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Player Requirements for returning to hockey

Firstly a big thanks to Anna Latham who has taken on the role of COVID officer for the club.

If you have any questions or suggestions we have setup a club email

We at Whitchurch are looking to commence training on Wednesday 26th August. However, training, as well as games, must take place under strict rules, as laid out by England Hockey and the government. With that in mind, anybody who wishes to participate in training (and matches) will need to do the following :-

Mandatory requirements for players before training / games


  • Check your contact details on TeamApp are up to date and make sure you ‘save’ them even if you don’t change anything. This a requirement of returning to play by England Hockey and the Government for the ‘Track and Trace’ system

You will not be permitted to train or play without completing both and the COVID officer confirming! Please be aware that it takes up to 48 hours for your details to become visible to us on the England Hockey portal, so please complete both in plenty of time.

We would also like to get an idea of numbers interested in playing and training so we have sent out a link on Teamapp with the below questions:

1. Can you please confirm whether you are willing to return to training at the current time? Please chose Yes / No / Maybe in the dropdown box.
If you answer maybe, we would welcome your feedback in either the comments on TeamApp, or if you wish to keep the comments private, please email .

2. Can you please confirm whether you are willing to return to matches at the current time? Please chose Yes / No / Maybe in the dropdown box.
If you answer maybe, we would welcome your feedback in either the comments on TeamApp, or if you wish to keep the comments private, please email .

Your responses will only be used as an expression of interest, so we can gauge numbers for training sessions and whether we have the numbers to field all our teams. Your response is not binding … you can change your mind at any time.

Find attached the latest information for Players from England Hockey – Advice for participants. Please read and familiarise yourself with the requirements.

We will provide further information about how training will proceed once we have an idea of numbers willing to attend.

Obviously, we appreciate that are many different views and opinions regarding the Covid situation – even within the club committee. We respect that some players will not wish to participate in team sports at this stage, whilst others may be prepared to return subject to the organisation to minimise risk, and there will be other members just desperate to get back on the hockey pitch. Please feel free to respond as you see fit, or comment as you feel appropriate. We request that all members respect each other’s opinions on participation. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong!

Also, please bear with us (the committee) whilst we work our way through the requirements to restart activities on the pitch. There is a lot to do and a lot to consider.

Many Thanks

The Committee

Whitchurch Hockey Club AGM – Wednesday 27th May starting at 20.00 – online

Due to the unprecedented times we are going to hold our AGM for 2019/20 on-line for the first time.

The link to Zoom for the AGM will be available in Teamapp nearer the time under ‘Events’ section. So please check in advance that you have access to Teamapp and Zoom and the link works for you.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible if not just to see if it works.

If you have any questions or topics that you would like to raise please send to by Monday May 18th 2020.

Craig Hockenhull, Secretary

Committee and Club Roles

This is also your opportunity to get more involved in the running of the club – if you would be interested in putting yourself forward for any role on the committee or elsewhere, please let us know and we will get in touch to discuss and make sure you’re included in the nominations.  We have a very strong team of members and volunteers working hard in the club but additional support even for a small amount of time doing anything allows us to continue growing the club further.

All the roles and responsibilities are on the website at

 Also there is a document explaining why we hold an AGM at the above link.

Agenda for AGM

  • Chairman’s report
  • Academy and Junior Report
  • Financial Report
  • Election of officers
  • Team Reports (we are going to compile a report rather than reading them out)
    • Ladies 1s
    • Ladies 2s
    • Ladies 3s
    • Men’s 1s
    • Men’s 2s
  • Any other business (Topics presented in advance)
  • Closing and Targets for next season

Vacancy : Club Secretary

After a number of years in the role, our current secretary is standing down at the end of the season but is willing to provide support to anyone taking on the role.

This would be an ideal role for a player, parent or volunteer who is looking to become involved in the continued development of our thriving hockey club.

The key activities of the role:

  • To be the ‘principal administrator’ for the club, dealing with all club correspondence, distributing to relevant officers for response where required.
  • To prepare and distribute the monthly committee meeting agendas
  • Attend and keep the Minutes of all monthly Club Committee meetings and distribute copies
  • Keep signed copies of all meeting minutes on file (or shared drive)
  • To carry out or delegate all of the administrative duties thereby enabling the club and its members to function effectively
  • To work alongside the treasurer to see that all affiliation/registration documents are accurate and are paid on time

What else can you tell me about the role?

  • The Club Secretary is a pivotal role within the club and with the assistance of the Club Development Officer should provide the main points of contact for people within and outside the club on just about every aspect of the club’s activities.
  • As the first point of contact for the club, it is helpful if the Secretary is available to respond to queries during the working day via email etc.


  • Registered member of Whitchurch hockey club (doesn’t have to be full playing member)
  • Access to internet and computer literacy, as the majority of documents are online.
  • DBS check (carried out by England hockey via club)
  • You should complete ENGLAND HOCKEY’s online Safeguarding training as you are tasked with the storing of player details including under 18’s.

