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This is the HHC Mens Vets Squad.

Captain: Jonathan Roy

Team Manager: Iain Lynch

League: Wessex Super Vets Alliance
Current Position: 7

Total Goals: 1927

Total Cards: 18

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W

L

D

F

A

GD

Pts

28

10

17

1

69

91

-22

31

LATEST MATCH REPORTS

vs Tournament - 27 Apr 2019

Home Score: 6 - Opposition Score: 7

Match Result: Loss

The annual Veterans hockey tournament took place on Saturday using the fantastic facilities at Woolmer Hill.  Kindly sponsored by Gerald Eve Property Consultants, the tournament consisted of six teams from Amersham, Epsom, Guildford, Haslemere, Oxted and Woking Hockey Clubs.
 
Storm Hannah joined the tournament and blew plenty of grey (and thinning) hair around but she did not spoil the party atmosphere. There was a lot of good humour and some great hockey was played in a round robin format throughout the day with Haslemere and Woking making it through to the Grand Final.
 
The Haslemere team was brilliantly skippered by the new streamlined Paul Kirkham who also scored several goals.  Mark Blackmore unfortunately ended up in A&E early on with two broken metacarpals (so called boxer’s fracture)  and in fact everyone’s legs were creaking and groaning by the time of the final.  Tony Gerrard, Ian Larkham (with two fine goals in the first match) and Simon Pritchard also got on the score sheet and there were also fine performances from Johnny Roberts, David Sewell, Pip Wright, Peter Ruben, Peter Lindars in goal, Peter Lawrence, Phil Jackson, Richard Harvey and Alastair Shedden.  Special mention must go however to Mike Milne Home who was the Virgil van Dijk of the Haslemere defence.
 
Haslemere made it through to the final, but by then legs were rebelling and Woking had brought along a very good and youngish team.  Woking were very strong and they justifiably took away the Gerald Eve trophy.
 
A special thanks must go to all the catering and bar staff who looked after us so well. A big thank you also to all the Hampshire appointed umpires for giving up their Saturday and to Iain Lynch who organised the day so well.  A thank you must also go to Waverley Council for providing Haslemere Hockey Club with its much admired new blue pitch to go alongside all the other wonderful facilities up at Woolmer Hill.

vs Epsom - 23 Mar 2019

Home Score: 4 - Opposition Score: 2

Match Result: Win

The penultimate match of the season and the Spring air seemed to inspire the Vets to produce one of their best performances of the year against Epsom Vagabonds who were currently sitting in second place in the league.  Captain Roy addressed the Vets before the start with a clear strategy and game plan, which was for once adhered to by the team.  Quarterly substitutions can sometimes upset the balance of the side, but the pre-planning worked, and all thirteen players shared in a fine performance by both the team and the individual players.

The Vets were fastest out of the blocks, and an opening goal by Lynch after five minutes demonstrated to Epsom that we had made the journey across Surrey with a desire to win.  Epsom battled back, but man marking and accurate passing helped the Vets until a short corner strike brought the scores level.  Previously this may have dented confidence, but the Vets resumed their game plan and an excellent reverse stick strike by Prichard at the end of a long attacking run produced a fine goal and 2 - 1 lead at the break.

Mirroring the start of the match, the Vets scored a third goal courtesy of Blackmore shortly after the restart, and the Vets grew in confidence, as Epsom started making hard work of finding a way through a defence that stuck to their marking duties.  Hughes, Rubin and Milne-Home ensured attacks were well defended, and a sprightly Kirkham, working well with Roy in the centre,  helped the Vets to start to enjoy their dominance, forcing the Epsom keeper to produce a number of smart saves  However, with Lynch adding a fourth goal, an unusual confidence spread through the Vets and Epsom flagged, but continued to maintain their attacking pressure. Lindars in goal must have been inspired by the team’s performance and kept out a number of shots at goal, although Epsom added a second goal from a short corner, in the last quarter.  Sewell, Kirkham, Inman and Bottoms all covered large areas of the pitch to mark and suppress their opponents and a final result of 4 - 2 was a deserved result, albeit a little late in the season! 

