Ladies Section Xmas Match

The ladies section took advantage of a spare pitch slot to start their festive social with a fancy dress match on a pantomine theme…Ladies 1s were Snow White, Ladies 2s were Cinderella, and Llamas were Jack and the Beanstalk….how many characters can you recognise?

Club Day 2015

The sun shined on the new Durrington Astro for a great start to the season, and the seagulls were sufficiently intimidated to stay away!

First on the pitch were the juniors for a very well attended session, followed by the ladies. A brief pause at 12:45 to remember those affected by the Shoreham Air Disaster was followed by the official pitch opening with Durrington High School Headteacher Sue Marooney, our MP (and WHC patron) Tim Laughton, and our President Kathy Minchell.

Next up the Mens 1st XI took on a team from Reading HC followed by a tea of Thai green curry and beef salad. The rest of the mens section finished off the day, before repairing to the Manor Club House to toast the new season.

Training starts in earnest this week with most teams seeing some action next weekend. Get those membership forms in – it’s going to be a great season.

Social News

With the league season about to get underway it’s time to put the first social date in your diary. Head down to the Club on Saturday 26th for the first Band Night of the season, featuring Speedboatz.

Thanks to Josh Barron who has been busy sorting out our social media accounts – follow us on Twitter @WorthingHC and like us on Facebook

New Season Membership Forms

Time to dust off those hockey boots and get your membership sorted for the new season!

Forms available to download here, or you can submit online; Juniors (U18), Seniors, or Social

If you would prefer paper copy contact us.

Ladies Section News July 2015

Welcome everyone to the new season. The fantastic news is that we have a new pitch and new training times. We are also really excited to have Claire “Greenie” Greenway heading up our Ladies section coaching. She is a level 3 coach with loads of experience having worked also in the South and Sussex Set up.

Summer Training
From now until the 25th August 2015, there will be summer training for all to attending. It will not be serious; more of a friendly knock about to get your eye back in the game and may be get some fitness up before your first proper training session. This training is open to everyone so pass the word around. £3 a session at St Andrews. Tuesday 6.20-7.50pm.

Please note there will be no session 25th August as the school is shut! Training will start properly 1st September where training groups will be chosen at the end of the session.

15th August Ladies Social Rounders Victoria Park, Worthing from 3pm onwards

Club Day:
Saturday 12th September.

Time and venue: tbc – check website for details
There will be a social after this so make sure that you keep the evening free.

New Coaches:
Claire will be the Ladies 1’s coach and each training session Claire will have at least one assistant coach working with her.
She will be working closely with all the ladies squads ( she will manage 1 session a month for ladies 3’s and llamas) and will have a very big say on who plays in which squad and who comes to which training. The other bonus is that she will be able to attend most if not all of the ladies 1s games, which from last season will be a massive help. We will also try to make sure all Ladies teams have a manager on match day.

Robyn will continue to coach the LLamas and ladies 3’s with help from Ladies 1’s.
Claire has also organised Goalkeeper coaching – further details to follow. This will also be done Tuesdays.

Minutes from Ladies Section Meeting 14th July 2015:
• It has been decided (by all of us) that the expectation is to attend training at least 3 times a month if you want to play for the Ladies 1/2’s. Obviously we are aware work and other commitments do get in the way sometimes so in order to help with this we ask players to contact their captain. This enables us to gain rough ideas of numbers for training to run patterns of play and unit stuff in teams and ideally help you in matches.
• Training will be split into 1/2 and 3/llamas being assessed every 3 weeks with a selection meeting to check we have people in the right groups and enable us to identify players who need to be pushed through, in particular the juniors.
• Training will consist largely of game based activities with core skills elements in between to focus on individual needs.
• All teams from llamas to 1st team will play the same formation, defend shorts and press in the same way. This enables easy movement between teams and players know the roles and responsibilities are the same.
• We will run a uniform warm up across the ladies section; this means that all players can lead and you are not relying on one individual. This ideally would not be the captain who has other match day responsibilities.
• There will be a meeting before training ends at xmas with all ladies to discuss selection and training. Also we will discuss league positions and what if anything needs to be changed to ensure we finish in the best possible positions or are at least safe.

New training times and pitch:
Training next season is going to be different. Subject to contract we will hopefully be training on the new pitch: The Boulevard, WORTHING, West Sussex, BN131JX. (Same site as Durrington High and Oak Grove College)
The ladies 1s and 2s will be training together this season from the new times of 7:30 – 9pm.
The Ladies 3’s and Llamas will be training 6.30-8pm.

Ladies 1’s Claire “Goodie” Goodger – 07813 373556
Ladies 2’s Robyn Hornby – 07584 070771
Ladies 3’s Janice – 07939227199

The captains and committee put a lot of their spare time and effort into ensuring the club runs smoothly and that you can play hockey every week. Please ensure you communicate with your captain your availability so we can organise teams early in the week and we aren’t still chasing people on friday night!

Please note we have been lucky enough to gain lots of new players over the summer so the teams you played in last year may not be the team you start in this year. You need to give availability every week for you to play for Worthing Hockey Club – not a particular team. Also bear in mind just because you start in the 1’s does not mean you will play for them every week. We want to play the strongest players we have in every team.

WHC has invested a lot of money in the new pitch and coaches so it is of great importance that you bring your match fee – £7 to every game and pay your subs(membership form on website soon). We will be extremely strict this year and no-one will be selected for league games who has not paid membership. If you pay social membership £20 because you cannot play many games then your match fee will be higher. If you have issues or extenuating circumstances please speak to me individually.

Finally – we all need to remember why we play hockey. It might be for the fun, social or competitive side of the game and we need to make sure that we enjoy ourselves even when training in the rain and cold! There will be regular club socials which I hope that you can all attend and we will be setting up ladies socials too.

Andrea (Diva) Catlow
Ladies Club Captain
07879 413504

Charity Indoor Hockey Competition 18th July

Jack Hillier is organising another charity indoor hockey competition, this time in Aldershot and in aid of Cancer Research and Children With Cancer UK.


Mens 2s and 3s Promoted!

Congratulations to the Mens 2s – promoted to Sussex Div 1 – and the Mens 3s who will replace them in Div 2!

Also the U14 Wasps are through to the finals in the Mercian League.

Junior Awards Presentation 2015

The junior season ended on a high with a fun mixed match in glorious sunshine followed by the awards presentation and a BBQ.

Wolves Awards 2015:

Award Winner Runners Up
Manager’s Player Miles Capel Lucas Ash, Connor Chambers
Most Improved Players Toby Hother, William Roussell Tom Carver, Liam Struthers,Alex Halfacree, Jack Stevens
Player of the Season Max Holloway Tom Herbert, Ethan Gingell
Players’ Player Josh Gingell Ben Rudman, Ed Bromley-Ellis

Llamas Awards 2015:

Award Winner
Manager’s Player Eli Middleton
Top Goal Scorer Lexie Spurr
Most Improved Players Ellie Chambers, Sophie Rudman
Players’ Player Cassie Graham


Thanks to Jane Bromley-Ellis, Nick & Andie Chambers, Ants Fuest, John Herbert and Richard Rudrum.

Wolves Tour to Rotterdam Easter 2015

The Worthing HC Wolves are just back from their 3 day Easter tour to Rotterdam where they played on the world class facilities of Rotterdam Hockey Club. They played five games; winning two – a great time was had by all.

Drink The Bar Dry & Band Night 11th April

End of season party: Saturday 11th April from 7:30 featuring two bands – ‘Speedboatz’and ‘Vertical Rooster’ – and BBQ.

All welcome – players, ex-players, families and friends.

Small entrance fee to cover band costs.