BSHC Dinner Dance and Annual Awards

BSHC Dinner Dance and Annual Awards

This Saturday 5th April saw the culmination of the hockey season with the club Dinner Dance held at Great Hadham Golf Club. The night was a fantastic success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, with more than a few sore heads the following day!! The club raised over £300 on the night from the raffle which was a great achievement from those there.

The day also saw us host a testimonial match for club stalwart David Welsh, who leaves us after 20 plus years, with wife Natalie and his family, for northern pastures. We wish them well and hope to see them all in the future.

The focus of the night (besides drinking and dancing!) was as always the annual awards, to celebrate the season and reward those who have excelled during the year. The prize winners were as follows:-

Ladies 1st team player of the year – Sally Powell

Ladies 2nd team player of the year – Liv Brookhouse

Ladies 3rd team player of the year – Jessica Roach

Ladies 4th team player of the year – Francesca Limmer

Mens 1st team player of the year – Vernon Brown

Mens 2nd team player of the year – James Hickman

Mens 3rd team player of the year – Mark Shillito

Mens 4th team player of the year – Dan Chapman

Mens 5th team player of the year – Stuart Eames

Mens 6th team player of the year – Sam Taylor

Ladies Indoor Player of the year – Emma Hynds

Mens Indoor Player of the year – Phil Mathison

Ladies Masters Player of the year – Suzy Kittrell-Fletcher

Mens Masters player of the year – Paul Tomlin

Ladies Young Player of the year – Daisy Aylott

Mens Young player of the year – Niall Trimble

Ladies most improved Player of the year – Miranda Wilson

Mens most improved Player of the year – Ben Wyatt

Ladies Team of the year – 2nd Team

Mens Team of the year – 5th Team

Ladies Top Goalscorer – Francesca Pettengell (23 goals)

Mens Top Goalscorer – Simon Murphy (20 goals)

Ladies Clubperson – Teresa Stickland (6 yrs as ladies fixtures secretary)

Mens Clubman – David Butcher (mens 1’s captain for 2 yrs and vital committee member)

Neil Vartan Award (Outstanding contribution to mens section) – Duncan Barber (playing down and captaining mens 4’s development side and coaching U10 boys)

Cobb Cup (umpires award) – Simon Murphy (Umpiring home and away whilst still playing mens 5ths)

Jim Murray Cup (contribution to club and socials) – Alison Clifton (Umpire Liaison and help organising dinner dance)

Coach of the year – Phil Mathison (Mens club coach, Ladies club coach, U14 girls coach & Indoor coach)

Chairman’s Award – Jemma Smith (Junior Manager, Ladies 1’s Captain and Committee member)

Photos of the Welshy Testimonial, awards and dinner dance can be found on the club website.

Finally, we wish you all an enjoyable off season and ask that you all come back refreshed and reinvigorated for next season.

Gregg Pettit and Pippa Bull

BSHC Men’s and Ladies Club Captains

Latest results
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Date: Sat 22 Mar 2014

 Ladies 1st XIColchester 1 Won
 Ladies 2nd XIShefford & Sandy 2 Lost
 Mens 1st XICambridge City 2 Lost
 Mens 2nd XIBerkhamsted 1 Lost
 Mens 3rd XIWest Herts 3 Lost
 Mens 4th XIRickmansworth 2 Lost
 Mens 5th XIRoyston 4 Lost
 Mens 6th XIWelwyn Garden City 4 Lost

Date: Sat 15 Mar 2014 (Showing 2 of 9 items. Group continues on the next page.)

 Ladies 1st XISt Albans 3 Drawn
 Ladies 2nd XILuton Town 1 Lost
Match Reports

22nd March 2014


Ladies 1 vs. Colchester 1 - Stortford won 3-1

Bishop's Stortford Ladies 1st XI completed their 2013/14 league campaign with a much deserved 3-1 victory over Colchester.

