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Control is there but more Style to Come

26 September 2011 at 10:59

Stroud A 5  Gloucester B 2

Goalscorers:Tim Norman (2), Fin Dixon, Rich Cartmell, Zac Lees

A fine pre-autumnal afternoon provided the backdrop to Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Men’s 2nd XI on Saturday.  Yet another new lineup greeted the visitors, but a determined Stroud were soon on the attack.  Steve Shipp ticked all the boxes in midfield, providing Stroud with a pivot to feed wide midfielders, Fin Dixon and Rohan Sopp.  Jack Hamilton played a steady hand at left back, with Dave Cruickshank showing some wonderful athleticism in goal.  A powerful move down the left led to a fine probing cross from Dixon at Tim Norman whose deflection put the home side in front.  Gloucester pulled a goal back and Stroud laboured to get their game together.  Rich Cartmell and Zac Lees tried to work the right flank, before Cartmell positioned himself perfectly to receive a pass from the back line and put Stroud ahead again.  The home side then looked to have extended their lead before the break, but after some deliberation, the goal was not given.

The second half still left room for improvement as Stroud tended to steer clear of the right side of the pitch.  Movement was good, however, and Rob Gleed did find space to play the ball down the right at times.  A wonderful move involving Shipp, Cartmell and Wathen led to fine finish by Dixon, putting a smile on Stroud’s supporting faces.  A lull in proceedings allowed Gloucester to pull another goal back and for a few moments, Stroud found themselves challenged at the back.  Mike Hallett and Hermes Carlyon were not flustered and Cruickshank’s efforts ensured the visitors did not spoil the party.  Norman made the game safe with a typical centre forward’s poach before Lees continued his scoring spree with Stroud’s 5th of the day.

Next week they face Cheltenham C in the season’s first League encounter and will look to improve further still.

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Waring Scores 5 in Gloucester win

25 September 2011 at 22:41

Stroud Men's 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, finished off their pre-season matches in style on Saturday defeating Gloucester City by 9 goals to 4.

In a dominant 1st half, Stroud played assured, at times scintillating, attacking hockey.  It took an early goal from Gloucester to spark Stroud's performance.  Stroud levelled through captain Alex Waring who received a Rich Fynn pass on the back post and had the simplest of jobs to score.  Waring soon gave Stroud the lead.  After a good breakdown of play from the midfield, Waring collected the ball on the top of the D, beat the advancing keeper only to be pushed wide but somehow squeeze a lunging reverse stick strike into the backboard. 2-1 Stroud.

Stroud continued to dominate the first half proceedings and Calum Norman added a 3rd before Waring collected his hat-trick with a well worked short corner routine. At 4-1 Stroud pushed on and once again Waring arrived at the back post to score his 4th of the game. 5-1 Stroud.

With Stroud dominant in possession, and keeper Cathie left as a bystander, Stroud kept an increasingly demoralised Gloucester under the pump.  The midfield trio of Brad Mears, Matt Williams and Fin Dixon worked hard to win the loose ball and consistently set pacy forward Clifford free down the flanks, whilst Rich Cartmell added to Gloucester's worries with his attacking forays from right back.

Stroud signed off the half with one more goal, Brad Mears collecting a loose ball on the top of the D and clinically drilling the ball into the goal.

The second half saw Gloucester regroup as Stroud tried to build on their impressive first half.  Gloucester strung together some better possession and played some more coherent hockey, resulting in some short corners.  They scored from 2 of these after keeper Cathie had made the first saves only to see the rebounds sent beyond him into the goal.  

Stroud continued to attack and create opportunities at the other end.  Rich Fynn rounded the keeper after a strong run and brother Rob Fynn went close with a couple of short corner strikes.  Brad Mears scored a carbon copy of his first goal with another great top of the D strike.  Skipper Waring wasn't finished either as he deftly deflected a Rich Fynn pass into the net for his fifth of the game. 9-4 Stroud.

Tom Sharpe and Rich Cartmell performed well out of position in defence and Fin Dixon impressed as the youngest player on the pitch.

Stroud will look to build on an impressive pre-season in their first league match next week against Bristol & West.

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Ladies Firsts Win Friendly

20 September 2011 at 14:58

Stroud Ladies 1st XI   6    Wotton-under-Edge Ladies XI   1

The ladies 1st XI put on an impressive start to the year with a win against Wotton-under-Edge. The first of several friendly’s proved to be a good warm up game before League starts.