If anyone is interested in taking on the role or has any questions please email

Match Reports 25/01/20

Golborne ladies 3s 0 Whitchurch ladies 3s 5

Whitchurch Ladies 3’s travelled to Golborne determined to improve their away performance. After a quick shirt change by goalie Louise Cottrell to make her more luminous the game was underway.

Some well linked up passes on the right between Emma Stubbs, Jaz Williams and Caitlin Edwards led to Whitchurch winning a long corner which centre half Wendy Cooper managed to thread through to Sue Read waiting in the dee who was denied many times by the Golborne defence. Whitchurch continued their attack winning a couple of short corners in quick succession. Kate Buckeridge missed a deft pass from Williams and the young Golborne keeper was magnificent in stopping an onslaught of shots from the Whitchurch forwards.

Libby Fox was subbed onto the pitch for Cooper and defended the centre of the pitch in style, spraying passes to Emily Lister on the left who was able to open up the attack via Annie Buckeridge causing Golborne to tire with the fast pace. Finally, the relentless attack of the Whitchurch forwards was rewarded with a goal from Read to open her 2020 account.

Some excellent control and stick skills in the centre of the pitch from Cooper, Jan Teggin and Hermonie Ball didn’t allow Golborne much chance to counter attack, giving Cottrell free time to shout instructions down the pitch. Just before half time, Edwards scored her first goal of the season with a beautiful interception in the final quarter, drive into the dee and a clean strike across the goal into the left corner.

An encouraging team talk from captain Cooper at half time, led to a switch round with Fox as Centre Forward and Meg Brunyard as centre half leading to much more open play and encouraged Whitchurch to use their width. With inners Williams and Annie Buckeridge driving forwards, shots were fired into the dee from Brunyard and Fox time and time again with Fox being denied by the left post. Eventually Brunyard looked up, passed to Fox waiting on the left of the dee who shot a well-deserved goal making it 3-0.

The 2nd half also saw the emergence of a new central player for Golborne who led several attacks in the centre of the pitch and into the Whitchurch dee but all attacks were neatly cleared by Ball, Teggin and goalie Cottrell to waiting halves Brunyard, Stubbs and Lister. Kate Buckeridge picked up a loose ball outside the Golborne dee and not being able to see a clear pass to Fox, ran across goal, took a shot on the right of goal and was very relieved to see it go through the goalie’s legs to make it 4-0. Read finished the scoring at 5-0.  Players’ player was Caitlin Edwards.

Whitchurch ladies 1s 4 Macclesfield ladies 2s 3

Whitchurch ladies 1s entertained Macclesfield 2s at home this Saturday. Sarah Field hungry for the win took the ball off the second Macclesfield player to touch it and drove up the pitch, into the dee round the defenders and slotted past the keeper, an amazing start for Whitchurch centre forward within the first minute.

Macclesfield a bit dumb founded fought back but Whitchurch were strong in defence with Kezzie Hutching’s and Emma Harper clearing the ball. Sophie ward and Anna Latham used their width to get the ball to captain Catherine Winter-Gresty just outside the dee who fired the ball into Field to get a touch for their second. Macclesfield saw red and attacked hard, with keeper Maddy Sugden making several slide tackles to keep the ball out but eventually Macclesfield got lucky and scored two before half time.

Fresh from a break Whitchurch continued to work the ball around using Millie Edwards, Hebe Dixon and Jessica Carruthers giving Whitchurch shots on goal and a run of short corners. Hayleigh Busby played well as a floating sub allowing Whitchurch to catch their breath, keeping them fresh. The 3rd goal came from Emma Harper who hit it from a 16 and Field shot at goal, the keeper saved it but Ellie Windsor caught the rebound and Whitchurch were back in the lead. Macclesfield were not for giving up and came back with a goal from a short corner.

Whitchurch really wanted this win and fought right to the end and with minutes to go Millie Edwards passed Field the ball who hit it across the dee and Izzy Huxley got a touch to score the winning goal. With minutes to go Whitchurch held the ball and passed around Macclesfield until the final whistle.

Amazing keeper Maddy Sugden was awarded players player from Macclesfield.

They play away next Saturday against Warrington.

Whitchurch Men’s 1s 8  Bowdon Men’s 5s 0

Whitchurch were at home this week to play the team they’d beaten 10-1 away earlier in the season, looking to repeat their performance with some solid build-up play and off-the-ball work. As with the previous encounter, it was a game of two halves: the first being fairly balanced, with good work from both teams, and the second when the flood-gates opened and the goals kept going in.

It wasn’t a flawless performance, with a lack of control on the ball playing a large part in the first half with most of Bowdon’s time on the ball coming from Whitchurch giving it to them. However, the Reds were persistent in defence, getting the ball back time and again. Paul “Sturge” Leigh had another strong game in goal, keeping a clean sheet this week with a number of critical saves. With captain Danny Foulkes away this week, Alex Fry stepped up and took charge, joining the defensive team of Chris Ruscoe, James Partington and Luke Davies to create a solid base for the team. In front of them, Rob Chappell and Dale Seymour again controlled the middle of the pitch making it hard for Bowdon to get any decent time on the ball.

