Welcome to the Iceni Water Grassroots Giveaway

Whitchurch hockey club has signed up to the Iceni Water giveaway. All you have to do to support are collect the labels on the bottles and give them to Cath, Alex and Craig by 18th April 2015.

Iceni Water, the Official Water Supplier for the England Hockey teams is delighted to announce the third year running of its successful “Iceni Grassroots Hockey Giveaway” across England!

Starting from December 2015, the program will run until the end of
April 2015. The scheme is designed to support local clubs by providing essential hockey equipment using the simple mechanic of collecting Iceni water bottle labels, which can be exchanged
for branded draw-string boot bags, bibs and training cones.

Iceni Water is also offering the hockey club that collects and redeems the most Iceni labels the chance to send ten people to watch the Investec London Cup Finals at the new home of hockey in the former Olympic Park in May 2015. The winners will get to watch
some of the World’s top players and teams in these exclusive finals.


Match reports 31/01/15

Whitchurch ladies 1s 2 Neston ladies 3s 1

Whitchurch entertained Neston in this top of the table clash, in what turned out to be one of the most competitive games of the season.

Whitchurch struck first winning an early penalty corner which Katie Plant converted to give Whitchurch the lead. Neston then settled and moved the ball around pressuring the Whitchurch players into making mistakes and giving away the ball. From one of these many attacks Neston were awarded a penalty corner and slotted the ball past debutant keeper Phoebe Jones for the equaliser.

The half-time break gave Whitchurch the opportunity to discuss their tactics and they went out in the second half to turn the tables on Neston playing simple quick passes and giving them no time on the ball.

Whitchurch again got the early break with another penalty corner and Sue Read poached the rebound off the keeper’s pads to give them the lead again. This time Whitchurch showed no signs off letting their lead slip and continued to apply pressure throughout the half but failed to extend their lead despite some excellent chances but enough for another well-earned 3 points.


Whitchurch ladies 2s 0 Macclesfield ladies 4s   3

The frustration for Whitchurch 2s continues, the score line in no way reflecting how well they played and competed for long periods of the game.

Whitchurch started the slower of the two teams and within a couple of minutes let in a soft goal as the defence switched off for a moment. The heads of the Whitchurch team however did not drop and they took the game to Macclesfield through captain Helen Apperley returning from her head injury a number of weeks ago. Whitchurch were awarded a number of penalty corners but couldn’t get the elusive touch.

The second half saw much off the same as Whitchurch continued to attack but couldn’t capitalise on the chances they created. Macclesfield took two chances well in the later stages off the game as the Whitchurch team had run to a stop.

The 1s travel away to Warrington 2s next week for another tough fixture whilst the 2s travel away to Alderley Edge 6s.


Whitchurch Mens Fathoms 8 Ludlow Mens Fathoms 2

In the spirit of the Fathoms league Ludlow couldn’t raise a full team so Whitchurch offered them two of the first team who didn’t have a fixture this week.

The added incentive spurred on the Fathoms team from the off to push for the win. In the opening minutes Ben Kimberley scored the first off his goals to give Whitchurch the lead. Ludlow re-grouped and scored an equaliser but Whitchurch took control up to the interval as Ben Kimberley completed his hattrick and Simon Brinceno dived full length to turn in a cross from Ben Fry.

The start of the second half saw Ludlow bounce back and some quick quality passing from their juniors picked out Ben Lea to slot the ball past the Whitchurch keeper.

Whitchurch again were spurred on and Ben Kimberley scored his fourth goal and Ellis Hickson scored from another cross from Fry. Craig Hockenhull slotted the ball past the Ludlow keeper later in the match after Kimberley turned provider. The final goal came as Ryan Murtagh picked the ball up and drove through the centre of the Ludlow defence and round the stranded Ludlow keeper for the final goal of the match.

Match reports 24/01/2015

Whitchurch Men’s 1s  0  Old Wulfrunians 1s   4

Whitchurch took on top of the league in their fixture. In what turned out to be a very competitive game the result went with the inform team.

Whitchurch travel to Barlaston next week.


Tamworth Fathoms 1 Whitchurch Fathoms 2

Whitchurch travelled to their furthest away game of the season expecting a nice easy game.

Whitchurch travelled with 10 players but were still confident against a young Tamworth team and they took the lead within a couple of minutes of the start with a Jack Barnes goal. Tamworth had strengthened their team with experienced players to assist the youngsters and it was not long before they equalised.

Whitchurch re-grouped at half-time and began to play the ball around faster and this led to Barnes receiving the ball in the Dee only to blaze his shot over the bar. It was midway through the half that the ball fell to Craig Hockenhull who skilfully beat the Tamworth defender and slipped the ball pas the keeper. Tamworth came back until the final whistle but Whitchurch defended valiantly with Mark Sugden leading the backline to earn a well-deserved win.

The Fathoms entertain Ludlow at home next week.
Alderley Edge ladies 6s 0 Whitchurch ladies 1s 3

Whitchurch ladies continued their good run of form and kept themselves in the promotion hunt with this win.

Two goals from Catherine Gresty and one from Katie Plant ensured another three vital points.
Warrington ladies 2s 6 Whitchurch ladies 2s 0

Whitchurch travelled away and played against one of the teams competing for promotion in the league.

The team is still in a development phase with a number of juniors playing their first season at senior level guided by some wise heads in the club.

This again was another strong performance against a good team as the team continues to grow in experience and confidence.

Senior, Junior and Academy hockey in North Shropshire