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Blackheath & OE’s HC always welcomes new members male and female from the Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley areas (and beyond!). We are a family friendly and competitive club with a vibrant social side too. Teams play throughout the East, South & Kent League structures including a Colts Team so all abilities welcome.

Additional information regarding membership, training times and locations, Juniors, contacts,  fees etc… can be obtained from the drop down menus, ‘Clubhouse’ and the like, at the top of the page. We look forward to seeing you on the pitch and in the Clubhouse.

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Latest News:

*BOEHC Men’s Season Finale* Saturday 20th April

Fun times at the Meadow this Saturday – weather forecast is Sunny so ditch the thermals and embrace the sunglasses.

12:30pm pb   Combined BOE XI vs Greenwich University XI

2:30pm pb    ‘The Onnie Bucket’ Challenge’ – BOE Committee XI vs BOE Club XI

4:30pm         Men’s AGM:

End of season reports
Awards:  Keller Cup (BOE’s statistically most successful team.. who will it be?)
Hardwicke Cup – BOE’s most hospitable hosts,
Clubman of the Year,
Membership Award,
Special presentations
Voting in of new Committee & Constitution
And much, much more….

Excellent food provided by Messer Maltman and our well stocked bar will be open with a new supply of our very own ‘1861’ ale.

Get down to the Meadow and get involved :– play, watch, cheer, chatter, vote, discuss, celebrate, drink, eat and be merry!!

All of this is preceded by the BOE 1st XI vs Crawley 1st XI AWAY at Hazelwick School – 10:30am pb
And the 3rd XI vs Herne Bay 3rd XI AWAY at Herne Bay High School – in a crucial promotion decider – best of luck to all those involved!!

COME ON THE CLUB!!!! (in best JB tones)

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*BOEHC Weekend Update* Saturday 26th January 2013

Unfortunately the snow wiped out all Men’s and Ladies league games last weekend so hence no ‘Weekend Update’ in your Inbox. Hugely disappointing not to have your weekly fix of BOEHC news I know but robust College Meadow, a gang of rampaging Year 7s, the mild Eltham air, some Spartan-esque efforts from a Sergeant and his trusty Lance Corporal and a visionary decision from the Men’s Chairman ensured two games of hockey were played at The Meadow this Saturday and boy was it worth struggling for. More to follow….

Sadly the Men’s away trips to Herne Bay and Cliftonville, a home game on the grass and all those at Blackheath High School on the astro didn’t survive the weather so more fixtures were added to the rescheduling pile-up.

A most welcome and new feature this week as we bring you a match report from one of the Ladies games. We hope results, match reports and news from the Ladies Section will become a regular part of this Weekend Update to complete the Hockey Club Triumvirate.  So Ladies please do email over any items and details for inclusion.

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A huge thanks to Luke Kellaher (1s), Sachin Varma (Hs), Simon McDonald (Vets), Alex Tate (1s) and Jonny Prosser (1s) who have pulled their fingers out and offered their services to our ever expanding Junior Section. They’ve joined our pool of Junior Coaching volunteers and helpers.  They can’t commit to every week but have pledged a good deal of their time on a Sunday morning to assist. U12 9 to 10:30am, U14 10:30 to 12pm, U16 12 to 1:30pm.

We still need more volunteers so if you can find the time to get involved and put something back into the Club whether it be as a coach, coaching helper, web support, fundraising, Umpiring, undertaking coaching courses so you can work with the youngsters etc… then please contact me ASAP. Your input will be invaluable and most appreciated.

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Date for the diary – The annual end of season Club Dinner (Men and Ladies sections) will be on Saturday 6th April 2013 at the Bromley Court Hotel. Please save the date. More details will follow in due course, including timings and how to buy tickets. It will, as always, be a great night!

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Anybody in our membership work or experienced in IT? Particularly in Web design, management and administration? Can you spare some time to help the Club? We’re in the process of transferring our current Club website information, images etc…onto a new specialist sports website that will enable more access and interaction from our membership including online selection, SMS alerts, online club shop, electronic payment facilities etc… Please get in touch for more details and if you can be a Webmaster and help with the transfer, uploading and administering of this big job.