Prior to the match beginning, Bishop's Stortford's fifth-place finish in the table had already been confirmed, yet their determination to finish the season on a high was evident from the start. Stortford created some early chances, with Pippa Bull and Sally Powell coming close, only to be denied by some alert goalkeeping. Midway through the first half, Stortford had a run of short corners, each one narrowly missing the target. Colchester also had a few chances of their own, but solid defending from Stortford and a couple of fine saves from Ali Clifton in goal, kept the visitors at bay. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock first though, with just five minutes of the half remaining, by converting from a short corner to take a 1-0 lead into the interval.

After the break, Stortford's frustration at finding themselves behind, served only to increase their drive to take something from this final game and it wasn't long before they were back on level terms. From the left touchline, Stortford quickly exchanged passes across to the top of the semi-circle, stretching the Colchester defence, allowing space to feed the ball through to Fiona Nekeman inside the 'D', who in turn found Fran Pettengell at the far post to sweep over the goalline. Minutes later, the home side had turned the game around to take a 2-1 lead. Emma Hynds received the ball at the top of the 'D' from a short-corner and instead of taking the shot herself, slipped a pass left to Alexis Oakley, who's shot went through the keeper's legs into the back of the net. Stortford continued to press forward and made sure of the result in the final minute of the game. A quick break found Fran Pettengell unmarked in the Colchester 'D' and despite the goalkeepers efforts to keep the shot out, Anna Swan was on hand to force the ball over the line to finish the match off at 3-1.

Ladies 2 vs. Shefford & Sandy 2 - Stortford lost 3-2

Stortford started out the game strong with some strong defensive work from Anna Wade, with injuries hitting the team hard stortford went down to 10 players and left the pitch at half time with a 1-0 lead.

Shortly after the break, Stortford went up 2-0, but due to some quick breaks and tired legs Shefford & Sandy managed to put 3 goals past the stortford defence. Fighting right to the end the girls just couldn't pull it back.

Ladies 3 vs. Shefford & Sandy 3


Ladies 4 - NO FIXTURE



Men's 1 vs. Cambridge City 2 - Stortford lost 2-3

A sunny spring afternoon set the scene for an entertaining curtain call for the season. Neither of the sides will be playing in Premier B next year after City's dominance in the league secured a successive promotion some time ago and Stortford's relegation was confirmed last week with a dismal showing against Ipswich. So for very different reasons, both sides were looking forward to the season finale; City to score the 5 goals that would take them into three figures for the season and Stortford to exorcise some of the demons from the previous week and end the season on a high.

For all their hockey playing prowess, Cambridge stuttered on the basic mechanics of arriving with the correct kit, necessitating some interesting DIY additions to their clash of socks. There was no doubt though that they had brought their flair; early pressure mounted on the Stortford goal and in the early moments it was only Butcher's (fortunately helmet-clad) head that prevented an early breach from a powerful shot at the near post. There was no respite and both goalkeeper and Stortford defenders were at full stretch for much of the opening 10 minutes. There was a wonderful reverse stick strike from the top of the circle which 22 of the men on the field acknowledged to be a fine finish indeed; however, 1 umpire felt there was rather too much of the back of the stick illicitly used and 1 man left in disbelief that his strike had been ruled out. That notwithstanding, it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken. Having defended a series of penalty corners, the home side could only watch as a variation routine opened up the defence to offer a chance which was gratefully accepted. City sensed their opening and cranked up the pressure again. In a rare showing of nerves, Kyle Botha turned over the ball at left back and quick transfer and an inability to put sufficient pressure on the marauding forwards gifted City a second goal.

