GHC mens 1st XI v Haslemere 1st XI

Mar 16, 2015

1st round of the cup and get drawn against Haslemere 1st XI who are top of Division 1 and on the way up to Hampshire/Surrey league, not to be put off by this the GHC side put up a good show and were unlucky to come off second best. The team were up for the game even though missing five 1st team regulars and attacked from the off, this was helped by a slightly slow Haslemere side who had played Weymouth the day before and had stayed down over night. The opening 20 minutes was basically all GHC, ripping the Haslemere side apart down both flanks and the opening goal came from the clown on the reverse stick. Hugh Freese got the second on the follow up after a short corner flick from Joe Miller, and Luke Rutter made it 3-0, Haslemere got one back before half time from a scramble in the circle. The second half was the story of yellow cards, umpiring decisions and basically haslemere waking up. The final score was 4-3 to Haslemere, slightly lucky and GHC certainly proved they are good enough for Division 1 next...

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Mens 3rd XI v Salisbury 3rd XI

Mar 15, 2015

After the disappointment of missing on promotion the only thing left for this brave 3rd XI was to go and beat Div. 5 side Salisbury and add it to the two other Div. 5 scalps. The game started with cut and thrust from both sides but GHC should have taken the lead early on. The pressure was building on the Salisbury goal and it was from a break away that a penalty stroke was awarded, defender lying on the ball. Up strode Paddy Legg and on the third attempt managed to find the goal. 1-0 and half time. Salisbury came out strong and moved the GHC team about, winning a few short corners of which one beat Leggs to make it 1-1, and penalty strokes looming. This happened and basically GHC scored all 5 to Salisbury’s 4, they hit the post. Next round semi final clash against very local rivals Gillingham 2nd XI on the 12th...

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Gillingham mens 2nd xi v hamble 3rd xi

Mar 15, 2015

In what was anticipated to be a tough game actually turned out very one sided. With almost a full strength squad GHC made the trip down to the coast for a 15.00 pushpack. The game was far in when the Gillingham goal machine started to grind, nicely taken goal by Chris Dean, followed up with a short cornet strike from Seb Stainer. Nerves now put behind them it was 4-0 at half time, Dean adding a second to his days scoring and then just before half time the ever eager Jake Cannings got in on the act. Second half was the same story, Steve Rendell hadn’t touched the ball in the 1st half, and didn’t in the second, not a bad days game. Charlie (stupid haircut) Payne got the fifth, Stainer got his second then a mazy run from Huw Lloyd was finished off well with a strike from the top of the circle. Payne with still a stupid haircut got the eight and final goal. Now securely fixed on top of the league, a point next week and promotion...

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mens 1st xi v southampton 2nd xi

Feb 15, 2015

With GHC sat on top of the pile still its these games that can prove a stumbling block, and with a depleted team this could be just one of those weeks, Southampton were mid table and had picked up points in the previous weeks. The game was fast paced from the GHC side, boosted by the game on Monday night v the Army U25, all the players were on the pace straight away. Not sure how the scoring went but I do know the first green card went to the Southampton captain for a challenge that almost cut off Steve Hall’s legs. The same player then talked himself into a yellow and before long he had the whole collection with a red coming mid way through the second half. GHC tried to keep up and had a yellow shown but luckily this coincided with the Southampton one. The final score was never in doubt, 7-1 winners with Chris Heal getting four but cant remember who got the other three. I do know that James Wilcox had two disallowed as he keeps reminding me Salisbury 2nds away next...

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mens 1st xi v army u25

Feb 10, 2015

Last night a GHC squad took on the whole of the British Army, a game organized via Jamie Fowler who I used to play at Blandford with, in preparation for an inter forces tournament. With the squad drafted in from all corners of the globe and an entourage almost as big as the GHC squad this was going to be a big night. With miked up umpires Campbell Reeman and Chris Dean taking control under the glooming lights of the GHC astro, with a frost beginning to settle and a crowd on the touchline the game started. This was end to end, probing defences but no goals, although the Army goal was peppered with shots nothing went in, and the Army missed an open goal with the keeper gone AWOL. 0-0 at half time but certainly entertaining. The second half saw same scenario, GHC attacking in numbers from both left and right, short corner won and up steps drag flicker Joe Miller, ball flies through the air only to strike the post. Matt Lewis had a shot that should have gone in, pulled wide to the right but now the Army were beginning to fade with the fast pace and Jamie Broughton didn’t have a lot to do but be lookout. The breakthrough came from a quick ball down the right into the dark corner where a Lewis Tyrer was lurking, quick slap pass into the circle and Edd Feltham slipped the ball under the keeper. Well deserved and from this the GHC side advanced more often into enemy territory, the Army were digging themselves in and in the end survived the Blitzkrieg type attack with a 1-0 loss. The GHC squad played really well, controlled hockey, maybe too much ariel ball at times. The opposition thanked GHC for a good game, are looking forward to a return game next year. The added bonus of this game is that the garrison at Blandford now know there are other teams in Dorset worth playing for!!...

