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2nd XIs aiming for big things in uncharted territory

It's not just a big season for our two first XIs, the Men's 2s and Ladies' 2s are also entering unknown territory as they play for promotion to the National League Conference, from the top tiers in the South Leagues.
 
The Ladies' 2s started life in South Division 1 with a fine 4-0 win away to Surbiton last week, and this Saturday take on Marlow 1s at Pad Rec at 11:30, before our Ladies' 1s face Clifton Robinsons in the Premier League.
 
Ladies' 2s captain Sharon Konfederak is excited at the new challenge; "We have had many new additions to the squad, but kept the backbone of our team and will push for a second promotion in a row into the Conference! We are lucky enough to have kept our coaching team Toby Reynolds-Cotterill and Joe Hyllier and work closely with the 1s coaching team. Toby and Joe were key to our performance last season, unbeaten since November 2018. They are a great combination of skills and strategy (and great support to me when I’m going crazy)."
 
The girls would love to see a big home crowd for their first home game in South Div 1.
 
The Men's 2s face South League opposition for the first time on Saturday, with a challenging away trip to Guildford 1s. After dominating the London Premier League for many seasons, a move was allowed into South Prem, and a chance to go for promotion to the National League Conference.
 
Captain Mike Newman is looking forward to a new league "The lads are all excited for the new challenge that South Prem provides. The goal this season is promotion into the National Conference and we believe we have the depth in squad and ability to achieve this. It’s encouraging to also know the club share our ambition and we are very pleased to welcome David Cooper as Men's 2s coach and to be training more closely with the Men's 1s, as we look to compete with the best 1st XIs the South League have to offer. One thing we'll miss about the London League is we'll no longer have Canterbury away to look forward to, but i’ve been reliably informed Winchester has an equally good selection of charcuterie and wine establishments which we will look to enjoy."
 
It's an incredible time at Hampstead and Westminster with the top four teams playing such a high level of hockey, so make sure to check the fixtures and head down to support them all... and anyone else in blue and white stripes!