Rather than roll over at this point, Stortford responded as one and began to play some hockey of their own. Quick reactions and accurate passing saw the home side move the ball upfield in 2 quick passes before a well weighted pass was sent towards the back post eliminating the 'keeper and met with gusto by man of the match Will Goldsworthy scoring his debut first team goal. Moments later an almost carbon copy move was met by the silent assassin Josh Lloyd who had ghosted from his right back berth all the way to the back post before dispatching what deserved to be an equalizer. Unfortunately for the home side, the visiting keeper was on song and did well to repel Lloyd's advances. Half time came and with chances falling at both ends, there was no doubt that with composure and perhaps a little luck, Stortford could take points off the champions. This self-belief was given further encouragement by an early equalizer in the second half; Tyler Deas making no mistake when the opportunity presented itself. The next 20 minutes were end to end hockey with either side looking like they could take the lead. However it was the visitors who took the chance when a penalty corner routine found its way back to the injector who slammed the ball home from close range. With ten minutes to go Stortford had to roll the dice and as they tried to force an equaliser, the team began to tire with some increasingly desperate defending keeping City at bay but unable to create the offensive pressure needed. Botha disappeared to the sin bin being adjudged to have tackled a little to fiercely and in the process ensured that he won't be able to play in the East League opener next season. Going down to ten men sapped the last remaining reserves of Stortford energy and although City didn't add to their tally, there was to be no consolation result for the home side either.

Coach Marcano reflected on the performance both on the day and since Christmas, saying that "recent performances have shown that this team could easily have stayed in the league if they had been replicated across all 22 games. We have now built a platform for next year and if we can keep the rump of the current squad and hopefully add some new blood over the summer, then we can target an immediate return to this league."

Men's 2 vs. Berkhamstead 1 - Stortford lost 4-5

Bishop’s Stortford 2nd XI lost their last game of the season in a thriller with promotion chasing Berkhamsted 1st XI.

The game pretty much summed up Stortford’s season, a bright start by Stortford followed by a lack of concentration and focus, before a storming comeback and finally a sense of disappointment of a loss that should not have been. Much like the previous week Stortford again went 4-0 down to a mixture of soft defending and great finishing. But they got a goal back through Michael Clark just before half time to show a glimmer of hope.

The second half saw the comeback continue with 2 more goals from Clark and Chris Slack. With the score now 4-3 the game was beautifully poised. Berkhamsted woke up and began to reapply the pressure seen in the first half. It was only some outstanding saves from Stortford 2nd XI player of the year, goalkeeper James Hickman, which kept them at bay. Stortford pushed themselves for the equaliser but this time it wasn’t to be as Berkhamsted launched a quick counter attack to make it 5-3.

Though Stortford did get another goal back through Paul Tomlin, the game ended 5-4.

Stortford will be looking forward to another season in division 3SW next season.

Men's 3 vs. West Herts 3 - Stortford lost 3-4


Men's 4 vs. Rickmansworth 2 - Stortford lost 3-5

A makeshift Stortford team that initially flattered to deceive but fell away in the second half to give Rickmansworth an important win in their battle against relegation. Stortford fielded a completely new back 5 from the defeat against Enfield and Winchmore Hill the previous weekend and were especially indebted to Chris Ashworth for getting round after the 5s game, to Nick Budd for driving Chris and to Simon Martyn for agreeing to give it go in goal if needed (and of course to Tubby for finding the spare goalkeeping kit which was ultimately not needed).

The worst offenders in the Stortford side in a very disjointed start were the senior pros. Duncan Barber struggled to control the ball or pass straight (even more than usual) after a couple of late nights at work while John Shepherd did not enjoy the less than accurate service in his right full back role. However, Dan Chapman did enjoy the long ball game imported with Spud’s presence and led a number of quick breaks in the first half. Stortford had gone 1-0 down but led 3-1 by half time with goals from Sam Cunningham, Spud and Duncan Barber, Spud’s from a short corner, the other two following assists by Chapman. Again Dan was left to rue the lack of a table for assists on the club website. If only…

Despite some good performances (Steve Woolmer made good tackles and stepped in front of his man on several occasions to break up Ricky attacks and Simon Martyn was solid on the left) and much effort Stortford lost shape in the second half. They made some chances but so did Ricky and Ricky took them. Their short corner striker could hit a ball nearly as well as he could commentate on the shortcomings of the umpiring and to great excitement they took the lead and ultimately ran out 5-3 winners.

Men's 5 vs. Royston 4 - Stortford lost 0-1

The season finale was a close affair. New players joined the team to replace those playing for the 4ths. Jon Pike in particular showed the way with some excellent play down the right, partnering with Sharman with some strong interplay. Stortford missing Murphy in defence, played a wider passing game, the majority of chances went the way of the blues, but the team failed to find the back of the goal, either with short corner or in open play. Royston, played well and were always a threat. The inevitable goal came and unable to respond the blues finished the season with a loss.

