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2014/2015 Fixtures

 

Hampshire Trophy Semi-Final

Apr 11, 2015

This was a game that all were waiting for, GHC 2nd XI v GHC 3rd XI in the semi final of the Trophy, for a fixture in the final on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th in Haslemere. The game started with some pressure from the 3rd XI who were well up for the game only to find a Mike Osborne goal blunt there efforts, this was made even worse when Chris Dean scored a second,  and even more when 3-0 as Patrick Legg scored from a short corner. This didn’t reflect the chances that were created by both teams and the score could have been 4-2 at half time. The second half was fairly calm until a short corner won by the 3rd XI was put away by Dan Knight with an excellent strike, then two minutes later Gary Stevens finished off a scramble in the circle, 3-2 and not over yet. The final goal and almost from the pushback came again from Patrick Legg, quick free hit in the 23yd from Charlie Franklin and finished with a shot in the far corner. Good result and a very good game. Good luck 2nd XI in the...

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Mens 2nd XI v COP 3rd XI

Mar 25, 2015

This was always going to be a tough game, it turned out that way and the league champions title will have to wait another week. Both sides started with fast controlled hockey and it proved that the drag flicking ability of the number 11 in midfield was going to be vital. There were a couple of short corners that were not on target but before long he had his eye in and fired COP into the lead. Mike Osborne got one back from a well worked move but yet again in the 2nd half the number 11 scored again. Again GHC pushed, created chances but just couldn’t find the goal so a 2-1 defeat. Weymouth at home this week to claim the...

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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 2nds xi v southampton 4th xi

Jan 25, 2015

This week saw us return to Gillingham school for the first time since 15th November, taking on what we knew would be a strong Southampton side.    GHC opened the scoring through George Ledger after great inter-play between Chris Dean and Mike Osborne. A second quickly followed after a sustained period spent camped in the Soton ‘D’ and after a series of Short corners, Chris Dean slotted a flick into the corner. Jake Cannings then calmly slotted home the 3rd after good play from Patrick Legg   HT 3-0.   The 2nd period continued in the same vain, with plenty of GHC possession. Chris Dean added to his tally for the year with GHC’s 4th and his 2nd after some great play from Jake Shean venturing forward down the right. Mike Osborne then got on the scoresheet, after some inventive play from James Wilcox. Wilcox would have got on the scoresheet himself for our 6th, had Charlie Payne’s big right boot not defected the ball across the line! But Wilcox’s time was still to come and their is no doubt that we saved our best till last. Jake Shean released Dean down the right, who after a nice piece of skill managed to get the ball to the ‘Clown’. What happened next is the stuff of every hockey players dreams… 1 defender beaten, 2nd defender beaten, takes it past the 3rd and then finishes with a savage reverse stick shot into the corner – 7-0.   MOTM – George Ledger   DOTD – Charlie Payne for standing on his stick with the goal at his mercy!   We also moved to top of the league after other results went our way – what a great...

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mens 2nd xi v trojans 5th xi

Jan 20, 2015

So, the first league game of 2015 for the gentleman’s 2nd XI brought a late afternoon trip to the south coast, to take on a strong Trojans team.   The game started at a lively pace, with GHC having plenty of ball in the opposition half, and just the final ball halting us from taking the lead. The breakthrough finally came after 15 minutes when the ball found its way to Ben West, who rifled it in via a deflection.    What followed was a sustained period of pressure, with GHC keeping Trojans firmly pinned in their own half with JB being a mere spectator! Despite this pressure, we couldn’t take our chances until a few minutes before HT, great interplay between George and Mike led to an almost telepathic pass into the path of Chris Dean to volley home the 2nd.   Trojans, with their first meaningful attack of the game somehow pulled one back after a debatable short corner award – HT 2-1.   The second half played out very much the same as the first with a majority of possession to GHC. And it wasn’t long before the 3rd goal came. Great play by Ben and Seb released George down the left, before a neat 1-2 with Chris Dean with George applying the finish. Our 4th shortly followed through a great ball from Ben into Mike, who cooly rounded the keeper before slotting home. Some great team goals and 3 points to take us 2nd in table.   MOTM – George Ledger for his all round play and goal   DOTD – Charlie Payne for 1) turning up dressed like he’d just been to the charity shop and 2) drinking a pint BEFORE the game (he wasn’t the only...

