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Rising GB star French joins HWHC

We are delighted to announce that Sam French is joining Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club this season, moving down the M40 from the University of Birmingham with his economics degree.

Sam has represented England and GB at all age groups and was part of the Under 21 side won gold at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia, that also included HWHC player James Simpson. Sam will bring an immediate impact to the squad posing a real goal threat, but he is also one for the future and we hope we are able to support and help him achieve his first senior cap in the not too distant future. We look forward to seeing him wearing the famous Hampstead stripes.

‘I’m really excited to be joining HWHC and playing within a really strong group of players. I think playing under Kwan and alongside such a talented squad will help me develop my game to the next level.  It would be great to push to play in europe and I think with the way the squad is shaping up we will have a great chance to challenge at the top of the premier league.’

Sam French UoB

Welsh Dragon Kettle joins Hampstead & Westminster

We are delighted to announce that David Kettle is to join HWHC this season.

Kettle is the the current number 1 goalkeeper for Wales, after making his debut in the 2009 World Cup qualifier against New Zealand.  He has since gone on to win 60 senior caps, competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 3 European Championships, and is preparing for the World League in September.

Kettle also brings a huge wealth of experience from the domestic game too, making the move to central London from Surbiton where he won the EH cup in 2013 (although we forget who the final was against), and played in the Euro Hockey League. Previously having won the Premier League twice with Cannock and once at East Grinstead, two further cup titles with Cannock and more EHL experience with the Midland side and East Grinstead. Away from the UK he played two season with Bankstown in Australia and one campaign with Sapura HC in Malaysia.

On the move to Maida Vale, Kettle said, “I’m really excited by the vision that Kwan Browne has for the club; there’s a lot of quality within the squad and I’m looking forward to the challenge of winning national titles with HWHC. Culture is really important to me & I’m looking forward to being part of a positive and progressive club, on and off the field."

His experience of challenging at the top of the Premier league will be invaluable to HWHC this year we can't wait to see him on the pitch for us.

Four huge new signings for the Mens 1st XI

We are extremely delighted to welcome four exciting new players into the fold at Hampstead and Westminster.

Will Calnan joins from Surbiton, Marc Edwards has made the move from The North (Cannock) and joining the Hampstead revolution from Canterbury with new Head Coach Kwan Browne is Aaron Hudson and Matt Burton-Bowen.


Will has represented England or GB at every age level of competition from U16 right up to the U23s last weekend. He.was part of the GB U21 group that won Gold at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia last year alongside our very own young master of the moustache, Simmo, and coached by Kwan

I'm really excited to join Hampstead and Westminster this season. A club with a beautiful location and a positive fresh culture is perfect for me with what seems to be an extremely talented group.


Marc won the national cup in 2014 with Cannock and indoor title in 2007 with Loughborough. He captained England from U16-U21 level, and won Bronze with GB U21 at the 2009 youth Olympics.

I'm really excited to work with Kwan Browne, he was a big factor in my move to Maida Vale. I want to push my game onto the next level, having to push for selection each week in a very strong group of players. I'm desperate to win national titles and think HWHC can give me that opportunity. And still want to push the England selectors for a call up.

Araon Hudson

Aaron spent 9 seasons with Canterbury 1st XI, making it to the Premier League playoffs in 2013 and 5th in 2014.

I am incredibly excited to be joining Hampstead and Westminster for the coming season. There is huge potential and depth within the squad which can hopefully propel HWHC to the next level


Matt brings with him bags of experience and clownish behaviour. He has won nothing - well, he got St Albans promoted to the National League as player/coach some years ago, and has played all over the world.

Kwan asked so I came. I do what he says, I think that's why he keeps picking me. I'm keen to play in europe and think Hampstead have a greet opportunity of getting there with the squad they have. I'm also surprised my legs still work, so might as well make the most of them… Kwan is even more surprised my legs still work.

Chris Cargo

Irish international Chris Cargo joins HWHC Men’s 1st XI

We are delighted to announce that Ireland international Chris Cargo will be joining Hampstead and Westminster HC for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Chris has in excess of 100 international caps and is currently preparing for the Rio Olympics after helping them qualify for the first time in Ireland’s history.

He brings with him a wealth of top flight club experience too, moving to London after a successful two year spell in Belgium with Racing Club de Bruxelles, and prior to that playing six seasons in England's Premier league with Reading.

We look forward to watching Chris in Rio, then seeing him pull on a Hampstead and Westminster shirt and using his experience to help bring success to the club.

Kwan Browne

Kwan Browne to take charge at Hampstead & Westminster 

Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club are delighted to announce that Kwan Browne is the new head coach of the Men's 1st XI.

