Read the latest news from the Isle of Wight Hockey Club below.
It was hard to believe the Island had been under snow and ice just 24hrs earlier as the ladies 1s hosted Andover in the quarter final of the Hampshire trophy accompanied by beaming sunshine. Those that turned up to watch weren't just given a treat by the sun gods they also received one from the goddesses of Island hockey. A comfortable 6-0 victory was what the Island's performance deserved. The goals were scored by J.UNSWORTH, S.HART, K.FRASER (2) and ALISHA (2).
The IOWHCs chirstmas party was a roaring success. The club raised over £200 and brought together members and parents of all ages in an evening of much celebration, party games and a quiz. ๐๐
The mens 1s played out a frustrating 1-1 draw against Petersfield, where both team's hardest battle was against storm Brian. Battling against the mighty Brian in the first half the Island were happy to go into the break at 0-0, safe in the knowledge they'd have "star player" Brian working with them in the second half. The half started exactly as planned and the Island were soon 1-0 up through an A.Payne short corner. Looking to add to this the island pressed on and started to creep up the gears. However the wheels then totally fell off the island wagon, as true to form this year Jason Bourne was hiding somewhere in the bushes and successfully hit both Liddiard and Gould in the hamstrings. With only one fit sub left the island played out the rest of the game with 10 men desperately trying to hold on. With nothing looking to beat keeper D.Green the equaliser came in controversial fashion, the island incensed that an infringement in the build up wasn't called. That aside credit where credit is due, a one in a million finish you would only see on a goal of the century highlight reel flew past a rooted Green (no one else saw or expected it either).
The end of season do has now been confirmed. April 22nd, £20 per person, returning to Shanklin con club after last year's success. Full details can be found on the official Facebook event.
The club is sorry to report that long standing member Mark Dickinson has passed away following a short illness.
Unfortunately, we have taken the tough decision to withdraw our Men's 2nd XI team from the Hampshire League for the remainder of the season.
Despite a very positive first half of the season, with the team lying third in their devision, due to the ongoing unavailability of members, the team has become unsustainable for the second part of of the campaign.
However, this is certainly not the end for the team, as the club will be re-entering the side in the Hampshire League for the 2017/18 season with the intention of promoting a number of our club juniors into the side from September in a lower division, to enable their development.
The club would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Now bring the hockey back we hate weeks off!!!!
Don't forget next Saturday is our Christmas party so don't forget to give your captains your £5.
The Christmas party details have now been posted on the social section of this website. An event has also been created on the members Facebook page. Please remember the social committee work hard to create and organise these events for your enjoyment, the success of them determines whether more events are worth planning or not so please do all you can to attend.
The two men's teams kept up their promotion pursuits with victories in their latest games. The men's 1s overcame Alton 4 - 2, while the men's 2s thrashed third place Tadley 11 - 3. Tadley were forced to change their keeper mid-way through the game due to injury, but by then the team were already 5 - 1 up.
The club's first XIs led the way this weekend, with two victories for the sides. The men's side had no problems troubling an understrength New Forest, easing to a 4 - 0 win. The ladies meanwhile were involved in a tight match at Hamble but came away with the 3 - 2 win.
The Ladies 2s made it three unbeaten with a 1 - 1 draw against Gosport. Despite not having a keeper, captain Aly Townend played as a kicking back and even saved a penalty flick, which of course she hasn't mentioned once....
Finally the men's 2s were involved in a stonking game at Winchester, and found themselves 5 - 1 down on a very tricky pitch. However they came back and very. very nearly snatched an unlikely draw, losing 5 - 4 and seeing the Winchester keeper save a shot on the line at the end.
All our teams are back in league action this coming weekend.
The ladies 2s got off to the perfect 2016 with a dominant 3 - 0 win over Southampton V last weekend. Bolstered by returning players, the team picked up their third win of the season in impressive style.
The men's teams didn't fair too well, as the 1st XI let a 3 - 0 lead slip to lose 5 - 4 against Winchester III, while an understrength men's 2s fought well but conceded late to lose 4 - 2 at Lavant.
The ladies 1s match at Eastleigh was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
This weekend all our sides return to action. The men's 1s travel to Portsmouth & Southsea, the men's 2s host a top of the table clash against Fleet & Ewshot III, the ladies 1s take on Fareham II while the ladies 2s go to Portsmouth University.
