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2019 AGM

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Hambrook Sports Club, on Tuesday 14th May 2019, 7pm meet for 7.30pm start

AGM 2019

O50's Masters Final - Lee Valley

Hi all,

The Mens Over 50s Masters Vase (tier 3) final is confirmed as 4:30pm on pitch 2 at Lee Valley on Sunday 5th May. Yes the night after the club dinner!

We are considering arranging a coach to reduce transport costs for everyone, and need to know an indication of numbers. Costs are likely to be between £20/£25 per person for the coach return trip plus either £4 (pitch 2 only) or £7 (Day pass to either pitch) for ticket prices (adults). Please can you send your names of all those who would like coach travel & a ticket to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The aim would be to arrive at Lee Valley in time to catch the main mens final on pitch 1; then catch the first half of the main ladies final, and then switch across to watch our 50s on pitch 2.

To reserve places please send your names requiring coach/match tickets to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pitch maintenance

pitchFor those of you playing at home this weekend I hope you will see a difference in the pitch. On Monday Verde Recreo carried out a day’s maintenance, which unfortunately had not been done for quite some time.

It was interesting to watch how they did it. The little John Deere tractor brushed up the pile while the ‘tank on wheels’ followed behind and took up the sand. This was then washed, filtered and put back down on the pitch and then brushed in again. They also carried out some repairs on some raised seams.

All this work was paid for by the Bristol & West HC. We are told that from now on, the school will reinstate a regular maintenance regime which should hopefully keep the pitch in good condition for a few more years.


Andy Bryce

Master O50s

SAVE THE DATE!!! - Sunday May 5th @ Lee Valley -16:30 PB.

The O50s put up another tenacious display today in the wind/hail/sleet against a talented and dangerous Epsom side (with considerable experience of deep progression into the tournament) and were watched by a large number of supporters - thank you, it was appreciated. They came out victorious thanks once again to a good goal keeping display from Adrian Dann, a superb goal by Lindsay Cumberbatch and the winning flick by Mike Wingent.

Although, highlight of the match has to be the opening goal: an enterprising run down the right wing evading tackles, Mike Wingent got into the 25 and centred to Lindsay Cumberbatch in the D - BANG! the ball was back into the playing area before the keeper had moved...goal, 1-0 to Bristol & West. the rest of the second half was even, but we probably should have scored a second. Nevertheless, 1-0 at half time.

Then a long period during the second half whilst they attacked our 25 & D, winning many corners but failing to convert. Then a lapse in concentration allowed them to move from a free hit into the D and pass into a forward alone in front of AD. Desperate measures by Rob Ledger saw a green card for the tackle & a stroke awarded. Converted for 1-1. Into the last 10 minutes, many corners to Epsom, and B& W could not recover their earlier control, but held firm. 1-1 at full time.

Penalties were scored to 2-2 (2 each taken), then saw two missed by each team, next saw Epson 5th taker step up and pass it wide - so all on the final flick that was despatched to take us to Lee Valley.

SAVE THE DATE - Sunday May 5th 16:30 - your committee will discuss and notify arrangements for travel and attendance.

Photos here

 

Chairman’s Late Season Message 2018/2019

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This update is a bit later than usual, but it’s been a busy time on the B&W committee so I hope you find this note of interest (it’s a bit long but as I say - a lot has been going on).

I hope that by now everyone is aware that since last summer, B&W and Jaspers have been eyeing each other up to see if a club merger might work. From the first time I met representatives of Jaspers HC committee at a local pub one summer evening I was very impressed, and I knew that our clubs could complement each other well. We therefore decided to move a little closer together with a view to potentially merging in time for the 2019/20 season. In most respects this has gone very well, with the two sets of ladies players getting to know each other and Jaspers making a valuable contribution to our committee. However, one issue that has been stubbornly difficult to resolve is training.

B&WL made it a condition early on that they and Jaspers must train together, and so Jaspers kindly agreed to give up their training pitch at Hanham and come to Colstons. This was always intended to be a temporary measure. Unfortunately, despite considerable efforts by myself, Tom Bryant and Adam Whitlock to find a suitable alternative pitch for either the men or the ladies, we have not been able to do so this season.