New signings for the 2019/20 season

The 2019/20 season is an exciting one for Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club, after celebrating their 125 anniversary with unparalleled success for the club last year.  The Men's 1st XI won their first England Hockey title and will now travel to the EHL in October to take on some of Europe's best.  The Ladies' 1st XI won the end of season play-offs after successfully defending their East Conference title, to now step up to challenge in the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.
HWHC Director of Hockey Richard 'Smudge' Smith said, "I'm really excited and looking forward to the season ahead, with two top division teams now. It's been a great journey over the past few years, with plenty of hard work for both the 1st teams and the whole club and I am looking forward to seeing if we can continue to make strides both on and off the pitch as a club - whilst of course making sure we continue to enjoy ourselves in the process!"
Last season's England Hockey Champions, Hampstead & Westminster Men's 1st XI have kept virtually the entire squad, and added a mix of youth and European experience to bolster their defence of the title and debut in the EHL.
Player/Coach Kwan Browne is very excited for the new challenge of Europe, and defending their England Hockey title.  Going into his fourth season with the club Browne has kept a big part of the performance squad (including the 2nd XI who are now playing South Prem hockey after dominating the London Premier League for over a decade) at the club relatively unchanged every season, calling it the club's X Factor, just adding two or three players a year for a new edge "every year getting better and better, going further and further". On Europe, Kwan sees the EHL challenge as bigger than the club "playing for England and doing well, fighting to get an extra spot the following year for England, and putting on a good show"
Jacob Draper joins us from Cardiff Met, after graduating from Swansea University with a 1st class degree in Economics.
Draper will line up in Maida Vale with several of his Welsh international team mates and although only just 21, already has over 40 caps for Wales and helped the senior side to a silver medal and promotion at the European Championships II.  And more recently captained the U21s to a gold medal and promotion at the European Championship III.
Jacob is also part of the Great Britain EDP squad, and lifted the U21 Sultan of Johor trophy in 2018.
Draper's countryman Hywel Jones also joins us this season, from the University of Birmingham.
Hywel has worked his way up through the age groups of Wales hockey and now has 27 senior caps to his name, recently with a 5th place finish at the 2019 FIH World Series in Malaysia, and in 2018 represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Men's 1s head coach Kwan Browne has also signed two Europeans with good experience on the continent.
German forward Götz Mahdi joins after ten years playing in the Bundesliga for Nürnberger Hockey Club. And Belgian Gaston Golstein has moved to London to continue his post graduate studies in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. Gaston played for many seasons at Belgian top four side Racing Leopold Club, and helped them to the EHL Quarter Final in 2016.
Ladies' coaches Kate Richardson-Walsh and Sarah Kelleher have brought in four players with masses of Premier League and International quality to strength the squad.
Great Britain defender Grace Balsdon moves from Canterbury, bringing a lot of experience to our back line, with an added bonus of being lethal from a Penalty Corner!
Grace made her senior international debut in 2014 after progressing through the junior ranks. She has gone on to win over 50 caps for England and GB, playing in the World League, World Cup, Pro League and bringing home a Bronze medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Grace is excited about the move to Maida Vale and sees joining HWHC as a 'great opportunity to be challenged by new coaches and be part of the club's first step into the Premier League"
Former GB midfielder Joie Leigh returns to England after a season playing in the Dutch Hoofdklasse for Hurley following six years in Bristol with Clifton Robinsons.
Joie made her senior international debut in 2013 after progressing through the junior teams. She went on to win over 50 caps for England and GB, picking up a World League Semi Final Gold medal in 2015, but sadly missed out on the Olympic gold medal in 2016 after traveling to Rio as a reserve.
One of the most exciting forwards in international hockey will be playing at Pad Rec this season as GB star striker Lily Owsley joins us from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Sports Science.
Having been on the international scene for so long, it's easy to forget that Lily is still only 24, but has well over 100 caps for GB and England, an Olympic and European gold medal, and 36 goals to her name after making her debut in 2013. She has incredible pace and is one of the most exciting players to watch on a hockey pitch.
On joining HWHC Lily is targeting a top four finish in the first season "I joined Hampstead because it is an up and coming, ambitious and social team, and am very excited for this new chapter in their history. This season I'm looking to settle in and get involved with the club and achieve a top four place"
Holly Hunt also moves down from the Midlands with her Birmingham team mate joining us this season after also completing a degree in Sports Science.
Midfielder Holly played three years in the top flight at the University of Birmingham, picking up 2 BUCS gold medals along the way.
Holly made her senior GB debut this year in the Pro League v China after a successful rise through the junior ranks winning European bronze with England U18 and U21 and played in the Junior World Cup with England U21.
Richardson-Walsh and Kelleher are focused and ready for the new season to start, "We are looking forward to the exciting challenges that Premier League hockey will bring this coming season. We want to build on the fantastic achievements of last season and take the next step on our journey. We are pleased that Joie Leigh, Holly Hunt, Lily Owsley and Grace Balsdon will be joining the squad and adding yet more quality to an already competitive and strong group."

Your club needs you…

As a growing and ambitious club, we need to recruit more help from you to not only keep everything going but to ensure we keep making positive strides forward for all of us!

If you have any appetite to get involved in any way please get in touch (Beth Havelock, Jonny Dodds, Richard Smith or your captain).  The most critical areas we need support with are listed below, and even if it's not a role listed below, but you want to help out in anyway, please get in touch!

Communications Officers - Social media, website, newsletter/email communications.

Social Secretaries  - Get the club social side buzzing with 4 or 5 main socials during the season.

Sponsorship Officers - Help us grow our sponsorship and local business/school community relationships.

Fixtures Secretary - Manage new and cancelled pitch bookings across sites and ensure we pay the right amount.

Equipment Officer - Ensure there is good quality training equipment for all senior sides.

