Repton Hockey Club Launch Day September 11th 2016
After a Summer of training, and with our six squads finally settled, the season began with the visit of Stourport HC. Stourport - one of the Midland's most successful clubs at Junior level in recent years - fielded six teams as we allowed each and every one of our new members pitch-time.
Looking great in their new kit, supported by TK and our various generous team sponsors, all six of our teams recorded victories to give our new players and coaches confidence for the season ahead.
Launch Day Results
Repton HC U18 Boys 5-1 Stourport HC
Repton HC U18 Boys 9-2 Stourport HC
Repton HC U16 Boys 8-0 Stourport HC
Repton HC U16 Girls 7-4 Stourport HC
Repton HC U14 Boys 7-2 Stourport HC
Repton HC U14 Girls 4-0 Stourport HC
Making Use of Video Technology
Video technology is commonplace in International hockey so in the New Year we aim to film several of our home games so that we can share highlights with parents and possibly even pass footage to our players so that their play can be analysed. We trialled this on Launch Day and share some of our goals below.
The U14 Girls take the lead against Stourport on Launch Day when Claudia Swain converts a broken-down penalty corner
Here are two of Charly Archer's goals against Stourport. One is a brilliant individual effort and the other a very impressive team one. Currently out injured, we look forward to having Charly back in goal-scoring form in the New Year.
Hannah Davey, Ruby Gale, Christina Jowett and Jess Renshaw-Smith are all in goal-scoring form for the U18 Girls
Harry Scutt bags a brace and Roshan Drayton-Chana scores for the U14s
In a comprehensive U16 victory, Marcus Tarrant taps home on the back post
We would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have helped to provide a unique post-match experience for all players, officials and spectators. The post-match spreads have been unbelievable and we really appreciate all those who have manned the kitchen and those who have contributed. It is very much appreciated, with Kate Kaczmarcyk leading the way, in what is a vital part of club hockey. Please feel free to contact Kate if you have not done so yet but wish to help on future fixture days.
National Club Championship Progress
As they enter the Christmas break, our U14 and U16 squads are in strong positions to qualify for their respective Regional Finals. Their Leagues can be seen by clicking the links below. Some of the scorelines registered have been greater than that shown but in England Hockey U14 & U16 Competitions they cap recorded scores to an 8-0 margin.
Highlights include the U16 Girls victory over Lichfield during half-term where Erin Franklin was outstanding and Sophia Ktori proved to be the match-winner at the other end. Our U14 Boys have been beaten, away at Bowdon, and need a victory over Alderley Edge to progress. Given their development this term, they should have every confidence of doing so.
Our U18 Boys have unfortunately been eliminated from the National Knock-Out Competition, affected by availability, but our U18 Girls remain and have a home tie against Brooklands or Liverpool Sefton in the New Year. A victory there would put them one win away from Lee Valley in the National Plate Competition which is a realistic target.
After a six-week training block, and with plenty of selection headaches for the Head Coach, our four Indoor teams headed off to Wolverhampton for the Midland Indoor Finals. For many this was their first Indoor tournament experience and each and every one of our players acquitted themselves well and developed with the benefit of match practice.
The U18 Girls lacked confidence in their first game and went down to Stourport. Hannah Davey was unavailable due to injury, a big blow to the squad, but was fantastic as Assistant Coach offering words of encouragement throughout. These positive words spurred the girls on to excellent victories against Lichfield and Leicester before being beaten by the eventual winners, Beeston, who had many familiar faces. The growth in the team was a pleasure to see and many commented, in particular, of Rosie Campion's performances who scored most of our goals whilst Sophie Holliday kept them out at the other end. Special mention must also go to U16 players, Izzy Clarke & Lucy Gould, who stepped up to the U18s in great style.
The U18 Boys defeated the eventual group winners, Cannock, and Bridgnorth but an opening loss to Belper was ultimately telling as the boys failed to qualify for the Semi-Final despite some good individual performances. Henry Lewis was a rock at the back and our GK duo, Tomalin and Patient, did well too. Julian, who was excellent in defending penalty corners, was an outstanding captain who offered great support to all.
A New Name On The U16 Trophies
The first half of the season was rounded off perfectly as our U16 squads won both Midland Indoor Titles. The girls played in a round-robin format and were unbeaten throughout the day whereas the boys safely navigated a knock-out format.