Jaspers made it a condition of a merger that suitable training facilities would be in place and whilst this has not so far been achieved, the committee is optimistic that it will be in time for next season and it is fully committed to making it happen. On that basis, I am absolutely delighted to report that Jaspers have formally agreed for the Clubs to merge.

One further condition required by Jaspers was some retention of their identity and we have agreed that the ladies’ section will be named “Bristol & West Jaspers”, although we will remain affiliated to England Hockey as Bristol & West (the men’s section will be unchanged). Whilst this might seem a simple thing, we had to negotiate with 4 governing bodies before it was finally allowed by the ladies league!

Another activity that some of your Committee has been heavily involved in this year is trying to secure our future at Winterbourne Academy, or if not, some other suitable pitch (AGP). At the start of the year we arranged for Verde Recreo to carry out an assessment of the Winterbourne AGP. They reported that it needed a good clean, lift and repairs to some of the seams (something your chairman might also benefit from). They also pointed out that as it was originally laid in 2002, its days were now numbered. The school refused to pay for the Verde Recreo maintenance work and so the club has donated almost £1000 and the work is now scheduled to be carried out on 18 March. It should make a significant difference, not least because it seems no maintenance has been carried out on the playing surface for at least 2 years.

In December last year we met the commercial, business and facilities managers at Winterbourne School where we gave them a presentation about our club (we think they were a little taken aback by how large we were) and asked them about their plans for the AGP maintenance and resurfacing (estimated cost about £200K). We also pressed for them hard to provide more pitch time for training. That meeting did not produce any immediate results, but a few weeks later we were surprised and delighted to be invited to meet Dave Baker, the CEO of Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) and several of his senior staff, which we did on 6 February. Dave is an impressive character and most importantly, a fellow sportsperson (basketball). We had a very productive and positive meeting and if anyone is interested in a copy of the minutes, let me know.

The upshot is that funding for improved maintenance and the resurfacing of the pitch is being looked at in detail by OAT, as well as various options for providing us with more pitch time. Fingers crossed, they should produce a plan soon and we will have a clearer picture of the future of the AGP and hopefully, our ongoing residency at Winterbourne.

I trust that by now you will have been thoroughly nagged by your team social rep to buy tickets for the Awards Night and indeed might have even bought some. Please make every effort to attend as amongst other things, it will a great opportunity to celebrate two great clubs coming together for what will I’m certain be a very bright future indeed.

<p?With the two clubs merging there will of course be various procedural tasks to complete such as a review of the Constitution etc. This and other matters will need to be ratified at the AGM, the date for which will be announced soon. We have also decided that the merger is a good opportunity to review the governance of the Club to check we are doing everything we should be and have the appropriate procedures, policies risk assessments etc. in place. There is no better way of “kicking the tyres” than by working towards achieving Club Mark, which we hope to make a start on very soon (note: some may recall that some years ago we achieved the now defunct Clubs First accreditation. It would have been a simple matter to convert that to Club Mark had all our documents not been lost when EH changed the Portal - ho hum!).

Finally, according to England Hockey, to be a “Great Club” you must deliver a great “Club Experience” for members. Well as far as I am concerned, that includes providing a decent teas. If there is nothing else that I can take credit for this year, I can at least claim that I worked tirelessly to improve the sausages! After what has been months of negotiations, blind tastings and threats, the Hambrook Club are finally serving us healthy granary bread, good quality tasty sausages and REAL Heinz ketchup! Vegetarian options are also available at the bar. Who’d have thought it would have taken quite so much effort - so enjoy! So, once John Howe has completed his customer care course and is as attentive and loving to us and he is to his barrels of real ale, we will have reached new heights.

Now please enjoy the remaining few games of the season (and good luck to those still fighting for a crucial league position) and I look forward to seeing you at the orange & pink Awards Night.

Andy Bryce

Master O50s

Masters secure cup semi-final

After a close and skilful match between two evenly matched sides ended 1-1 the masters group overcame a stubborn Bournemouth side winning 4-3 on penalty flicks due in a large part to a goalkeeping masterclass from AD.