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Congratulations to our splendid Men’s Team Secretary Adrian Graham who got engaged to the stupendous and beautiful Amie over Christmas. For the record: Amie asked him. Huzzah!

And yes folks we’re not far away from the Danny Lewis offspring entering the world. Mother and unborn are well. The countdown has begun. Batten down the hatches. Johnny Lewis is on first lookout.

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Ladies Match Report: Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals

Wembley – Away

Squad: Sarah M (C), Karen, Rachel, Nat, Daphne, Leslie, Emma, Kat, Helen, Sandie, Susie

Subs: Max and Lindsay

Injuries: Sandie & Susie

Cards: Green and Yellow to Karen for frightening men on the Underground. (She was close to a red but we managed to get her off the train in time)

Freebies: too many to mention

Kit sold: sales figures aren’t in from Karen yet but Helen’s promised to buy some and the bloke on the Jubilee line likes the Blackheath skirt.

Team photographer: Sarah M

This had been a difficult fixture to arrange but with alacrity, Sarah M gathered us together in time for the pre-match warm up. The pre-match warm up took place in McDonald’s and only when we watched Reading Ladies warm-up did we realise what could really be achieved. Impressive and something to work towards. The England Hockey mascot asked if he and his mate could have his photo taken with us.  We were delighted to make his day:

Not content with being captain for the day, Sarah M spent some time trying to convince the England team to include her in their squad:

Rachel was busy collecting signatures on her mini hockey stick. Was she secretly putting her bids in for an England place? Team bonding was excellent and Blackheath Ladies, adorned in our kit, were very visible. Pity our attempts at promotional Tweets were ignored. Having watched the near-pros in their pre push-back huddle, we realise we need to huddle down more closely. See pic on left. The bar was open all day, with a variety of calorific foods on offer. Leslie’s onion rings looked impressive – sorry to get personal Leslie. The journey home was somewhat competitive, with the Met Line winning hands down over the Jubilee Line. Team spirit was at its height as we gathered for the 108 bus at North Greenwich. After a short sprint and 3 of us boarding, the jobs-worth driver wouldn’t let the rest of the team on. We dismounted and waited for a bus to take us all. To have 11 Blackheath players ‘on the pitch’ at one time was fabulous. Really sorry 2 of us were injured / not there – we managed even though under strength. Daphne Clifton

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Saturday 26th January

  • BOEHC Men’s 1st XI  superbly won 2-0 versus  Mid Sussex 1st XI to go fourth
  • BOEHC Men’s 2nd XI  - CANCELLED
  • BOEHC Men’s 3rd XI emphatically won again 5-1 Canterbury Millers to stay top.
  • BOEHC Men’s Heathens  CANCELLED
  • BOEHC Men’s 5th XI  CANCELLED
  • BOEHC Men’s Vets CANCELLED

 

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The Men’s 1st XI notched an impressive win on Saturday. With cancellation looming on Friday afternoon the BOE Club Captain and Elite Squad Manager refused to have their arm twisted by the Oppo as their belief that there would be hockey at College Meadow on Saturday was stronger than a Welsh Ball Boys desire to time waste.

They held their nerve, went with instinct, trusted the weather reports  and with the help of Mark Ison and Mike Lawrence, the pitch was clear, fit for purpose and 2nd placed Mid Sussex were welcomed to the Meadow with chilly open arms. Expectation and excitement was high as BOE boasted a 16 man squad with a full strength team amongst its ranks.  And so it was the boys in red did not disappoint the 30+ spectators that braved the sunny yet cold conditions.

From start to finish BOE had the possession with CB Matt ‘Zim’ Hammet and Luke Kellahur at CH pulling the strings down the centre of the pitch. Mike Lawrence was, as ever, starting to cause havoc and several incisive D injections were just going wide or over a BOE stick. Dr Slack, Alex Tate, David Lawrence, Skipper Mark Ison, Nick Boot and James Logan were doing plenty of excellent work and running as a rotating front 5 and time after time Jack Britt, Rob Hughes and Ben Rew (an excellent stand in RB) were finding the forward line from half back positions. This allowed Ed Bull and Jonny Prosser to link superbly  from their  Inner positions and produce an opening each to strike on goal but control just let them down.  At the other end Johanson Edwards and Matt ‘Zim’ Hammett were efficiently controlling things at the back with young Rob Barnes in goal mopping up any shots on target.