Kwan comes from a seven year spell at Canterbury HC where he took them to the Premier League playoffs in 2013 and 5th in 2014. During this period he has also led the side to 5 National Indoor finals. Kwan is the current Great Britain U23s Head Coach and England U21 Men Assistant Coach.

Kwan hails from Trinidad & Tobago for whom he has played over 300 international games; he hopes to continue playing as well as coach at the highest domestic and international level, aiming to be a part of a Trinidad team competing at the 2018 Gold Cost commonwealth Games.

As such Kwan will take on his role at Hampstead as a player coach in the same fashion as seen at Canterbury. As a coach he will be hoping to build upon the good work of Michael Johnson over the last two years and take the side on to compete at the top end of the English Premier League.

We take great pleasure in welcoming him to the club and look forward to a great season at Hampstead & Westminster.

Club president Richard Sykes added, "We are delighted that Kwan has committed to join HWHC as player/coach for our Men's 1s. He is an ideal person to build on the foundations that Michael Johnson has put in place and position us as one of the very top performance clubs in the country."

MJ to step down as Men’s 1st XI Head Coach

Michael Johnson (MJ) is to step down as the Head Coach of Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club Men's 1st XI after what has been another successful season.

MJ took over at HWHC in the 2014/15 season and demonstrated over the past two years why he is considered one of the best coaches in the country. His wealth of experience, knowledge and coaching skills have resulted in the assembly of what is undoubtedly one of the strongest squads of the last decade at HWHC. The attractive style of play he encouraged over his two seasons meant he oversaw a number of excellent wins over some of the top teams in the league showing that HWHC were more than capable of mixing it at the top of the league.

We thank him for his contribution to this historic club and the progress that has been made under his stewardship, we wish him all the best for his future with whatever hockey activities he decides to pursue as he focuses upon his professional career and we look forward to remaining in contact as our paths will be sure to continue to cross.


IMPORTANT: Rule changes for the new season


In late 2014, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced some changes to the Rules of Hockey. These

changes included the incorporation of the previous FIH Tournament Regulations that related to: a) breaking early

at a penalty corner; b) the two-minute green card; and c) the use of the stick above the shoulder. All the changes

are outlined on pages 5-7 of the FIH Rules Book.

The changes came into effect at International level from 1st January 2015 and were implemented in the National

Leagues on 31st January 2015. With effect from 1st July 2015, all of the new rules will be played throughout the

11-a-side game in England, at all age groups.

The new rules have proved to be both successful and popular at international and national league level. They

improve the flow of the game, as they result in fewer interruptions, and they help umpires with game

management. It is also very good news that the game of hockey across the country will be played to the same

The notes below represent guidance on the new rules, but please recognise that they are guidance and not a set

of hard and fast principles that must be adhered to at all times. Finally, be aware that sometimes, when new rules

are introduced, umpires, players and coaches get over-concerned by all the possible implications of the changes,

which can, on occasion, lead to loss of focus and, perhaps, missing other things relating to the unchanged rules

that are more important.



New Rule:

 If the attacker taking the penalty corner injection feints at playing the ball they should be sent beyond the

centre-line and should be replaced by another attacker.

 If a defender, other than the GK, crosses the line before the injector has played the ball then they must go

beyond the centre-line and cannot be replaced by another defender.

 If the GK, or player with GK privileges (a “kicking back”), crosses the line before the injector has played the

ball then the defending team must defend the PC with one fewer player.

 If an attacker enters the circle before the injector has played the ball then they should be sent beyond the


Rationale for the change: The new rule has proved to be hugely successful in prompting a significant reduction

in the number of early breaks, by both attackers and defenders.

Guidance for umpires:

1. Having awarded a penalty corner, umpires should allow the injection only after the attackers are all

outside the circle and the defenders are either beyond the centre-line or behind the back-line.

2. If an attacker or defender then enters the circle before the ball is injected, umpires should blow their

whistle and signal a reset penalty corner.

3. Umpires should send the offending player to the centre-line, unless it is the goalkeeper or “kicking back”

that steps out early. In that case, the team should choose a defender to go to the centre-line.

4. An attacker at the top of the circle who infringes and is sent to the centre-line may be replaced.

5. If the injector ‘dummies’ and that causes defenders to step out early, then the injector must be sent to

the centre-line and another attacker must then inject.

6. If, during the playing of a penalty corner, another penalty corner results (without the ball having travelled

more than 5 metres outside the circle) any player originally sent to the centre-line must remain there for

the retaken penalty corner.

7. If a defender steps out early at the retaken penalty corner, then that defender must be sent to the

centre-line (reducing the number of defenders on the backline by an additional player).

