To all our members (and website visitors) we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Here’s Jo, our resident Grinch, getting in to the spirit!!
The Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday June 25th at 7.00pm. This will be held at the Academy Room, Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9EU.
If you are unable to attend, please forward any apologies for absence to Stuart Wonfor at 116 Watton Road, Ware, SG12 0AY or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the minutes of last year’s meeting and the audited accounts will be available at the meeting.
A nomination form with a list of all committee and non-committee posts is also attached to this post. To make a nomination, please make sure that the member is willing to stand for election and then either complete the nomination form and forward it to Stuart Wonfor, or e-mail with the details (as on the nomination form).
If you need any further information, please get in touch with any member of the current committee (contact details on the Contacts page of the website).
Please be aware we still have KEY committee roles vacant, these include Facilities Manager & Men’s Club Captain. Your club relies on a steady stream of dedicated volunteers to ensure that we operate as a club and continue you to provide the hockey that you all love to play
The AGM is your chance to support your club and committee and raise any concerns you have with how you feel your club is run.
See you on the 25th June.
The ladies section of Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club would struggle to function without Sue Owen, in fact, Sue is the club. Sue has been a member of the club since she was 13 and is still here over 40 years later. During her time at the club she has coached a Sunday morning youth team (on grass!), played various positions on pitch and in goal and currently also manages the Five Counties Ladies League.
Sue selflessly dedicates hours and hours week in week out, liaising with captains for team selection and notifications, logistics, coaching and is an ever willing umpire and I would describe her as the glue that keeps it all together.
It is difficult to pinpoint one single example to demonstrate why Sue is so wonderful and if I stated them all, you would be reading this all day but to choose one, I will give is the dedication she showed this weekend. This Saturday, Sue was present at every single ladies game all of which took place in different locations. She also offered to play for the Ladies 2s due to them only having 11 players despite carrying a long suffering injury. This shows just how much Sue will always put the club above herself.
Not only does Sue hold the club together on a Saturday but alongside her daughter Lizzie, she has also stepped in to coach the Ladies 1st team after they were without a coach after the end of last season. Using her expertise both as a player and a coach has ensured that the team have had a successful start to the season, winning their first two games.
Welwyn is lucky to have Sue as part of the club and I know I am not alone in saying that Sue is an inspiration to both young and more experienced players and is a joy to play with and for. To quote Anna Geaves, who was invited by Sue to attend training at 15, without the effort of Sue organising kit, matches and getting young players to games, many youngsters would not have had the opportunity to get involved in hockey and missed out on the sport altogether.
In addition to the inspiration Sue provides to the club, she has also inspired her two daughters Lucy and Lizzie Owen to take up the sport and Lizzie mentions that their childhood was spent at the side of the hockey pitch which was amazing. Lizzie has been part of the club as a youngster, has held the role of Ladies Club Captain and despite carrying her own injury is now working with Sue to coach the Ladies 1st team and inspired by Lizzie and Sue, Lucy has returned to hockey after several years away from the game. A recent game I played with Lucy and Sue saw a goal from Sue assisted by Lucy with Lizzie giving tips to Lucy from the side-line – a true example of a great mother and daughter (s) story within hockey.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of an attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.
The changed rules are as follows:
• 13.2.c: when a free hit is awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, all players other than the player taking the free hit must be at least 5 metres from the ball, except as specifically indicated below for attacking free hits awarded within 5 metres of the circle.
• 13.2.f: from a free hit awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, the ball must not be played into the circle until it has travelled at least 5 metres or has been touched by a player of the defending team.
These changes came into effect in the international game on 16th February 2016. England Hockey has considered the implications of these changes from a number of perspectives and, in line with the desire for consistency in rules across the game, has decided to implement them at all levels of the 11-a-side game in England from Friday 26th February.
For the remainder of the 2015-2016 season and to support this implementation at short notice, pre-match both umpires, both coaches and both captains must confirm with each other that this rule change will be applied and communicate this to the team members. This will avoid confusion should any player be unaware of the change.
David Ellcock, Chair of Selectors for NPUA – the national level umpiring association in England – said:
“This rule change has been introduced to avoid unfair and potentially dangerous play for all attacking free hits within the 23m area. Umpires should note that:
1. The management of the set piece has not changed essentially. All players must still be at least 5m away from the free hit, except for the player taking it. Defenders who were within 5m of the place where the foul occurred may still stay within 5m, provided that they are within the circle and do not interfere with play before the ball has travelled 5m, or the stick of a player, other than the hit taker, has legitimately touched the ball.
2. However, please note that if there has been a stoppage in time between the awarding of the free hit and the re-start in play, then all players, including defenders in the circle, must be at least 5m away.
3. Also, the practice of a player taking a free hit by touching the ball for a team mate who was 5m away to run onto and then drive into the circle is now a foul. If this occurs, a free hit to the defence should be awarded.”
If you’re an umpire and have any questions regarding the rule change, please contact email@example.com