The first goal came after 20 minutes when a well placed Hammett aerial caused panic in the Mid Sussex defence and Nick Boot latched onto the loose ball to slip in James Logan, who masterfully got his feet around the ball to slot a superb finish past the on rushing keeper. 1-0. Jubilation from the team and supporters. BOE then grew in confidence and controlled the game till HT.

The second half provided much the same BOE tenacity and verve but naturally Mid Sussex had some more of the ball as they chased an equaliser, twice testing GK Rob Barnes who was more than equal to the task as he repelled the attacks. Matt ‘Zim’ Hammett who seemed to be everywhere had a PC cleared off the line and Mike Lawrence was continuing to cause the opposition defence severe headaches. The big Zim once more created from deep as he wobbled through the Mid Sussex midfield and defence and found himself free 5 yards out only for the Oppo keeper to pull off an extraordinary save he knew little about. A second BOE goal was desperately needed to make the points safe and it duly arrived through a perfectly executed PC. Mike Lawrence exchanged crisp, fast passes with Alex Tate at the top right of the D to enable Mike Lawrence to slot the ball emphatically into the bottom corner from close range. 2-0. Whoops of delight from the home crowd. BOE stayed resolute as  Mid Sussex pushed hard for something and bar one or two minor scares in the dying minutes it was a comfortable and pleasing victory for the boys. Clear progress from the 1st XI and another indication of the good squad development as more things continue to click.

A huge thanks to David Maltman who provided delicious post match hot teas for the 1st XI and their Mid Sussex counterparts.

TEAM: Barnes, Rew, Hughes, Hammett, Edwards, Britt, Kellaher, Prosser, Bull, M.Lawrence (pc), Ison, Slack, Boot-Handford, Tate, Logan(fg), D.Lawrence.

MOTM: Matt Hammett

DOTD: Luke Kellahur (declaring himself unfit all week only to play a full game)

Ed Thorogood – Elite Squad Manager & Matt Wilde – Chairman & Club Captain

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A tense pre match warm-up from the Mighty Men’s 3rd XI climaxing in a rampant huddle and fearsome BOE war cry seemed to do wonders to unsettle the Canterbury Millers  and rouse our league leading titans into a hurricane start.

Repeating their comprehensive 3-1 thwacking of previous league leaders Sutton Valence two weeks ago, the 3s were 2-0 up in under 10 minutes. Canterbury managed a couple of tentative forays into the BOE 25 before being decisively answered making it 3-0 at 15 minutes gone. Not only were BOE storming ahead but were doing so in full control and by playing some proper hockey. Just like the Sutton Valence game, the passing build up to each goal involved no less than 3/4s of the team and were from moves initiated at the back, quickly developed by the midfield and immediately capitalised on by the forwards.

Having only lost one game all season (the first game) and only letting in 8 goals, the 3s were not surprised to be leading at the half time break but were pleasantly surprised at the ease and control with which they were running the game. At the start of the game a tough battle was anticipated, Canterbury lay in second place in the league and were only behind by 2 points, a win for them would put them in first place, yet coming out after the break it was clear there was only going to be one team in contention for this match.

BOE charged on and went 4-0 before Canterbury sneaked a short corner deflection past the otherwise impenetrable Sturge, a minor blip. BOE authority was swiftly restored when the club went 5-1 ahead and saw out the game with the same confident quality passing hockey that has become their trademark since the middle of November.

In the face of an outstanding team performance, Archie got a well-deserved man of the match for his very creditable hat-trick, mature tactical awareness and relentless work rate. The rest of the team were also tactically aware and relentless as always but they failed to secure hat-tricks. Will Powell and Rhys Edwards were also heralded for their stand-out performances, but every team member acquitted themselves with a marvellous day’s work.

