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OHC Newsle er
Happy Christmas to everyone
involved in Oxford Hockey Club, at
the end of a wonderful year of sport
for the UK. My highlight was ge#ng
$ckets to the men’s final at the
Olympics; my lowlight was scoring the
first own goal scored by (or is it for?)
For the club our highlight has to be
our lovely new pitch although you do
feel that straight lines remove a li le
of our home advantage! The
compliments we’ve had from
members show it was the right thing
to ask for as our first birthday present
as a club.
And, add to that socks that fit and an
increasing range of kit (page 3)
available for club members of all
ages, and we’re con$nuing to make
Our social side (page 2) con$nues to
be ac$ve thanks to Ann and Laura
and their friends. There is more we
can improve of course, but then there
What about the hockey? Well we’ve
got off to a great start to the season –
most weeks when I look I see more
wins than losses and goals by the
bucket load. So, well done to all our
teams however you’ve fared. (sec$on
updates on pages 4 and 5)
And amongst our juniors (update on
page 3) we have just held a very
successful tournament last week and
we’ve been delighted that a mass of
girls and boys have been recognised
in county squads and a good number
further up into regional and na$onal
groups, a tribute to their hard work
but also to their coaches.
So, have a good rest for a few weeks,
enjoy the fes$vi$es and see you for
more in January.
Issue 4: Christmas 2012
Men’s Chair— Chris Orme
Men’s Vice Chair— Niall Carter
Men’s Club Captain—Steve
Men’s Club Vice-Captain—
Ladies’ Chair— Lucy Eddowes
Ladies’ Club Captain—Helen
Ladies’ Club Vice-Captain—
07855 546879 < The OHC Christmas Tree at the 2012 Cowley
Fes$val of Christmas Trees in St James’ Church.
Quick Fire News
Training: Senior training
restarts on Monday 7 th
January – all sessions are on
as normal that week. Junior
sessions starts again on
Sunday 6th January.
Pitches: As we enter the new
year, there’s always more
chance of pitches becoming
unplayable due to snow /
ice / flooding – if in doubt,
please check the club website
Facebook page or the Twi er
feed (@oxfordhc) for the
Back to Hockey: We’ve run
two more successful ‘Back to
Hockey’ programmes (for
women returning to hockey
aNer a long break or trying
the sport for the first $me)
this season. Numbers have
been very good with plenty of
post-Olympic interest. Many
par$cipants con$nue to train
and play matches with us.
The next 6-week course starts
on Tuesday 5 th
Please spread the word to
anyone you know who might
like to give it a try!
Rush Hockey: Come along
and work off your turkey
dinner with a free taster
session of Rush Hockey, open
to all, at Brookes from 2pm
on Saturday 29th December!
Rush Hockey is a simplified,
5-a-side, fast, fun version of
Thanks to our social reps, Ann and
Laura (top right), for pu#ng on a great
Christmas party at the Cape, which
a racted over 110 people and some
quality fes$ve jumpers… Over £300
was raised for the club by the efforts of
the ladies’ 1s and 2s and their Santa’s
In the new year we've got a Karma
karma karma karma kar-ma cu-rry
night (sing it to the tune of the Cul-
ture Club classic and you'll know
where I'm coming from) which is
open to all, at the Karma restaurant
in Cowley. There will be a set menu
at a very decent price and the food
is guaranteed to please. Dates to
follow on the website shortly.
For those who like a flu er, there's a
casino night on the cards.
And, if that's not enough fun to blow
away the January and February
blues, there's the annual OHC pub
quiz on Saturday 9th February. Best
start doing some pub trivia swo#ng
The end of season dinner dance is Saturday 20th April. Keep it free. There will
be embarrassing dancing.
Thanks to everyone who’s been volunteering to umpire games this season
(either for Oxford teams or in the appointed league pools on our behalf). Lots
more people have got involved this season. Don’t forget that you’ll earn your-
self a free $cket to the end of season dinner if you umpire 7 games over the
course of the season.
We’re running a single session in January (date to be confirmed) to help new
umpires pick up the basics, allowing them to cover matches in the lower divi-
sions of the men’s and ladies' leagues and juniors with a more experienced
umpire buddy. Open to all, and run by OHC Umpire Development Officer Chi
Ho, it’ll take place in the seminar room, Brookes Bar.
We’re pleased to report that over 250 children have a ended
training at least once so far this season! The recent Oxford HC
Haribo Fes�val in November was once again a very successful,
enjoyable event and we raised over £1,000 (including around
£400 from the raffle and cake stall alone) towards a new shed to
store our hockey equipment.
So far this season:
• U14 Boys are holding their own in the Mercian Premier
league & the development team are enjoying playing in the feeder league, gaining vital experience.
• U16 Boys are top of their Mercian league and on target to qualify for the England Cup Regional finals.
• U18 Boys are unbeaten in their Mercian league with a compe$$ve 5 -5 draw against Wycombe and a
comprehensive win over Southgate.
• We have JAC representa$ons at all levels from Oxford HC players.
• All the men’s sides from 1s to Hamsters have juniors playing in them.
• Congratula$ons to Sam Fisher, selected for U16 England squad.
• U14 Girls are undefeated in the England Cup and are in 2nd posi$on in the league with 2 to play.
• U14 Girls B have won both their games so far in the county league.
• U16 Girls have played one, won one, so far!
• U18 Girls got to the second round of the England Cup, but lost to an excellent Surbiton team.
• Martha Foster and Caitlin Bailey-Williams played in the Futures Cup for Mercia Lynx, and Miriam
Pritchard a ended HIPAC for U15 Girls.
OHC is now running a schools link programme with St
Andrew’s and St Michael’s primary schools, delivering hockey
with Lorna McCulloch and our Oxford Brookes student
coaches. Exci$ngly, we are looking at establishing a similar
development programme with Oxford Academy to start in
2013. We are proud that we are a true city hockey club
working with our local community.
As a club we’re also commi ed to suppor$ng and developing
our specialist coaches both in the junior and senior sec$ons.
Ladies’ 1s coach, Duncan Buckmaster, ran our first CPD
course for club coaches last month en$tled “Athle$c
Development for young athletes”.
You can catch up on all the junior news at www.oxfordhockeyjuniors.org
OHC U8-U10 Christmas Training
First coaching session with St Andrew’s Primary School
Kit Thanks to our dynamic new kit manager, Chris Mi y, we have an increasingly
good range of club kit available via Elmer Co on’s online shop. You can now get
yourself and your loved ones ki ed out with tracksuits, hoodies, goalie shirts,
skorts, shorts, away shirts and socks. Other new items include a smart royal blue
baselayer (pictured right) with OXHC down one sleeve (available in both senior
and junior sizes) and a rain jacket with your name on it. Go to
www.oxfordhc.org/kit for full details on how to buy and prices.
Introducing our Club Presidents
Oxford Hockey Club is headed by two presidents (one from the men’s and one from the ladies’ sec$ons), and