With goals coming from Julie Whiting, Fran Evans, Lucy Moule and Elaine Noone, all showing an array of skills. The defence also held strong with Aleasha Holder saving several good goals, and new addition Sarah Mace put on a great performance, fitting right in with the team. The midfield kept going even when the team looked like tiring, never giving up. The team is growing in strength and hope to continue throughout the season with good performances.

A great start for the Ladies 1st team.

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You've Been Nic'd!

19 September 2011 at 12:34


Stroud’s forward Nic Kelly-Davies made an impressive start to this season with a double hat-trick, scoring 6 of Stroud’s goals against Thornbury.

Stroud was very slow to get started but finally the rigorous short corner practise at training allowed Hannah Scott to open the scoring for Stroud when she powered the ball into the left hand corner of the goal from a direct strike. At half time the score was 1-0.

During the second half, Stroud got into its stride and played some flawless, textbook, attacking hockey.  The squad’s practise over the past few weeks had allowed the team to become accustomed to the bounce and speed of the Leisure Centre’s recently laid Astroturf pitch.  The new players in the squad this season - Katherine Stevens, Victoria Sharp, Emma Tapley and Letty Adams all fitted into the ‘diamond’ system well under the experienced guidance of this season’s team captain Katy Stotesbury.  Regular members of the squad slotted into their new positions impressively with Lizzie Woods and Carrie Sanders expertly and swiftly supporting the attack on many occasions. 

A great start to the season and the team is looking forward to its first league game in a few weeks time.  Player of the match was Nic Kelly-Davies.

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M1 Win and M2 Draw

19 September 2011 at 09:38

Stroud M1 Win Convincingly

Stroud Men’s 1st XI  5     Lansdown Men’s 1st XI  1

Goalscorers: Jamie Batten, Brad Mears, Rob Fynn, Dan Clifford, Alex Waring

Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud started the match playing the passing and possession hockey that the team has been working towards for the last couple of seasons.  Excellent work by midfielder Brad Mears and sweeper Rob Fynn maintained the shape and enabled the skills of Rich Fynn, Jamie Batten, and Matt Williams to create inroads into the opposition D.  The forward line of Dan Clifford, Calum Norman and Alex Waring looked ever-menacing.

Stroud’s first goal came from a 1-on-1 by Batten who ghosted round the keeper.  The second came from a short corner breakdown where Mears slammed the ball into the back boards.  Stroud continued their form and the passing and possession of Hines, Nick Batten and Andy Murray in the back line helped force another short corner which Rob Fynn dispatched inside the right post.

In the second half Stroud’s game plan fell apart slightly and Lansdown came back into the match.  Despite a number of fine saves by keeper Sam Cathie, Lansdown finally managed to scramble a goal. This prompted Stroud to step up their game again and two more goals ensued as Rich Fynn created a chance that Clifford dispatched from the far post and Jamie Batten rounded the defence from the right side to set up captain Waring for the fifth and final goal.

Stroud M2 in Entertaining Draw

Lansdown A 3  Stroud A 3

Goalscorers: Rob Gleed (2), Zac Lees

Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud produced some good hockey at times on Saturday, unfortunately interspersed with the occasional aberration.  They started the match on the offensive, Tom Sharpe and Fin Dixon looking strong in midfield.  They should have been the first to score, but Lansdown took the initiative.  Stroud bounced back with a fine passing move, Zac Lees having the easiest of finishes with another 3 Stroud players vying for the honours !  They relaxed so much that they went behind again within a minute of the restart.  Rob Gleed’s short corner strike made it all square but Lansdown again took the lead.  Stroud stretched the opposition defence and were rewarded with another short corner from which Gleed scored his second.  There were some good signs, particularly on the short corner routine front.

Anybody interested in playing Men’s hockey is encouraged to call Tim Norman on 07774 273044 or email him at Alternatively, visit for details of training and matches.


Training has started.  Tuesday nights at Stratford Park LC -  Juniors 6pm to 7-15pm,  Ladies 7pm to 8-15pm and Men 7-30pm to 9pm, roughly !

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The new Stroud Hockey Club website is now live - Feedback Welcome

14 September 2011 at 14:30

Hiya folks, as you will now see I have finally managed to get the new website up and running, there are still a couple of niggles which I have to attend to which include:

  • Displaying League Tables on the website
  • Linking Match Reports to the Fixture Tables


I would like to take this opportunity for people to have a look around the website and let me know if you find and bugs or problems. At the next committee meeting I will be opening the floor for suggestions on additonal features on the site that people would like to see. At this stage this really needs to be limited to "Necessary" features as my time is a little limited, but I will consider all suggested features if people put them forward.

