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AGM - Sunday 6th May 2018
23 Apr 2018
 
The club's AGM is to be held on Sunday 6th May 2018.  
 
The meeting will be held at the clubhouse and will start at 3pm. Like last year we are looking to arrange a social mixed hockey game to start at 1pm (usual club kit and a white shirt) before the AGM. So come along have a game, join in the meeting and enjoy a beer at the same time - well what else would you do on a Sunday afternoon?  
 
Please try to be there if you can - it would be great to see lots of people there, as this is your chance to have your say in the running of the club!  
 
There are a number of vacancies for the 2018/2019 season and they are:- 
 
Ladies Club Captain 
Men's Club Captain 
Ladies Fixtures Secretary 
Welfare Officer (and assistant)  
Fund Raising Co-ordinator 
 
It would be good to see some new faces taking on these roles and if you can spare sometime and are interested in any of these roles, or becoming more involved in some other way, please get in touch with any executive club member or alternatively come to the AGM instead. 
 
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Thank you for the kit sponsorship support from our newly promoted "premier" Womens and Mens 1s teams
20 Apr 2018
 
What a 2017/2018 season it has been for the club in so many ways, one of which has been the achievement of both our Womens and Mens 1st XI squads getting themselves promoted back into the East Premier leagues. 
 
This season we have seen both 1st teams wearing newly sponsored tracksuits and playing kit, something both squads would like to say a huge thank you for the support of some very kind sponsors. 
 
Cambridge Pixel (Harriet Johnson) 
Stonebridge HR (Helen Busfield) 
TC Improvements (Tom Cox) 
Recover Physio (Stuart Wardle) 
Empresa Limited (Matthew Brine) 
 
Thank you for your support. 
 
NCHC Mens and Ladies 1st XI

Hockey season is over - now it's time to party
18 Apr 2018
 
It's the club's annual dinner and dance on Saturday 19 May 2018 - and there is still time to book tickets.  
It's a fun evening which starts with mingling and drinks at 7pm followed by a three-course sit-down meal at 7.30pm. All the teams have a table - or two in some cases, and it's a great opportunity to catch-up with each other, dress up in your best party gear if you want, dance and have a bit of fun after a tough season of hockey.  
The event is at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace and last year the food was excellent.  
 
Presentations for all the usual club awards, such as club person of the year, take place at the end of the meal. Then there's usually some games (who can land a pound coin nearest a bottle of champagne) and plenty of dancing. 
 
It's a fun night and a great way to end to the season. It's a good night to catch up with all your team mates and friends at the club before the summer break.  
Tickets are still available at £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s. Arrive at 7pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm. 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is now available via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
If you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Our Club Day has been booked for SATURDAY 18th August
12 Apr 2018
 
A date for your diary is SATURDAY 18th August, it is a SATURDAY this year so that the party can continue from the hockey pitches into the bar afterwards. 
 
Our Club Day is as always open to all members, families, friends and those just wanting to come along and enjoy the day. It is being run on Saturday 18th August at Taverham starting from 10am, and will as always be a mixed ability hockey festival, inviting all players of all abilities from our vets through to our developments (O13s) and from beginners right through to our first team players.  
 
It will be a 10am meet and please bring a coloured/yellow and white shirt to wear during the day.  
 
Teams are arranged through the website registration process so let us know that you intend to come along, our aim is to create balanced teams so nobody needs to feel like they aren't capable of playing in what is already a fun hockey event.  
 
We will have the usual food on the BBQ and the bar will be open all day for drinks and snack.

Club person of the year - your suggestions needed
29 Mar 2018
 
As the season draws to a close, it will soon be awards night in May. The club committee is looking for your suggestions for the two club-person of the year awards - there is one for a female club person and another one for a male. There's lots of amazing volunteers at the club, but is there anybody in particular you think should be recognised for the work they have done for the club this season. Is there an umpire who has gone above and beyond what would be expected to help the club? Would you like recognition for a captain or club player who has really contributed this year? Not forgetting the coaching staff - is there anybody you feel hasn't had the recognition they deserve for the work they put in? Please, please let the committee know your thoughts on who should be awarded the accolade of Club Person of the Year. Send your ideas - in confidence - to chair Karen Dagless longy40@hotmail.co.uk or text her 07765 900861

