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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

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AGM LOCATION CHANGE – 4 July 2017

Please note that the location for the AGM meeting has been changed to The Queens Arms Pub.

This is the chance for you as a member to see how your club is run and to let the board know how you want it to be run going forwards. Its also a great excuse to see your fellow club members between seasons and catch up over a couple of drinks.

FORMAL NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF HWHC LTD / HAMPSTEAD & WESTMINSTER HOCKEY CLUB (‘THE CLUB’)

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting for the members of the Club will be held at The Queens Arms Pub, 1 Kilburn High Road, Maida Vale, London NW6 5SE at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 July 2017. Please see map for directions.

Business to be conducted at the meeting:

  • Receiving reports from the Chairman and Club Captains
  • Annual subscriptions / match fees
  • Fundraising targets
  • Adoption of 2016/17 financial statements
  • Election/ re-election of Directors

All members of the club are entitled to attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend in person you can be represented by proxy. Download the proxy form here and once complete email it to jonathan_witt@icloud.com no later than midday on 4 July.

By order of the Board of Directors

Jonny Witt, Chairman

Summer Hockey 2017

Its that time of year we all look forward to, hockey in the sun! Steady on we're not talking Mediterranean sun, just the bog standard mild English sun, still better than a frozen pitch though! If you're keen to play please get in touch with the contacts noted on each section below. Happy hockey!

Mixed Summer Hockey - register with James and Beth here

1.30pm - 3.00pm @ Paddington Recreation Grounds. Please bring £5 cash to each game.

Sunday 21 May
Sunday 11 June
Sunday 9 July
Sunday 23 July
Sunday 13 August

Men’s Summer Hockey - register with James here

7.30pm - 9.00pm @ Paddington Recreation Grounds. Please bring £5 cash to each game.

Wednesday 24 May
Wednesday  7 June
Wednesday 21 June
Wednesday 5 July
Wednesday 19 July

Ladies Summer Hockey - register with Beth here

7.30pm - 9.00pm @ Paddington Recreation Grounds. Please bring £5 cash to each game.

Wednesday 17 May
Wednesday 31 May
Wednesday 14 June
Wednesday 28 June
Wednesday 12  July
Wednesday 26 July

HWHC Committee Opportunities

We're recruiting so if any of the roles below appeal to you please click here to email Club Captains, Beth and Doddsy. If you have any other ideas on how you can help the club we'd love to hear from you!

Treasurer
A board level role where you will be responsible for setting budgets, managing P&L as well as preparing and submitting the club's annual accounts.

Social Events Coordinator
One member from each side of the club, ladies’ and men’s, who know how to party(!!!) and organise fun club events.  

Membership Coordinator
We would like a friendly person with a bright smile to welcome our new members throughout the season. You will be responsible for sending them the new member pack and ensuring they sign-up to pay annual fees. You will work closely with Commercial Officer, Shrimpie, who is responsible for our membership list and Club Captains, Beth and Doddsy, to integrate new members in their team.

Umpire Assistants
We need one person from each club, ladies' and men's, to assist Arnie, our Umpire Coordinator, in the weekly task of securing umpires for teams. Your main responsibility will be communicating to teams who their umpires are.

Fundraising Coordinators
As a registered charity we need one member from each side of the club, ladies' and men's, to work together and pioneer our fundraising efforts. Every year we are set a target which is made up of fundraising events, individual donations, and corporate donations. Your role is to ensure the club has several sociable fundraising events in the diary, some organised by you and others by individuals or teams. The key to reaching our target is Match Funding e.g corporations match a certain amount (determined by them) which is raised by an employee of their company who has completed a sponsored run for HWHC. Check out the HWHC Just Giving page here. You will be working closely with our Commercial Officer, Shrimpie who is responsible for sourcing corporate donations.

Kit Coordinator
Responsible for maintaining the relationship with our kit suppliers, answering any queries and helping to ensure good quality kit with timely delivery.

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)

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.