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Hockey Boys Run Their Socks Off

30 October 2007 at 00:00

Click here to view a large version of this photo of the Stroud Hockey Boys that ran the Stroud Half MarathonNine of the mens section decided to run the Stroud Half marathon this year for various charities including the Meningitis Trust.
  • Barney Franklin (running in a polar bear costume!!)
  • Nick Hitchcroft
  • Rob Fynn
  • Alex Waring
  • Kev Sinden
  • Hermes Carlyon
  • Brad Mears
  • Danny Clifford
  • Paul Radcliffe
They have been training for several months now and this Sunday they finally got to see if all the time they had put in paid off.

The times varied (as did their shapes and sizes) from 1hr 27mins to 2hrs 19mins.

Well done boys. What's the challenge next year?

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Umpiring Courses for Adults & Juniors

26 October 2007 at 00:00

Please click the acrobat logo in the article for an application form for a couple of umpiring courses running in Gloucestershire.

It is vital that as a club we have enough umpires to provide at least one umpire per game. We really should be looking at having at least two qualified umpires who are willing to umpire for the club in each of our adult teams. If you are interested in taking up this great opportunity then give Rob Fynn a call on 01453 764514 to find out more.

Juniors, if you are interested in taking up umpiring then why not do the Foundation Course. It is a great way to get into the world of umpiring and will help improve your hockey through knowing the rules properly. You will be able to help out and umpire the Badgers and Vixens matches with a little coaching from the sideline if you would like.

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Mens 1st 7th October

18 October 2007 at 00:00

Cheltenham B 0 Stroud Men's 1st 4

Stroud waited until the England rugby had finished to start their game. They came out fired up and put on a good performance of their own. The first goal came from Waring getting on the end of a hard ball into the D from Fynn and deflected it into the goal. The midfields passing continued to control the game for Stroud and brought another penalty corner. A reverse stick strike from Fynn put the ball in the back of the net to make it 0-2. Into the second half and the third goal came from a bit of magic from Waring who spun his defender then struck the ball deftly passed the planted keeper. With the game opening up fynn put a ball to Pearce playing on the right wing who sprinted all the way into the D with the ball and finished off his run with a diving shot to put the ball in the net. The defence of Pickard, Waite and Carlyon played fantastically in keeping some very skilled attackers at bay. Hermes Carlyon picked up man of the match for his superb efforts.

Cardiff Uni 0 Stroud Men's 1st 3

The second game of the weekend brought another good defensive performance from the Men's 1st. This time spearheaded by the forward lines retention of possession. The first half started nervously with a fit university side playing the ball nicely round the pitch. The deadlock was broken when a penalty corner was won and Mears scored from a straight strike at goal. Although Stroud continued to battle they couldn't get another goal before the break. After the break Stroud came out and played their best half of hockey this season. The lines of running and ball retention of Shipp, Batten, Clifford and Waring was superb and their constant pressure brought another short corner which Matt Waite drag flicked low though the keepers legs. The final goal of the game came from a series of eight short quick passes to work the ball into and around the right hand side of the D where Liam Tunney calmly put the ball passed the keeper, a fantastic team goal.

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29th Mens 1st report

02 October 2007 at 00:00

Stroud Men's 1st 4 Llanishen and Caerphilly 0

Stroud started their league season in impressive style. The forward line of Shipp, Batten, Waring and Clifford spearheaded the defensive performance which saw Stroud shut out the opposition. The organisation and work rate from the was a big leap from the disappointment of last season. The first half break through came from a short corner strike from Brad Mears. The second goal came 30 seconds before the break by Fynn off another short corner. After the half time break Stroud resumed there strong defensive play with Pickard and Carlyon. This set the grounding for Stroud's new South African Kyle Van Heerden to take the keeper on, the keeper made a save but turned round and put the ball in the back of the net. The final goal came at the end of a flowing passing move that saw Alex Waring's deflection shot pass the keeper in to the left hand corner of the gaol, the move was straight of the training ground. Next week see a double header, away on Saturday to Cheltenham and away again on Sunday to Cardiff Uni.