The Mighty 3s (capital ‘M’ for a noun) now sit 5 points clear at the top of the league and with only 9 goals conceded are having a season to be rivalled. There is still a long road to the finish line and to quote a legal term – past consideration is no consideration – however the 3s have done all that can be asked of them at this stage in the season and are getting better with every game.

Many thanks to the Heathens (David Wells) and 1st XI (Rob Hughes) for supplying the umpires, much appreciated and an excellent job – let’s keep those volunteers for umpiring coming forward everyone, without them the games can’t go ahead. I appreciate hardly anyone is qualified but don’t let that stop you learning the rules and giving it a go.

Thanks also to all the supporters who rotated in stints throughout the game and to our esteemed Club Captain who experienced each of the very enjoyable 70 minutes.

Team: Dan Lewis (consummate Captain on the side whilst nursing an injury), Andy B (VC and temporary Captain on the field), Sturge (GK), Parminder Singh Matharoo, Scott Dow, Rhys Edwards, Rob Miller, James Hatcher, Tom Orange, James Goldsmith, Tom Cooper, David Golbey, Will Powell, Craig Perry, Archie

Disclaimer: Scoreline events depicted in the chronological order described to the best of my recollection.

Andy Bartlett  3rd XI Vice Captain

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Current League Tables

BOEHC 1st XI League Table – http://www.south-league.com/shl_report.asp?League=18&Season=2012&Dates=2

BOEHC 2nd XI League Table – http://www.south-league.com/shl_report.asp?League=36&Season=2012&Dates=2

BOEHC 3rd XI League Table – http://w.fixtureslive.com/comp/33994/table/Kent-Mens-Outdoor-Open-Premier-A-2012-13

BOEHC Heathens XI League Table – http://w.fixtureslive.com/staticapi.aspx?a=statzone_comp.ashx%3fdivID%3d33998

BOEHC 5th XI League Table –  http://w.fixtureslive.com/comp/34001/table/Kent-Mens-Outdoor-Open-Division-4-2012-13

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*BOEHC Men’s Warm Winter Welcome* (back!)

Yes folks, it’s that time again. The fun and games begin in earnest tomorrow so if you haven’t retrieved your stick from underneath the mountain of uneaten Christmas fruit cake, the pile of rejected Bounty’s from the many tins of Celebrations you stockpiled and the tower of ‘funny for 30 seconds’ toilet books you were given then you best start looking now. It’s curtain up on Act 2 of the epic Blockbuster that is Blackheath & Old Elthamians Hockey Club.

First training sessions took place this week on Tues and Weds evenings so make sure you get yourself there next week if you were AWOL or still asleep. Details on the website. Quite a number of new members joined us at these sessions and will make their debuts for various teams throughout the club this Saturday. Give them our renowned warm welcome if you find any of them rubbing shoulders with you.

Last Saturday also saw a host of friendlies and a rescheduled League game. The Men’s 1st XI had a good but comfortable warm-up game against Eltham College 1st XI winning 5-1. The Mighty 3s kept up their excellent League form beating Deal 1st XI 4-1 to stay top of their league. The Vets routed Burnt Ash 6-1 in a strong spirited friendly on ASTRO….yes ASTRO….not grass.

This Saturday sees a busy league and friendly match day with 2 exciting home games at the Meadow whilst the other 4 Men’s teams hit the road for away fixtures. It’s going to be a cold wintry afternoon across the South East so put on those thermals. Interested spectators close to home button up and get down to the Meadow to support our boys!!

A reminder that the first Social event of 2013 takes place on Saturday night at the Meadow. It’s a ‘WHO AM I?’ Night organised by the Skippers and management of the Elite Squad. Members come dressed in the outfit or uniform they wear for work or what they wear for a particular hobby (hockey not included!!) It’s a team building / social exercise but it and the bar are obviously open to anyone in the Club who’d like to attend.

Also a date for the diary – The annual end of season Club Dinner (for the Men and Ladies sections) will be on the 6th April 2013 at the Bromley Court Hotel. Please save the date. More details will follow in due course, including timings and how to buy tickets. It will, as always, be a great night!