1st X1 Home Match Day Officers - Match day hosts, Logistics co-ordinator and Programme officer

 

More detailed break downs of the roles can be found below

Communications Team

We are looking for people who are passionate about the club and keen to help communicate to members (past and present) and the wider hockey community. Working alongside other members of the committee, responsibilities for the Communications team include…
Social Media channels - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, which all now have a big following and engagement. Regular posts about the club, fixtures, results, international appearances etc.
Website editorial content - Upcoming events and news announcements, with technical assistance from the website manager. The site is currently built in WordPress and simple to use.
Press - Weekly liaison with the Men's and Ladies' 1s captains, sending a weekly report to the Ham and High.
Email - As part of the overall communication strategy, sending out club emails through Mailchimp, at several times of the year for key announcements.

If you are interested in any or all of the above, or have any ideas to help the communications team, please get in touch.

We're also keen to hear from anyone with creative expertise or interest - design and video editing, looking to get involved and help grow the club's following.

Social Events Team

We are looking for people to take ownership of our social community at HWHC, whether that be the set up and environment in the Warrington, sporadic club social evenings or the more officially organised club social events; New Joiners, City Drinks, Christmas Party, End of Season Dinner.

Sponsorship Team

As one of the largest and most successful hockey clubs in the country and with our central London location we have a fantastic opportunity to partner with local and national businesses through sponsorship. We are looking for individuals who are keen to drive the search for, recruitment of and service of club sponsors. It is an area where we have huge capacity to make strides and one where we are certainly behind some of our competitors! Please let us know if you are keen to help us create a shift in this space, we probably are going to need more than one person!

Fixtures Secretaries

1. Manage Senior Pitch Bookings
2. Reconcile invoices
3. Adding those fixtures to Fixtures Live

Equipment Officer

We all know how frustrating it is to have none/or poor-quality equipment for our sessions and matches. We are looking for somebody who would like to take a lead on our approach to and care of our club equipment (balls/cones/bibs/dugouts/goals/other kit).

1st X1 Home Match Support Officers

For each of our home 1st X1 matches (now all Premier League!) we are expected by England Hockey to complete a number of duties as well as there being various elements involved in hosting a home match day. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following

Match day host - To give a warm and fantastic welcome to our visitors and ‘host’ them across the day – primarily the match official’s and umpires. We may be looking at you vets & alumni!
Logistics boss - To be on top of things logistically for the day! Pitch and crowd set up, changing room access etc – ensuring it is a smooth-running day!
Programme officer – For each home game we have to produce and print a programme. We would love it if somebody wanted to take ownership of the full process (you will have help don’t worry) and ensure a programme is created efficiently for each home game.

Sad passing of former club President Guy Meyers

Following the euphoria of the exceptional end of season results, the Club has learned this weekend the very sad news of the unexpected death of Guy Mayers on 28 April 2019 in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, where his family was with him.

Guy will be membered by Club members for many things, including his immediate past Presidency, as a former Treasurer and Committee member, team captaincy, goalscoring, representation for England LX, fund raising co-ordination for the Carlton Tavern, liaison with the more infirm past players and members, his energy and general wise counsel and, of course, his moving tribute to Peter Boizot in the recent memorial service at Peterborough Cathedral.

 

Guy was elected a member of Hampstead HC on 13 December 1963 and played initially for the 3rd XI. He was appointed vice-captain of the team at the end of his first season at the AGM held on 3 April 1964.

However, his skills as a chartered accountant quickly became more important to the Club and he joined the Committee and was elected Treasurer in March 1965, a post he held for six years.  

At the end of his first year in that capacity the AGM recorded a “particular hearty vote of thanks” to Guy for “his imaginative efforts during this most difficult financial year” after he had kept a deficit to £18, despite an increase of £200 in the rent for the pitches and other capital payments that season.

A larger deficit in the following year caused by ground enrichments charged to the hockey club and costs incurred in perimeter drainage of the notoriously wet playing surfaces at Hornsey led to Guy’s initiative for a football game to be installed in the clubhouse. He later instituted and then oversaw a 200 Draw to raise further funds that was immediately successful.

Guy demanded proper fiscal controls and in November 1967 persuaded the Committee to adopt the requirement that the Club’s officers should obtain prior clearance before expending more than £10.

