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Super Vets – 16/09/17

The super vets opened their seasonal account with storming 5–3 win over Eastcote.

Sorry to miss a number of SV regulars, nevertheless our tails were up at the presence of a number of vets. Turns out the same was true for the Opo so a good game was on.

In true SV style, the forwards played a semi-separate game upfront, with Oz, Peter T and Saxby moving the ball and, on occasion, themselves to good effect. A classic narrow angle from Saxby paved his way towards the Hatrick. Good striking from Oz gave him a couple of goals, And the combinations were excellent.

From the back, distribution from Dixon – fresh from his goal medal winning efforts in the Euros – was first class. Greg, John Mason, Charles, Mike sucked up a good deal of pressure; though poor control led to Eastcote grabbing a couple of goals, keeping themselves in the game. Jim J held the line align well between the sticks.

The Grand Canyon of the midfield, another super vets feature, was able patrolled by Chapman, James J, Mark Gration and the new half captain.

End to end stuff, close for a moment at 4-3. But a final goal to seal the hat-trick from Saxby gave sufficient breathing space.

Excellent ball movement, lots of chat and a whole bunch of fun all round the pitch. MOM to Saxby for Hatrick, honourable mentions for Dixon, Jim and Brooksie. And Saxby took dick of the day to, though know one could quite work out why.

Plus the unusual sight of an SV mass warm down. Whatever next? Training perhaps?

HWHC New Joiners Drinks – Saturday 30th September

HWHC New Joiners Drinks

Compulsory event for any new joiners and all grizzled old veterans.

The upstairs of the Warrington Hotel will be transformed, at minimal cost, into the Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club frat/sorority house. There will be Beer Pong, there will be competitions, there will be games, and there will be prizes.  There will also be an after party for those that like to dance the night away, venue tbc.

Come along and get involved!

HWHC Season Kick Off Party – Saturday 23rd September

Coming off the back of a record breaking (possibly, I have no idea*) season the HWHC M1s have their first home game of the season, with the Zak Hond doing Ball Patrol as an added treat. To celebrate their inevitable victory and ascension to the top of the league we have planned a party.

The plan is to encourage as many teams as possible to watch the hockey and build some of that legendary awkwardly polite HWHC Cage atmosphere. Post-match there will be food and drinks up the road at the Queens Arms , going on to an early after party at Bokor (formally the Betsy Smith) where we have a private area booked for the club for 9pm.

Fancy dress as your favourite member of the M1s is encouraged.

See you there!


"Shazacca" (Macca & Shaz)



*Editor's note - yes, it was a record-breaking year. Well done Rochey, Kwan et al.


HWHC Launch Slate App for Match Fees


A new way to pay your match fees!

This season, we will be using the Slate app (https://slateapp.co.uk/) which offers the Club the ability to create a direct debit payment request if you don’t pay by cash. You then authorise this request using the free app and your match fees are taken from your account automatically.

In the coming weeks you will receive an email invite from Slate, inviting you to download and register with Slate. It takes two minutes to do so and would appreciate you getting this done by the first game if possible. If you have any problems with getting set up on Slate, please email help@Slateapp.co.uk for assistance.



Can I not just pay cash?

Whether you choose to use the app is entirely up to you, if you prefer to pay cash you can still do so. But we’re hoping most of you will recognise the convenience of paying via the Slate app and not having to drive past the cash point on the way to the game.

Is it secure / does the club get my bank details?

Slate partners with Gocardless, which is a known electronic payment provider similar to Paypal. The systems are secure and encrypted to international standards. All payment is dealt with by Gocardless, the Club and Slate do not access your bank account.

Can the club take money without my permission?

No, the system works by sending you a request to authorise the payment, which you do via the free app on your phone. If the request isn’t authorised then no payment is made.

Is this going to cost me anything?

No, there is a transaction fee, but the club will be absorbing this and not passing it on to members.

It all sounds very complicated and I’m really not very good with technology!

The system is actually pretty simple, however we appreciate not everyone is as comfortable with technology as others. If you are struggling to get set up just email help@slateapp.co.uk and they will help you.

Will match sheets go away entirely?

No, we still need to know who is playing games and scoring goals so we can celebrate at the end of the season. Just the match fee collection part is changing which should match sheets a lot easier.

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

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!

Join the HWHC committee!

Committee 2016.2017 2
Please click on the photo to see our committee and board members.

There are several roles on available on the committee for the 2016 / 2017 season and we'd love to hear from you if you can contribute to the running of the club or have any ideas on how you can support it, no contribution is too small.

Please contact Jonny Dodds Men's Club Captain and Nina Zenovya Holmes Ladies' Club Captain to volunteer!