This control and pressure eventually paid off, as the ball was moved up the pitch with Nick Cooper passing it to Tom Forster who slipped it to Ben Kimberley who put it in the back of the net. More good play followed with Forster getting on the score-sheet himself with a sublime strike from the edge of the dee which went through the keeper’s legs.

The half-time talk was about the slight lack of finesse on the ball, and trying to avoid going for the low-percentage long balls versus close control, holding the ball up waiting for teammates and moving for each other. It worked well, as Whitchurch took control in the second half and put together a performance similar to the second half in the original fixture, where crisp passing, good movement and solid tackling, especially from Fry in the defence, meant the Reds had far more of the ball and used it to their advantage. A drive down the right wing saw Jack Barnes able to get to the by-line before belting in a rocket to the top corner. More pressure saw a shot illegally blocked on the line, and Seymour was composed and accurate at the resulting penalty stroke, putting the ball low past the keeper.

Forster then got his second, with good play and passing giving him plenty of time at the top of the dee to line up his shot, and he put it in the gap between the post and the keeper’s legs. This was followed by Joel Leese putting a sublime flick across the goal high into the net, and Sam Conway followed this up by getting a shot away on his back foot to turn a seemingly unlikely situation into another goal. Finally, Barnes got his second from a short corner, with a lack of height on the flick deceiving the keeper and bringing up the eighth goal for the day.

It was another strong, well-disciplined performance from Whitchurch who, with nearby teams only getting draws, go three points clear at the top of the table and twelve points clear of third place, looking to work for promotion at the end of the season.

Birkenhead Men’s 2s 7  Whitchurch Men’s 2s 2

With Birkenhead pushing for promotion and having already inflicted a heavy defeat on the Whitchurch Men’s 2s, the return fixture on the Wirral was always going to be a tough game for the Reds.

Birkenhead started fast and immediately pinned Whitchurch back in their own dee. The speed of their passing had the Reds chasing shadows and Birkenhead won several short corners and duly took the lead with a low strike from the top of the dee. The home side continued to drive forward and quickly added a second goal, although Whitchurch felt the ball had been won in midfield by a Birkenhead foot.

Belatedly, Whitchurch managed to get a foothold in the game. The midfield of Joe Coburn, Luke Beddow and Airan Jones began to string some passes together and managed to make some progress towards the Birkenhead goal. Wyn Morris and Pip Jones were clearing the danger from the Birkenhead attacks and Gareth Teggin & Will Snaith were more diligent at tracking the wide runners and provided support as the team moved up the pitch.

Midway through the half, Whitchurch pulled a goal back. Alex Leigh started the move running strongly down the right. A quick one-two with Joe Coburn put Alex clear into the dee and he squared the ball for Euan Morris to reduce the deficit.

Birkenhead were always a threat going forward. The Whitchurch defence continued to clear most of the danger, but keeper Neil Jones was alert to clear any shots that did head towards goal. The Reds were quick to counter-attack as the home attacks broke down. Fred Delf-Rowlandson and Joe Faithfull were causing trouble for the home side on the right and on the left Jacob Buckeridge was tenacious and Will Gilbert’s speed was difficult to contain.

As half-time approached Whitchurch won another short corner. The routine didn’t quite go to plan, but Euan’s reverse stick shot looped up towards the back post and Will Gilbert did well to steer a waist-high ball into the goal for the equaliser.

Having been seen their lead disappear, the home side came out with renewed vigour in the second half. Whitchurch weren’t quite as penned in as the opening period of the first half, but Birkenhead were a serious threat to the Reds goal. Once again Neil Jones made some good stops and the defenders were working hard to protect the goal. Inevitably Birkenhead took the lead again, from another well struck short corner, but Whitchurch dug in and made it difficult for the home side to get further ahead. The Reds still posed a threat at the other end, but the Birkenhead defence and keeper kept the Reds at bay.

Midway through the half, Birkenhead extended their lead. They continued to press for more goals, but the Whitchurch defence was stoic, and Alex Leigh made some fantastic last ditch stops to prevent the home side running away with the game.

But with 10 minutes to go a familiar 2s failing raised its head. A sudden loss of concentration and a desire to run the ball rather than pass lead to possession being given up cheaply. Within the space of a few minutes the score line went from 4-2 to 7-2. This was a disappointing end to the game for the Whitchurch side. There was no doubt that Birkenhead deserved to win the game, but the sudden, late collapse has now happened three times this season and is something the team needs to address. This young side will sometimes struggle to match the power of some of their older opponents, but the collapses at the end of difficult games are in stark contrast to some of the excellent hockey the team can and does play.

Despite the score line the defenders and keeper all had very good games. Pip, Wyn and Gareth were strong in the tackle and Will and Alex were diligent in their defensive duties whilst also providing a threat going forward. Neil Jones had a great game in goal, including an excellent save from a short corner that was fired towards the top corner of his goal. Alex Leigh was excellent. His last ditch defending in the second half was incredible, at least twice saving certain goals, but his driving run in the first half to set up the teams opening goal was exceptional.

Whitchurch Men’s 2s will look to get their season back on track with a home game against Deeside Ramblers 5s on Saturday 1st February.