The AGM held on 5 April 1968 resolved another vote of “hearty thanks” to Guy “for his exceptional efforts” and (jointly with Richard Shaw) “for the remarkable work on the 200 Draw”.  This had helped generate an expected surplus of £200.

In early 1971, Guy managed a transfer of the treasurership. Attending his last Committee Meeting in March, he was thanked, on his retirement “for his several years of stalwart service” as treasurer.

Guy continued as a playing member of the club. A decade later, he was playing for the Veterans XI, a team that had largely evolved under the stewardship of Peter Boizot. His involvement included the mid-week league in which the Veterans participated in the early 1990’s under Chris Elliott.  He also played for the Spaniards XI at least until 1998 under Peter Symes. The recruitment of players was not easy. Guy encouraged Club members to do so in a typically succinct summary in December 1998:

H&W is an inner city, high turnover and a unique demographically profiled club. While this produces lots of opportunities, it does have its disadvantages and maybe the cost of central/west London property is a reason why the club has fewer older players than other London clubs. H&W only runs one Vets’ side compared with two or three elsewhere and of its 15 teams, all are in league except the Spaniards. If you know of any hockey players of mature years (over 35) and who would be interested in taking up hockey again, who is not getting enough hockey with his present club or who has moved into the area, get in touch!

In October 1987, Guy had called up to play for England LX, having taken a lead from Peter Boizot and participated in a tournament at Canterbury against European opposition, later celebrated at the Great Northern Hotel In Peterborough when the squad was entertained by Peter Boizot. A year later, Guy was part of the England LX that played in the fourth European Veteran’s tournament in Velbert near Dusseldorf in which the English team won all its matches.

Guy continued his club hockey playing for Hampstead & Westminster, increasingly for the Spaniards XI and the Superveterans XI (for whom he first played in 1994). He went on the very first Veterans tour to Berlin in 1988 when, despite losing 0-4 to the two Berlin sides, the team won its first cup by getting third place, thanks to a magnificent goal by Guy in the 3rd/4th play off.

His captain, Chris Elliott, recollects that on the same tour, Guy asked for "a dry wine" but the German waiter interpreted it as "drei vin" (three in number) and he became worse for wear, such that he needed assistance from room mates to get to bed, true to the spirt of hockey touring.

When Peter Boizot confirmed his wish to stand down from close involvement with Hampstead & Westminster in 2001, Guy accepted the invitation to be Club President which he did for ten years. It was an important decade for the Club as it needed to maintain a presence at Paddington Recreation Ground, install  a new water based playing surface there, overcome difficulties with the acceptability of the surface on the other pitch and deal with Peter Borzoi’s tenancy of the club house within the Carlton Tavern, given Peter’s desire to bring that commitment to an end. Guy was key to raising sufficient funds to bring about a transfer of the Lease and the future of the pub (at least until its unlawful partial demolition by later owners in April 2015).

Guy was very generous in his pastoral care of the Club’s more elderly and infirm former players and members, making visits, amongst others, to Peter Boizot and to Cornwall to see former Club Secretary, Colin Greenhalgh. He was always eager to recognise the contributions that such people had made.

He spoke at the Club’s 125th anniversary dinner in September 2018, the opening of which Peter Boizot was able to attend. Guy explained to the many current members who did not know the breadth of Peter’s generosity to the Club. This he later repeated to broader effect on the game as a whole when paying fulsome tribute to Peter at the memorial service to his life at Peterborough Cathedral on 4 February 2019.

 

Mixed Summer Hockey in Maida Vale

Mixed, friendly, social, Sunday summer hockey - open to everyone, current members and new joiners welcome

£6 per session, paid through the Slate app (if you're new, we'll talk you through it, it's dead simple!).