Men's Vice Club Captain

  • Manage selection for lower men's teams
  • Assist Men’s Club Captain
  • Act as welfare officer for lower men’s teams

Sponsorship Officer

  • Nurture relationships with existing sponsors
  • Approach potential new sponsors
  • Support the M1s and L1s with finding individual or team sponsorship
  • Amend and update the sponsorship presentation for use on pitches

Fixtures Secretary

  • Act as a main point of contact for other clubs to amend fixtures
  • Cross reference pitch bookings and ensure they match up with pitch slots booked each week
  • Confirm the number of teas required from PSC every week by liaising with team captains

Umpire Coordinator

  • Coordinate umpires for the club
  • Encourage members of the club to attend umpiring courses by seeking out courses, raising awareness of when they are on and administering
  • Schedule and ensure opportunities for trainee umpires to complete the practical side of their umpiring course using HWHC teams

Matched Fundraising Officer

  • Mobilise club members who receive matched fundraising to maximise  our fundraising goals
  • Work with the existing list to identify and update all club members eligible for the scheme
  • Identify new ways to use matched fundraising to raise money for our club
  • Organise two fundraising events e.g. Beat Mo Farah / HWHC Sports Day ensuring members who receive matched fund raising are present

Fundraising Officer

  • Responsible for generating revenue through fundraising and new initiatives
  • Works closely with the Matched Fundraising Officer and Sponsorship Officer

Membership Secretary

  • Support Commercial Officer in managing membership using master list
  • Update list with new players, monitoring membership rates
  • Answer any membership queries
  • Process direct debit forms and ensure all members are paying
  • Maintain master database of club members

Committee Secretary

  • Format agendas, attend committee meetings and take minutes
  • Circulate minutes and agendas prior to meeting

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

Huge weekend for the 1st XI squads

It's another massive weekend for HWHC coming up.

The Men's 1s have a crucial relegation 6 pointer against local rivals Southgate at noon on Saturday, and a good away crowd will be a huge help for the lads.

If you're in Reading at 1pm on Saturday, the Ladies' 1s are hoping to take the South Div 1 title and promotion to the National League.

If you can make either of these games - we'd love it!

Then head back to The Carlton for 7pm and see the old place off in style with the Thirsts beer festival - and raise some money for the pitch fund!

Then for the final time this season, watch the Men's 1s as they take on Wimbledon at Kings College School (KT3 6JA) at 2pm. It's bound to be a great game, and another big away crowd would be awesome. And seeing as it is a Sunday there's a fairly high chance of heading back to The Ship in Wandsworth...

The last Super Saturday of 2014

It's the last visit of Premier League hockey to Pad Rec this Saturday, as the Men's 1s take on Brooklands MU at 2pm. And as a bonus... the Ladies' 1s are on before them against Reading at noon. Two massive games in the cage, with both teams needing the 3 points.

A great chance to watch some top quality hockey before getting glammed up for the Ladies' 2s Casino Royale night at PSC.

Full fixtures for the day at Pad Rec

On the Water
10:30 Men's 2s v Teddington 2s
12:00 Ladies' 1s v Reading 1A
14:00 Men's 1s v Brooklands MU 1s

On the Tiger
10:30 Hammers v Teddington 4s
12:00 Vets v Southgate Flagons
13:30 Men's 6s v St. Albans 3s
15:00 Thirsts v Barnes Men Accidentals

Match Report Saturday 13 Sept 2014 – Men’s 1s v Wimbledon

The Men's 1s seized victory from the jaws of defeat as they started their 14th consecutive season in the NOW:Pensions Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 win over London rivals Wimbledon in The Cage (Pad Rec water for those new to this!)

The Wombles took an early lead in just the fifth minute and held their advantage until the dying moments – but one of our many new faces, Andy Hayward struck his first goal in the famous blue and white stripes with just four minutes left on the clock. Just  one minute later, one of the oldest faces, Will Naylor tapped in his 51st Premier League goal for HWHC to win the game at the death.

Wimbledon, bolstered by the arrivals of internationals James Bailey and Ian Sloane, went into the match as favourites over a HWHC squad who have added 10 new faces themselves, but had spent very little time together in pre-season.

The visitors went on the attack from the first whistle forcing us to play deep inside our own half, attempting to shut down space as best we could. However, the expected lack of match sharpness and team understanding meant that Wimbledon had little trouble in breaking down the defence, and they scored a well-worked goal inside five minutes, an unmarked striker tapping in on the far post.

A combination of improved individual defence - Alex Jakeman standing out in particular - and profligacy from Wimbledon allowed us to gradually work ourselves back into the game and stay within one goal until the interval.

HWHC enjoyed more possession at the beginning of the second half but still struggled to put together any meaningful attacks, with Michael Hoare and George Farrant in the centre of the Wimbledon defence remaining largely untroubled.

Meanwhile, the away team continued to squander their attacking possession, including four penalty corners - one of which was cleared off the line by captain Toby Roche.

As time ebbed away and Wimbledon failed to kill the game off, Hampstead grew in confidence and, with four minutes left, they finally won a penalty corner of their own.

New boy, and Kiwi international Hayward is a specialist in such situations (did you see the World Cup and Commonwealth Games?), and he made no mistake from the top of the ‘D’, netting with a trademark strike to level the scores.

Hayward celebrates his first HWHC goal
Hayward celebrates his first HWHC goal

The home fans celebrated at the prospect of an unexpected point from this first, difficult fixture – but more was to come.

Moments after the restart another summer signing, James Simpson, stole the ball, allowing Oliver Didham to attack down the left and cross for Naylor, who exploited the space between the retreating defence and onrushing goalkeeper to finish expertly seconds before the final whistle.