saved the hit as well!) Our defending was robust despite relentless pressure with strong tackling and great distribution from Tom and Ali at the back - a quality defensive unit! GRAFTING MIDFIELD/ATTACK There was tireless midfield work from Heath, Connor and Arthur, with good trapping, accurate passing, tricky stickwork and above all intelligent passing leading to quality goals scored by all three in open play.
The final words must come from the players themselves as after all it is all about them so here follows a few words from the team;
Tom: I loved the trip to Barcelona it was really good fun.  Beating the adults at pool was one of my favourite things to do. The hockey tournament was great, I enjoyed playing against teams from countries and testing our skills. 
Heath:  I had loads of fun playing in the tournament and I had lots of fun making new friends and playing with them. I got much, much better at playing hockey.  I really, really loved Barcelona! Thank you for taking me on the trip and inviting me.
Ali: I was happy to partner with Tom, we were the metal wall in defence. I was happy to beat the adults at pool with Tom 4 TIMES. I was happy for sending up the balls to Arthur for him to score or pass for Heath or Conner to score.
Arthur:  It was nice to meet new friends and play great hockey for Canterbury against some of the best Spanish teams.  I enjoyed the Barcelona FC football tour.
Ben:  I enjoyed making new friends with the team.  I was really happy when I saved loads of Club de Polo shuffles.  I enjoyed helping Rosie to improve.  When can we book to go again!!!!
Connor:  Winning our last game amazing but making new friends was great. Please can we go next year?

 Report Vicki Beatty

The girls’ squad was made up of seven players who arrived in Barcelona having had little opportunity to play together.  What they lacked in experience and preparation, they made up for with gritty determination and a never say die attitude.  They played five games against quality European opposition, and came second in all of them, but the improvement shown by each individual during the course of the tournament was immense and they return to domestic hockey with new goals for their own game. 
Most of our squad was under age for the group so I am hoping that they will be keen to return next year, stronger, fitter, more experienced and ready to reverse the table!

Whilst the tour was obviously about hard core matches, young players definitely need a very balanced experience, and whilst ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’, they had fun on a Rodeo, ate pizza and candy floss and enjoyed all that Barcelona had to offer.
Our team was made up of:-
Rosie Hollands GK, Ruby Bradford, Didi Brooks, Scarlett Danaher-Sears, Nuala Gorman, Ella Grosser, and Mollie Janes,
It would be unfair to highlight one or two players from the group as they all did a superb job against tough opposition. They looked after each other (both on and off the pitch) and had a perfect team ethic.
Here’s what the girls thought about the trip:-

Ella:  I loved being part of a team and sticking together!  I hope I can come next year!!!!!!
Didi:  The best part was making new friends, they were such fun.  I loved playing hockey in a different country as it sounded so strange with opposition speaking in a foreign language.
Ruby:  Loved it so much I want to come next year. .Enjoyed the challenge of playing lots of new teams. 
Nuala:  one of the best parts of the weekend was when the girls went on the metro together.
Scarlett:  the hockey was tough but I think I learned some new things.  All the girls were fun to be with and I loved going with everyone out late at night to the beach.
Rosie:  great friends and new hockey skills and fun every day. The rodeo was awesome.

Report Annie Hare

The U10 Boys sent their development team to Marden for the inaugural Xmas tournament.  The new facilities were certainly impressive and inspired the team to start the tournament strongly controlling the game well from the outset leading to a 3-1 win over the hosts Marden with Rhys Jones scoring 2 including a deft reverse slap and Tom Harrop chasing down a defensive error swiftly to score a great individual goal.
New up was Sevenoaks 2s again Canterbury controlled the game but a lapse in concentration defensively allowed the opposition to score.  No matter Canterbury responded with another goal from Rhys and a great effort from Louis Bennett.
So in to the semi finals as winners of the group and up next was Sevenoaks 1s.  Certainly a sterner test but good strong defence and distribution releasing the midfield to advance forwards well leading to two goals from Leo Rolison.
So the final was reached and a second fixture against Marden.  By this point Marden had woken up and improved proving a very stern test for Canterbury.  With a great triple save from Ben Beatty keeping the boys in the game the defensive unit of Ali Ridge and Harry Ledger held strong and released the midfield and forwards to pile the pressure on the Marden defence.  The deadlock was not broken until the two minute form the end what Lincoln Goldsack entered the D and scored from a strong early strike. 

Game over and Canterbury finished winners of the Tournament.  A great achievement for a developing side and a deserved end to the first half of the season.
Many thanks to the dedicated parents for accompanying their children all the way to Marden for such an early start.  Thanks to Geraint for support on the side-lines.  Thanks also to Toby and Jonathan  our two Youth umpires from U16s they stuck to task throughout the tournament putting their recently acquired umpiring skills to the test.  This was a great opportunity for them and they acquitted themselves very well.
Now for a well earned break for U10s, see you all in the New Year.
Team:  Ben Beatty (GK), Ali Rigde, Harry Ledger, Rhys Jones (3), Tom Harrop (1), Leo Rolison (2), Lincoln Goldsack (1), Louise Bennett (1)
Report Vicki Beatty

The U12 boys, Canterbury Panthers attended the annual Marden Christmas Tournament on Sunday, and turned in a superb performance.  The opening mini league featured games against Old Bordenians and Marden A-team.  In the opening match against Old Bords, we started a little bit slowly, with passing going astray and players running into tackles.  However once the first goal went in, the team settled down and won comfortably 8-0, with some good goals, notably one where Archie B and Martin L-C interchanged the ball on the left before Archie drove to the by-line before slipping a lovely ball into Adam McH to score. 