Other key moments were the equalising goal from a short corner by Lindsay Cumberbatch, and a goal line clearance from Rob Ledger.

We now have a plum home tie on Sunday March 10th against either Amersham or Epsom. 

Come along and support your club please. 

This is the furthest we have progressed and are aiming to get to the final at Lea Valley.

Over 50s Masters win

After losing to old friend Dave Gardner's new club Worcester in the first round of the Tier 2 competition, this year the O50s dropped into the Tier 3 competition, and after squeezing past Westbury last time out, last Sunday the happy band travelled to Taunton Vale for a re-match from last seasons R3 match. AD had volunteered the use of the Danco "(smaller) fun bus" (thanks AD it was appreciated by everyone) and after picking up from Hambrook Sports Club and then at the Portishead M5J19 - the cheery gang set off gleefully watching 70's & 80s music videos & old Top of the Pops tapes.

Taunton Vale have a superb setup with an Olympic coloured water based pitch, (with a club house bar overlooking the astro!)  - so no excuses would be allowed for any missed-traps!

The game was a game of two halves - in the first half we set out to be solid and to play on the counter attack. Our first goal came from a long hit down left wing, which Mike Wingent reached just inside the baseline, and turned to find Steve Foster at the top of the D, passed to him, one touch & Fozzie despatched the ball into the net for 1-0. Which despite some pressure & several short corners from Taunton we retained at half time.

In the second half after about 7/10 hectic minutes we sorted out the changes Taunton had introduced in midfield, and we then took control of midfield and were able to build pressure Andy Bryce got down to the base line received and passed the ball into Lindsay in front of goal, after a bit of "to me / to you" with the keepers pads, he slotted it for 2-0. Which we saw out with only a few more short corners to defend. We must try not to concede so many next game! But overall, a good solid game by everyone. Well done.

Afterwards the Taunton Sports club provided a superb and varied tea, even if the beer was running short :-) .

It was great to catch up with many of our "west" friends at Taunton -  and beat them!! yaaay!!

Onto the next round (which will be the last 8, yes the Quarter final  :-) )Sunday Feb 17th - location and opposition to be confirmed

Indoor Hockey squad qualify for West

The Indoor Hockey squad competed at the Gloucestershire County play-offs for the first time this Sunday against opposition from Stroud, Lansdown, Wotton-under-Edge and Cheltenham who have just been relegated out of National League Indoor. Only 2 teams could qualify to represent Gloucestershire at the upcoming West of England National League Qualifiers on Saturday 15th December @ UWE.

After a spate of last minute injuries and unavailability we travelled with just the bare 6 squad to Stratford Park. The first game was drawn 2-2 against Lansdown with goals from Tom Bryant (2).

The second game saw 3 points on the table with a 2-0 victory over stroud with goals from Johnny Wilson and Phil Brown.

Cheltenham played for match 3 which saw them take an early lead with a quick equaliser from Phil Brown. After an excellent goal line save from Bristol & West, a 2-1 lead was quickly equalised in return and the freshly relegated National League team showed their class to take a 5-2 victory. Goals from Phil Brown & Tom Bryant.

It all came down to the last game which was back to back for Bristol & West having just played Cheltenham. It was all to play for between Wotton-under-Edger and B&W. We took an early lead through a quick set play and goal from Johnny Wilson. Wotton came back in the 7th minute with an equaliser. Exhausted but determined for the win we pushed on and after creating the smallest amount of space in the D, Scotty found the bottom corner to take the lead again. With some excellent defending from Stuart Bryant and incredible saves from Adam Whilock the game finished 2-1 to Bristol & West.

Final Standings

Cheltenham 12 points

Bristol & West 7 points

Wotton-under-Edge 6 points

Lansdown 4 points

Stroud 0 points

 

Squad: Adam Whitlock (GK), Tom Bryant (C), Johnny Wilson, Phil Brown, Stuart Bryant, Scott Davidson.

Scorers: Tom Bryant (4), Johnny Wilson (2), Phil Brown, Scott Davidson.