8. If, during the playing of a penalty corner, another penalty corner results (with the ball having travelled

more than 5 metres outside the circle) any player originally sent to the centre-line may return for the

newly awarded penalty corner.

9. A penalty corner is considered as re-taken until any of the conditions for its completion are met, which

are detailed in Rule 13.5 (for penalty corners in normal time) and Rule 13.6 (for penalty corners at half-

time and full-time).

10. Players may therefore return from the centre-line when: a) the ball goes more than 5 metres from the

circle; or b) the ball goes out of play, unless it is deliberately played over the backline by a defender; or

c) a penalty, other than a penalty corner, is awarded.

Please visit this section of the England Hockey Rules education site to see videos of this rule in practice.



New Rule: When an offending player is awarded a green card, he/she will be required to leave the field of play

for a period of two minutes.

Rationale for the change: The introduction of the two-minute green card provides an additional management aid

to umpires, which has proved very effective in offering an intermediate penalty between a verbal caution and a

yellow card.

Guidance for umpires:

1. A green card should still be awarded for any offence for which it would have been awarded under the

previous rules i.e. a green card should not now be reserved for more serious offences just because it

carries with it a two-minute suspension.

2. A verbal warning can still be given for those offences that an umpire feels require some intervention but

not a temporary suspension.

3. An offence that was deserving of a yellow card under the previous rules should still be penalised with a

yellow card under the new rules. A yellow card should not be replaced by a green card now that the

latter carries a suspension.

4. Umpires should blow their whistle and stop time before awarding a green card. Umpires should then

record the time of the suspension and the number of the offending player.

5. The game should not be restarted until such time as the offending player has left the pitch, unless the

regulations of the competition in which the game is being played specifically allow for the game to be

restarted earlier. This will usually be where there is a technical table to assist with managing the carded


6. After two minutes of playing time, the offending player may be invited back onto the pitch. There does

not have to be a stoppage in play before this can happen, nor does the player have to be returned at

exactly two minutes, a delay of a few seconds is acceptable. The player must not be returned during a

penalty corner - i.e. from its award until such time as the penalty corner is complete, as per either rule

13.5 (for penalty corners in normal time) or rule 13.6 (for penalty corners at half-time or full-time).

7. If the player being returned is a GK, this must be done at a break in play, though the clock need not

necessarily be stopped.

8. Unlike with a yellow card, umpires cannot increase the period of suspension for a green card beyond

two minutes. If a suspended player commits any further offence between the award of the green card

and the end of the suspension, s/he will need to be awarded a yellow card to extend the period of

suspension. (NB. The player must also be suspended for five minutes from the point at which the yellow

card is shown in that situation, not for five minutes from when the original green card was shown.)

9. This process is identical to that used previously when a yellow card was shown, in every respect other

than the inability to increase length of the suspension.



New Rule: Players can play the ball when the ball is above shoulder height, provided that they do so in a

controlled manner and in a way that does not create or lead to danger.

Rationale for the change: To add another dimension and set of skills to the game, and to remove the need for

umpires to make marginal judgements about the height of the stick with sometimes far-reaching consequences.

Guidance for umpires:

1. This rule does not give players ‘carte blanche’ to swing wildly at the ball when it is in the air. Any

attempt to play the ball must be safe and must not potentially endanger other players.

2. When an aerial pass has been made, umpires should focus on the ‘landing area’. Player movement

should give umpires an indication of where the ball should fall so there is no need to watch its flight.

3. If a player makes a successful attempt to play a raised ball while it is in the air, then that player’s

opponents must stay clear and allow that player 5m in which to receive the ball, and control it on the


4. If the sticks of two opposing players are raised close together to receive an aerial pass, then umpires

should blow their whistle and award a free hit to the team whose player did not raise the ball.

5. If the sticks of two opposing players are raised (but some metres apart), then the receiver is the player

the ball will reach first. In this case, opposing players must let the ball be controlled on the ground

before any approach is made.

Please visit this section of the England Hockey Rules education site to see videos of this rule in practice.



New Rule: A free hit awarded within 5 metres of the edge of the circle can be taken from the point of the offence.

The ball still has to travel at least 5 metres before it can be played into the circle, or alternatively has to be

touched by another player of either team, other than by the player taking the free hit.

Rationale for the change: Previously having to take the ball back to the 5m dotted line was seen as a real

disadvantage to the attacking team (as it allowed the defence to re-organise) and it disrupted the flow of the


Guidance to umpires:

1. Free hits can now be taken from the point of infringement, even if that is within 5m of the circle (the

dotted line). However, the ball must travel 5m, or be touched by another player, before it can enter the


2. Just as anywhere else in the 23, the free hit may be taken immediately, even though other players are

not 5m away. Those players must not interfere with play.

