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Membership Prices Increase from 1st October and Direct Debit No Longer Available after September
28 Sep 2018
 
Just a reminder that membership prices will be rising from the 1st October, so this is the last weekend to benefit from the reduced early season rate. You can pay via the website either using PayPal using a credit or debit card, or you can sign up to pay via our monthly Direct Debit scheme. 
 
Also, our Direct Debit schemes are only available up until the end of September, so again last weekend to sign up if you want to stretch your membership over regular monthly payments. 
 
Don't forget we offer a number of packages now, giving you the option to pay everything up front and never need to take cash to training or matches, or just pay for matches up front or just pay a membership fee and pay as you play and train. Lots of options to choose from. Check out our membership page for more details, or email membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk if you have any further questions.

CONGRATULATIONS to AUGUST lottery winners: G. Thrower, C. Lumley & D. King
24 Sep 2018
 
Congratulations to our AUGUST 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
Winner: Guy Thrower  
Runner-up: Carolyn Lumley  
Third Place: David King  
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all!  
 
Alternatively contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC 2018/2019 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
24 Sep 2018
 
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2018/2019 season has opened and you can now create your very own mixed team from players throughout the club. 
 
Visit the fantasy page on the website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and begin to pick a player from each team across the club, one player maximum from each team (excluding the GK) and start to see how your team compares with others as the season progresses. 
 
Points are awarded to each player based upon games they play in, appearances, the results of those games, the goals they are scoring (more so for defenders and midfielders than forwards), their attendance at training, plus whether they are involved in coaching and umpiring. 
 
It is FREE to take part, pick your team now and make tweaks during September and October, and after that you will be permitted to make one player change per month. Just login to the NCHC and go to http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and start to have some fun exploring the 100s of players we have playing in our 16 teams across the club.

Walking hockey starts again Thursday 6 Sept
4 Sep 2018
 
Norwich City is restarting its walking hockey sessions on Thursday evenings 6.30-8pm on their home pitch in Taverham. 
 
A couple of taster sessions in the summer proved such a success that walking hockey will now be a regular fixture every Thursday. 
 
Walking hockey is a new initiative promoted by England Hockey which is taking the country by storm. Adding a simple twist slows the game down so that everybody can play - whatever their level of fitness, experience or injuries. 
 
It's easier on the knees, allows you to chat and socialise at the same time - and it's great fun too. 
 
Back to hockey, for returners or brand new beginner players, will run at the same time on the other pitch - 6.30 to 8pm. 
 
To ensure we cover costs coaching fees are increasing to £4 per session or 3 for £10 if paid in advance. 
 
For more info or to discuss the best session to attend contact enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
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Harry's England Team Win 2018 School Games
2 Sep 2018
 
Congratulations to Harry Paterson, who was a member of the England White Hockey team which won the gold medal at the 2018 School Games at Loughborough University this weekend, seeing off Scotland, Northern Ireland and their two rival England teams. With three wins out of four games, England White came out strongest in a really high quality competition.  
 
Following the final match, the team was presented with their gold medals by Montell Douglas, TeamGB double Olympian, which capped a fantastic weekend. Well done Harry!

City Players Selected for Performance Centre Squads
28 Aug 2018
 
In England Hockey's Player Pathway, Performance Centres are run for the most talented young players aged 14 to 17. The Centres provide high intensity training and are used for selection for the Futures Cup and England Squads.  
 
England Hockey has just announced its Performance Centre Squads for the coming year and we are delighted that the following City players have been selected: Sophia Basset , Effie Bowley, Tilly Butterworth, Daisy Ford , Louis Hart, Kate Houldey, Rafe Lochore, Ben Millett, Toby Pallister, Joseph Roy and Sophie Turner. 
 
It is a great achievement to be selected for a Performance Centre and we congratulate all those selected.

Harry Paterson selected for School Games National Finals
24 Aug 2018
 
Congratulations to Harry Paterson who has been selected to represent one of the three England teams at the 2018 School Games National Finals at Loughborough University between Thursday 30 August and Sunday 2 September.  
 
The School Games is a major multi-sport event for talented young athletes across the UK and was set up following the London Olympics. It is set up as a mini-Olympic style event, with a Celebration Ceremony and players staying in team accommodation and facing opposition from the other home nations. The Games features many of the UK's best young sporting talents, with over 50 of the Team GB Squad at the Rio Olympics having previously competed in the School Games, including hockey gold medallists Georgie Twigg and Lily Owsley. 
 
Harry started playing hockey at the age of five in Norwich City's Minis section and is now a member of the Mens 1st XI. We wish Harry all the best in the School Games.

CONGRATULATIONS to JULY lottery winners: I. Phoenix, C. Anderson & J. Ingham
17 Aug 2018
 
Congratulations to our JULY 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
Winner: Ian Phoenix 
Runner-up: Charles Anderson 
Third Place: John Ingham  
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all!  
 
Alternatively contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Have you registered for Club Day on Saturday 18th August?
7 Aug 2018
 
Please note that our Club Day is not far away and if you plan to come along then please ensure that you have registered via the homepage on our website. 
 
The event will start around 10:30 and complete late afternoon, a day packed with fun inter club mixed hockey, with a bar and BBQ open for food and drink throughout the day. 
 
With it being a Saturday this year we plan to keep the bar open after the event for anybody that wants to stay for a further drink after the hockey has ended. 
 
Always a fun packed day, open to all members, family, friends and guests, not forgetting the standard is varied so don't feel you aren't good enough to attend (albeit you do need to be O13 to participate unfortunately).

Where have all our hockey balls gone?
4 Aug 2018
 
We have lost over 250+ balls from the training ball bags over the last season, many of the new ones we got this time last year have all disappeared. 
 
If you have any balls in your kit and stick bags that belong to the club then please can you return them during the upcoming August training sessions or let your coaches or captains have them. 
 
With so few hockey balls the coaches at training will see more time spent for the players constantly collecting balls to resume exercises rather than getting on with coaching. 
 
If you can have a look at home and in your kit and stick bags and please return balls back to the store at the clubhouse. 
 
Thank you. 
 
Your coaching team.

Coaching sessions for the new season
31 Jul 2018
 
Coaching sessions for the 2018-2019 season are almost upon us and adult sessions and GK sessions will begin week commencing 6 August. Sessions are as follows: 
 
Mon 6 August and every other week 
6.30pm - 8pm GK Lower Teams 
8pm - 9.30pm GK Senior Teams 
 
Tue 7 August and weekly 
8pm - 9.30pm Mens Lower Teams 
8pm - 10pm Mens 1's & 2's 
 
Wed 8 August and weekly 
6.30pm - 8pm Ladies 7's 
6.30pm - 8pm Ladies 5's & 6's 
8pm - 9.30pm Ladies 3's & 4's 
8pm - 10pm Ladies 1's & 2's 
 
Coaching sessions for the Development Teams will commence in September as follows unless otherwise notified by the coaches 
 
Tue 4 Sep and weekly 
6.30pm - 8pm Development Boys 
 
Wed 5 Sep and weekly 
6.30pm - 8pm Development Girls 
 
During August any Development squad members are welcome to attend the respective adult lower team sessions. 
 
Back To Hockey sessions will move to Thursdays and will run in conjunction with the Walking Hockey sessions we are creating and will commence in September  
 
Thu 6 September and weekly 
6.30pm - 8pm Walking Hockey/Back To Hockey 
 
To ensure we cover costs coaching fees are increasing to £4 per session or 3 for £10 if paid in advance. 
 
If you are unsure which session to attend please email enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk.

CONGRATULATIONS to our JUNE lottery winners: L. Worral, I. Phoenix & P. Wright
30 Jul 2018
 
Congratulations to our JUNE 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
Winner: Leigh-Ann Worrall  
Runner-up: Ian Phoenix  
Third Place: Peter Wright  
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all!  
 
Alternatively contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Performance Centre Success
23 Jul 2018
 
In England Hockey's Player Pathway, Performance Centres are run for the most talented young players aged 14 to 17. The Centres provide high intensity training and are used for selection for Futures Cup and the England Squads.  
 
It is a real achievement to be selected for a Performance Centre - congratulations are due to all the Norwich City Players who have been part of the Performance Centres this past year, including Elliot Fox, Ella Gill, Sophie Turner, Cameron Cooke, Eddie Darley, Louis Hart, Ben Millett, Ben Nkrumah, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Raunaq Rai.  
 
Particular congratulations are due to Raunaq Rai, who has been selected for the U17 Futures Cup at the end of August, where he will compete for the East against the best players from the other three regions.

Congratulations to some members of our 1st XI mens and ladies for representing England Mixed Hockey
17 Jul 2018
 
Congratulations to Norwich City HC 1st XI players Thomas Cooke and Ellie Brine for representing England Mixed Hockey against Wales Mixed Hockey in Cardiff over the weekend of the 14th and 15th July. 
 
It is also congratulations to club members Alastair Cooke and Louis Preston who have also been selected to join Thomas and Ellie to represent England Hockey Mixed for further matches coming up over the upcoming weekends. 
 
Well done, it is great to see members of our club from both this season and last season continuing to be selected for the England Mixed Hockey squads.

CONGRATULATIONS to the May Lottery winners - K. Paterson, S. Francis and G. Bonner
6 Jul 2018
 
Congratulations to our MAY 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
Winner: Karen Paterson 
Runner-up: Simon Francis  
Third Place: Geoff Bonner  
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all!  
 
Alternatively contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Congratulations to our Norwich City HC 1st XI members for making the England Hockey Mixed Squads
25 Jun 2018
 
After another extensive selection process during the past few months it is great news that a number of our Norwich City HC 1st XI members have been selected for the England Mixed Squads and will be representing England in the forthcoming tournaments during July and August.  
 