 

 

 

 

vs Guildford - 17 Nov 2018

Home Score: 3 - Opposition Score: 2

Match Result: Win

Derby Day. What can possibly be better than Derby Day? The angst in the air as pushback approaches, the tension in the finely honed, supremely conditioned athletes as they are poised to compete, the roar of the crowd as they bay for blood and vent their most base emotions. It defines sport; it motivates men; it brings fear to women and children; it defines us as competitors – it’s why we play.
 
 
Sadly, none of it was anywhere to be seen on a crap, sand-based pitch at Guildford when 24 ageing has-beens with beer bellies, receding hairlines and aching backs tottered out to attempt to play a game of veterans hockey on late Saturday morning. The crowd consisted of one former Guildford player who was promptly convinced to referee, meaning that the only things watching were the circling birds; who were probably thinking that there might be some scavenging opportunities if someone keeled over after trying to run more than 3 yards. I expect they had their eye on Guildford’s Carney.
 
And so it began. Guildford without any ringers (this time) included a couple of able centre backs (the pie eater and some really old bloke) a bunch of geriatrics, and their tall elegant centre forward Sturgess (his words not mine), who had recovered from the abuse he took against Oxford which lets down both Oxford themselves and the league – oh, and Psycho Kuhle, the man who has been fouled by a stiff wind on many occasions. The Blues lined up with Lindars in goal, Milne-Holme and the Moose in the middle of defence, a couple of newbies at fullback, some geriatrics in midfield (plus the goal scoring, glory boy captain, Roy) and Prichard and Lynch up front - both of whom were eager to prove to Roy that they can score goals as well. Typical strikers, it’s all about the glory with that lot.
 
 
Early play was with the Blues, Roy playing the pivot in midfield, Sewell, Prichard and Lynch troubling Guildford with their movement. A short corner was expertly dispatched by Prichard. No, sorry that was Lynch. Oops, no such luck, it was Roy – yet again. No let up from the Blues after the restart, Prichard switching sides and playing an excellent ball into the D where the – yes, you guessed – Roy was waiting to expertly dispatch it and it was 2-0 to the Blues. Guildford began pressing more and more in midfield and for the remainder of the half controlled the game without threatening. Moose expertly reduced Sturgess to a mere bystander by continually pointing out the quality of the thighs – I mean skills – on display in the women’s match on the adjoining pitch. Psycho Kuhle put himself about but his most notable contribution was a vicious assault on Moose which went unpunished by the umpires. Or perhaps it was the wind. With a few minutes remaining a ball into the D was deflected to Sturgess who brilliantly controlled it (his words, not mine) before pushing a weak shot towards goal. A deflection, a partial clearance and then some commitment from Guildford’s Tonks resulted in a 2-1 halftime score.
 
 
Second half the play was more even, Guildford with more of the possession while the Blues created – and wasted - some good chances up front. One mental lapse from Milne-Holme and Moose let Sturgess in 1 v 1 with Lindars however at the crucial moment a squeal of delight from the women’s game distracted Sturgess and the chance went begging. More pressure from Guildford and some comical defending by the Blues resulted in the ball falling to Sturgess who calmly rolled it into the goal and it was 2-2 and a probably deserved equaliser. The game continued along a fairly tortured line; it certainly wasn’t one for the ages, although the birds were probably salivating at this point. Guildford’s build up play along their right was particularly slow and rarely threatened while the Blues seemed unable to get a foothold in midfield with Roy being isolated far too often. It felt like we need another body in there to help keep possession and control the play. Oh for the days of two JR’s. Thankfully we were capable of the odd attacking moment and from one of these forays a short corner and a Roy mishit resulted in Lynch converting and we were up 3-2.
 
 
More turgid play from both sides resulted in very little worth commenting on and the game finished with a 3-2 win for the Blues. Haslemere moved up two places, Guildford moved down two places, and once the beer and food had been consumed and pleasantries exchanged in the clubhouse the only disappointment was with the birds. Having said that, has anyone seen Lindars recently?
 
Guildford 2-3 Haslemere