Chairman’s New of Season Message 2018/2019

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The start to this season was no less frantic than the last, with huge efforts by the captains to get sides together for friendlies.  However, it seems it is not just us who struggle, one club this year actually cancelled at midnight on Friday!  This year the club captain and the fixture secretary decided to spend most of September on holiday; they are not daft.

As a club we do seem to be slow to get going and it would be really great one season to actually reach the end of October with at least one team with a points tally in double figures.  However, I’m confident that as with last season, we will quickly catch up.

It was a busy time for me and the committee over the summer with various preparations and plans, but there has been one particular project which has been a priority.  Some of you may have noticed that all of a sudden there are a lot more ladies about?  The reason for this is that we have agreed with Jaspers HC to work towards a merger next year.  This has meant the ladies of B&W and Jaspers training together and now Jaspers are using the Ridings as their home pitch.  If all goes to plan, we will fully merge next season in accordance with league rules.  However, for the present, league rules will not allow any exchange of players (under any circumstances!) between the clubs.  This does not extend to our social events though (I’ve checked the rules).  So bowling at The Lanes on 17th November should see some strong ladies’ teams in pink.

At the start of the season we had a very successful umpires’ evening at a hotel in Bristol.  David Elworthy of England Hockey came to speak to us and the club laid on free drinks and nibbles.  Feedback from the evening was overwhelmingly positive and we are very grateful to David for making it such an informative and entertaining evening (Adam will be releasing a video soon).  This is part of a club strategy to promote umpiring and to better support and develop those umpires we already have.  As the club grows to 9 teams and with more playing at a higher level, the umpiring also need to develop.  Dave Morgan, Adam Whitlock and Stu Bryant will now be driving the development of our umpires, which will hopefully make our umpire manager’s job a little easier!

As you will have noticed last season the club benefited from a large influx of new players and this, I am pleased to say, has continued this season.  This has been bolstered by a group of ten or so under 16 who have come through our youth program (Academy seems to be the trendy word).  It is also always great to hear of ex-youth players returning to the club several years later as their careers have brought them back to Bristol.  Most recent rejoinders are Mark Sullivan and Ethan Davies – welcome home chaps! 

Finally, for this Christmas we have something very special lined up courtesy of our Sponsor, Danco.  Look out for details released soon, but in the meantime keep Sunday 2 December free!

Andy Bryce

Club Day - Sunday 2 September

CLUB DAY FORMAT – 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 1PM TO 5PM
This year we will have a 7-a-side mixed tournament to take place at Winterbourne International Academy a.k.a. The Ridings.
£10 for adults and £5 for children
There will be two pools of 3 teams with round robin matches, so everyone will get a few games to get back into the swing of things for the new season.
We would love for you and the whole family to join us from 1pm so that we can arrange teams for the day before getting underway at 1.30pm.
Attractions for the family
We are very happy to say that we have been able to arrange for some family friendly fun to take place this year as well. We have organised a BOUNCY CASTLE, BBQ, GAMES, and even an OBSTACLE COURSE.
So please bring the whole family down for the day to check it out!

TIMINGS FOR THE DAY

Game Game

Game           Game        
1 A1 vs A2 1.30pm   2 B1 vs B2 1.45pm
3 A2 vs A3 2.00pm   4 B2 vs B3 2.15pm
5 A1 vs A3 2.30pm   6 B1 vs B3 2.45pm
Game      
7 Pool A 3rd place vs Pool B 3rd place 3.30pm
8 Pool A 2nd place vs Pool B 2nd place 3.45pm
9 Pool A 1st place vs Pool A 1st place 4.00pm

PRESENTATIONS – 4.30PM

Rules
1. All games will be 10 minutes – one way only
2. All teams will have a minimum of 7-a-side, with rolling substitutions
3. There will be at least one lady on the pitch for each team at any time
4. Short corners must have first strikes by ladies, or with pushes from the top “D”
5. Long corners will be taken from the half way line
6. Green cards will be 1-minute (hopefully not required)
SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 1PM TO 5PM

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