Annual Golf Day 2018 is on Friday 20th July at Barnham Broom
26 Mar 2018
 
This years Annual Golf Day has been booked with Barnham Broom, for Friday 20th July. The event is open to all members, family and friends and it takes the format of two rounds of golf (one being a pairs/team competition and the other an individual competition), there is bacon roll/coffee/tea on arrival, lunch and an evening meal. The price is £60 per player and numbers are strictly limited unfortunately due to restrictions on tee times. Book online now via our website at http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday

City U12 Girls off to East Region Championships in April
7 Mar 2018
 
City U12 girls qualify for East Region Finals as Runners Up in County Championships. 
 
A positive start to the County Championships with a hard fought 2-0 win against Dragons and goals from Tilly Butterworth and Emily Hicks. 
 
The team demonstrated wide, attacking play and created opportunities which boded well for their second game against Magpies who were not allowed into the game, with the girls closing them down quickly and distributing the ball early. A series of short corners led to a full stretch save by the Magpies keeper onto the post, quickly followed by an open play save. At no point was the City goal truly threatened and the coaches and crowd were very appreciative of the team's efforts. 
 
Dereham proved to be the next barrier and they fought and fought all the way. The girls stuck to their principles and created chance after chance, finally seeing Livi Tighe putting a goal past the keeper for a 1-0 win. 
 
The final game against Pelicans needed a gargantuan 11 goals to take the title and surpass Magpies. Chances went begging time after time until Rosie Wharton got things moving. Further goals were struck by Emily Hicks, two by Tilly Butterworth, including a majestic reverse stick shot that brought a gasp from the crowd and two from Loulou Ford. 
 
The team consisted of Tilly Butterworth (Capt), Sophia Colman (GK), Daisy Clabburn, Lucy Walton, Holly Whayman, Loulou Ford, Emily Hicks, Rosie Wharton & Livi Tighe.

City U12 Boys Norfolk County Runners Up
7 Mar 2018
 
U12 Boys qualify for East Region Championships in April with good attitude on and off the pitch, as well as sportsmanship, determination and teamwork. Led by captain, Krishna Patel, a good start to the tournament with goals from Corey Rushton and Harry Ford to put City ahead against Magpies.  
 
This was followed by a 7-0 win against Pelicans and lots of plaudits from opposition coaches. The third and final game against Dragons 1s was so nearly sewn up by City in the first five minutes but the tide turned, Dragons took their chance and City conceded a goal. 
 
The last game against Dragons 2s was a 1-0 win to clinch Runner Up spot and a place at the Regional Finals. A happy, cohesive and enthusiastic team deserved to qualify. Congratulations.

U10 Boys County Champions
7 Mar 2018
 
With three impressive attacking performances, City U10 Boys were crowned County Champions. 
Creating numerous chances against Magpies, some good work from Maxwell Doncaster on the right led to James Mackenzie calmly putting City 1-0 up.  
Against Dragons, City continued dominating possession and pressing forward. Harry Morgan won the ball in the midfield, drove forward and released Charlie Hutchinson who broke into the D and put City ahead. Their second was a Doncaster/Mackenzie repeat of the Magpies goal to finish 2-0. 
Qualification to the Regionals was now assured, City maintained the attacking dominance in the third game, with a 6-0 victory over Pelicans. Goals were shared amongst Charlie Hutchinson, Milo Clabburn, Arthur Butterworth, James Mackenzie and Maxwell Doncaster. 
Throughout the tournament, Kit Pallister was strong in defence with goalkeeper, Ollie Ford, on his toes and staying alert. A magnificent performance from the whole team.

U10 Girls County Champions
7 Mar 2018
 
On Sunday 25th February, in bitterly cold weather, NCHC U10 Girls secured a place at the Regional Finals following a penalty flick shoot out against Harleston Magpies. Having drawn their first games 1-1 against Magpies and then Dragons with Lottie Hood scoring in both, the girls went on to beat hosts Pelicans 4-0 with goals from Hollie Blackham, Millie Power, India Fox and Chloe Holmes. In the penalty shoot out, City keeper Jessica Westbury saved all three flicks. Everyone in the team put on a fine performance and enjoyed the positive, vocal support of coaches and parents. Many congratulations.