The next match against Marden would be a tougher proposition.  A win or draw would see us avoid the Canterbury A-Team in the semis, so the lads were very focused.  This showed straight from the whistle where the speed and movement of the team was excellent.  We quickly went 4-0 up with some excellent play, including one great team goal where the ball was switched from left wing, back to the defenders, then into Thomas N up front, who laid it off beautifully for Jonny D to smash home.  Brilliant.  After going 4-0 up, the Marden coach switched his team around and we were suddenly under pressure.  Marden swarmed forward and were constantly thwarted by some great tackles by Will S, Thomas G-S and Henry G at the back.  Marden pulled a goal back, but it was too late to stage any major comeback, so we triumphed 4-1. 

This put the Panthers into the semi-final against Eastbourne.  We started very slowly in this match and we conceded an early goal.  This however spurred us into action, and we quickly equalised and went on to dominate the rest of the game, running out 4-1 winners. 

This set up a final against Canterbury A-team, the Pumas,  which ended in a 2-0 defeat a described in the Puma  report below.
Team:  Barnaby W, Will S, Henry G, Thomas G-S, Archie B, Martin L-C, Adam McH, Thomas N, Jonny D
Report; James Long

The U12 boys team, the Pumas travelled to Marden on a sunny Sunday hoping to finish the first half of the season with a strong performance.  The first game was against a keen Eastbourne side.  We started well and produced some pleasing hockey with the ball being passed quickly and accurately.  We took some time to get the break through, but once the first goal came, the floodgates opened and we went on to win 7-0.  We followed this up with a match against Marden's second team.  This was something of a mismatch which made it difficult to keep the same level of performance.  We played well in spurts and won 6-0.
With the pool games won, we had a half hour break ahead of the semi-finals against Marden's A team.  Despite going through a good warm up, we started the game sluggishly and Marden scored a well worked goal with their first attack.  This rocked the boys and it took a few minutes to regain their composure.  We began to lay siege to the Marden goal, but despite a great deal of pressure, could not find the target.  The Marden keeper made some good saves and we wasted a number of promising opportunities.  With time running out we were awarded a penalty stroke, only to see their keeper pull off a great save.  It looked as if despite all the pressure we would fall short, however with hardly any time to spare we forced the equaliser and took the game into extra time, golden goal.  The boys really took hold of the game, with Jacob in goal now largely a spectator.  We created a number of great chances and Rhys finally made the pressure count with a well taken goal, cue much celebration.
The Canterbury Panthers had produced a strong win against Eastbourne to set up an all Canterbury final.  The final was a really close affair, with the Pumas going ahead, only to then concede a penalty stroke.  Thankfully Jacob made a fantastic save to keep us ahead.  We had a number of good chances to score, but Barnaby in the Panthers goal was in good form, keeping us out.

With seconds to go, the Panthers won a short corner and the game was on the line, however having kept it out we broke at pace and Robin rounded the goalie to clinch a hard fought victory.
Overall a really pleasing performance from the team.  A good way to end the first half of the season and now to head off to the Copperbox after some Christmas downtime!
Report; Paul Surridge

The U12 girls arrived after a very nice lie in (some very fresh faced happy parents too) because of the 1230 start at Marden, all in a very merry and upbeat spirit. We had two pool games to play then fingers crossed a further two games if the girls progressed.

First up were the Host's A team Marden, from the start our girls looked up for the challenge and it was end to end stuff, within 5 minutes a very clean hard hit shot from Freya Sonnen who was playing up front made it’s way into the Marden goal 1-0 Canterbury. After a flurry of attacks (and some outstanding saves from our GK) the score was 1-1 but our defensive line of Kate Hooker and Poppy Gault, who was playing in defence for the 1st time, had some outstanding tackles to keep the score line 1-1, but after some heavy pressure from Marden at the closing stages the final score was 2-1 to Marden. But big big praise needs to go to the team because if you took a picture or both teams at the final whistle you would have thought Canterbury had won 6-0. All the girls had such praise for each other including the opposition on a game played the way it should be. All about Fun and playing together.