Well done again to Alastair Cooke and Thomas Cooke for retaining your places in the squad for a second season, plus newly selected Ellie Brine, all of you have made the England Mixed Senior Squad, along with Louis Preston who has been selected again for the England Senior Lions Mixed Squad, a team he also captained last season.  
 
Good luck in the matches ahead, an amazing achievement to be able to put on an England Hockey shirt.  
 
Well Done!!!

Norwich City play hosts to a select Norfolk Mixed XI against the England Mixed XI on Sunday 1st June
24 Jun 2018
 
Members of Norwich City HC have organised a warm-up game for the England Mixed squad to play against a guest Norfolk Mixed XI, players invited from a number of clubs across Norfolk, along with a number of players from Norwich City HC as well. 
 
The game will be taking place at 1pm at TRF (Taverham) on the afternoon of Sunday 1st June. 
 
With our own club members Alastair Cooke, Thomas Cooke, Ellie Brine and Louis Preston all selected for the England Mixed Squads, plus a number of club members also selected to represent the opposing guest Mixed XI, the game is likely to be a fun one to watch and you're sure to spot a few familiar faces from our own Mens and Ladies 1st XI squads on the pitch.

TRF is now taking credit card payments at the bar!
20 Jun 2018
 
Just to let you know that the bar at TRF is now taking credit card payments.

Norfolk Hockey Summer Development Camps
24 May 2018
 
Norfolk Hockey has recently announced the dates of its Summer Development Camps, which are aimed at children aged 11 - 16 (i.e. born in years 2002-2007). The camps will be held at Norwich City's pitches in Taverham and are a great opportunity to have a fun day playing hockey, whilst picking up the latest skills. 
 
The Camps are part of the EH Player Pathway, and players wishing to attend the Norfolk Hockey Academy (ie County level) are expected to have attended at least two summer camp sessions. 
 
Norwich City HC encourages young players to attend the camps and is sending out details to its members. If for any reason you do not receive these details and would like to know more then please let us know via our youth email address (youth@norwichcityhc.co.uk) or follow the link on the Norfolk Hockey website (norfolkhockey.co.uk).

CONGRATULATIONS to the April Lottery winners - P. Ayers, D. King and A. Wardale
24 May 2018
 
Congratulations to our APRIL 2018 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery. The draw took place LIVE at the annual club dinner dance with extra special prizes of £100, £50 and £25. 
 
Winner: Paul Ayers 
Runner-up: David King 
Third Place: Ali Wardale 
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all! 
 
Alternatively contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Evening 2017/2018
23 May 2018
 
It was great to see so many faces from across the club at the Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Evening which was held at the home of Norwich City Football Club at Carrow Road on Saturday 19th May. 
 
A great evening to help celebrate one of the clubs most successful seasons for many years with so many teams across our mens and ladies sections gaining league promotion, noticeably our Mens 1s and Ladies 1s both returning to top flight hockey in their East Premier leagues, not forgetting our ever successful junior section with many of our teams reaching regional and national finals. 
 
Well done to all of those who received an award and nomination during the presentation of the Awards led by Club President Ali Wardale, with special mentions to Club Persons of the Year award winners Jason Hyatt and Pui Foung Chung, plus Junior Club Persons of the Year award winners Rob Duffy and Milly Hyatt, recognition for their contribution to the club throughout the 2017/2018 hockey season. 
 
Many other nominations and awards were presented including our senior and junior umpire awards, team captain and players player awards, plus announcements of the season top scorers. 
 
A full list of the awards presented on the evening can be found at https://norwichcityhc.co.uk/awards/ 
 
Our junior and minis awards will be presented at the start of next season, more details will be published when the plans have been finalised. 
 
We have also published photos from the evening in the gallery on our website, which can be found at https://norwichcityhc.co.uk/gallery/ 
 
Well done once again to everybody who was nominated, shortlisted and received an award, an indication of the amount of work that people do to make the hockey one of the most successful hockey clubs in the region, also thank you to Ellie Brine for organising a fantastic way to conclude one of the most successful seasons for the club, and thank you to those who attended and made it such an enjoyable evening.

Club Members enjoy a successful hot weekend of Mixed and Club XI Hockey
8 May 2018
 
A number of members of NCHC took part and won trophies at the Mixed and Club XI tournaments that were held over the May Bank Holiday weekend at Harleston Magpies. 
 
Mixed Cup Winners - The Norfolk Pies (a regular social side made up of NCHC members) 
Mixed Cup Runners-Up - Norwich School (many junior NCHC members playing) 
Mixed Cup Semi Finalists - Norwich City Mixed XI 
 
Mixed Plate Winners - Lingys Legends (also made up of members from NCHC) 
 
Mens Club XI Cup Winners - Norwich City (fielding players from almost all mens teams) 
Womens Club XI Cup Semi Finalists - Norwich City (again with ladies representing almost every team) 
 
So with fantastic record breaking weather conditions, many burnt faces, burnt V necks, arms and not forgetting burnt red knee caps, over 50 members of the club enjoyed a hockey packed weekend, winning numerous trophies along the way.

AGM - Wednesday 6th June @ TRF (7pm)
2 May 2018
 
Please note that the rearranged club's AGM is on Wednesday 6th June 2018. The AGM will start at 7pm and will be held at the clubhouse.  
 
Fancy having your say on what's important to you in relation to the club. Then come along and join in the debate. There are still various vacancies available if you fancy volunteering some of your time to help in the running of the club and they are: 
 
Ladies Fixture Secretary 
Ladies Club Captain 
Mens Club Captain 
Welfare Officer and assistant 
Fund-raising co-ordinator 
 
Thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you on 6th June 2018.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for February and March 2018
29 Apr 2018
 
Congratulations to our FEBRUARY & MARCH 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.  
 
FEBRUARY 2018 
Winner: Matthew Brine  
Runner-up: Stephen Humphrey  
Third Place: Mark Brighton  
 
MARCH 2018 
Winner: Tom Ling 
Runner up: John Barker 
Third place: Maurice Davey 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

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

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to our November Lottery winners: A. Paterson, D. Radnedge & R. Hagen
29 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to our November 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: Alistair Paterson  
Runner-up: David Radnedge  
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.

U16 Boys qualify for National Indoor Finals
17 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to the under 16's boys who followed in the footsteps of the under 18 boys travelling down to Aldenham College to play in the East Regional Indoor Finals and qualifying for the National Indoor Finals, finishing as runners-up to Old Loughtonians. 
A 9.30am arrival meant an early departure in very frosty and in some areas misty conditions, however, everyone arrived safely. What should have been a five team tournament was reduced to three as a result of Felixstowe withdrawing on Saturday and OMT on Sunday morning. This left ourselves, Old Loughtonians and Saffron Walden. The draw resulted in us playing the first two games. First up were Old Loughtonians who took an early lead, but we soon drew level. However it was then OL who dominated taking a 6-1 lead into half time. After the break we had our best spell of the game scoring two goals to reduce the arrears, but OL regained the initiative and ran out 10-3 winners. A win against Saffron Walden was a must if we were to stand any chance of qualifying. The first half was an even affair as went 1-0 up, were then 2-1 down but countered to go into the break 3-2 up. After the break we wrestled the initiative moving into a 3 goal lead at 5-2, Walden pulled one back before we scored again to lead 6-3, Walden scoring a late goal to reduce the arrears. A comprehensive 10-1 win by Old Loughtonians over Saffron Walden secured our qualification. 
Squad : Eddie Darley (GK), Tom Bailey (Capt), Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Louis Hart 
Scorers : Cameron Cooke - 6, Raunaq Rai - 2, Harry Basset - 1

Sunday mini hockey cancelled
17 Dec 2017
 
After a thorough pitch inspection by our intrepid mini coordinator, the heavy decision has been taken to call off mini hockey today. This is a huge disappointment because parents had been clamouring to leave their warm houses and redden their faces beside Norfolk's premier hockey facility... Secret Santa has been notified (secretly) .

Heroic U18 Boys Qualify for National Indoor Finals
16 Dec 2017
 
Norwich City U18 Boys defied the odds today at Aldenham College when they came second in the East Indoor Finals and qualified for the National Indoor Finals. Due to holidays and injury, City's squad was down to the bare bones, and so the team of six played 90 minutes of frenetic indoor hockey with no substitutes. After a really narrow (and quite unlucky) 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Old Merchant Taylors, City then drew 2-2 with IES. In the final match, despite their fatigue, City found some reserves of energy and played exceptionally well to run out 4-2 winners against two time National Finalists Old Loughtonians, which was enough to see them through in second place. 
 
Congratulations to the whole team all of whom dug deep and made a huge contribution: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Jake Cushion, Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. 
 
Finally, good luck tomorrow to our U16 Boys who also play in their East Indoor Finals at Aldenham College and are hoping to make City double National Finalists this year.

Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017
7 Dec 2017
 
Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017. Mark was aged just 38. Mark was married to Lizzie and had a son named Barnaby. 
 
Mark was a determined, direct and hard-hitting centre-forward with a good turn of pace. He led the Norwich City First Team's front line in the late 2000s. 
 
As a team member, although sometimes grumpy on the pitch, he was always jovial and cheerful in the changing room before games and in the bar after. He would always put himself out to drive, picking team members up from all over Norfolk. He brought the water bottles every week (with at least three different types of squash) as well as a series of early sports drinks which he shared with the rest of the team! He was welcoming and friendly to all the team members, regularly entertaining us with a series of jokes before the start of each match. It is fair to say that he was the heartbeat of the side for a number of years. 
 
Mark was always fun to be around and will be missed. 
 
There will be a Gathering to celebrate his Life at The Marsham Arms, Holt Road, Hevingham, NR10 5NP on 13th January 2018 from 12 noon till 2.30pm.There will be a light buffet lunch, and anyone wishing to attend will be welcome. (Dress code to include shorts and loud T-shirts if you so wish!) 
His family will be holding a collection for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 
If you would like to donate in memory of Mark but are unable to attend, please send any donations to his parents at 26 Thompson Avenue, Holt NR25 6EN.

