Summer Hockey at Ashmole Academy 2019

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Come down and join us for a friendly knock-around at Ashmole Academy over the summer period before our season starts in September.

We love seeing new faces, so come along and get involved! The sessions will run on the following dates from 8-9pm:

  • 25th June

  • 9th July

  • 23rd July

  • 6th August

  • 20th August

The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1118066598381362/

Hendon & Mill Hill and Southgate Ladies take 5th place at the Women's Over 50s Summer Championships

Congratulations to the players from Hendon & Mill Hill and Southgate HC who took 5th place at the Women's Over 50s Summer Championships at Nottingham Hockey Centre on Sunday 9th June.

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News article from England Hockey:

Fourteen clubs from across the country descended on Nottingham Hockey Centre on Sunday 9 June for the inaugural Womens’ Over 50s Summer Championships.

With a seven-a-side format, the morning’s play saw teams divided into 4 pools Bedford, Bretforton, Dewsbury Kirklees and Redland Pool A, Canterbury, North Notts, Kingston upon Hull and Westberries Elderberries Pool B, Sevenoaks, Stratford and Timperley Pool C and Southgate, St Albans and Winscombe in Pool D. After the round robin matches new pools were formed for the afternoon session with the top two from each morning pool progressing into the Championship and the remaining teams into a plate group.

Winscombe came out on top of the six team plate group and it was good to see all teams secure at least a point.

Dewsbury, Timperley, Kingston and Southgate played Pool E with Dewsbury and Timperley wiinning 2 games each and drawing the game against each other, Dewsbury progressing to the gold medal match by 1 goal. Pool F between Canterbury, St Albans Redland and Sevenoaks was an even tighter affair with Canterbury, Redland and Sevenoaks finishing on equal points, with Redland coming out on top.

The final was a very tight affair, with Dewsbury converting a penalty corner in the last minute to take the title, over Redland. In the bronze medal game Timperley beat Canterbury 2-1.

There was very positive feedback from teams and they were grateful too to the local umpires who officiated on the day.

HMHHC Award Winners 2018/19

On Saturday 13th April we gathered at the Pineapple pub in Kentish Town to celebrate the 2018/19 season. Alongside food, quizzes and speeches we paid tribute to our former club captain Theresa D’Abreu who sadly lost her battle to cancer at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.

The award winners on the night were as follows:

Top Goal Scorer - Caroline Hunt

Most Improved Player - Tyla Thackwray

Players’ Player (1st Team) - JoJo Anderson

Players’ Player (2nd Team) - Laura Smith

We also introduced a new award this season, the Theresa D’Abreu award for the player who has gone above & beyond for the club, the first recipient of this award was Caroline Hunt.

Congratulations to all our award winners!


Illustrated Middlesex Hockey Maps - now on sale!

A friend of the club created an illustrated map of all the Ladies Middlesex hockey clubs, it has each of the Middlesex ladies league club logos illustrated on it in the respective parts of London and the clubs are surrounded with illustrations of some local London landmarks.

If you look closely there's one extra club "medallion" on there with a "T" and a green ribbon in - this was added to pay respect to Theresa D'Abreu - Hendon & Mill Hill's former club captain who died in October last year. We had a flood of messages from other clubs including condolences and well wishes which was lovely, we truly felt the love from the hockey family, thanks to all the clubs who reached out.

If you would like a copy of the print, the artist is selling A3 sized (unframed) copies for £20 (+ p&p), with 20% of the proceeds going to Theresa's nominated charity, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust - https://aclt.org/

If you could share this message with anyone in your club (past & present) who would interested, that would be highly appreciated.

If you'd like to order one please email hmhhockey@gmail.com and we’ll send payment details and can answer any other questions.

Claire's TedX talk - Life beyond a diagnosis

Life after a cancer diagnosis is tough and living with the side effects can be a struggle. Claire tells the story of her cancer journey and how she moved on after her treatment had finished.

Check out Claire’s TedX talk about life after a cancer diagnosis - we’re so proud of her for speaking out about her experience. We’re very lucky to have her as a member of our club - inspirational!

A Tribute to Theresa D'Abreu

Written by Sarah Cooper for Theresa’s Funeral.

Where to begin….

I met T about 18 years ago when I joined the then HHC. At that time we trained twice a week had 5 ladies teams and a thriving men’s section … Theresa was a driving force and the life and soul… I remember her bounding over to me at my first training session and telling me I ‘needed’ to be at training on Monday and I ‘was’ playing on Saturday… that was it she had me hooked.

She quickly became a friend and weirdly she got my unconventional sense of humour!! Many of the jokes were aimed at her…

Like many others that knew T she was someone You could rarely say no to… just like when I told her I wasn’t coming to her funeral… what did she do… this… and here I am….joke on me...

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T and I shared many happy memories, and I know you all have many, here are a few of mine: Her green coat, crocs and sarong are unforgettable among her hockey girls, Edison can’t find the coat otherwise I’d be wearing it! She always blamed Edison for moving her kit...

The thong wearing episode that nearly caused Abdul to swallow rather than blow his whistle! Will live long in the memories of many, not least Abdul..

Her ‘tip tap’ one handed jab tackle was legendary and one which I and others often tried to recreate in the changing rooms, but sadly without her flair, grace and or gogogadget arms..

Her “call your players”, and “zone” mantras she used on the pitch that no one ever really understood...

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The times I got to butterfly stitch her beautiful face after she’d taken a ball or stick to it, then she’d claim she’d be alright to play on…

The 1 occasion she let me do Nayanas hair… except I had to leave and there was only 1 side completed... I never got asked again….

The numerous weekly phone calls on a Thurs/Fri about who she’d managed to persuade to rock up in the middle end of nowhere at silly o’clock on a frost covered Saturday morning…. How?!?

T was the heartbeat of HMHHC, and the many wishes passed to the club from hockey players and officials from all over are testament to her dedication, commitment and genuinely likeable persona.

There is no I in team but there most certainly was a T in ours... and tomorrow when we put on our kit she won’t be with us in person but boy she’ll be shining down on us with a great big smile on that beautiful (stitched up nicely) face and I’m pretty sure the green coat and the crocs won’t be far from her side.

Sleep well our beautiful friend.

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