Fixtures
Saturday: HOME @ College Meadow, SE12 9PH
2:15pm Blackheath & OE’s 1st XI v Lewes2nd XI (SHL Kent/Sussex Regional 2)
3:45pm Blackheath & OE’s 3rd XI v Sutton Valence 3rd XI (KHA Open Premier A)

Saturday: AWAY
10:00am Blackheath & OE’s Heathens XI v Sutton Valence 4 @ Sutton Valence School (KHA Open Division 2)
11:00am Blackheath & OE’s 2nd XI v Burnt Ash 3rd XI @ Hurtsmere School, Sidcup (SHL Kent Area Division 2)
11:30am Blackheath & OE’s Vets v Sutton Valence Vets @ Prep School Astro (Friendly)
2:30pm Blackheath & OE’s 5th XI v Tonbridge XI (Friendly)
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Blackheath and Old Elthamians are now set up with a Club Loyalty Code at Gilmout Sports. This Code will enable you to bank 5% credit on every purchase for BOEHC – AND entitles you to an additional 5% players discount. The Loyalty Code is: CLBS465. Click on the link below to be taken straight to Gilmour Sports.

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Our ‘Hockey Ancestors’ smiled down upon us kindly and delivered bright sunshine for our momentous  ‘Day on the Heath’ on Saturday 12th May. It proved to be a huge success with plenty of local people joining in the fun and festivities provided by the Club and the ever popular England Hockey Roadshow. Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock was in attendance and joined the throngs to watch the Parliamentary XV beat a Blackheath XV 2-0 in an enjoyable and robust match played under original 1861 rules. See below and The Gallery for more pictures.

News of our historic celebrations have reached the far flung corners of the globe. Click on the following links for more details and images:

http://www.talkhockeyradio.co.uk/page27.html (need to select latest images)

http://www.justhockey.com.au/index.php?action=news&nid=9729

http://fieldhockey.com/archives/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1537:news-for-13-may-2012&catid=43:may&Itemid=52

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/sport/9706930.Blackheath_enjoy_birthday_bash_despite_loss/

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/lewgreen/9704513.World__s_oldest_hockey_club_hosts_landmark_Blackheath_game/

http://www.stephenhammondmp.com/release.asp?rID=261

Blackheath XV v Parliament XV

The President explains the 1861 Rules.

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Champions! BHC Juniors U12: Winners of Reigate Hockey Club U12 Tournament.

The fantastic Blackheath Juniors U12 Boys entered their first tournament on Sunday 22nd January at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey and put in an awesome display as they remained unbeaten throughout and clinched the final on penalty strokes. There are some real star players coming through the ranks and the future stars of BHC are looking good.

The lads were an absolute credit to the club in attitude and performance. Enormous acknowledgement goes to their Coach Sam Djavit, who works with them at our excellent Tuesday evening Junior sessions (see details above under Youth). Huge thanks also to our Men’s Club Captain, First XI Captain and Vice Captain Matt Wilde, Rob Hughes and Jonathan Prosser who led and guided the lads on Sunday. A large contingent of supporting family also made the trip and enthusiastically cheered the team on to victory.

Blackheath Hockey Club Juniors Boys U12 - Winners Reigate U12 Tournament 22/01/12

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An Asics Sentiment to Blackheath

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150th Anniversary!

As we enter an historic season for Blackheath Hockey Club – and indeed the sport of hockey – we also have high hopes for a successful Olympic Games in our Capital in 2012. We are holding a Club Day on the 10th of September 2011 where we will be inviting our members, close rivals and old friends to join us in a day of hockey, and an evening of entertainment. Our 150th celebrations culminate in May 2012 with a re-enactment of the first ever game of hockey, at the very spot in Blackheath that the modern game was born. Even international sports brands like ASICS are joining in with our celebrations, with the launch of the limited edition ‘Gel Blackheath 150th’ hockey shoe. I would ask that all our members participate in what is quite literally a once-in-a lifetime event, and to make sure that you thank the small team of individuals who will make our celebrations such a great success.

See you on a hockey pitch soon!

Steve Miller, Club President

steve@blackheath.co.uk

 

This season we are Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of our official founding as the first ever hockey club. We have a range of events scheduled for throughout the year, and next. To take part in any of them, please check out our ’150′ section at the top of the page, or by clicking here.

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