Is anyone looking for Christmas hockey Socks.?
1 Dec 2017
 
A special offer of £5.50 per pair... 
 
Sizes available: 
9-12 
1-2 
2-4 
6 x 5-7  
3 x 8-11 
 
I have limited availability of some of the sizes of the Christmas socks so first come first served. 
 
If you are looking for any sock stocking fillers please let me know.  All socks can be viewed on the website www.clubsocks.co.uk

Cold weather impacts on your hockey
25 Nov 2017
 
With the weather getting colder please don't forget to keep an eye out on the website and keep in touch with team captains and managers if you are in any doubt as to whether the weather is going to impact on matches and training sessions. 
 
We will aim to ensure that our website and social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook) are kept up to date so do keep an eye out for any notices.

City Boys win the U16 and U18s Indoor County Championships
12 Nov 2017
 
The Norwich City Boys teams had an excellent morning at the County Indoor Tournament at UEA today, winning both the U16 and the U18 County Championships and qualifying for the East Region Finals next month. 
 
In the first match against Dragons, the U18s dominated, but it wasn't until the final play that City got past the excellent Dragons keeper to score the sole goal of the game, courtesy of Rob Duffy. However, against Harleston Magpies, City stepped up several gears, played some scintillating hockey and won convincingly 5-1, with four goals to Dan Phillips and one to Josh Bailey. 
 
The U16s Tournament was a straight shoot-out between Norwich City and Harleston. City's team was too strong and pulled away to win 3-1 with two goals from Cameron Cooke and one from Ben Chapman. City have now been County Champions for the last three years, which is an impressive achievement.  
 
Congratulations to all the boys involved U18 Boys: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Sam Bingham. U16 Boys: Eddie Darley, Cameron Cooke, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Ben Chapman, Harry Bassett and Louis Hart.

New Clothing Stock Available
5 Nov 2017
 
Following a number of issues with clothing last season which resulted in both the club and individual members not receiving orders, the club has decided to change supplier and from 2017/2018 we will be using Samurai Sportswear, based in Long Stratton, to provide playing kit for the both the adults and the minis section and tracksuits/hoodies for the adults section. 
 
There will be a number of changes to the process of ordering kit, which have been made to make ordering items easier and to help keep better track of stock, so please read the below information carefully. 
 
- All kit must be purchased on the shop page of the club website prior to any kit being handed out, so if you need socks or shorts/skorts at the weekend please make sure you order these in advance or you may not be able to pick them up when you need them. 
- The club has invested in some new cabinets to store all the stock in and these will not be easily accessible by any one. Ordered items will be picked out by the clothing coordinator once a week to be collected at a following training session or match day. 
- In order to reduce waiting times on personalised items the club has purchased stock of hoodies, tracksuit jacket and tracksuit bottoms in adult sizes. Once ordered these will be returned to Samurai for printing before being available for you to collect from the clubhouse. Please note that items will be collected from stock and taken to Samurai once per week so whilst we aim to get your order back to you as quickly as possible please be aware that you may have to wait a couple of weeks for this to be completed. 
- The shirts we have in stock are currently unnumbered so current members are now able to purchase replacement shirts and retain their club number. New senior club members should be automatically allocated a number when they sign up so please make sure you are entering the correct number. Mini hockey players should speak to their coach/team manager or Sarah Anthony to check which number they have been allocated, senior club members will have their number displayed on the top right of the home page. 
- Please note there is a new size chart on the website however if you would like to try any items on before purchasing them please email clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk to arrange a convenient time for this - either around training changeovers or on match days. 
 
The website has been updated with new images and prices of the new stock so please head over to the shop to place your order. 
 
For those members that ordered items from Aquila last year and have not received them please be advised that the executive committee are looking into recovering funds and not leaving people out of pocket. 
 
If you have any questions please contact the clothing coordinator at clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Gallery pages have been updated with recent ladies action shots
3 Nov 2017
 
Our club photographer Simon Tasker has been catching up on some recent ladies fixtures and has published some excellent action shots from our Ladies 1s and Ladies 4s games within our online gallery. 
 
As always we thank Simon for giving up his time to take such great action shots. If anybody else manages to take any action photos then please email them to us via gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll get them published.

Harry Paterson selected for elite England Hockey programme
2 Nov 2017
 
City player Harry Paterson is one of just 65 boys from across the country to be selected for England Hockey's Advanced Award in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme for 2017-18.  
 
Harry is a lower sixth pupil at Norwich School and has been a member of Norwich City Hockey Club since the beginning of primary school. He now plays in the Norwich City men's first team.  
 
Team captain Nick Jones said: 'After putting in the hours during pre-season training and impressing in pre-season friendlies Harry was selected for the 1st XI squad this season." 
 
According to England Hockey the programme is "a government funded apprenticeship scheme designed to directly measure the athletes' ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of hockey. " 
 
Modules include: strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition, media and communications skills, career development and lifestyle management.  
 
Nick Jones added: "Of particular note during preseason was Harry's equaliser against local rivals Harleston Magpies in the last five minutes. He has integrated with the team well and has grown in confidence game after game over the first five matches of the season.  
 
"It shows the strength of the club's junior section as he is one of four players under the age of 18 who have all made their league debut for the Men's 1st XI this season. It is always good to hear of the success of our young players in regional and national programs. Well done Harry."

***REMINDER*** QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER
31 Oct 2017
 
Make sure you click attending, prize for the winning team and also the chance to win 2 free tickets to The End of Season Dinner Dance!! For every social you attend, your name will be put into a raffle, the more socials you attend, the more chance you have of winning free tickets!!

Congratulations to SEPTEMBER Lottery winners - P. Ayers, M. Brighton and R. Gay
31 Oct 2017
 
Congratulations to our September 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: Paul Ayers  
Runner-up: Mark Brighton  
Third Place: Robert Gay  
 
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.

Norwich City HC Round-Up: October 21st
23 Oct 2017
 
Norwich City Ladies 1st team continued their excellent start to their league season by thumping Watton 1s 9-3 at Taverham to maintain their 100% start in Division 1 to top the table after 5 games. They started off well with Felicity Williams opening the scoring after 60 seconds, before setting up her sister Olivia Williams for 2-0. F Williams wasn't quite down there as she added a 3rd before Watton pulled a goal back, this was a small highlight for Watton as Emily Francis and Krystal Bishop gave the score line a rather one sided look to it at the break. After the break Watton scored again but it was again short lived as Krystal Bishop knocked in another couple of goals, Ange Hindle made it 8-2 before Watton scrambled home another, however player of the match Abbie Ingham had the last laugh as she notched in City's ninth and firmly place City top of the pile in Division 1. The Ladies face a massive game next Saturday as they take on 2nd placed Harleston Magpies 2 at Taverham.  
The Mens 1st team had an equally good day as they notched up a routine 3-0 win away to West Herts, bouncing back from last week's disappointing draw at home to local rivals Dereham. City dominated the first half and it was only a matter of time before Luke Corden finished a good move with a death finish at the far post. City began to win a number of short corners and it was only a matter of time before Raunaq Rai converted his 4th goal of the season. City continued to play with Dan Cheesman setting up Luke Corden for his 2nd of the game as City lead 3-0 at half time. In the 2nd half City continued to create many chances leaving Ali Cooke in goal with very little to do all game. Despite City's best efforts they couldn't score a 4th and had to settle for a 3-0 win. City move up to 3rd in the table and are now 1 point of top in a tightly contested Prem B.  
The Ladies 2s had a tough pill to swallow as they lost out 2-1 at home to North Norfolk, City created numerous good chances as the forward line of Hannah Bush, Rosie Humphrey, Hannah Jarvis, Milly Brown and Alice Gill all played really well. It was a bit of shock when North Norfolk took the lead before Alice Gill won a penalty flick and Danni Garwood duly converted it. City continued to play well and where really unlucky not to be leading at half time. City continued their good play into the 2nd half and it was once again against the run of play as North Norfolk scored again. City 2s rallied in the final few minutes but some good saves and some near misses meant it just wasn't City's day. The Mens 2s were also left equally frustrated as they took on a strong and experienced Dereham side, goals from Stuart Wardle and Jeremy Elliot weren't enough for City as they were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw.  
The Ladies 3s picked up one of the results of the day as they beat local rivals Broadland 1s 4-2 at Taverham. In what was a tight first half City were left frustrated with missed changes however were relieved when Emily Spencer converted an excellent PC strike for a 1-0 half time lead. Broadland equalised however after half time from a PC of their own before Sophia Bassett and Emily Greenway managed to knock in goals to regain City's lead. Broadland scrambled home another goal to make it a nervy finish however Sophia Basset was taken down on goal and was awarded a penalty flick, she converted her 14th goal of the season and City's Ladies went on to win 4-2. The Mens 3s had similar success as they won 5-2 away to Norwich Dragons 3s. City created plenty of chances in the first half and scored two well taken goals from Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb, Dragons managed to pull one goal back just before the break from a PC (Despite the umpire forgetting you can only use one side of the stick!) After the break City continued to create numerous chances and were rewarded with three further goals from Toby Leonard, Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb as they ran home comfortable winners.  
The Ladies 4s and Mens 4s both had tough defeats to swallow as the Ladies lost 3-0 at home to Loddon meanwhile the Mens 4s lost 5-2 at home to Sudbury 2s despite leading 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Jamie Higginbotham. The 5s however both picked up victories, the Ladies 5s had a fantastic result as they picked up their 2nd league win of the season as they beat top of the league Broadland 2s 2-1, thanks to goals from Ellie Hobden and Maria Marsh, meanwhile the Mens 5s now top Division 4NE as they picked up a victory away to local rivals Norwich Dragons 4s, Dragons led at half time 1-0 before Ady Marr converted a PC and Haren Patel converted a PS as the 5s turned it around in the 2nd half and sealed out another hard worked win.  
The Mens 6s picked up a romping 4-0 win at home to local rivals Norwich Dragons 6s, they led 3-0 at half time thanks to two clinical finishes from Charles Anderson and a well-placed strike from Dave Woodward. The 6s tired a little in the 2nd half but still managed to rack up another goal as Charles Anderson completed his hatrick. The Ladies 6s also managed to score 4 goals as they picked up an excellent and exciting 4-4 draw against Broadland 3s. There were goals from Abigail Flatt, Frances Underhill, Julia Marchant and a goal in the last minute of the game to equalise from Emily Williams. The Mens 7s were unlucky to lose their first game of the season as they lost 4-3 away to Pelicans 4s, despite taking the lead from Saverio Iaccarino, they went on to being 4-1 down at half time. City fought back though hard in the 2nd half and brought the score back to 4-3 thanks to goals from Luke Keeley and a 2nd from Saverio Iaccarino but there wasn't quite enough in the tank as City couldn't quite find the equaliser.