There were two wins and two defeats for the Island this past weekend, with both 1st XIs winning high scoring matches, but both 2nd XIs missing out on the points.
The Mens 1s put in a superb performance to defeat Bournemouth III 7 0, with hat-tricks for two players, while the Ladies 1s beat Andover II 5 3 Kate Ednay leading the way with four goals.
Unfortunately the Ladies 2s struggled with numbers again and only eight players could be fielded. They battled well but lost 10 0 to Southampton IV, but given they were 9 0 down at half time, their second half performance deserves credit.
The Mens 2s remain in the hunt for promotion despite a 3 1 loss at a very physical Yateley IV side. A side, missing numerous players, were heading for a draw but lost out in the closing stages.
All sides are back in action this weekend.
It was two wins and a draw for our senior sides this past weekend, as both men's sides picked up important wins and the ladies 1s battled to a draw as all three teams kept up promotion pushes.
The men's 1st XI cruised to a 7 - 3 win over Southampton University II and were out of sight by half time. Despite a second half fightback from the students, they were already 6 - 0 down.
The 2nd XI were cruising in their match at Southampton Otters, being 3 - 0 up with only 10 minutes to go, but the youngsters of the Otters put in a stirring fightback themselves and got it back to 3 - 2. They very nearly snatched a draw, only for the post to come to the Island's rescue in the last minute.
The ladies 1s continue to go well in their league and battled to a 2 - 2 draw at Fleet. It is still just the one defeat for the 1st XI.
Meanwhile the 2nd XI were due to face Waterside but the opposition pulled out due to the ferries being cancelled at short notice. The match will be rearranged.
Reports available on www.iowhockey.co.uk
The ladies 1st and 2nd XI's both picked up valuable wins at the weekend in games that were played in terrible weather conditions.
The 1st XI scored early vs Havant III and held on to secure a 1 - 0 win at Smallbrook and keep up their promotion challenge. The ladies 2nd XI could only field nine players, but came away with a stunning 4 - 1 win at Winchester Academy, who boasted 15 players. Well done to both sides.
The men's sides though both faltered in their push for promotion, as the 1st XI, despite playing superbly, went down 5 - 3 at Southampton II.
The men's 2nd XI only played 55 minutes of their game against Romsey III at Smallbrook, but had to abandon the game. With the heavy wind and rain, plus fading light with no floodlights available, making seeing the ball almost impossible, the decision was taken to end the game early but the result stands.
All sides are back in action this weekend, and hoping the weather improves.
Unfortunately Ryde School have informed us there is an ongoing issue with the floodlights at Smallbrook Stadium, so training has been cancelled on 11 November.
The school say the fault should be fixed this week, so training is due to resume on Wednesday 18 November.
The Men's 1st XI continue to push for promotion from Hampshire II with a hard fought 3 - 2 win over Alton. The side were under strength but came back from 2 - 1 down to secure three valuable points.
The Men's 2nd XI were ruing bad luck as they led 5 - 4 at Tadley in the final minute, only to concede a penalty corner much to their frustration. Tadley almost inevitably scored it to share the spoils in what was a classic end to end game.
The Ladies 1st XI finally succumbed to defeat as they went down 1 - 0 at Southampton University in a tight match. However they too remain on course for a sustained promotion push and will be confident of returning to winning ways this weekend.
Our Ladies 2nd XI put in a much improved performance, boosted by the return of a number of players, and fought well in a 3 - 0 loss to West Meon. However, given their recent problems with getting a side out, this was an encouraging performance.
All our teams return to action this weekend.
It was another case of two wins and two draws for the senior teams this past weekend.
The men's 1st XI finally lost their 100% start to the season, slipping to a 5 - 3 defeat at Trojans III in a game where they never really got going. However they remain second in the table and well on course to maintain a promotion push.
The men's 2nd XI meanwhile racked up the goals in a convincing 10 - 1 win over Bournemouth V - that's now 21 goals in four games - which sees them also move into second place but they have a tough run of games coming up.
The ladies 1st XI remain top of the pile and boast the club's only unbeaten record, recording a 1 - 0 win at Haslemere II thanks to a Kate Ednay goal.