This was not representative of the season and in some it was a shame to not have the same team that had stayed together throughout. It's been successful and enjoyable. Thank you to everyone who has played for the 5s this season and participated in the promotion. Roll on next season in Div 7SW.....

Men's 6 vs. Welwyn Garden City 4 – Stortford lost 1-2

Stortford 6s finished the 2013/14 season with a loss away to Welwyn Garden City, in a game the Stortford side had to win to ensure a chance of beating relegation.

The two sides were equally matched, with the ball being played round the pitch by both sides and neither side able to break the other's defence down until a foot-fault by a Stortford defender gifted the Welwyn striker with the perfect opportunity to take the lead which they held onto until halftime.

Aware that they needed to get back into the game, Stortford put WGC under pressure, but a second foot-fault in a similar position allowed the home side to extend their league. Stortford managed to pull one back from a short corner that saw Robbie Ward-Booth sliding in at the post to get a stick to the ball to ensure it crossed the goaline. Stortford then scored a second goal - junior Ethan Jones with his first for the season deflecting a pass into the roof of the net from the top of the D, only to see it disallowed by the umpire claiming his contact was outside of the D. Stortford continued to battle for the elusive equaliser, but the Welwyn defence absorbed the attacks and held on to take the 3 points, and ensure that Stortford were relegated with themselves and Berkhamstead.

U14 Girls Tournament
We have uploaded the images from the U14 girls tournament on Sunday 2nd March to the following links:

Vs. Beeston
Vs. Cambridge City

These images are password protected, so if you wish to view them, please contact Jemma Smith

Using a discount code (which is the same as the password) will give 20% off prints and downloads when entered at the checkout. All the prints come from the award winning lab; Loxley Colour.
U10 Results

On Sunday the 2nd of March the following U10 girls participated in the National cup matches at Broxbourne Hockey Club: Clodagh Ryan, Isabella Good, Georgia Randall, Natasha Reid, Martha Broderick, Lottie Lynch, Charlotte Range, Imogen Basavaraj and Sophie Magson. The team had 6 matches before them against teams they haven’t encountered in their normal league matches. The girls have shown great team play and great motivation in all the matches. The first match was against Broxbourne which the girls drew, thanks to some good saves by Martha Broderick. The second match was against Berkhamsted and the third match was against Harpenden which were both won by Stortford by 1-0 (goals by Clodagh and Georgia). The girls passed the ball around really well and some great passing back was seen when it was too crowded to continue on one side. Instructions were given by coach Fiona Nekeman and the girls really took these on board for the following matches. Both goals occurred near the end of the matches proving that perseverance and great team play lead to a good result. The fourth match against Blueharts was unfortunately lost due to an unfortunate decision. Unfortunately we lost the fifth match 0-4 against a strong Hertford team. Even though Hertford kept pressing on our defence the entire team kept trying to clear the ball out of the D and even kept pushing forward and attacking into the oppositions’ D. Stortford nearly scored in the last minute put the ball just missed the goal by an inch. After this match there was no time for a break as we were straight on against the sixth and final opposition St. Albans. Stortford had an unlucky start when a ball from the midfield was pushed forward and, in an attempt to stop it and keep it in the field, ended in our own goal. However, this did not keep Stortford from playing well and pushing up and their hard work was eventually rewarded with a goal by Sophie after some great work from the midfielders passing the ball from left to right and into the D. This D was marked by great team play and great team spirit as the girls kept on playing well and helping each other out. Also, it was a day of firsts as the girls had never done short corners before but that did not stop them from trying and listening to the umpire as to what to do. The girls then practised the short corners in one of their breaks so they would be prepared for the next matches. All in all, the girls played really well and showed great improvement since September. Hopefully, this trend will continue for the rest of the season. WELL DONE GIRLS

Junior County Hockey - JAC

A large number of Bishop's Storford Juniors through to JAC 

Some of BSHC Juniors have been working their way through the England Hockey Single System and have been selected to attend JAC training and matches. 