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ladies 2nd xi v Y & S 2nd xi

Feb 8, 2015

Brave effort by the ladies twos as always:     With boss Cathy back on the sidelines and a squad boosted by the experience of Sarah and the youth of Millie, the 2s put on a spirited performance against the team running away at the top of the table. Yeovil and Sherborne were a strong side and we did well to hold the score at 0-2 going in to half time. It could have been a lot more were it not for yet another excellent performance in goal by Lauryn Burch. The second half was better still and the final score was a respectable 0-3 defeat. Player of the match went to Charlotte Shaw who proved to be the most versatile player on the pitch playing well in midfield and upfront rather than in her usual defensive position. Great teas by Lucy Lloyd as...

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mens 3rd xi v winchester 6th xi

Feb 8, 2015

a home game on the GHC astro, as usual a little bit of frost and the game was in doubt, the ladies game was called off earlier but with team mule pulling the sledge the top surface was cleared. With a couple of players missing due to illness the side was strengthened by the returning Hugh Freese and it was him who opened the scoring on the 17th minute, the earlier exchanges had been dominated by GHC but the keeper was playing well, the young Winchester side, with the aid of a couple of senior players held out. the second goal came straight from the pushback, well finished by Patrick Legg, then Chris Dawson Bishop scored two, his second a volley on the far post that hit the post, then keeper, then went over the line. half time and cruising 4-0 the second half was very similar except the fifth goal came from the pushback, I timed it at 52 seconds when Freese reverse stick strike hit the net. The ever improving James Phillips then got in on the act, two goals to make it a final score of 7-1 with the WHC side scoring a lucky goal on the break.   this win keeps the side on the top of the league and now looking like a two horse race with Portsmouth...

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Mens 1st XI v Haslemere 2nd XI

Feb 3, 2015

Yet another top of the table clash, following the GHC win over Chichester last week Haslemere 2nd XI leap frogged them into second place. With a full squad apart from Jon Lewis the game started at a good pace, pin point ball from George Hunt found Ollie Tremlett in the circle only to see the ball cleared off the line. Seconds later the monster of a keeper didn’t know what hit him as a deflection again from OT just bounced off his massive frame. Matt Lewis had chances but it was a break that allowed HHC to score, down the right flank and some how managed to flick past the keeper for a tap in. GHC passed and passed but this was one of those weeks, nothing seemed to go right and in the end HHC managed to get a another in the second half, vicious reverse stick strike from the left hand side. Still 4 points clear but cant afford another slip...

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mens 3rds v romsey 2nd xi

Feb 1, 2015

Gillingham Hockey Club 3rd team from Division 8 of the open League drew Romsey 2nd Xi from Division 5 in the cup, typical FA cup situation and this lived up to expectations. From the off GHC didn’t give Romsey any space, closed down at every opportunity  and creating problems in the D, which poacher Gary Stevens pounced upon with a cheeky reverse stick flick. 1-0 and a deserved lead. The second came from a team goal, nobody knows who actually scored it but who cares, 2-0 at half time. The second half started in dramatic style, Rob Browning plucking out from mid air a goal bound shot, Steve Rendell was just awesome in goal. Romsey got one back but in the end with the support from the side-lines GHC held out for a memorial 2-1 win. As mentioned Steve Rendell was just outstanding, keeping GHC in the penalty stroke shoot out v Fordingbridge and now this game the 3rd XI could go all the...

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mens 3rd xi v fleet & ewshot 3rd xi

Jan 31, 2015

This was programmed to be a tough match with the results from the previous weeks taken onto consideration but in the end a fairly if not slightly bum clenching 4-1 win followed. The game started with GHC passing the ball around really well, 1-0 up in six minutes with a fine Chris Dawson-Bishop tap in, not sure what happened then, compliancy set in, took it too easy, running with the ball but remained 1-0 till have time Second half started and Ollie Hewitt finished a short corner routine with a sneaky little flick, 3-1 up when Olie Racey scored from another short corner drag flick but then F & E got back into it with a lucky goal. the fixture was put to bed when a well worked attack left Richard Swain in front of goal to flick over the keeper. Top of the table and promotion...

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