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Olympic gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh and ex-Irish International Sarah Kelleher to coach at HWHC

We are very excited to announce former Great Britain Captain and double Olympic medallist, Kate Richardson-Walsh, and former Irish International and England U18 Coach Sarah Kelleher are joining the club as Ladies’ first XI coaches.

Kate and Sarah will take on the role together, allowing for both their breadth of expertise to put a mark on the team’s development.

Alongside her role as Ladies’ first XI coach, Kate will also get involved with growing HWHC junior section where she will coach and consult on the newly created Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club Academy.  Kate will work closely with HWHC’s Head of Youth & Development, Alex Smart, and HWHC Men’s first XI Head Coach, Kwan Browne, on the development of HWHC junior club members on the England Hockey Player Pathway. 

Richard Smith, Director of Hockey at HWHC, said: “We are delighted that Kate and Sarah will be coaching our Ladies’ first XI this season. The team has been going from strength to strength over the last few years - just missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season after clinching the East Conference title without a loss.  Kate and Sarah will no doubt push our squad to the next level with their extensive experience and tactical insights.”

HWHC President, Richard Sykes, added: “It is fantastic to have Kate join our club in this double capacity.  HWHC has seen great growth and professionalisation in recent years, particularly seen our junior section with tremendous expansion.  We are proud of how we have developed a very successful and competitive junior club, with youngsters from the age of five to eighteen training at HWHC’s home ground at Westminster’s Paddington Recreation Ground in Central London. 

Both Kate and Sarah’s vision for hockey in the country completely aligns with our club’s ambition to build talent programmes that encourage the development of junior and senior players while they enjoy everything the sport has to offer. We really look forward to Kate and Sarah putting their mark on our club’s development across all sections.”

Kate Richardson-Walsh, said: “I am excited to be working alongside ex-Irish international and ex-Slough teammate Sarah this season at HWHC. Having stepped away from the game last season I wanted to make sure when I stepped back in, it was a good fit for all parties. HWHC have a good ladies first team squad, a thriving junior section and a club that has exciting aspirations for the future. I hope we can have another successful season, taking strides forward as a collective club in all areas.”

Kate and Sarah will be joining HWHC at an exciting time, not only is the club peaking in growth and performance, the club will also be celebrating their 125th anniversary in the season of 2018 – 2019 with a wide range of activities dedicated to this milestone.

 

*Kate Richardson-Walsh played for Great Britain between 1999 and 2016. She captained Great Britain for over 13 years of her international career, and won many achievements, most notably the Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 following on from Olympic Bronze at London 2012. With over 370 caps, Kate is Great Britain’s most capped hockey player.

*Sarah Kelleher represented Ireland for over 10 years at senior level, winning 126 caps, and captained the side. She has been involved in high performance coaching at international level for eight years and is the current England Under 18s coach. Outside of hockey Sarah works as a Brand Strategy Consultant in business.

 

Mike Delaney

Mike Delaney steps down as Ladies’ 1s Head Coach

After joining us fresh off the boat from New Zealand two years ago, he’s now heading back…

We want to say a massive thank you to Mike Delaney, who coached our Ladies' first XI very successfully for the last two seasons.  Together with Assistant Coach Richard Smith he led the ladies to their highest ever finish, winning the East Conference last season, unbeaten and only narrowly missing out on a spot in the Investec Premier League in the play-offs.

Mike you will be massively missed but we wish you all the success in the future and keep COOL always!

The new coaching team will be revealed tomorrow, so stay tuned…

Men’s 1s make it to the League Finals again

After a dramatic last few weeks of the season, the Men's 1st XI are in the League Finals again, at Lee Valley April 28/29, for a shot at becoming Champions of England, and qualifying for Europe next season.

We play Wimbledon at 10:30am on Saturday, April 28 for a place in the Sunday final against Beeston or Surbiton.

Saturday 28 April - Lee Valley

1030 – MHL Semi 1 – Wimbledon (1st) v Hampstead & Westminster (4th)

Sunday 29 April - Lee Valley

1330 – MHL final

Tickets available here, grab your team mates and head down to Lee Valley and support the lads.

£25 for a weekend ticket

£17.50 for one day

Ladies’ 1s are in the Premier League Play-Off!

You may have heard...  The Ladies' 1st XI won the East Conference and now head to the play-offs taking on Beeston (winners of the North Conference), Stourport (West), and Slough (9th in the Premier League). After all teams have played, the top two will play Premier League hockey next season. The fixtures are across three days in two weekends, and the girls need all the Hampstead & Westminster support possible.