It was bad luck for the ladies 2nd XI though, as for the second time in succession they could only field eight players against a promotion chasing side. They went down to a 12 - 0 defeat to Haslemere III, but despite the scoreline they caused the visitors plenty of problems at times.
All teams are back in action this coming weekend.
There were plenty of goals and two wins as both our men's sides played out thrilling games at Smallbrook.
First up were the 1st XI who smashed a stunned Salisbury side 11 - 1 with hat tricks for three players. That win leaves the Island still top of Hampshire II, level with Haslemere.
The 2nd XI were involved in a real dogfight with Winchester VI, having led 2 - 0 only to find themselves 3 - 2 down. They battled back to level twice more, and with the game heading for a 4 - 4 draw, a late strike saw them home 5 - 4.
The ladies has a weekend off, but all our teams are back in action on 31 October. See the fixtures page for more info.
There were three matches held on 17 October, with a win, a draw and a loss.
The men's 1st XI remain with a 100% record, beating New Forest 5 - 1 in Lymington.
The ladies 1s secured an impressive 1 - 1 draw with Hamble, who were playing two divisions above the team last season.
The ladies 2s struggled for players, fielding only nine and at one point seven due to injury and illness in the game, but managed to fulfill their game at Gosport II and went down 12 - 0 but deserve credit.
The men's 2s match at home to Winchester VI was postponed to Saturday 24th.
It was a mixed bag for our senior teams with two wins and two losses.
The men's 1s went top of Hampshire 2 with a thrilling 7 - 5 win over Portsmouth & Southsea I in what was a home game - in Portsmouth. The ladies meanwhile maintained top spot in their Hampshire 2 with a narrow 1 - 0 win at Fareham II.
Our 2nd XIs however slipped to defeats, with the men's 2s not playing at their best in a 2 - 0 loss at Fleet & Ewshot III, while the Ladies 2s lost 6 - 1 at home to Portsmouth University.
All teams are back in action this weekend. You can read match reports in the fixtures section.
Both men's teams got off to winning starts at the weekend in their respective leagues.
The men's 1st XI recovered from 2 - 0 down to beat Winchester III, with Liam Roberts netting all four goals. The 2nd XI were involved in a high scoring game, beating Lavant 6 - 2 with a hat trick for Aaron Baker, two for Barry Lloyd and a strike for Simon Butler.
The ladies 1s are top of their division are a last minute goal from Jaimie Unsworth secured a 4 - 3 win over Eastleigh at Smallbrook. The side were 3 - 0 up only to be pegged back, but Unsworth had the last laugh.
Unfortunately the ladies 2nd XI were forced to concede their game at Southampton V, but will be back in action this coming Saturday.
A good weekend all round saw all teams unbeaten. League action saw the Ladies 1s battle to a 2 - 2 draw at Portsmouth & Southsea 1s with goals from Holly Newton and Saffi Hart.
The Ladies 2s got their league campaign underway with a win, beating Porsmouth & Southsea II 2 - 0 with strikes for Hannah Seaman and Louise Simmonds.
The men's sides both picked up wins vs Alton, with the 1s winning 8 - 0 vs Alton 1s, and the men's 2s coming from behind to beat Alton 2s 4 - 3. Goals for Liam Roberts (4), Adam Payne (2) and Colin Simmonds (2) for the 1st XI, with two goals apiece for Carl Joyce and Barry Lloyd for the second XI.
The Ladies 1s got off to a winning start, with new captain Kate Ednay (Edders) grabbing a hat trick in a 5 - 2 win over Winchester II.
The Ladies II game vs Aldershot & Farnham was postponed until later in the season.
There was mixed news for the mens sides in their penultimate friendlies, as the 1s beat Hamble II 5 - 2 in coach Richard Christensen's first match, while the 2s went down 3 - 2 at City of Portsmouth IV.
A mixed team made up of men's 1s and 2s players returned with a comfortable 7 - 1 win at Romsey III on Saturday 5 September.
A good work out for the team, which gave new captain's Tom Young and Carl Joyce a chance to experiment with formations and positions.
A first half hat trick from Simon Butler, a Colin Simmonds strike and a second half trio for Tom sealed the win against a good Romsey side, who should be credited for the spirit in which they played the game.
See a full list of fixtures in the Fixtures section.
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