Congratulations to January lottery winners: A. Wardale, K. Paterson & P. Wright
26 Feb 2018
 
Congratulations to our January 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Ali Wardale 
Runner-up: Karen Paterson  
Third Place: Peter Wright  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

England Hockey Sessional Coach Course 12/13 May
18 Feb 2018
 
The following Sessional Coach Course that allows coaches to lead sessions is now available to book. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.  
 
Date  
Saturday 12 May & Sunday 13 May.  
Time  
9:00am - 6:00pm & (:00am - 5:00pm 
Venue  
Braintree Hockey Club, The Four Releet Church Street, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM7 5LJ 
Closing Date  
Thursday 26 April  
 
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant - bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Participants must be aged over 16 years to attend.  
 
If you have any queries or problems with the booking process please contact coaching@englandhockey.co.uk  
 
Don't forget that any coach, umpire or player can sign up to the FREE Hockey Hub to access resources and ideas.

Introduction to Coaching course Sunday 13 May
18 Feb 2018
 
The following Introduction to Coaching Course is now available to book. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.  
 
Date 
Sunday 13 May.  
Time 
10:00am-4:00pm 
Venue 
Alive Lynnsport, Greenpark Avenue, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk, PE30 2NB 
Closing Date 
Thursday 3 May 
 
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant - bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Participants must be aged over 16 years to attend. 
 
If you have any queries or problems with the booking process please contact coaching@englandhockey.co.uk  
 
Don't forget that any coach, umpire or player can sign up to the FREE Hockey Hub to access resources and ideas.

Good luck in the next rounds to our teams still in the England Hockey Club Championships
16 Feb 2018
 
This weekend the U18 GIRLS are off to Saffron Walden to hopefully find themselves into the quarter finals, the U18 BOYS have been given a walkover to Lindum and are now into the quarter finals. 
 
The MIXED team are also off to Felixstowe this weekend (18/02) in the second round of the Mixed Cup, hoping to repeat their road to the finals from a few years back now. 
 
Our LADIES 1s are into the quarter finals and have drawn Lindum at home on 18/03, likely to be a 1pm start at TRF for those that want to come and support them. 
 
The MENS O40s are also into the quarter finals and are travelling away to Witham to see if they can repeat their finalists status from last season and hopefully experience another day out at Lee Valley. 
 
Our U14 and U16 BOYS and GIRLS are also still going strong with deciding games over the next few weekends to see whether they progress to the regional finals and hopefully a chance to go onto the national finals. The BOYS and GIRLS U14s and U16s have both had previous experience and success at both regionals and nationals levels so fingers crossed they finish their group rounds high up in the respective leagues. 
 
Good luck to all of those players, coaches, managers and parents involved!!!

Annual Dinner Dance 2018 at Norwich City Football Club on Saturday 19th May 2018
9 Feb 2018
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance has now been booked and will be held on Saturday 19th May 2018 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is now available via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
If you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Congratulations to DECEMBER Lottery winners: L. Worrall, I. Phoenix and R. Hagen
30 Jan 2018
 
Congratulations to our December 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Leigh-Ann Worrall  
Runner-up: Ian Phoenix  
Third Place: Roger Hagen  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

City Under 16 Boys compete well to finish seventh in the National Indoor Finals
22 Jan 2018
 
