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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
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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)

Smudge returns to the pitch!

Our Director of Hockey, Richard Smith aka "Smudge" is back on the pitch this season, making his competitive debut for the M1s, three years after joining the club. He suffered a career threatening knee injury playing for GB during the 2012 London Olympics, which has prevented him from playing hockey at the highest level ever since.

Most people would have given up trying to get back to top-level hockey after such a serious injury and with a long time of the pitch; but it is indicative of his winning mentality that he has tirelessly worked towards this return. HWHC is ever grateful for all the hard work Smudge has put in to the club and wish him a fantastic first game today against Canterbury. Good luck Smudge!

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.

Fantasy football fundraiser HWHC

Sign up for HWHC’s Premier Fantasy Football League!

Ahead of the Premier League kick off this Saturday 13th August , show your commitment to Friday afternoon work procrastination by signing up to the HWHC fundraiser league.

Entry costs £20 and half will be donated to HWHC.

Sign up or login at https://fantasy.premierleague.com.

To join our private league click on 'Leagues' with the code 1494271-367207

PRIZES! Half of the jackpot will be awarded to the worthy champion with the most points. But, if words like 'champion' sound too much like hard work then you're in luck. The other half of the jackpot will go to the top placed team amongst 'casual' players (teams with under 10 transfers). You can set up a team, make a few knee-jerk transfers in the first month and then never look at it again and still walk away with the same prize as the person who spent hours deliberating the order of substitutes and support our hockey club all at the same time. What's not to like?

Join the league now and please email us your name so we can collect the entry fees over the coming weeks.

Hampstead & Westminster 1st X1 Auction Dinner

Join Hampstead & Westminster 1st X1 Hockey Sides for a prestigious Auction Dinner on Saturday September 3rd. 

You are invited to join Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club (HWHC) Men's and Ladies 1st XI's on Saturday September the 3rd, where we will be hosting a exciting evening event, set to be a regular fixture in the calendar to celebrate the history of the club's 1st XI's and looking at the exciting season ahead.

This year the night will be held at the prestigious Cavalry and Guards Club on Piccadilly and will include a live auction and raffle with some absolutely fantastic prizes, a Q&A with key HWHC team members including HWHC Olympians as well as a chance to hear from the coaches ahead of the coming season. This will all be alongside a three course meal and wine, with each table hosted by members of the 1st XIs.

On the night we also wish to showcase to the opportunities that are available to associate yourself with this fantastic club and the 1st X1 teams through sponsorship.

Please contact Men's 1st team member and Irish International Stuart Loughery or last season’s Ladies top scorer Joyce Esser to find out more and purchase your tickets. Individual tickets for this exclusive night can be purchased for £100, a table of 10 can be purchased for £900.

Contact: stuartloughrey@googlemail.com

Contact: joycehockey@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you at the Cavalry Guards Club on September the 3rd!

 

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International players joining Men's 1st XI

A fab four for the final #TransferTuesday of the summer

Ireland's Geoff McCabe and Wales' Rupert Shipperley join from Surbiton.

Geoff's career highlights include his first cap for Ireland, and going on to captain the senior side. Plus playing in the Euro Hockey League with Surbiton.

Rupert made his debut for Wales against Spain in 2014 and career highlights include his first goal for Wales & winning a silver medal with GB U21's at the Youth Olympics in 2012. Plus playing for Cardiff & Met in the Euro Hockey League as the first Welsh club in the competition.

On making the move to Maida Vale Rupert said,

Exciting times for HWHC with new players coming in, the introduction of Kwan Browne as Head Coach was a key aspect for me joining, but I also believe the club will help me develop into a more complete player. There is a great atmosphere around the place and I am looking forward to contributing positively on and off the pitch.
And Geoff added,

Very excited by the appointment of Kwan Browne as head coach, plus joining a squad full of experience and top quality international players. I want to win the league and qualify for EHL . I'd also like to thank Surbiton for 3 good years and look forward to competing against them this season.

 

We are also delighted to be welcoming back Daniel Walsh to the club, he returns from his home side Bromley & Beckenham who unfortunately dropped out of the national league last season. Dan was a great club member for three years and has been a huge force for Bromley & Beckenham so we look forward to integrating him back into the side.

And last but not least, we are pleased to welcome Joe Crame to the club, joining from Cambridge City in the National league East Conference

All the best to all the new joiners as they pull on the Hampstead shirt, and see you all at Club Day!

Guise-Brown and Kelly join HWHC

We're really happy to announce these two lads joining us for the 2016/17 season.

South African international Matthew Guise-Brown brings his deadly drag flick to Maida Vale after a couple of seasons with our North London rivals Southgate, and 7 seasons at TUKS (University of Pretoria) in SA.

Matt made his debut for South Africa in 2012 with a career highlight winning the Africa Cup of Nations last year in Johannesburg where he finished top goal scorer. Winning the tournament meant the team qualified for Rio 2016, but shockingly, the SASCOC (Olympic committee) decided that they would not send them to Brazil, believing they had no realistic chance of winning a medal it being a waste of money.

Matt said,
"I am looking forward to joining up with Hampstead and Westminster in the next few weeks. It will no doubt be a huge challenge, but one I am excited for. The recruitment of new players and a great new coach means that the club will hopefully be moving in the right direction. What better time to jump on board than now?"

steve kelly
Also pulling on the best looking playing shirt in the Premier League is Wales' Steve Kelly. Steve's hockey career has kicked off since graduating from university two years ago. His international career progressed from age group level into the full senior national team, as well as playing two years in the top flight for Surbiton, which included going to the play offs twice as well as gaining promotion with Wales in the European Championships.

Steve said
"I am really excited to progress my career at Hampstead under the guidance of Kwan Browne and finally cross the line and win the playoffs with a great new team."

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