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Badger Beating

01 October 2007 at 00:00

Young Guns Go for It

Stroud Badgers 3 Cheltenham Badgers 0

Goalscorers: Calum Norman (2), Zac Lees

Chalford Building Supplies sponsored Stroud Badgers produced another solid and controlled performance, winning the 2nd League game of the season. In a match that highlighted good use of space and a desire to play entertaining hockey shown by both sides, Stroud soon got the better of Cheltenham. A goal-hungry Zac Lees opened the scoring and Stroud?s use of both flanks saw Cheltenham stretched to the limits. Victory never looked in doubt and all of Stroud?s players worked hard to keep control. Nick Sen and Joe Jarman were particularly strong in the midfield. Calum Norman?s excellent work on the right wing was rewarded with a goal midway through the first half and good positioning in the D gave him his 2nd of the match shortly before half time, following a good through pass from Lees. Although Stroud failed to extend their lead in the second half, they did more than enough to warrant victory. Fin Dixon looked sharp on the left and was well-supported by Ed McCollum at left back. Stroud continued to create chances but Cheltenham somehow managed to thwart these efforts. This was a comprehensive victory for Stroud , richly deserved and played in the right spirit throughout.

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Stuttering Start for M2

01 October 2007 at 00:00

Leominster Men?s 2nd XI 2 Stroud 2nd XI 1

Goalscorer: Ben Orme

Omega-sponsored Stroud suffered a second consecutive League defeat, despite an improved performance away to Leominster. Another slow start saw their opponents take a 5th minute lead which immediately put Stroud firmly on the back foot. Tim Norman and Ben Orme, however, spearheaded Stroud?s recovery and the high work-rate of the entire team saw them take control of the match. Inexplicably, Stroud failed to score more than a solitary goal, this coming from man-of-the-match Orme who pounced on a short corner save to convert with a reverse-stick strike. Stroud continued to apply pressure but Leominster scored another against the run of play. A dozen short corners must have been earned but Stroud failed to score from them. Mike Hallett did a good job in defence and there were some sparks of inspiration, Rich Cartmell and Paul Ratcliffe producing some nice interplay down the left. Ultimately, a lack of cohesion between the different parts of the team left Stroud the also-rans but there are signs that the tide will turn. It is still early days but winning ways must start soon.

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Ladies 1st XI - Fine Win

01 October 2007 at 00:00



"Best Performance Ever" - The Coach

The Stroud team was delighted when its coach confirmed what the players themselves thought - they had played some excellent hockey. The team passed the ball quickly and accurately and Wootton Bassett were unable to interrupt the continuous Stroud linking movements. The pressure applied by the Stroud forward line rewarded all 4 players with goals - Lucy Frost, Karen Whitehead, Lucy Moir and Claire Crosthwaite. The midfield line remained determined to retain possession of the ball, ensuring Stroud maintained their edge. Having had 2 friendly games cancelled during September, the team began to tire towards the end of the second half, allowing Wootton Bassett to claw back 2 quick goals. With a victory within their grasp, however, the Stroud players raised the standard of their game once more and controlled the remaining 10 minutes of the match. This gave them all 3 points and was a great start to the league season.

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Results for 29 September 2007

01 October 2007 at 00:00

Ladies' 1st XI 4 Wootton Bassett 2nd XI 2
(Karen Whitehead, Claire Crosthwaite, Lucy Moir, Lucy Frost)

Men's 1st XI 4 Llanishen & Caerphilly 0

Leominster 2nd XI 2 Men's 2nd XI 1
(Ben Orme)

Badgers 3 Cheltenham Badgers 0
(Calum Norman (2), Zac Lees)

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Fixtures for 6 and 7 October 2007

01 October 2007 at 00:00

Men's 1st XI Away to Cheltenham C
Men's 2nd XI Away to Cheltenham D Meet 9:40 LC 11am start at Balcarras School
Ladies' 1st XI Home to Cheltenham CS start 11am
Ladies' 2nd XI Away to Cirencester 2nd XI
Badgers Away to Gloucester

Vixens (Girls) Home to East Glos 9:30 start
Mixed Home to Vodka Red Bulls 11am start

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