Next up Sevenoaks U11 team, the girls, after some very hard games against their U12 teams, felt a little nervous but this was short lived. Our TEAM out played 7Oaks from the start to finish, some great team work in the middle from Lucy Carter who was playing a more defensive centre role with Izzy Kitson  and Mirium Thorpe on the Wings, all three girls linking well together and proving to much for the 7Oaks side. Izzy Kitson scored our 1st goal followed shortly by 2 Goals from Lucy Carter all three goals being set up nicely from great stick an ball skill from Freya Sonnen our lone striker. Final score 3-0 but at least 3 girls could have had hat tricks if the goal had been moved 3Inches to the left hahaha.
Onto the Semi final against Eastbourne who had dominated the B Pool group games, a real challenge lay ahead for our team. But once again end to end play both teams having their chances. Defensively Dana Kuhn was a solid wall on the left stopping attacks an runs when she was called upon but with the score 0-0 and minutes to play Eastbourne kept the pressure on and with two players on the far post and our GK out of position here we go 1-0........ but Our girl in  Goal had other ideas and recovered and saved on the line. Chloe Solley work hard on the left wing to help link defence and the attacking plays with her great ball skills, which helped to provide Freya in the D But the pressure proved to much from Eastbourne. Final the score 1-0 to Eastbourne.

Our girls were now in the 3rd/4th position playoff against Marden B team. The team out played Marden from the start never letting up Winning 3-0 to take 3rd position. Goals from Lucy Carter and Freya Sonnen finished of a great afternoon of Hockey.

I feel the only way I could pick a player of the tournament was to pick the whole team, most of the girls I played out of position to see how they would play, they performed above my expectations so a very happy Coach.

Lastly a mention goes to our Goalie Neave J-Fox (Coaches head on) from the 1st  game Neave had to make a number of crucial saves keeping Canterbury in the game until the very end, then in the Semi-final again Neave made a number of goal line saves making Eastbourne’s attackers work until the very end. As her GK Coach I’m very proud of her perfomance.(As her Dad I had to control my shouting an cheering from the sideline)

Report; Darryl Jeffery-Fox
U12 Girls Canterbury Tigers
Canterbury Tigers 2 - 0 Holcombe Hawks
A well deserved two nil win. Poppy passed to Lottie who put in our first goal.  The second goal coming from  a long run and hard shot from Issy. 
Canterbury Tigers 2 - 1 Holcombe Harriers
After conceding a goal the Canterbury Tigers came back to win a tight match. Goals Lottie and Issy. 
Canterbury Tigers  2 - 0 Tunbridge Wells Bears 
Some lovely work on the right wing from Eleanor led to the first goal by Issy. Canterbury were dominant in the last five minutes with another goal from Issy to seal the win. 
Canterbury Tigers 0  - 2 Tunbridge Wells
A hard fought match with Canterbury having several shots saved by the Tunbridge goalie. The team fought  to the last minute showing great spirit but losing to a good Tunbridge side. 
Report; Tom Sisley

U12 Girls Canterbury Lions
The Canterbury lions played four games in total. The enthusiastic group of nine girls showed some excellent skills and great team play. The team improved with each game. They lost 3 and drew 1. The results did not dampen the girls spirits and each individual gave 100% all morning. The scores did not reflect how close the games were, in some instances the only difference was that we had no goalkeeper whereas every team we played had a keeper. The girls persevered but Canterbury just couldn’t  get the ball in the goal today. A great mornings hockey with lots of fun had by all. 
The Lions: Freya Padfield, Abi White, Margot Fisher, Lucy Gotke, Sofie Goode, Bea Bainbridge, Bea Hatton, Rachel Troope, Erin Knox

Report; Sarah Gotke
U12 Girls - Teddington Tournament

After a long drive to Teddington’s Christmas Invitational tournament our Canterbury U12 squad got their competition underway against London Wayfarers. The game started with some nerves from all the girls but these were only short, the game was end to end with both teams having their chances but sadly no goal came from either side. Although near the end Izzy Kitson came the closest but even with a drive for a hard incoming ball could not be turned into the goal. Final score 0-0. 
Next came what turned out to be the toughest test for our girls - Surbiton, but within a minute or so Savanna Truelock and Lucy Carter drove hard into Surbitons half the ball rattled about in the D before Miriam Thorpe turned the ball into goal. Maybe the tide had turned the girls now expected Surbiton to push hard and so they did, Kate Hooker and Freya Sonnen had great games in defence and weathered the 1st 2nd and 3rd wave of attacked and Neave J-Fox in goal made some crucial saves but they could not hold on forever and the equalizer finally came. Then in a blink of an eye 2 more goals had appeared. The girls kept their heads up and kept pushing but by the final whistle the final score was 5-1 .
The final game of the day saw us playing the host's Teddington Brown team with only a 60 second break from the last game. On they went wanting to get a result and from the whistle the girls played well as a team, Poppy Gault was working hard on the right wing defensively and attacking but like the first game it was a very evenly matched affair. On the left Dana Kuhn tried hard to feed the midfield and defensively stood her ground when needed. With only a few minutes left in the game Teddington got a Penalty Corner, after a shot was saved by Neave and the ball bobbled around the D a shot going wide took a deflection and Bang the ball was in the goal. The all the girls kept on pushing for an equaliser but it was not to be and the finally score was 1-0 to Teddington.
All the girls should be proud of their performances against some very tough competition and now look forward to the Christmas Break.
Report; Darryl Jeffery-Fox


Please note that the club shop will have limited opening hours leading up to Christmas.  It will be open on Sunday 16 December from 9.30 to 11.30.  Other times are available so please contact Carolyn Williams for details.  Email or telephone 07775 908242.
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