Norwich City HC Quiz Night
19 Oct 2017
 
On Saturday 4th November we'll be hosting a Quiz and Chips evening at the clubhouse in Taverham. All members, family, friends and guests are welcome to come along, either come alone and make a team on the night or sort yourself a team (teams are up to 6 people!).  
Prices are £5 adults and £3 juniors, payable on the night.  
Doors open from 6.30pm, the quiz will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Congratulations to the August 2017 Lottery winners - D. Taylor, P. Wright & J. Stanghan
29 Sep 2017
 
Congratulations to our August 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: Dan Taylor  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: Jenni Stanghan  
 
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.

Membership sign up deadline
19 Sep 2017
 
We are contacting all members as an executive committee to remind you all that everyone must have subscribed to a membership package by the end of this month (30th September 2017). The window will then close and only standard subs (as per previous seasons) will apply.  
 
It is also the deadline to sign up for standard subs, anyone signing up after 30 September 2017 will have to pay an increased subscription fee. Please see the INFORMATION > FEES/SUBS section of the website for exact fee details. 
 
Furthermore we want to note that given the introduction of new packages there will be less cash sums collected each weekend, therefore if you don't have enough cash on a match day to reimburse umpires or travel expenses please contact me (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk ) to organise for reimbursement. Ideally the reimbursement will take place to one member of the team, or be used from previous weeks fees collected where viable.  
 
I think it would be useful if each team could allocate a person to be responsible for money collection, and let me know who the individual responsible is as soon as possible, this will make the process a little easier via one method of contact and reimbursement.

New membership packages are already proving to be very popular amongst members this season
23 Aug 2017
 
With the new 2017 season starting to get under way you may have noticed that following discussions with members at the end last season we've now launched some new packages "in addition" to what we had before in terms of membership options. 
 
Have you ever wanted to pay a fixed fee and not have to pay for training, or bring cash to matches (or for parents not have to send your children to games with their match fees), then the new PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE) package might be the one for you. If you play and train quite regularly throughout the season then you'll probably want to take a look at PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE), many are saying it is much cheaper than the traditional methods from last season. But if you do your own sums from what you paid last season and compare you'll be able to see whether this is also the package for you. 
 
If you train less but play frequently then the DIAMOND package might be a consideration for you, again paying for all your matches in a fixed regular payment approach means you just turn up and play, or for parents you just send the children along and they don't need to stick their match fees in their socks or bottom of their stick bag where it might be lost. 
 
Those that play infrequently or just want to be a member of the club then we have a membership option for you, allowing you to play a limited number of games for a reduced membership rate which might suit those players that want to part of the club but just can't play as often as they would like. 
 
The new packages will suit some of our members but not all, many are just doing the sums and finding it is a very efficient and easy way to pay for their hockey throughout the season, but for many they are also finding it is much cheaper than what they paid across all of last season. 
 
Don't forget that whilst we have some great new membership choice options available to suit such a wide range of members' needs, we still have the traditional options available, so you may elect to stick with exactly what you've already been doing, pay your annual membership and pay each time you play or train, not a problem, but if you visit our membership page (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/membership) you'll find lots more details of what options you have to choose from or simply click to renew in the same way as you did last year. 
 
If you are not sure or need advice in making a decision then please drop us an email via membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll let you know more and help you make a decision on what might work for you. If you know which is best and the website explains enough to make a decision then just sign up for direct debit or pay online via credit/debit card via our fully secure website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk).

Congratulations to July 2017 Lottery winners: A. Colman, A. Paterson and N. Hales
22 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our July 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: Andrew Colman  
Runner-up: Alistair Paterson  
Third Place: Nick Hales  
 
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.

Club Members participate in European Masters
21 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to club members Sally Rose, Debs Painter and Jon Painter who have just competed in the European Masters Championships held in Tilburg, Netherlands. 
Sally represented England in the Womens O45's who finished as Runners-up to The Netherlands. 
Debs and Jon Painter represented Wales and both had the honour of captaining the Womens O40's and Mens O45's respectively. The Welsh Womens O40's finished 6th and the Welsh Mens O45's finished 7th.

Over 100 members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club joined us for Club Day 2017
20 Aug 2017
 
It was great to see a good number of members, family and friends turning out at Sunny Taverham on Sunday 20th August to participate and watch our annual mixed inter club hockey festival. Our annual club day helps to celebrate and kick start the new season and brings players and non-players from across many of our 20 teams together to meet and greet and play in some fun spirited, yet sometimes competitive, mixed festival style hockey. Again we had 8 teams participating and it was with great delight that club day organiser Pies was at long last able to crown his own team as winners following a number of years of failed attempts and unsuccessful rigging of the team selections. 
 
Well done to Team Brines / Cookes / Stanghan (and Aaron) on your victory winning the event. 
 
Thank you to everybody who helped with organising during the day, from the team on the BBQ to the helpers behind the bar, the umpiring of the games through to of course all the players and supporters whom turned up. 
 
Also, it was great to welcome Exclusive Hockey and their mobile shop to the club, if you want anything else then don't forget to use your club discount code when visiting their website at https://www.exclusivehockey.co.uk. 
 
Finally, good luck to all of our officials, players and teams as we continue our pre-season preparations and move into playing our friendly fixtures and getting ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.

Congratulations to JUNE 2017 Lottery winners: M. Davey, P. Ayers and D. Dack
9 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our JUNE 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: Maurice Davey 
Runner-up: Paul Ayers  
Third Place: Derek Dack  
 
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.

Women's World Cup 2018 - Public Ballot
8 Aug 2017
 
Pure hockey gold is coming to London in 2018, showcasing the biggest hockey event in the world, the Hockey Women's World Cup! Get behind England's women; be the difference pitchside with Norwich City Hockey Club! Every voice, every cheer, every fan counts as they go for gold and glory! 
 
Your next opportunity to buy tickets is in the Public Ballot, which opens on 19 August. With limited England tickets available, don't miss your opportunity to watch your national team try to create history! 
 
To receive the latest Public Ballot information link below by 15 August. 
 
https://r1.surveysandforms.com/124fue83-bf2hmmc7?club=Norwich City HC&NGNumber=205661  
 
or alternatively go to the England Hockey website and follow the links to register! 
 
To cater for public demand, the Public Ballot will run from the 19 August - 6 September. You'll be able to select multiple tickets for different sessions 
Tickets will be assigned at random to those that have applied and NOT on a first come first serve basis. If you are successful, your payment will automatically be taken.

Getting ready for the 2017/2018 hockey season...
3 Aug 2017
 
The website has now been reset for the 2017/2018 hockey season so everybody should now be able to login for the new season and firstly make sure that their details are all up to date and accurate.  
 
FIXTURES will be finalised through August and these will be published on the website once they are completed. 
 
Captains are also now starting to plan and organise their squads for this season so it would be really appreciated if players could log on and update their AVAILABILITY for at least the first few months (including September and October), it doesn't take long to do and would really help our captains with their pre-season planning duties! 
 
Our MEMBERSHIP payment services are also now open and you'll have hopefully heard about our additional packages for this season, including the excellent value "all you can play hockey" option which can be paid using direct debit and spread over a number of months. 
 
TRAINING is now under way and we are continuing to run GK sessions on Mondays, mens and boys sessions on Tuesdays and ladies and girls sessions on Wednesdays, with Thursdays now being used to run a number of additional sessions. You can find more about what sessions taken place when by looking at our training page. 
 
The website should hopefully provide all information you require but please do get in touch if you have any question (enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk).

NCHC Membership packages have launched... grab them while you can!
23 Jul 2017
 
At the request of many members over previous years we have pleasure to announce the launch of the Club's new membership packages including the option to pay by direct debit. The window for opting into these packages closes on 23 September 2017. 
 
We are encouraging as many members to sign up to direct debit packages this year because it saves both you and the club time, which could be better spent playing hockey or socialising! Furthermore it will prevent the need to bring along cash to matches and be chased for any outstanding debts which, as you know, have given rise to a few selection issues. 
 
The membership packages, and full details, can be found on the website.  
Once logged in please navigate to the Information tab, Fees/Subscriptions page, and scroll down to Packages.  
 
WE NOTE IMPORTANTLY that training and match fees will only be covered by your package that you select, from the day in which your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed (you will get an email notifying you of this). You will pay separately for all sessions that you attend prior this date. 
 
As an overview the packages are as follows: 
 
> PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs, matches & training fees - £270 (adult), £180 (student/concession), £150 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD  
 
[Note: All training fees, as soon as you have signed up, will be included in this package price even if your team holds more than one session per week] 
 
> DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs & matches, NO training fees - £210 (adult), £150 (student/concession), £120 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD 
 
> STANDARD MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs only - £80 (adult), £55 (student/concession), £50 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 4 MONTH DD 
 
> PAY & PLAY - all matches and training should be paid for based on you attending, the fees include a membership element for each time you attend to ensure you are still a member of the club.  
 