Despite maintaining a 100% record throughout the round-robin, due to goal difference, the girls still needed a result in the final match against Stourport to confirm qualification for the National Finals. In a tense game, another narrow victory secured the club's first ever trophy and place in a National Finals. Erin Franklin was superb in goal and with such fine margins involved in a great team effort, we were particularly grateful to Anna Stone who was solid at the back, and to both Emilia Kaczmarczyk and Emily Schmedes our profilic short-corner specialists.
Some of our boys' highlights can be seen in the footage below and whilst they show how potent we were from set-pieces and clinical from open play, it doesn't show how well Mackie Newton adapted to his new defensive role or how well Noah Martle defended from the front. The boys should be very proud of their performances including the excellent showing against Beeston in the crucial Semi-Final and the assured Final display against Cannock.
Both U16s now appear in the National Finals, back at Wolverhampton, on 21st & 22nd. It is rare to have both competitions at one venue, so I hope that we can see many of our parents, supporters, social members and friends there as we aim to announce ourselves to the rest of the country!
Back To Hockey
Every Thursday Night 8-9pm
The Club’s Back to Hockey venture seems to be going from strength to strength with perhaps an average of about twenty players turning up each week. There is a healthy mix of complete beginners and people who are returning to the game having played a decent level in the past. Whilst there have been some ever-presents, work commitments (and the tendency of the ‘squad’ to pick up minor injuries from time to time) means there is always a different group involved each week. Although, it is easier to predict who will make it to the Bulls Head after training.
The hour-long hockey session usually comprises of twenty minutes of skills by way of a warm up followed by various forms of match play and the level of skill on show and the tempo of the games have increased noticeably over the course of the past few weeks. Coaches aim to constantly vary their approach and often split groups to separate abilities to suit all those involved .
We have attempted to arrange a friendly match against a Burton HC team but the weather was against us so we will try again in the New Year.
Back to Hockey restarts on Thursday 12th January and will run every Thursday thereafter between 8pm and 9pm and, of course, everybody is welcome.
Some News Of Our Coaches
Russell Anderson continues to impress for Scotland. Russell featured in the recent World League where he managed to get himself on the score-sheet!
Laney captained England U21s in November at the Junior World Cup in Chile where she helped her squad to an 7th placed finish. Following on from her impressive showing in Chile, Laney has since been offered a full-time contract with the England Senior Squad in a very exciting time for Women's Hockey in England. We'll miss you Laney but thanks for all you've done and come and visit us soon!!
We were pleased to host our Social Members' Christmas gathering at the Bulls Head on Sunday 11th December. The Bulls Head, who also sponsor our U16 & U18 Boys teams, provided a steady supply of pizzas throughout the evening for all who attended. Social Membership is designed to allow non-players to support and be involved in the club.
Kate Kaczmarczyk, our Social Secretary, organises events and is making plans for the New Year. Anyone interested in Social Membership can contact Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracksuit Tops In Stock
TK have delivered the RHC Tracksuit Tops and we have plenty in stock at £35 each. At the recent Indoor events, the teams looked smart in theirs and we would like to encourage all players to wear them at matches and events. We have stock to supply parents, supporters, Back To Hockey-ers and Social Members too so please do contact Suzanne (email@example.com) to order yours. It would be great to see lots of them on the sidelines as well as on the pitch.
For details of all available kit, please click on the link below. Extra socks seem to be popular as many have already lost theirs!
What's Next In 2017
Below you can see some of the key upcoming dates. Highlights include the National Indoor Finals for our U16s and our First Round Fixture in the National Mixed Cup. We aim to invite adult guests to play for us in this Competition ahead of widening our member base next season.
Sat & Sun 21st & 22nd January - National U16 Indoor Finals (Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton)
Sun 29th January - RHC Mixed XI vs. Olton & WW (H)
Sun 5th February - RHC U14G v Lindum (a)
Sun 5th February - RHC U16G v West Bridgford (a)
Sun 5th February - RHC U16B v Derwent (a)
Sun 5th February - RHC U18G v Brooklands/Liverpool Sefton (H)
Thanks To Our Sponsors!
We are very grateful to our sponsors, who support us in various ways, and know that without them our first few months would not have been as successful as they have. Please do click on the links below to support them.
Thanks again to our sponsors and to everyone that has helped to make our first few months such a success.
Happy Christmas and Best Wishes For 2017!