The Juniors that have got selected are as follows:

Martha Hoult U13
Sophia Williams U13
Adam Bassingthwaite U14
Jamie Brooks U14
Oliver Clift U14
Bradley Moon U14
James Paul U14
Niall Trimble U14
Elizabeth Ward Booth U14
Sam Cunningham U15
Simon Miles U15
Holy Radbourne U15
Henrietta Topel U15
Dan Hodder U16
Edward James U16
Victoria Farrant U16
Elizabeth Farrant U16
Philippa Otter U16
Josh Lloyd U17
Olivia Brookhouse U17
Francesca Pettengell U17

Well done everyone...Good Luck!

Upcoming fixtures

Date: Sun 27 Apr 2014

 Mixed (Winter) 1st XISouthend Away (Sweyne School) 10.30
Junior Season 13/14


All the details for the NEW junior season are below:

Membership Form.doc

New member letter.docx

The first session is on 15th September at Hockerill School. 
U8 mixed 9.30 to 10.45
U10/12 Girls 9.30 to10.45 
U10/12/14 Boys 10.45 to 12.00

U14 Girls Wednesday nights 7pm to 8pm starting on 4th September.

All other ages are to join in with respective ladies and mens training. Email me for details.

If you have any questions email Jemma Smith on smithers_54@yahoo.co.uk

Carnival 2013

Our debut in the Carnival 2013...

Several members of the club joined together on Saturday to enter the club into this years carnival. Many thanks to Hilton Coachworks who lent us a driver and a large vehicle for our float. We all had a fantastic day despite the odd heavy rain shower. We had lots of people showing an interest into our club, which we hope we will benefit from in the near future.

Home Counties

Pippa Bull and the Lady Masters WIN in Dublin

Pippa went to Dublin over the weekend with the other England Ladies to play in the Home Counties Tournament. 

They came away overall WINNERS coming very close in the end. After working out the results they won on goal difference. The Ladies won two matches, drew one and lost one. 
Young Umpire Day

Hertfordshire's First Young Umpire Day held at Hockerill

On Sunday we ran a Young Umpires Course for children aged 11-14years old. This is the first Young Umpires Course run by the club, and the first one to be held in Hertfordshire! It allows our young players to learn the rules and by the end of the day be qualified by EH to umpire 7 a side matches, which will help us in the tournaments next season. 

We had 15 candidates taking part, the day started with theory based session on learning the rules of the game, followed by a quiz and an exam. They were all successful in the first part of the day and then went out on to the pitch to put their knowledge to practical use. 

During the afternoon session they all had a chance to be mentored whilst umpiring. All the children taking part played in a match and took it in turns to have a go at umpiring. It allowed them to see what it's like being in control of the match. The players really rose to the occasion and enjoyed taking charge of the game, especially when they got to blow a foul against their coaches!

Bishop’s Stortford Hockey Club would like to congratulate all the candidates as they passed their Young Umpires Course. Hopefully some of the children will enjoy umpiring and continue to umpire and complete their Level 1 Umpires Course, which is a passport to umpire all England Hockey Adult Competitions.

This has been a great opportunity for the club and its junior section to develop their understanding of the game and the knowledge of the rules. Hopefully the club in the future will be organising more course.


Supporters are welcome with free admission for home league games. We are always looking for new players to join our very social, Clubs 1st accredited, club.  Anyone looking to join can contact Paula Frenzel, our membership secretary, on 07962 122082 or at bshcmemsec@gmail.com.

Gary Jones has been appointed the new Webmaster. Any website matters can now be directed to him on the bshcwebmaster@gmail.com address.

Join Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club

Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club are keen to hear from any prospective new players of any age or ability for the 2013/14 season.

If you are thinking about moving club or returning to playing hockey, BSHC would like to get you involved.

Please navigate to the Contact page and get in touch with either Ladies Club captain, Pippa Bull, or Men's Club Captain, Gregg Pettit, for further information.
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