Sunday 22 April - Nottingham Hockey Centre
14:30 – Hampstead & Westminster (East) v Slough (Premier)

Saturday 28 April - University of Birmingham
14:15 – Beeston (North) v Hampstead & Westminster (East)

Sunday 29 April - University of Birmingham
13:15 – Hampstead & Westminster (East) v Stourport (West)

Next season is our 125th Anniversary, and having both 1st XI teams in the Premier Leagues would be the perfect celebration of the club.

More info here on England Hockey

And tickets are available here

£15 for all three days, £8 for each day and £12 for both games in Birmingham on 28/29

We'll be looking into group travel over the coming weeks for the Nottingham and Birmingham trips. Keep an eye on our social media.

Harry Martin joins HWHC

We are delighted to announce Great Britain international Harry Martin as our first signing of the summer for the Men's 1s as we look to better our top 4 finish last season.

Midfielder Harry made his full international debut for GB when he was just 17 years old and at still only 24 has already represented GB in two Olympics, won Commonwealth Games and Hockey World League Bronze medals in 2014, racking up a remarkable 151 caps and 13 goals for England and GB to date. In 2012, Harry was shortlisted for the FIH World Young Player of the Year Award. Harry is currently with England at Lee Valley for the Hockey World League Semi-Finals taking place in London for the next two weeks - tickets still available if you want to cheer the boys on!

Harry joins us after a successful season playing for Rotterdam in the Netherlands, helping them to second place in the league and having previously helped Beeston to two Premier League titles. He's also not just good with a stick and ball, he has a first class economics degree from the University of Nottingham.

On joining Hampstead and Westminster Harry said "After a fantastic year in Rotterdam, I'm delighted to be joining Hampstead & Westminster. The club is in an exciting place following last season and shares my ambitions of domestic and European success. Being coached by Kwan is a great opportunity to develop my game and I want to pick up as much as I can from him. There is also a strong emphasis on having fun both on and off the pitch, which is important to me and there seems to be a really social environment around the club as whole."

After a successful season last year for our Men's 1s which culminated in the League Finals weekend for the first time in our history, the squad is relatively unchanged. Harry’s addition to the club not only brings his exceptional talent, but also his invaluable experience of big game situations. The team is already looking forward to the new season and the addition of a few more new faces will help us to push for the National Premier League title.

We are real excited to see Harry pull on the blue and white stripes and look forward to working with him in his continued development through to the next Olympics and beyond.

Check out this little beauty Harry stuck in for Rotterdam last year.

5-1 Harry Martin v Qui Vive

Een van de 9 doelpunten tegen Qui Vive Heren 1 werd gescoord door Harry Martin, die eerst nog even twee verdedigers het bos in stuurde!

Posted by Rotterdam Heren 1 on Monday, 27 March 2017

HWHC Men’s 1st XI are in the National Hockey League Finals at Lee Valley

You may have heard... the Men's 1st XI are in the National League Final Play Offs for the first time, at Lee Valley April 22/23, for a shot at becoming Champions of England, and qualifying for Europe next season.

Get your tickets NOW (before March 31!) for a discounted rate, and to sit with the rest of the club, to cheer the boys on. Enter code HAMPSTEAD17 when purchasing tickets - links below.

Get your team together and have a great weekend with the rest of the club at the home of hockey.

We play Wimbledon at 1100 on Saturday, April 22, with Holcombe and Surbiton doing battle at 1315

And after those games are the two semi finals for the Investec Women's League.

Win the semi final and we're then back on the Sunday for the final at 1345.

http://www.englandhockey.seetickets.com/tour/men-s-investec-women-s-hockey-league-finals/

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2040&sectionTitle=Ticket+Information

More schedule info can be found here
http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2061&sectionTitle=The+Schedule

HWHC Dream Team 2016/17 Fantasy Hockey

Now you can enter The HWHC Dream Team, fantasy hockey league. Pick your XI now!

After an extended hiatus, it's back, but would you pick yourself?

We are delighted to announce the return of HWHC's Dream Team Fantasy Hockey competition. Whether you want to play to win the CASH prize (amount will be sizeable!),  to give your mates grief about their own shocking scores, or to desperately work out who that person is that you fancy before including them in your team to try and flirt with them, then this is the competition for you.  It's a lot of fun!