Committee members will be available all day in the Clubhouse on Club Day (20th August) with a laptop set up. This will help us to answer any questions and queries you may have, and/or help to guide you through the selection of your membership online.  
 
If you have any queries whatsoever please contact Guy (membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk) or Maria (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk). 
 
USEFUL FAQ's (under continual expansion as questions arise from members…) 
 
1. Does the Platinum and Diamond membership include all games or only league games? 
 
The match fees included in these packages do not include training matches nor competition matches played primarily on Sundays, they include only formally organised mens and ladies friendlies and league matches during the current season. 
 
2. If the package I choose does not included matches or training how do I pay for these? 
 
This will be the same as previous seasons, in that you will be expected to bring cash to each match/training session or pay for these directly online. 
 
3. Who is Go Cardless and how are they involved? 
 
NCHC is introducing the use of GoCardless, an online Direct Debit solution that's simple to setup, manage and use. GoCardless has been selected given it charges the club less to process each individual transaction than the previously used paypal. Go Cardless is therefore our direct debit payment provider. All T&C s and the Direct Debit Guarantee is available on their site https://gocardless.com/legal. It will be your responsibility to ensure sufficient funds exist in your account on the date of the scheduled direct debit. 
 
4. What day will my direct debt payment take place? 
 
Your first DD payment will take place on the last day of the month in which you sign up and the mandate is approved & accepted by your bank. You will receive an email notification from 'help@GoCarless.com" once your direct debit has been set up and it will inform you of the monthly payment amount, the date the payment will be taken each month and the end date of the direct debit. It will further confirm the membership option you have selected on the website. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder. If you have any queries please contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk or accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
5. How long does it take for the DD payment to be set up? 
 
Please allow approximately 5 working days before your direct debit mandate is authorised, prior to your direct debit being approved and set up, you will need to continue to pay the standard rates for match fees and training until this time. Once all has been set up we can reimburse any overpayments made.  
 
6. What training sessions will be included in the Platinum membership? 
 
All training sessions that you attend as a club member will be included, even if you are a one/twos team player and have two sessions a week these will all be included. 
 
7. When will my training/match fees be covered from? 
 
As soon as your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed then all future sessions that you attend (dependant on your package choice) will be covered from that date onwards. For example if you signed up now and the direct debt was confirmed by tomorrow then all sessions would be covered from tomorrow onwards. 
 
8. How will the payment appear on my bank statement? 
 
Payments will appear on your bank statement as "GoCardless, ref: NCHC - " followed by a unique reference number.  
 
9. If I choose to leave the club, take a break from Hockey or if I change my bank account, can I cancel my Direct Debit? 
 
This may be possible, but do not just cancel from your bank, please first contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk if this is the case. We will be monitoring if direct debits fail so will be in contact if any sort of instance takes place for you without prior notification.

Our website has now been upgraded to a secure website using SSL and HTTPS
5 Jul 2017
 
We are always continuing to ensure that the data we hold and process on behalf of the club and our members is managed in an extremely secure and safe, and to further protect your data we've now added additional website security using SSL and HTTPS. 
 
This means we are encrypting the data you provide to us, which means your experience and your information is handled online in a more secure and safe manner. 
 
You should not notice any difference whilst visiting our site, but if you experience any problems then please get in touch with us via admin@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Congratulations to some of our Norwich City HC members for making the England Hockey Mixed Squads
3 Jul 2017
 
After an extensive selection process during June and July it is great news that a number of our Norwich City HC members have been selected for the England Mixed Squads and will be representing England in the forthcoming tournaments in August. 
 
Well done to Alastair Cooke, Thomas Cooke and Felicity Williams for making the England Mixed Senior Squad and Louis Preston for making the England Senior Lions Mixed Squad. 
 
Good luck in the matches to come.

Congratulations to April and May Club Lottery Winners
29 Jun 2017
 
Congratulations to our APRIL and MAY 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.  
 
APRIL: 
Winner: Guy Thrower  
Runner-up: Richard Aldridge  
Third Place: John Barker 
 
MAY: 
Winner: Derek Dack  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: John Ingham 
 
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.

Pre-Season Dates for Diaries
27 Jun 2017
 
Below are some pre-season dates for your diaries: 
 
2 July 2017 - Open Invitation Hockey Afternoon @ TRF (2pm) 
3 Jul 2017 - Monday Fitness sessions run every Monday throughout July 
1 Aug 2017 - Tuesdays Mens Training sessions every Tuesday commencing in August 
2 Aug 2017 - Wednesdays Ladies Training sessions every Wednesday commencing in August 
20 Aug 2017 - Club Day is open to players of all standards, come along and join in... 
 
If you want to find out any more details then you can get in touch by emailing us at enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk

OPEN INVITATION Hockey Afternoon @ TRF on Sunday 2nd July (2pm)
20 Jun 2017
 
We are running an OPEN INVITATION hockey afternoon for members, guests and new members just wanting to come along and join in, on Sunday 2nd July at TRF.  
Open to men and women, aged 14+, of all standards. 
 
Just turn up for 2pm and we'll organise appropriate teams, please bring a yellow/coloured shirt as well as a white shirt please.  
 
If you can't make this event then we plan to run more of them over the pre-season anyhow, so keep an eye out on social media and our website.

Annual Golf Day 2017 - Friday 14th July @ Barnham Broom
8 Jun 2017
 
Don't forget that this years Annual Golf Day has been booked at Barnham Broom again, on Friday 14th 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. If you haven't already then we still have a few places left, just book online now via our website at http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday

HOCKEY FOR HEROES UPDATE
3 Jun 2017
 
4th June 2017 - Come and join in the Final Big Day for Hockey For Heroes 2017 Challenge to be held at Marlow Hockey Club, to include 5 hockey matches and fun day, 10.30 start 
International players to feature!  
Squad fundraising is so far at £48k and rising 
Please continue to support  
Hockey for Heroes: #OpStretcher  
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson  
MANY THANKS FOR ALL DONATIONS AND SUPPORT

HOCKEY FOR HEROES CHALLENGE STARTS 26TH MAY 2017
25 May 2017
 
Hockey for Heroes: #OpStretcher  
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson  
 
Picture and article from England Hockey Website! Spot Doug T carrying the stretcher on one of the training weekends in the picture 
Hannah Jarvis will be playing in the ladies matches on 4th June 
A relation of the Spencers is part of the cycling Leeds contingent 
 
25.05.2017 
A squad of 44 from Hockey for Heroes will march 200 miles and play 30 matches across 10 days as they aim to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes.  
 
The group will travel on the 26 May from Cardiff to Marlow Hockey Club in Buckinghamshire as part of #OpStretcher, taking it in turns to carry a stretcher containing former Royal Marine Dominic Robert Lovett. 
 
Dominic's dad is part of the squad of 44 and will be taking part in the march supporting his son who was injured during a military training exercise. 
 
Great Britain Men's Team Manager, Andy Halliday, will be supporting #OpStretcher by dribbling a hockey ball along the entire route behind the stretcher. 
 
The route takes the group to various clubs along the M4 including Gloucester, St Albans, Newbury, Chippenham and Amersham to name a few and the public are encouraged to join them on the march and attend the various games. 
 
England and Great Britain hockey legend Barry Middleton and other international stars will feature at Marlow. 
 
Leeds Beckett Hockey Club are also doing a bike ride from Leeds to Old Loughtonians HC, playing teams along the route and playing the Hockey for Heroes Team on Saturday 3 June. 
 
To view the group's online auction for experiences and sporting memorabilia click here 
 
CONFIRMED DATES & VENUES 
 
26th May - Sofia Gardens and Gwent HC 
11.00 Welsh Select 
19.00 Welsh Masters 
20.30 Gwent HC 
 
27th May - Gloucester City HC, Plock Court pitch 
14.30 Lansdown 
16.00 Cheltenham 
17.30 Gloucester 
 
28th May - Chippenham HC 
14.30 Stroud 
16.00 Wotton-under-edge 
17.30 Chippenham 
 
29th May - Royal Wootton Bassett HC, RWB Academy 
13.30 Military Team 
15.00 Wallingford  
16.30 Royal Wootton Bassett 
 
30th May - Newbury HC 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Newbury 
19.30 Newbury 
 
31st May - Sonning HC 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Sonning 
19.30 Bicester 
 
1st June - Amersham and Chalfont, Amersham and Wycombe College 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 High Wycombe 
19.30 Amersham and Chalfont 
 
2nd June - St Albans HC, Oaklands College 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Hertford 
19.30 St Albans 
 
3rd June - Old Loughtonians HC 
12.30 East London 
14.00 Leeds Beckett 
15.30 Old Loughtonians 
 
4th June - Marlow HC 
10.00 Ladies Game 
11.30 Ladies Game 
13.30 Marlow Men 
15.30 Danny Kerry (Ladies GB Coach) Invitational XI 
17.30 Barbarian's

East Masters Mens Cup 2017 - Sunday 3rd September @ TRF
23 May 2017
 
With Norwich City Hockey Club (O40 Masters) being winners of the East Masters Mens Cup 2016 we have offered to host the event on behalf of East Hockey on Sunday 3rd September at our own double pitch facility in Taverham.  
 
The Cup is open to all male players over 40 and we ask clubs to select sides reflecting the full age range of Masters Hockey. The format of the day will be 2 pools playing round- robin in the morning, followed by lunch and then playoffs, semi-finals and final in the early afternoon. The Entry fee of £120.00 per team covers pitch hire and lunch for a squad of maximum 16 players. Clubs are asked to provide umpires for pool matches that they are not involved in, although Norwich City hope to be able to provide additional umpires.  
 
