Each year the junior season seems to go on longer and start earlier and this season is no excpetion. Normally finished by Easter, this year we had Under 18 Girls in League Play-offs in May and Under 14 Boys in League and National Finals also. And there was so much demand for the hockey to continue that we organised further mid-week evening skills sessions and a half-term course in May - something we haven't done before but we kept dozens of young players happy with 2 more days of hockey...
Guildford HC Under 10 Girls organised a trip to watch the Investec Women's Hockey League Finals on Sunday 19 April. The competition was held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the legacy park of London 2012. A coach full of enthusiastic parents and children left GHC at 7.30am for a fun-filled day out...
Last season our Men's 2s sadly suffered a number of blows in the form of relegation and the loss of several key players. But with our sights firmly set on promotion we went into the 2014/15 season with eyes wide open, along with the firm belief that we could return to London Higgins Div 1.
Former GHC member Dan Please has written to let us know his father, Keith Please, passed away 15 April, aged 79 years. Keith was a member of GHC and is remembered by many who played with him. A loved father, husband, grandfather, teacher and poet, Dan shares some thoughts about his father's link to GHC...
What a fantastic way to end the league season - a 7-a-side tournament mixing up players from all teams right across the club from Under 14s up to Supervets. Have a look at some of the action shots from the day. A huge hats off and thank you to Mo Rahman, the driving force behind this very fun and successful event!!
It is with sadness that we report the death of Bob Bates at the age of 88. Bob was a stalwart of the Club for many years, most notably as founder member of the Gondoliers in 1969. Danny Puttick, another of those first Gondoliers remembers him below.
GHC player Richard Julian moved to Costa Rica 18 months ago to work for an educational charity. He keeps in touch with GHC and sent in this short update. Please have a look! Any other 'alumni' out there - we would love to hear from you...
Exciting times here at Guildford Hockey Club last Friday when Olympic medallist and Team GB player Alex Danson came to visit! A gracious, generous and engaging person, Alex was a big hit with our Junior Section.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced some changes to the Rules of Hockey. Details can be found on pages 5 - 7 of the 2015 FIH Rules Book.
England Hockey are consulting with Clubs and other organisations to determine which and how to implement the changes further down the leagues. Please click on the link here to give feedback.
Many thanks to Sally Foster, one of our very dedicated Under 14 Boys umpires, for summarising the rule changes in this article!