City's Under 16 Boys travelled to Wolverhampton at the weekend to compete in the National Indoor Finals where they finished seventh though with slightly more clinical finishing could have secured a semi-final spot. 
City started well against Repton securing a 5-4 win after a good performance, but in what was to be a theme for their matches conceded a short corner at the final whistle. 2-1 up at the break three goals in 2 minutes just after the break gave City the breathing space they needed. Goals came from Cameron Cooke 3, Louis Hart and Harry Basset. 
Next up were eventual winners Cheltenham who proved to be well drilled with slick short corner routines running out 6-0 winners. However, hard City tried Cheltenham always managed to get a stick to City's goal bound efforts. At the end of day 1 City found themselves third in their pool with a semi-final place a possibility. 
The first of Sunday's matches was against eventual finalists Guildford. Despite going a goal down early on we replied to go 2-1 ahead through Cameron Cooke and Raunaq Rai. Guildford then equalised , but two quick goals from them just before the break proved to be the difference. A further goal after the break put them further ahead, but two goals again from Cameron Cooke and Raunaq Rai made it 5-4 with three minutes remaining. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find a deserved equaliser and as we pushed forward Guildford scored again on the final whistle. 
The last match was against Harrogate where the boys produced their best performance of the tournament, but despite numerous goal attempts couldn't find the net. Though in control for most of the first half City went into the break one down and then conceded another soon after the break. Cameron Cooke reduced the arrears before Harrogate scored again. With four minutes remaining and knowing only a win would give any chance of a semi-final place City substituted keeper Eddie Darley and brought on George Harrad as a kicking back. City scored immediately through Raunaq Rai and then captain Tom Bailey equalised with a minute remaining. Pushing for a winner Harrogate caught City on the break winning a short corner at the whistle which they converted to score the winner. 
A great performance from the boys who finished fourth in their pool, only outplayed by eventual winners Cheltenham.  
Squad : Tom Bailey, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Eddie Darley, George Harrad, Louis Hart, Raunaq Rai 
A big thank you to the parents for their support and for transporting the boys to the West Midlands in some miserable conditions.

Impressive City U18 Boys Finish Fifth in National Indoor Finals
21 Jan 2018
 
Norwich City's u18 Boys had a great weekend at the Super6s Indoor Hockey National Finals in Telford, ultimately finishing 5th in the country and just missing out on a semi-finals place.  
 
City got off to a slow start on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Guildford in a match where City's dominance was unlucky not to achieve at least a draw. Our second match, against Taunton Vale, was going the same way at 2-1 down, until Harry Paterson equalised with one second remaining. City had played brilliantly all day with little to show for it. 
 
Norwich were determined to make amends on Day 2 against Bowdon. After scoring City's first within 20 seconds, Paterson scored a hat-trick and Dan Phillips the fourth in an impressive 4-2 win. In our final match, a chaotic opening six minutes saw table-topping Repton 4-1 up. City rallied and, in an unbelievable 14 minutes of play, scored five unanswered goals to finish 6-4 winners. Skipper Josh Bailey and Phillips both scored a brace, with one each for James Hewett and Paterson. 
 
With seven points from four games, City were unlucky not to make a semi-final spot, but have to be delighted with a fifth placed finish. The eventual National Champions were Guildford, the only team who defeated us all tournament!  
 
Congratulations to the whole squad who played sensational hockey all weekend and were great ambassadors for the Club: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. Thanks finally to the parents for ferrying the boys and for all the enthusiastic support.

City Boys in Action this Weekend at the Indoor National Finals
19 Jan 2018
 
This weekend our u16 and u18 Boys travel to the Midlands for the Super6s Indoor National Finals and will be playing against the best indoor teams in the country. Reaching the Finals is a massive achievement, with the boys first winning the Norfolk County Championships and then qualifying through tough East competitions.  
 
The u18s tournament takes place at Telford, with City facing Guildford, Repton, Bowdon and Taunton Vale in the Group stages. Meanwhile the u16s tournament is in Wolverhampton with the boys up against Guildford, Harrogate, Repton and Cheltenham in their Group.  
 
Good luck to all 15 boys involved: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Ben Withers, Eddie Darley, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke and Louis Hart.

City Hockey launches Back to Hockey 2018
9 Jan 2018
 
Do you have a friend or family member - male or female - that you think would love to start playing hockey? With Norwich City launching its 2018 Back to Hockey scheme, it's a great time to bring them along on a Wednesday and introduce them to the sport.  
 
Back to Hockey is a national scheme run by England Hockey and is designed to help people get back into the sport after a break or try it for the first time? It is a gentle introduction - or re-introduction - to hockey whether you have played before or not. 
 
Sessions are designed for women and men - beginners, improvers and existing players who want to join some no-pressure hockey sessions aimed at fun and encouragement. 
 
Sessions are every Wednesday starting from January 2018 from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Norwich City Hockey Club pitch at Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Ave, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6HP 
 
Contact Sue Tomlinson for more sue.tomlinson@tiscali.co.uk 
For more information visit the Norwich City HC Back to Hockey blog  
https://hockeyfitness.wordpress.com 
Back to Hockey is a national scheme for women with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship. Whether you are a complete beginner or keen school hockey player who wants to play again - all abilities and fitness levels are very welcome.


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