To sign up to the mailing list email: contact@hwhockey.club

19th May 14:30 - 16:00
2nd June 14:30 - 16:00
16th June 14:30 - 16:00
30th June 14:30 - 16:00
14th July 13:00 - 14:30
28th July 13:00 - 14:30
11th August 13:00 - 14:30

125th Anniversary End of Season Dinner Award Winners

Vets MVP Jamie Edington
Thirsts MVP Dom Richardson
Spaniards MVP Will Hay
L7s MVP Evie Dunne
Hammers MVP Ryan Matsutani
L6s MVP Benji Avro
M5s MVP Grant Hunter
L5s MVP Gui Marquine
L4s MVP Kristin Bucke
M3s MVP Vijay Pawar
L3s MVP Charlie Devlin
Zaks MVP Jacob Willey
L2s MVP Rene Johnson
M2s MVP Aaron Hudson
L1s MVP Meg Byas
M1s MVP Rupert Shipperley

GK Award - Kreya Harichandra
Oli Thomas Award - Clementine Gray
Men's Golden Stick - Dom Richardson
Ladies' Golden Stick -Ellie Micklewright
Ladies Most Improved Player - Mel Wilkinson
Men's Most Improved Player - Toby Reynolds-Cotterhill
Best Ladies' Captain - Sharon Konfederak
Best Men's Captain - Mike Newman
ABN AMRO Best Ladies' Player - Lucy Hyams
ABN AMRO Best Men's Player - Marc Edwards
Most Social - Ladies' 3s
Barnard Cup Team of the Year - Ladies' 1s

Premier League promotion for the Ladies’ 1s

Just like the 17/18 season, our Ladies' 1s took the East Conference title and qualified for the Promotion Play-Offs.

After a tough last minute loss to Premier League outfit Slough in game one, it was back to Lee Valley for games two and three with it all to do.

A huge hampstead crowd turned up and witnessed a thrilling game v North champions Loughborough that went down to the wire. Lucy Hyams saving the day with a 66th minute goal to take a crucial three points, setting up an exciting Sunday morning clash against West champions Stourport.

Heading into the final game Slough, Loughborough and us were all tied on three points and with both games pushing back at the same time, there were a lot of calculators out working out the goal difference and who were in the top two positions.  At half time HWHC were leading Stourport 3-1 and Loughborough were 1-0 v Slough... as it stood, we weren't going up!

Hampstead peppered the Stourport goal putting another 4 goals away to win the game 7-1, and with Loughborough beating Slough 3-0, we topped the Play-Offs, with Loughborough also joining us in the Premier League next season.

 

England Hockey CHAMPIONS 18/19!

After a remarkable weekend at Lee Valley, our Men's 1s were crowned champions at the League Finals, beating Surbiton 3-1 in the final.  It capped off a fantastic season as for the lads, who finished runners-up behind Surbiton in the Premier League, the highest ever finish in our 125 year history.  Taking the England Hockey title, also brings with it European hockey next season in the EHL - we can't wait to see what 19/20 brings!

 

And if you fancy some more, check out the lads beating Beeston in the semi-final.

The future of the Tiger Turf

At the end of another fantastic season, you may notice that the ‘Tiger Turf’ at Pad Rec is in the process of being replaced.  The pitch is owned by Westminster Council and not by Hampstead and Westminster HC.  The Football Foundation invested approx. £1m in around 2007 and with that investment came contractual rights and the ‘Tiger Turf’ surface.

Supported by England Hockey and Sport England we have been negotiating with the Council for years trying to get a hockey suitable surface, but unfortunately have been unable to persuade the Football Association to relinquish their contractual rights and/or compromise on the new surface.  As such a new ‘Tiger Turf’ will be installed over the coming weeks.

England Hockey has issued revised rules regarding the hockey that can be played on these pitches, including limitations on competitive adult league hockey.  This will obviously have an impact on us next season and beyond, however we do have plans in place for the short-term to ensure that we have enough pitch space for us as a club.  We have also been looking at longer term solutions that offer improved pitch opportunities to enable HWHC to continue to grow and provide hockey to all ages and abilities. These opportunities will of course be shared with the club when we have more details to provide.

We hope to see many of you at Lee Valley on April 13/14 for the League Finals with the Men's 1s aiming to become Premier League champions, and our Ladies' 1s in the Play-Offs going for promotion to the Premier League.

Additionally we hope to see most of you at the Annual Club Dinner on the 27th of April.