Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

Men's Match Reports

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Two arenas of sporting endeavour presented themselves this sunny afternoon of 10 March 2017. Whilst one was on a rugby field not so very far away, the other a hockey pitch in Oxted, there were a series of eerie parallels that began to unfold between the two as the afternoon progressed...

Amersham & Chalfont arrived at Broadwater with one intention in mind. They wanted a big scalp and brought a team with all their big guns and a few extras. Gondoliers were a bit more relaxed about the fixture arriving in dribs and drabs and looking far more laissez faire about their afternoon's work. For the most part the Gondos warm up consisted of removing their track suits and the game was underway...

A new look Men's 3s travelled to Old Reigatians and brought home 3 points with a 2-1 win...

Gondos went to Oxford Hawks and thankfully normal service was resumed bewteen the two teams - a game played with great competitive spirit, delivering a feast of 10 goals, followed by several jugs of beer in the bar...

Gondoliers game against Sunbury 11th February was a win. Not sure if it was 4-0 or as Tom reports 5-0, but a win it was...

As dawn broke on Saturday, 4th February, Fraser got out of bed, slipped into his thongs and had his customary breakfast of grilled kangaroo with Vegemite on toast and baked beans. “Better get the barbie ready for my Straya Day party”, he thought as he cut up another portion of ‘roo and dipped it in the beans. “But first, the minor business of the Shadows’ relegation battle 6-pointer against Surrey Spartans 2s”...

The headline read “sport without emotion is just business” but we played so poorly that we had no business expecting to win...

They say that time heals? Given enough time even the most painful memories will be salved and then it is possible to move on and have a happy life?

One of the keys to success in hockey is the quality of the first touch when controlling the ball.  If the first touch is good, players gain precious time and are able to put together a string of fine passes.  If the first touch is poor then the ball is likely to bounce off onto an opponent's stick or onto the player's foot.  The first sign of how we would play occurred as the team gathered in the Hen and Chicken at Froyle...

The last match of 2016 found the Gondoliers at home facing Southampton, always a challenging side but today we did have the benefit of a goalie and so our Captain felt he should use this to our advantage and organise the team in a slightly different formation on the field of play. Needless to say this may have had the benefit of confusing Southampton but it also side-effect of confusing the Gondoliers...

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