Training on how to use the Content Management System will be happening on Monday 19th September at 7pm down at Hostpipe's new office (Stroud House on Russell Street in the centre of town). Map and directions can be found using the link below:

How to find Hostpipe!

I would like as many people to attend as possible as it will reduce the amount of time(s) I have to train people, and support time required.

Tags: New Website

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Wotton Tournament for M1 this Sunday

13 September 2011 at 15:44

Stroud Men's 1st XI play in the Wotton-under-Edge hockey tournament at Clifton College this Sunday 18 September 2011.  Matches start at 9 a.m. with Stroud's first game at 10 a.m.  A healthy BBQ and a bar will be available all day.  The schedule follows ...




09.00 Firebrands v City of Bath

09.00 Wotton v Bristol

10.00 Lansdown v Cirencester

10.00 Chippenham v Stroud

11.30 City of Bath v Lansdown

11.30 Bristol v Stroud

12.30 Cirencester v Firebrands

12.30 Chippenham v Wotton

14.00 Firebrands v Lansdown

14.00 Wotton v Stroud

15.00 Cirencester v City of Bath

15.00 Bristol v Chippenham

 16.15 Final and 3rd/ 4th play off

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West Tier 1 Tournaments for Stroud Youngsters

11 September 2011 at 21:53

Congratulations to Rohan Sopp and Calum Norman who represented their Junior Regional Development Centre in the first of two tournaments this Sunday 11th September at U16 and U17 level, respectively. This tremendous achievement on their part means they are now being considered for the West squads, selection for which will be made following the 2nd tournament on 25 September.

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M2 Open their Account in Style

07 September 2011 at 14:12

Stroud A 8 Cleevillians A 3

Goalscorers:Tim Norman (3), Rob Gleed (2), Craig Wathen, Liam Tunney, Zac Lees

A new pitch and a new season materialised on Saturday. Stroud Hockey Club, sponsored by Ecotricity for another year, were joined by Stroud District Council to celebrate Stratford Park Leisure Centre’s first matches on the new surface. To be fair, Stroud Men’s 1st XI, played the opening match but, in truth, it was the 2nd XI who set it alight ! The usual start of season availability issues aside, Stroud’s side looked sound on paper. With Derek Pittaway in the role of manager, Tim Norman led his side into the friendly late summer opener, looking to avoid injury and pass the ball around in style. The presence of Liam Tunney at centre mid was a real asset. His experience and vision soon began to show. Craig Wathen shared the centre with him, but was given a more attacking agenda, while a fit-looking Rob Dove and eager Rob Gleed provided good opportunities down the left and right flanks. Norman belied his age up front with Zac Lees, a player 30 years younger. Stroud passed the ball around well, looking confident and determined. A spread of ages from 19 to 48 produced flair and control. Wathen’s early flurries offered early signs of greatness to come. Reg Gealer looked measured at left back and Alan Edwards was like a dog on a leash at centre back, always looking to break out. Sam Cathie in goal made several important stops and Andy Hines was a welcome addition to the defence. It was Mr Gleed who opened Stroud’s account. The early pressure finally told as he cleaned up after a half-clearance. Shortly afterwards, Wathen worked his magic in the D before tucking the ball into the corner. Tunney’s fine work gave him a shot from top D. Bound for the keeper’s pads, it was deflected into the top corner by Norman. Probably the move of the game followed. Six passes out of defence, down the left to Dove, across and into the path of Tunney to finish off a wonderful move. Tunney then fired in a fine pass to Norman whose stop, turn and shot into the left corner was too quick for the keeper. Cleevillians struck back, 3 times to be precise. It could have worried Stroud, but they were unfazed. Pittaway came on for Hines at left back, testing his ankle for the first time since an operation, and he looked sound alongside Andy Murray in defence.

The second half saw further developments, Stroud seemingly making space all over the pitch. Plenty of movement gave Pittaway, Murray and Gealer many passing opportunities and Stroud were not afraid to retain possession. Gleed scored a second, a cracking finish from the right. Then it was Gealer who fired in the perfect ball to Norman to deflect high into the net. Lees got his just reward for all his hard work at last, finishing off another fine move.

It may have been the first friendly of the season and a month away from the League opener, but the signs were there for good things to come. With players returning from holiday, the presence of Tunney in midfield, Pittaway directing, youngsters to return and experience all round, Stroud should be looking to put out strong teams for 2nd XI and 3rd XI games this season. A fine start indeed, and a nice way to christen the new playing surface. Well done, guys !

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