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Junior Training Restarts 10 Jan 2012

30 December 2011 at 09:02

Junior training reconvenes at 6pm Tuesday 10 January 2012, to be followed by normal adult sessions.

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Adult Training Back on Tuesday 3 Jan 2012

30 December 2011 at 08:55

Adult hockey training restarts on Tuesday 3 January between 7pm and 9pm. We have no idea how many will turn up and it is unlikely that formal sessions will be held. Ladies and Men are, therefore, encouraged to turn up for 7pm or shortly afterwards to hone the skills numbed by the supping of mulled wine and nibbling of chocolate tree decorations. If you feel you may have forgotten which hand goes where on a hockey stick, this session is truly the one you need - avoid embarassment and possible harassment in future weeks' matches by investing in re-training NOW !

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Stroud Ladies continue to score!

18 December 2011 at 12:43

Stroud fielded an equal mixture of first and second team players in this Christmas friendly against Wotton Bassett and the match was played in the spirit intended.  Stroud was clearly the dominate side and went swiftly into the lead with a goal from Claire Crosthwaite.  The sustained pressure by the Stroud team allowed Kate Davies to push Stroud even further ahead.  Wotton Bassett found space to break the Stroud defences shortly after half time and pulled back a goal just after half time.  Claire Crosthwaite found the goal for a second time and Kathy Williams secured the win with Stroud’s fourth goal.

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Another Lacklustre Performance from Stroud M2

12 December 2011 at 09:32

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, were decidedly ordinary on Saturday, a solitary Tim Norman strike half way up the side netting almost the only thing about which to smile.  This came in the second half, all of Stroud’s first half pressure having come to nought.  The opposition described their defensive efforts in terms of Rourke’s Drift, Stroud failing to play enough of a passing game to prise apart the Cirencester defence.  To be fair to the visitors, they stuck to their task and held firm, but their young forwards were given too much leeway in the second half and Stroud paid the price fr not taking chances.  Tom Sharpe and Derek Pittaway came agonisingly close to pulling off a win, but that did not happen and, worse still, goalkeeper Dave Cruickshank suffered a dislocated shoulder which will keep him out for several weeks.  This was certainly an inauspicious end to the first half of the League season, despite Stroud remaining first or second in the table.  The club deserve better; the fans deserves better and, by jove, the team WILL get better for the New Year !

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Clean sheet for Christmas

11 December 2011 at 19:18

Stroud Men's 1st XI signed off for the Christmas break with a win and clean sheet on Saturday.

Recently promoted Chippenham were the visitors to Stratford Park.  The game was closely fought throughout and Danny Clifford's 1st half goal proved enough to secure the 3 points for Stroud.

Both sides tried to play good passing hockey, but Stroud slightly edged the first half in terms of chances created.  It was from their first short corner that Clifford struck, collecting the rebound from the keeper’s first save before creating space with a mazy dribble and flicking the ball goalward.

Chippenham raised their game in the second half and put Stroud under more pressure, creating a number of chances but failing to find that finishing touch.  On the one occasion they did find the net, the goal was disallowed.  Stroud held firm, keeper Cathie pulling off several crucial saves and man of the match Nick Batten making some crucial tackles as well as relieving pressure with some marauding runs further up the pitch.

Stroud created more chances of their own but couldn't find their way around the Chippenham keeper who saved numerous attempts on goal.

The game finished 1-0 to Stroud.

This was a solid first half of the season with more games won than lost, but plenty to work on and improve for the New Year.

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Last Adult Training Session before Christmas 20 dec

09 December 2011 at 14:07

The last training session for adult players before Christmas will be on Tuesday 20 december 2011.

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Last Junior Training before Christmas 13 Dec

08 December 2011 at 12:27

The final session of Junior Hockey Training before Christmas takes place next Tuesday 13 December, signalling a rest for the coaches as well as the players !  Have no fear, training will resume in January, assuming Santa Claus doesn't bring tonnes of the white frozen water seen in recent years (and Scotland already this year).

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Hoodies now available at the Stick Club

07 December 2011 at 15:02

A stock of 'hoodies' has been arranged by the Stick Club, navy blue in colour.  They have Stroud HC on the back, and your name can also be printed on it.  Contact the Stick Club in Cheltenham directly if you would like one.

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Cracking Win Gromit

05 December 2011 at 09:47

Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Men's 1st XI enjoyed themselves on Saturday, away to local rivals Cirencester.  Stroud took the league's bottom-placed team to pieces in a comprehensive 7-2 demolition.

Stroud were looking to find some form having lost their previous three league games but made the worst possible start, Cirencester taking the lead after 2 minutes.  Stroud quickly regrouped and responded immediately by winning a short corner.  Rob Gleed stepped up to the mark and duly dispatched a clean strike to level the score.

Stroud never looked back and dominated the rest of the half.  Rich Fynn dispatched 2 penalty flicks after goal-bound efforts were illegally halted by Cirencester defenders.  Danny Clifford brought new found vigour to the right side of midfield and scored a great goal after a marauding run into the D.  Skipper Alex Waring got in on the act too, squeezing a deflected short corner effort home.  Stroud finished the half 5-1 to the good.

The second half saw more of the same.  Rich Fynn secured his second hat trick in successive weeks when he arrived at the back post to finish the move of the game; Liam Tunney won the ball for Stroud in the left back position and found Waring who beat his marker before finding Matt Pearce in an advanced position.  Pearce played a first time ball to Rich Fynn who played a brilliant cross field ball to Danny Clifford wide on the right.  Clifford played his cross powerfully toward the back post where Waring and Fynn were queuing up to score.  Fynn applied the crucial finishing touch.

Cirencester managed to get a consolation goal after a deliberate foul in the D led to the 3rd penalty flick of the game.  The game was Stroud's, however, and Danny Clifford capped his man-of-the-match performance with a great individual finish, squeezing an unstoppable shot between the keeper and the post to round things off.

Creditable mentions must go to Rob Gleed in defence - he continues to develop in his new 1st team role; 16-year old Calum Norman who had an excellent game and to keeper Sam Cathie whose very vocal performance kept his side, not to mention the opposition, on their toes.

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Stroud M2 win but Lack Christmas Punch

05 December 2011 at 09:46

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, made heavy weather beating Gloucester C on Saturday.  Their team was, at least on paper, pretty strong, but they struggled to click into gear, over-complicating their play at times.  When they played the simple stuff, they looked good and the first half pressure could, indeed should, have led to several goals by the interval.  Ben Orme made the breakthrough eventually, nipping in front of the defenders as usual.  Indeed he should have put away another chance from a Tim Norman pass, but Stroud failed to extend their lead despite Tom Sharpe and Steve Shipp also coming close.  A disappointing half and a solitary goal was not enough for Stroud to feel safe and they were left with plenty to do in the second period.  An early goal from Zac Lees settled them and Shipp made it 3-0 a few minutes later.  The buffer was almost there.  Once again, however, they failed to exploit their superior pace and passing ability.  What should have turned into a rout proved unpleasantly harrowing.  With so much space to play with, Stroud often chose the narrow through-the-middle route.  Henry Bonham, Matt Watts and Rob Waite found themselves under more pressure than they thought possible before Gloucester pulled back an unlikely goal.  Stroud hung on to their 3-1 lead and the positive slant on a distinctly under-par performance, was that they can play relatively badly and still win.  They play Cirencester B this Saturday in the last League fixture before the Christmas break – a 2pm start at home.  Fingers crossed for a more positive and intelligent performance.

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