The league will work in exactly the same way as last year - for those new to it, it's dead simple.  You can select players from throughout the club (max 2 per team) who you think will score you the most points on the weekend. Points are awarded for appearances, goals, clean sheets, umpiring other teams etc with penalties in place for those that pick up cards with their back chat to umpires or have a penchant for the weekly Dick of the Day award - A full list of how to score points (and have points deducted!) can be found here. Basically start with Neil Hamilton and work it out from there. You don't need to be an expert either, you may feel that just picking a "stupid name XI" a "hot men XI" or even a "Dutch XI" (I think we have enough?) is enough to enjoy the fun.

Players are valued using a series of complex algorithms and random number generators - depending on the player and their team’s performance over recent seasons. And its up to you to select your team within the allocated budget. But if your diamond in the rough isn’t performing as you’d have expected then of course we have a number of transfers available to use throughout the season, however and whenever you want.

And if the opportunity to prove the merits of an HWHC superstar wasn’t enough there will be prizes on offer. CASH prizes!
Entry is £15 with all profit going towards the club, so get involved and test yourselves against the rest. Please note that it is free to register and enter a team on the website, but expect to be chased for your £15 by and angry goal keeper if you haven't paid soon!

Please note - the first week of points scoring is next Saturday, 15th October, so you have one weekend to research.  Get your entries in and team picked by Friday night!

 

To join the league click here

You'll need the league password 00255600HWHCc6ec73 to join the league

Entry is £15 per team payable to the account below.

J Dodds
20-44-91
63778231

If you're looking for a starting point, here is top scoring XI from 2014/15 if money was no object... Since then though, the Ladies' 1s have moved up into the National League and Carl Smith has moved to Australia, so anything could happen this season!

GLK Rochelle Gianfrancesco: L1s - 129

DEF Neil Hamilton: M1s - 245
DEF Annebeth Wijtenberg: L1s - 181
DEF Tom Smith: Zak Hond - 140
DEF Karen Horton: L5s - 127

MID Carl Smith: Zak Hond - 130
MID David Chubb: Vets - 109
MID Boudewijn Dierick: M2s - 101
MID Antoine Elias: Hammers - 100

STK Wendy Campbell: L5s - 149
STK Dominic Richardson: Vets - 131
Finally, good luck!

The rules of HWHC Dream Team – Fantasy Hockey

Here is a detailed breakdown of exactly how your players will score points this season and win you top honours at the end of the season.

Sign up to the new season here.

 

Team Selection

 Your fantasy team must be made up of 11 players containing:

1 x goalkeeper (GLK)
4 x defenders (DEF)
4 x midfielders (MID)
2 x forwards (FWD)

 You have unlimited transfers up to the first fixture.

 You must transfer a player the day before the match for that player to score any points in that match.

How do I score points?

A Goalkeeper (GLK) will score...

10 points for each goal scored (GLS)
10 points for a clean sheet (CLS)
4 points for conceding only 1 goal (1GC)
-1 point for each goal conceded (GLC)

A Defender (DEF) will score...

5 points for each goal scored (GLS)
7 points for a clean sheet (CLS)
3 points for conceding only 1 goal (1GC)
-1 point for each goal conceded (GLC)

A Midfielder (MID) will score...

4 points for each goal scored (GLS)
1 point for a clean sheet (CLS)

A Striker (STK) will score...

3 points for each goal scored (GLS)

All players will score...

2 point for every appearance.
2 points for a win (WIN)
-3 points for a green card (GRN)
-5 points for a yellow card (YEL)
-10 points for a red card (RED)
5 points for Man of the Match (MOM)
-1 points for Thanks for Coming (TFC)
2 points for umpiring (UMP)
Goalkeepers - JOIN US!

GOALKEEPERS – WE NEED YOU!

This season we have suffered a shortage of goalkeepers. If you are a GK and interested in joining a top London club, get in touch - Annual subs are free for Goalkeepers!

If you used to play and fancy getting the pads on again.

If you play for another club and fancy making the move to Hampstead and Westminster - we promise you won't regret it!

If you've never played between the sticks and fancy giving it a go.

If you've just moved to London and are looking for a fun (but serious about hockey!) club to join in a great location - home pitches and club house are a short walk from Maida Vale tube station on the Bakerloo Line.

We want to talk to you!

Please email Men's Club Captain Doddsy or Deputy Ladies' Club Captain Beth for more info.