3. Defenders who are not 5m away, but inside the circle, are not required to retreat 5m - the attacker who

self passes is not entitled to dribble into the circle (until the ball has gone 5m), and so they are not

interfering with play. Defenders may also shadow around the inside of the circle a player who takes a

self-pass, provided that they do not play or attempt to play the ball or influence play until it has either

travelled at least 5m or alternatively has been touched by another player of either team who can

legitimately play the ball.

4. However, defenders who are more than 5m away may not encroach in an attempt to form a sort of

“defensive wall”.

5. Umpires should be aware that, if the ball is touched, another player can then dribble into the circle, in

which case a set defender inside the circle could, depending upon their subsequent actions, be

interfering with play.

6. Other than indicated above, any playing of the ball, attempting to play the ball or interference by a

defender or an attacker who was not 5m from the ball, should be penalised accordingly. In such

circumstances, the correct penalty will usually be a PC to the attacking team.

Please visit this section of the England Hockey Rules education site to see a video of this rule in practice.




New Rule: Play will be re-started by the attacking team with the ball on the 23 metres line and in line with where

it crossed the back-line.

Rationale for the change: To open up angles and options for the attacking team and to prevent the ball getting

‘stuck’ in the corner amongst a crowd of players.

Guidance for umpires:

1. The re-start must be taken from on the 23m line. This means that the re-start is within the 23 and

therefore may not be played directly into the circle until it has travelled 5m or been touched by another


2. Players may ‘try it on’ by taking the hit just outside the 23. If the ball is not placed exactly on the 23m

line, umpires should make it clear to players that play must continue as if the ball were inside the 23.

3. Umpires should be flexible and only penalise if the ‘wrong spot’ for the ‘corner’ is chosen either to gain

an unfair advantage or for reasons that go against the aim and spirit of the rule.

4. The signal for the new restart remains unchanged – i.e. the umpire should point to the corner mark. A

secondary signal can then be used to show the location of the restart on the 23m line if necessary. NB:

You will find that players quickly become familiar with the new rule and thus a secondary signal

becomes unnecessary, unless the player is obviously preparing to take the restart from the wrong place.

Please visit this section of the England Hockey Rules education site to see videos of this rule in practice.


‘UP 10’ RULE

Please note that the rule that allowed an umpire to progress a free hit by up to 10 metres has been deleted. The

rule is now redundant owing to the new free hit rules and the ability to self-pass, while any other misconduct can

be managed using other rules or personal penalties.

Men's 1s Neil Hamilton

HWHC Fantasy Hockey Dream Team 14/15 – WINNERS!

After an epicly long season (bloody mixed XI making it all the way to the final!) of HWHC Fantasy Hockey, we have a top three... And after leading for almost the entire season, Edo held on to claim top spot, and Manager of the season. Oversized comedy cheques are in the post!

1. Jamie Edington  -  1215
2. Richard Hildreth  -  1205
3. Simon Daws  - 1161
We also ran Manager of the Month since Christmas with each manager picking up a little £10 bonus...
January - Edo
February - Sheridan Leech
March - Alex Smart
And if you were more interested in who were the best XI players.
Rochelle Gianfrancesco  (L1)  129
Neil Hamilton (M1/2) 245
Annebeth Wijtenberg (L1) 181
Tom Smith (Zak Hond) 140
Karen Horton (L5) 127
Carl Smith (Zak Hond) 130
David Chubb (Vets) 109
Boudewijn Dierick (M2) 101
Antoine Elias (Hammers) 100
Wendy Campbell (L5) 149
Dom Richardson (Thirsts/Vets) 131


Thanks to all the teams who have dutifully sent their results over (mostly) on time each week and thanks to the Men's 6s for processing them!

See you next season.

Greene & Co. join HWHC

We are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with local estate agents Greene & Co. who are based just a 30 second walk from our club house at PSC.

Greene & Co. is an award-winning estate agency working across North London and the City. Established more than 30 years ago in West Hampstead it has nine offices throughout London serving West Hampstead, Maida Vale, Crouch End, Belsize Park, Clerkenwell, Kentish Town and Kensal Rise & Queen's Park as well as an Urban Spaces group, a unique property specialists who work across the whole of London and an award-winning New Homes deparment.

Greene & Co have come on board as one of our lead sponsors, supporting the club as a whole across our ever growing junior section to the ever bustling and successful adult section.

The sponsorship comes at an exciting time for us as the Ladies 1st X1 look towards their first season in the National East Conference and our men prepare for another year in the National Premier League.

Greene & Co have a fantastic presence in the area of Maida Vale, Hampstead & Westminster and we look forward to having them along to a number of our events and working closely with them moving forward.

Greene & Co. join HWHC
Greene & Co. join HWHC