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Men’s 2nd’s VS Weymouth 2nd’s

Dec 14, 2014

This was always going to be a close game after the 2 sides met pre-season and shared a 0-0 draw at Gillingham School. We also knew this was going to be difficult as Weymouth had beaten the previous weeks defeaters of Gillingham COP. With usual Captain Ben injured but coming down to support the side Chris Dean took captaincy on the pitch. We had a strong 13 players only slightly changed from the side that travelled last week to Pompey. The Game was played at an incredible pace with both sides wanting this one a lot, Gillingham to close the gap to the top and Weymouth to finish this half of the season unbeaten. The first minutes of the game were close with both teams playing the majority of the game in the middle of the park, with Gillingham making a few chances while breaking with Huw and Tom Hobbs driving at pace. Weymouth also came close early with only Jamie in goal keeping them out. The half was fairly even with end to end play with everyone in the Gillingham side having a great game. Gillingham had a goal rightfully disallowed from a high stick by Neil Perham but how the decision ended up as a long corner did confuse everyone. It could of been anything but a long. Towards the end of the 1st half Gillingham had a formation change which put 2 higher up which definitely caused more trouble for Weymouth but possibly left us a little more exposed at the back. Half time was very positive and we believed that a goal would come in the 2nd half for us. We went out positively and applied pressure and periods of possession that looked dangerous down the left and right side with Matt Coombes pushing high on the left side and having the game of his life despite a little party the night before. Seb and Patrick held the centre of the pitch for Gillingham with Seb making great tackles and Patrick starting some good moves apart from on one occasion. We all know what happened that time. Neil, Chris and Jake played solidly at the back and Weymouth attacked our D at times which had the spectators on the sideline hiding behind their hands. Mike Osborne upfront was unlucky on a few turns with the ball never quite coming off his stick perfectly to beat that last defender and put him through on goal. With 10 or so minutes left we were applying pressure in ample amounts with Weymouth unable to really get out there half with the ball. Tom Hobbs found himself tackling the sweeper and beating the keeper for 1-0 up. We really had to play tightly now and not let Weymouth come at us and as most now know we did hold on to beat previously undefeated Weymouth 1-0. Everyone had great games including Charlie Payne who it was good to have back after being away for a few weeks. Seriously everyone should be really happy with how we played. Lets look forward to the 2nd half of the season! Enjoy Christmas. MOTM was Tom Hobbs for just endless running and scoring that crucial Goal with Jamie and Matt Coombes also in the running for it with several votes. DOTD was Chris...

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mens 2nd xi v city of portsmouth 3rd xi

Dec 8, 2014

Well I will be honest, COP played some nice hockey with skills well above a div 6 team, and there attitude towards players and officials stank, end of!

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Mens 2nd XI vs Andover 3rds

Nov 15, 2014

We thought we’d be starting with 9 at one point, then 10 and minutes before push back we were boosted to 11. And the 12 arrived shortly after pushback. Not a great start to the day but we soon showed Andover why we are 3rd in the league with a great run from Mike Osborne and finding the goal from the tightest of angles. 2 -0 came  from I believe Tom Downs after beating the keeper 1 on 1. 3-0 was  from some of the best hockey we’ve played this season so far with Seb firing a ball between defenders to Huw making a great run from the wing towards the post. He drove in and squared the ball across for Mike to pick up his 2nd. Andover got 1 back from a short corner that wasn’t dealt with. Chris Dean got another to add to his tally for the year with a flick after being given loads of time from a short corner that was returned to him from the keeper. The 2nd Half was controlled by Gillingham with multiple great counter attacks that resulted in Tom Downs getting another 1 on1, finding the post and the ball spinning back along the line and crossing just about. Mike Picked up his hat-trick  with a good finish. We maybe should of had more goals in the 2nd half from the counter attack after holding  Andover out with stalwart defending, Much better than in previous weeks. MOTM was Huw Lloyd for having a really good game and doing a great tea after the game. DOTD was Fred for being a little...