The Cup is an ideal way to catch up with old friends and adversaries, play a bit of hockey and have a few beers.  
 
If you know of a club who would like to join us on 3rd September, please ask them to complete the following registration form with your appropriate contact details.  
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/eastmasters/  
 
If you are however a member at Norwich City HC and aged 40 or over (ladies 35 or over) and keen to get involved in playing masters hockey then please feel free to contact Pies or Jenny Brine via masters@norwichcityhc.co.uk to find out more.

Congratulations to Tom Long for being awarded Rising Star at England Hockey Awards 2017
22 May 2017
 
On Saturday 20th May the England Hockey Awards 2017 were held at the Athena venue in Leicester, with a contingent of supporters travelling up to support Tom Ling in his short listed nomination for the Rising Star award 2017.  
 
The event was hosted by ex-international goalkeeper Simon Mason, packed with more than 500 players, officials and a number of England men and women hockey players, and with the Norwich City Hockey Club table playing hosts to England Hockey CEO Sally Munday and England hockey player Hannah Martin it was clearly going to be a fun packed evening. 
 
Congratulations Tom for winning the award in a short listed category of three Rising Stars and it was great to be able to share and receive the recognition of what he does for the club on such a bigger stage with the wider England Hockey community appreciating what such great work he has been doing at Norwich City Hockey Club. 
 
A massive well done and congratulations to Tom, very much deserving of what you've been doing for the club and please do continue to do the great work for seasons to come :)

England v Netherlands - 11 June - Tickets
20 May 2017
 
2 Adult and 2 Child tickets available for the England v Netherlands womens match at Lee Valley on Sunday 11 June. £29.50 adult £12.50 child. Available due to Ellyn's Duke of Edinburgh camping weekend being changed!! 
 
email me if interested. Ian

Photo Gallery Updated
20 May 2017
 
The photo gallery has been updated with more action shots from the end of last season and also some photos taken at our end of season Dinner Dance at Carrow Road. 
 
If you have photos you would like to share on our photo gallery then please send them as jpg format to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
This season we must say a big thank you to all those who have provided photos for our gallery, especially Simon Tasker who has been our official pitch side photographer this season and lots of his photos have been published via the gallery, so thank you to Simon and many others within the club that have provided great action shots from many of our games.

U12 boys in England Hockey national final
9 May 2017
 
Norwich City Under 12 boys are through to the national finals of the England Hockey In2Hockey Clubs Competition to be held at Nottingham Hockey Centre this Saturday (13 May). 
The team qualified as runners up having come second to Old Loughtonians at the regional finals. 
City came through a tough qualifying group beating Bury St Edmunds 3-1, Harleston Magpies 3-1 and Cambridge City 3-1 but losing a tight game to eventual winners Old Loughtonians 2-1.  
The boys are in Pool A and will play Beeston, Deeside Ramblers, Surbiton and Clifton Robinsons as they battle for a place in the final which will be played in the late afternoon.  
The u12 squad is William Farrow (GK), Archie Ward, Freddie Smith, Cameron Hansell (Capt), Jack Whitlam, Oliver Millett, Toby Pallister, Farren Miller, Krishna Patel, Harry Ford. Missing from picture but in squad is Sam Hyatt.

Annual General Meeting - 21st May 2017
8 May 2017
 
The club's AGM is to be held on Sunday 21st May 2017. The meeting will be held at the clubhouse and will start at 3pm. Before the AGM there will be a social mixed hockey game at 1.30pm (usual club kit and a white shirt). So come along have a game, join in the meeting and have a beer in your hand - 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 (i.e Ladies Fixtures Secretary, Umpire Liaison Officer (and assistant), Welfare Officer (and assistant) and Social Secretary up for grabs this year and it would be good to see some new faces taking on these roles.  
If you are interested in any of these roles, or becoming more involved in some other way, please get in touch.

NCHC Mens Club XI - Harleston Magpies May Day Cup WINNERS
1 May 2017
 
On Bank Holiday Monday, a select XI which ranged in ability travelled down to Harleston to take part in the well know May Day tournament which has run for over 30 years, City have won the cup for the last 3 years and was looking for a fourth successful title under the leadership of Tom Ling.  
 
Things didn't start well for the side as the scraped out a 1-1 draw versus IES in game 1 on grass, Paul Gallop equalising for City following a Stuart Wardle shot which hit the post. Game 2 was also not a success as City lost 4-2 to a clinical Ely City side, Matthew Brine and Stuart Wardle scoring City's consolation goals.  
 
City knew they had to win both there next two games to stand a chance of finishing in the CUP and they did just that, firstly beating Thetford in a very entertaining 3-2 victory with one goal each from Harry Gill, Ash Bird and Nathan Taylor, this was followed up by a 1-0 win over Harleston Magpies a Harry Gill short corner in the final seconds.  
 
It was set then City would take on Ely City in the final of the Cup a fixture which has been repeated in the last 3 tournaments. Ely went into the game with confidence after there 4-2 victory earlier on in the day but were frustrated by City's tight defence of Clabon, Ling, Brown, Spencer, Cooke and Hyatt. It was 0-0 until 5 minutes into the 2nd half when Harry 'card' Gill finishing off brilliant Ariel from Sam Clabon. City worked tirelessly and Dave King made some great saves in goal as City held on for a narrow victory and hold on to the cup for a fourth consecutive year.  
 
Well done to the whole squad off: Tom Ling (capt), Dave King (gk), Alastair Cooke, Harry Brown, Geoff Spencer, Jason Hyatt, Sam Clabon, Paul Gallop, Nathan Taylor, Doug Tomlinson, Stuart Wardle, James Smith, Matthew Brine, Ash Bird, Harry Gill.

NCHC Ladies Club XI - Harleston Magpies May Day tournament Cup finalists
1 May 2017
 
NCHC were represented by 3 teams at the Harleston Magpies tournament today. One men's team and two ladies teams all three teams reaching the Cup final.  
 
The ladies Club XI (which consisted of players from almost every team of the club) reached the Cup Finals having finished top in their round robin pool (D 0-0 Harleston Hockey Hunniz, W 3-0 Thetford, D 0-0 Dragons Whites, W 1-0 Loddon, W 1-0 Lowestoft Railway). The Semi-Final was won on penalty flicks against Beccles. It took the Norwich City Club XI into the finals against Norwich City's "City City Bang Bang" team (NCHC L2). 
 
It was an exciting end to end match, with the Ladies 2's scoring in the final moments of the game, the first goal that the City Club XI had conceded all day! Well played to all the City Ladies who took part, and a well deserved win to our Norwich City Ladies "City City Bang Bang" team. 
 
Norwich City's Club XI squad: Gemma Sargent, Summer Haylock, Holly Robinson, Fiona Spencer, Emily Spencer, Fongy Chung, Caroline Illing, Milly Hyatt, Grace Kidner, Fran Cooke, Maddie Anthony, Hannah Bush, Kirstin Aitken - managed by Jenny Brine

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for March - A. Colman, M. Davey and M. Blyth.
30 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to our MARCH 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: Andrew Colman  
Runner-up: Maurice Davey 
Third Place: Michael Blyth  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for February - A. Sharma, R. Gay and I. Mcfadyen.
30 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to our FEBRUARY 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: Anil Sharma 
Runner-up: Robert Gay  
Third Place: Ian Mcfadyen  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norfolk Win U13 Boys East Region Championship
30 Apr 2017
 
Last weekend at UEA Sportspark, Norfolk U13 Boys took on teams from Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in the East Region County Championship. Norfolk won all their first five games comfortably and were confirmed as the winners before their final game against Herts, which was a 4-4 thriller. 
 
Norfolk played brilliantly as a team, playing some beautiful hockey and showing really advanced hockey skills. Norwich City contributed a large part of the squad - congratulations are due to City players Henry Baker, Sam Hyatt, Rocco Iaccarino, Rafe Lochore, Oliver Moore, Toby Pallister, Freddie Paterson and Joseph Roy. Finally, huge thanks to Mary Cheesman for all the hard work she has done coaching the u13s this season - this was a great way to finish!

Norfolk U15 Girls win Regional finals
25 Apr 2017
 
Norfolk U15 girls travelled to Redbridge for the East County finals with six NCHC girls in the squad of fifteen. Sophie Turner, Emily Spencer, Ellyn Roberts, Rachael Phillips, Sophia Bassett and Amelia Barclay all played major roles in the six matches against the other East Region counties. All six matches were wins for Norfolk with 28 goals being scored and no goals conceded to convincingly win the tournament.

Ali Shearer Runs for Cancer UK!
20 Apr 2017
 
Our very own Ali Shearer is running the London Marathon for Cancer UK this year, please read his story below and donate via the link for this great cause! 
 
"don't have a story linking me to Cancer. I'm fortunate to have had very little to do with it across my friends and family. I work with hundreds of children on a daily basis and thankfully again have had very little exposure to it across my eight years of teaching.  
 
But it's there and I know the day may come in the future and I want to be able to say that I've done my bit to help. Children with Cancer UK are doing amazing work on a daily basis and continue to change lives in ways that most of us will never appreciate.  
 
The marathon and this challenge are certainly changing me and my life throughout this process and I hope that by the time it's done and can look back and be proud of my achievements, but more importantly my fundraising efforts. 
 
Please think of me on these cold winter evenings and Sunday mornings and spare whatever you can to help."

Taverham Fashion Show
14 Apr 2017
 
On April 26th Taverham High school is hosting a Fashion Show which will be held at House of Fraser Norwich, this event will see Taverham High Sixth Form Students organise and model at this event. This looks to be a memorable evening with not just a fashion show but also workshops and special offers on the evening.  
 
Tickets will be available from the High School at a cost of £5 per person. We look forward to seeing you at the fashion show and hope to increase our fundraising by much more.  
 