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Mens 2nds vs Bournemouth 5ths

Oct 26, 2014

A slightly changed 2nd XI travelled to fairly nearby Bournemouth, somewhere that we always struggle to take away what we go for, 3 points. We started strongly after what could only be described as Bournemouth having a chat as the whistle blew. We put pressure on early and found plenty of space around the top of the Bournemouth D. Mike was the first to come close after receiving a ball in from the top of the D, turning on the keeper leaving him well out the way but pushed the ball millimetres wide of the post. More Gillingham pressure resulted in a short corner. Standard routine saw the keeper clear the ball high into the air and fall at the feet of Huw who after one bounce struck the ball to only have it hit a Bournemouth defender on the line. Penalty stroke awarded. Neil Overton steps up and proceeds to make Gillingham 1-0 up. This lifted our game and we quickly had a second after a straight ball very similar to the earlier on to Mike but this time he struck it underneath a flailing keeper. 2-0. We continued to apply pressure with good possession utilising the defenders to keep the ball and  Ollie Racey providing some great passes cutting the Bournemouth defence in half. Bournemouth weren’t without there chances and did apply pressure but unlike in previous weeks we were much better at the back with Jake Shean being as solid as usual and Chris Nobles organising the back line well and we didn’t look like conceding until a striker got through our defence and was deemed to have been brought down by Chris. Penalty Stroke to Bournemouth in which they converted 2-1. Bournemouth did continue to attack after getting a goal back and an outstanding save from Jamie in goal kept the scores at 2-1 as we went into half time. Just before half time I should mention that Matt Coombes arrived after having to drive the fire engine in the morning, this will make sense in a minute, we was brought on at left back so prolific scorer Chris Dean could return to left half. The 2nd half started oddly as the Bournemouth player taking push back kicked the ball after the whistle had been blown and we immediately pressed towards the Bournemouth Goal. We seemed to have a lot of space going forwards and had quite a few chances with new guy into the team Tom Hobbs causing all sorts of problems. We won a couple of short corners but none reaped the rewards of another goal. 15 minutes into the half an off the ball incident between Matt and a Bournemouth player resulted in some pushing and grabbing  and both were sent for an early shower having received yellow cards and told they would not return to the pitch. This seemed to create even more space going forwards for Gillingham. Charlie Payne made him self a threat with relentless running down the right hand side and it and after beating several defenders returned a bouncing ball to Ben at the top of the D who with sweep found the bottom corner beating an unsighted keeper. 3-1 to Gillingham. We saw the game out from there holding back the Bournemouth attack and making ourselves...

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mens 2nd xi v trojans 5th xi

Oct 5, 2014

First league game of a new season played on the nicely wetted pitch from the early morning shower, and a Trojans side that only travelled with 9, things were looking up. The game started with early GHC pressure with some slick passing and in the 7th minute Mike Osborne found the net from open play. More pressure then resulted in a short corner that was dispatched by Seb Stainer. There was then a game within a game, GHC attacking, Trojans defending well until the 32nd minute when Chis Dean found the back of the goal with a well placed slap, Olie Racey then completed the first half scoring by firing one high into the net off a defender. The second half was more of the same but it was Trojans who got the goal, break away down the left and an unstoppable shot into the goal. The game then resorted back to the same routine, it was like a training session with defenders and attackers, GHC managed to find the net again, M Osborne with a very nice finish after the ball was creamed across the circle by Ben Way, then C Dean with an almost identical goal with a slap into the corner. A good 6-1 win and 3...

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