Please contact Arlene Warwick on 01603 860505 or by email A_Warwick@taverhamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk with any queries

Congratulations to Thomas Ling for his nomination as Rising Star for the England Hockey Awards 2017
14 Apr 2017
 
A big congratulations to Thomas Ling for being shortlisted in the final three for the award of Rising Star at the England Hockey Awards 2017. 
 
Good luck with the outcome of awards ceremony Lingy.

Register now for club day on Sunday 20th August
9 Apr 2017
 
Our annual lead up to the new season is always capped off at our Club Day. This year it is on Sunday 20th August at TRF, organised as an inter club mixed festival throughout the day, with the BBQ and bar open and selling food and drink all day. Register your interest in playing via the form on the homepage of our website. All welcome (O13s-O60s) and we mix the standards of players to ensure a fun packed day of enjoyable hockey.

U12 Boys Qualify for National Finals
8 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to the U12 boys who today qualified for the National Finals which are to be held at Beeston Hockey Club on Saturday 13th May. They narrowly lost to Old Loughtonians in a nail-biting final but as Runners Up qualified.

Have you booked your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance 2017 on Saturday 6th May?
4 Apr 2017
 
Have you booked your tickets for this years end of season Annual Dinner and Dance, this year being held on Saturday 6th May 2017 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 available online via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
Just let us know who you want to sit with, or which team you play with and we'll sort out tables accordingly, so you don't need to worry about sorting out everybody else for your table. 
 
However, if you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

HOCKEY FOR HEROES CHARITY MATCH
1 Apr 2017
 
Hockey for Heroes Inter Club Charity Match 
 
Book the Date - Thursday, 27th April 2016, at Taverham, from 6.15pm  
The Hockey for Heroes 2017 challenge is to carry an paralysed ex Royal Marine from Cardiff to Lee Valley Stadium (200 miles) and play 3 hockey matches each day over a 10 day period, starting 26th May 2017. Sam and Simeon Tomlinson who are in the squad will be part of this challenge and aim to raise £2000, see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson 
Hockey for Heroes raise funds for Help for Heroes through playing hockey.  
All proceeds for this event will go towards this charity. 
Please contact Sam or Sue if you would like to be part of one of the teams. 
Congratulations also to Hannah Jarvis who has been selected for the Ladies Hockey for Heroes squad

Norwich City players part of Norfolk Hockey Masters teams in East Regional County Finals
1 Apr 2017
 
Good luck to some of our members from Norwich City Hockey Club, together with players from other Norfolk clubs, who on Sunday 2nd April will be representing Norfolk Masters in the East Regional County Finals at Lee Valley, having seen all teams successful in their qualifying competitions earlier in March. 
 
Norfolk Ladies - Masters O40s 
- Jenny Brine, Karren Dagless, Caroline Illing, Debbie Painter, Serena Scott 
Norfolk Men - Masters O40s 
- Matthew Brine, Nick Hooper, Jason Hyatt, Jon Painter, Jim Pallister 
Norfolk Men - Masters O50s 
- John Ingham, Jon Kidner, Geoff Spencer, Ali Wardale 
 
East Masters Regional County Finals Schedule 
Sunday 2nd April, Lee Valley, London 
10:30 - O40s Ladies (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
11:30 - O40s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
12:30 - O50s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Suffolk 
13:30 - O40s Ladies (3/4 Play Offs) 
13:30 - O40s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
14:30 - O40s Ladies (Final) 
14:30 - O50s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
15:30 - O40s Mens (Final) 
16:30 - O50s Mens (Final)

City girls' dev team are league champions
30 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City girls' team have won the development league this season. Fantastic news which means that City are champions of three out of a total of five divisions in the Empresa Norfolk League this year. The City 2s also won the Premier league title and the City 5s the Div 2 title. Great work City! The victorious dev team finished top of their league with 46 points - despite unfortunately having to concede a game and lose the points at the beginning of the season because of lack of availability. The City team finished ahead of Magpies girls on 44 points and Dragons on 38. City were due to play a struggling Dereham team this Saturday, a fixture they expected to win, but the match was conceded because Dereham couldn't field a team. City took the points taking them to the top of their league. Dev captain Kate Houldey thanked the dedicated coaches, both pitch-side and at Wednesday training, the managers and parents for bringing players to matches and supporting from the sidelines. "It's been an amazing season and we've loved it. With everybody's help and our great team spirit we've worked together and improved each week until we finally won the league," she said. "Thanks so much to everybody who has helped, we couldn't have done it without you all. We've had a fantastic team atmosphere and have loved playing together. We won by playing together as a team." After initial availability challenges early in the season, the team was joined by some keen U12 players from the minis and the momentum grew until they were able to field a huge and talented squad every Saturday. Having fun, winning and learning lots - hockey at its best.

Help Shearer Run for Cancer UK
29 Mar 2017
 
A message from Ali: 
"The charity that I'm running for is Children with Cancer UK. I'm hoping to raise £2,000 which goes towards goes towards research in the fields of prevention and treatment, as well as welfare of those already diagnosed. So far I've run around 550 miles in training over 21 weeks and will total around 700 by the time I take the start line on April 23rd. I'm hoping to complete the task in 3 hours 15 minutes or less and so far training has gone really well.  
 
The link to my fundraising page is: 
http://www.justgiving.com/AliShearer

FREE Golf Afternoon @ Royal Norwich Golf Club on Sunday 9th April
15 Mar 2017
 
An afternoon of FREE golf has been arranged on Sunday 9th April, dedicated to members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club alone for them to go along and play in a 9 hole competition at Royal Norwich Golf Club, including some sessions on the range with the pro, followed by some refreshments and snacks in the clubhouse afterwards. 
 
Royal Norwich Golf Club are keen to offer members of Norwich City Hockey Club an opportunity to go along and get to experience the wonderful course and facilities that they currently have in Norwich. With the finalising of the move to a new site at the old Weston Park Golf Course they are keen to showcase what they have now and what the plan is for the new facility when they move there in 2019/2020, some amazing changes going on which they would like to let more people know about. 
 
All of this is being offered for FREE as an event purposely for our members, family and friends, so if you are a golfer and keen to go then just get in touch with Pies via golfday@norwichcityhc.co.uk to find out more and to reserve a place. Places will be limited but the hope is that we can accommodate as many as we can that might be keen.

Calling Tough Mudders - Grantham - Sunday 21st May
14 Mar 2017
 
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it's not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it's a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are. 
 
A small 'elite' team, principally from the Mens 5ths have committed for this challenge, but the invite is open for all adult club members to join us. Please speak to Jason Hyatt, Geoff Spencer, Mark Bailey, Ash Bird or Tom Cox for more details. Our team name is the 'Legends', you can register via https://toughmudder.co.uk/events/2017-midlands

Help Geoff, help the British Heart Foundation
14 Mar 2017
 
Geoff Spencer is running his first and last marathon in Brighton on 9th April. His training programme is going well and he is now halfway on his quest to raise £1000. He would be very grateful for your support https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Geoff-Spencer2016

Photo Gallery Updated
12 Mar 2017
 
We've continued to update our photo gallery over recent months, more and more photos being captured by supporters and parents, including Simon Tasker who has agreed to attend a number of our matches at TRF to take side line action shots. The photos submitted by many of you are excellent, the quality of them proving so good that we've found more and more of them appearing alongside our weekly press reports. 
 
If you have any photos you would like to include in the gallery then please send them to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

U12 and U10 Boys Qualify for Regionals
5 Mar 2017
 
Not to be outdone by the girls this morning, Norwich City HC U10 and U12 boys squads also battled the elements at Pelicans and have qualified for the Regional Championships. Congratulations and well done to all the players and coaches.

U12 Girls County Champions 2016/17 Season
5 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City HC U12 Girls squad have qualified for the Regionals as County Champions. The U10 Girls have also qualified as Runners Up. Congratulations to both squads, weather conditions were appalling but they battled through.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for January - R. Wardale, S. Humphrey and M. Brighton.
28 Feb 2017
 
Congratulations to our JANUARY 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: Ramon Wardale 
Runner-up: Stephen Humphrey 
Third Place: Mark Brighton  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

3k, 5k, 10k - how far do you run in a match?
23 Feb 2017
 
Do you track your fitness during training and matches? Lots of players do, including NCHC's own men's captain Matthew Brine, aka 'Pies'?  
 
The picture of red, blue and yellow lines shows exactly what Pies was up to in his match where he played on the forward line. It even tracked his route to the pitch - the solitary line on the right in blue!  
 
The data behind this picture, tracked with a Microsoft band, reveals Pies ran 6.5k in the recent Men's o40 master's quarter finals away at Newark. The team won on penalty flicks and now face Stockton away in the semi-finals. Red = fast running, orange = medium running and blue = slow.  
 
Do you track your matches and can you beat 6.5k? Get in touch and let us know how far you run or have any other interesting tracking data. Your recommendations for the best fitness trackers for hockey would also be great - either by email liz@lizhollis.co.uk or via the club facebook page.

Wanted: your nomination for 'club person of the year' award
21 Feb 2017
 
Do you have any suggestions about who should be named as this year's NCHC 'club person of the year'?  
The trophy is designed to honour somebody who has gone above and beyond their club role or playing duties. It could be the umpire who turns out every single Saturday but their loyalty and commitment have never been formally recognised. It might be the official or captain who puts in long hours and effort to make sure the club or team runs smoothly. It could be the coach who goes the extra mile to help players perform better. Whatever it is, if you have noticed what they have done and feel everybody else should too - then please let us know.  
There is a male and a female award and they will be handed out at this year's club dinner dance in May. Let us know their name and a brief summary of why you think they deserve to win. Nominations by 12 March please to club chair Karen Dagless via secretary Harriet secretary@norwichcityhc.co.uk or 07817 826321

City Success in EH Junior Cup Competitions
19 Feb 2017
 
Norwich City's success continues in the Junior Cup Competitions with the U16 Boys joining the U16 Girls and U14 Boys in reaching the Regional Finals. The U16 Boys travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk today knowing they were already almost through. However, with an excellent display of attacking hockey, the boys put this beyond doubt, winning 10-1 and gaining automatic qualification to the Regional Finals.  
 
The U16 Girls had already qualified for the Regional Finals with a game to spare, and topped this off today with a convincing 4-1 win over Norwich Dragons. Finally, after some good results, the u14 Boys were guaranteed qualification when Bury St Edmond's conceded their final game which would have taken place today.  
 
With only the U14 girls narrowly missing out, City has qualified in three of the four competitions, which equals our best season so far. Added to this, with the u18 Boys now in the Quarter Finals of the U18 Plate competition, this is already a very good year for City Juniors at all age levels. 
 
The U16 Boys and Girls and U14 Boys now go into Regional Finals in March, where they will each play against three other teams in a round robin, with the overall winners going through to the National Finals in April. We wish them all well.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 13/02/17
9 Feb 2017
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 13th February, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 13th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Club and juniors teams going strong in England Hockey National Competitions
7 Feb 2017
 
Many of our club and junior teams are continuing their successful road to Lee Valley to reach the semis and finals of their various England Hockey National Competitions. 
 
Our mens 1s had a successful win at the weekend beating Barton on penalty strokes to progress to the Quarter Finals of the EH Mens Trophy. 
 
EH Mens Trophy (Quarter Finals) - Mens 1s vs Oxford (Home, 26/2) 
 
Our mens and ladies masters teams continue their campaigns as well, both playing this weekend with the men away at Newark in the Quarter Finals and the ladies at home to Redbridge and Ilford in their Last 16 fixture. 
 
EH Mens O40s Shield (Quarter Finals) - Mens Masters vs Newark (Away, 12/2) 
EH Womens O45s Plate (Last 16) - Womens Masters vs Redbridge & Ilford (Home, 12/2) 
 
The mixed team have a repeat fixture to this time last season when they went on to beat Dereham at home, hopefully they can repeat that performance and beat them again this season to progress further in the top flight of the Mixed Trophy competition. 
 
EH Mixed Trophy (Round 2) - Mixed vs Dereham (Away, 19/2) 
 
The junior sides continue to show the fantastic success of our youth section and the future of our club. Our U18 boys beat Lindum at the weekend and have now drawn an away trip to National League club Bowdon (near Manchester) in the Quarter Finals, whilst the U16s and U14s girls and boys play their final matches to hopefully secure their places in the Regional Finals of their respective competitions. 
 
EH U18 Boys Plate (Quarter Finals) - U18 Boys vs Bowdon (Away, 19/2 or 26/2) 
EH U16 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Boys vs Ipswich (Away, 19/2) 
EH U14 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Boys vs Bury St Edmunds (Away, 19/2) 
EH U16 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Home, 19/2) 
EH U14 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Away, 19/2) 
 
Good luck to all of our teams during the busy month of February and hopefully they can continue their journeys to get to the finals weekends at Lee Valley. If we can get a home crowd to cheer them on I am sure the players would be delighted for the support. 
 
Our website fixtures page will continue to show all the games taking place throughout February.

U16 Girls Qualify for Regional Finals
6 Feb 2017
 
With one qualifying game remaining the U16 girls are already assured of competing in the regional finals. Their 4-1 win at Sudbury on Sunday coupled with Magpies defeat of Dragons means that whatever the results in the final round of matches qualification has already been achieved. It would be in their favour to win the group and currently they sit top with a two goal difference advantage over Magpies  
- the final game against Dragons at Taverham on the 19th will all be about goals scored!!

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for December 2016 - R. Hagen, N. Hales and B. Marr
24 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our DECEMBER 2016 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: ROGER HAGEN 
Runner-up: NICK HALES  
Third Place: BRIAN MARR 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Supersixes - Everything Bar the Result for City
23 Jan 2017
 
City's U16 Boys competed well on the second day of the National Finals, but ultimately couldn't get the win they were looking for. First up was Premier Division Surbiton in what was always going to be a difficult task against a squad packed with junior national players. City held Surbiton for the first few minutes, with Harry Paterson hitting the post. However, despite City dominating possession, Surbiton then started to score regularly, leaving City in the curious position of playing really well but losing 7-0. Man of the match was Dan Phillips. 
 
City's final game was against Doncaster HC. City upped their performance again, keeping possession and finding good positions. However, Doncaster converted a short corner against the run of play, leaving City to come from behind. City equalised twice, first through a lovely Cameron Cooke solo goal and then through a well taken George Harrad deflection. Despite City hitting the post twice, having two cleared off the line and a couple of open goals missed, it was Doncaster who scored the winner in an exciting game. 
 
It is rare to play so well for four games and not get the results. However, the City boys will take away a lot from the experience of playing in the Finals against the top clubs in the country in front of a large gallery. The squad worked really well together, dug deep and improved in every game they played. They were a pleasure to coach and a credit to the Club. Roll on next year!

A Tough First Day for City in the National Indoor Finals
22 Jan 2017
 
Norwich City U16 Boys had a tough first day at the National Finals in Wolverhampton, where they played well but with little reward. The first game was against an upbeat Repton team who had won their first game 6-0 and were in the swing of the tournament. City started slowly and were 4-0 down at the break but, after a tough half time team talk, came out much more strongly in the second half. Despite several good chances, City could not claw back the deficit, finishing 6-2 down. Goalscorers were Harry Bassett and Dan Phillips, with the Man of the Match being keeper Ben Millett. 
 
Our second game against Cheltenham was a tough end-to-end affair which could have been won by either team. However, with a couple of short corner decisions going their way, Cheltenham came out with a 5-3 victory. Our goalscorers were Sam Bingham, Cameron Cooke and Harry Paterson with the man of the match being Tom Bailey 
 
Despite the results, the boys remain positive and confident going into the second day, with matches against Surbiton and Doncaster to come.

City U16 Boys Compete This Weekend In Indoor National Finals
20 Jan 2017
 
This weekend our U16 Boys travel to Wolverhampton for the National Finals of the England Hockey Supersixes competition - or indoor hockey as it is more commonly known. Having won the Norfolk County Championship and then qualified unbeaten through the regional round, City will compete this weekend as one of the Top 10 Clubs in the country. 
 
The competition is split into two groups of five, with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi-finals on Sunday. City is in a group with Repton, Cheltenham, Surbiton and Doncaster. 
 
It is a massive achievement getting to the National Finals and we wish the squad well for what should be an exciting weekend. 
 
Squad: Ben Millett, Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson, Ben Withers, Cameron Cooke, George Harrad, Harry Basset and Tom Bailey

Access to the Norwich City HC website is now even easier with apps for Apple and Android
20 Jan 2017
 
The guys at Empresa Limited have been working to help us create a mobile "App" to provide easy access to our Norwich City HC website from your Apple or Android phones (Windows Phone will be coming shortly!). 
 
Just visit the appropriate store for your phone (Apple Store, Google Play, etc) and search for "Norwich City Hockey Club" and download and install our FREE App.

Clothing Update
19 Jan 2017
 
We have recently had an update from Aquila regarding the latest clothing order to be submitted to the production team. Unfortunately there was a software issue which caused the wrong logo to be added to the production sheets sent to the factory for the order closed in October, and this was only spotted when the items were being packed to ship back to england. I'm afraid this means that the items will have to be produced again so we are likely to have to wait another 8 weeks for these items to arrive. I can only apologise on behalf of Aquila for the amount of time that you have had to wait but i'm sure you will appreciate this was out of our control.  
 
If you ordered any items for junior members direct from aquila there may be an opportunity for you to amend the size of your order if required, but you should be contacted by Aquila in the near future regarding this.

UMPIRING SUCCESS
18 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to Ellie Hoben, Ellyn Roberts, Fred Anthony, Doug Tomlinson and Edie Mason who recently all completed their level 1 umpiring course. Its great to see 5 new young umpires in the club, well done all!

NHUA - Umpiring Workshop
18 Jan 2017
 
A message from Alan Jones, NHUA President 
 
"We are running another of our Workshops at TRF (Beech Road, Taverham, NR8 6HP) starting at 7:30pm finishing around 9:00pm ish. We have booked the bar so you will be able to refresh yourselves. 
 
Wrap up warm as the bulk of the session will be demonstrated outside on the pitch. 
 
We have asked Phil Skinner to cover the lifted and carried ball; the ball deliberately hit over the back line and obstruction. And I hope we will have some time inside to take you up the "ladder of control". 
 
All are welcome, no matter what standard or umpiring experience you have. 
 
We also invite the Club ULOs to advertise this session to all players and umpires in their clubs. Everyone involved in Hockey should be interested and aware of how and what the current interpretations of the rules are."

U10 and U12 Boys and Girls Mini Coaching Cancelled Sun 15th Jan
15 Jan 2017
 
All U10 and U12 boys and girls outdoor coaching cancelled at TRF (Club) due to weather conditions on Sunday 15th Jan. 
 
U8 coaching going ahead indoors at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall Sports Hall from 9-10.30am

Frozen pitches at Taverham sadly result in very little league hockey this weekend
14 Jan 2017
 
Unfortunately the weather had the better of the pitches at Taverham and across the region this weekend, with very little hockey being played this Saturday due to frozen pitches. 
 
Please keep an eye out on the website for notification as the league games are rearranged, for some this is likely to be either 18th February or possibly 1st April. The fixtures will be updated once pitches have been booked and times have been agreed between both teams.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for November - D. Dack, D. Taylor and P. Wright
8 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our NOVEMBER 2016 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: DEREK DACK 
Runner-up: DAN TAYLOR 
Third Place: PETER WRIGHT  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.


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