HOCKEY PICTURES: Ladies 1st XI slideshow

Vintage team through to next round of national shield

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club

Nicki Siarbawa on her way to a hat-trick against Bromsgrove for the ladies 1st XI on Saturday    PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Nicki Siarbawa on her way to a hat-trick against Bromsgrove for the ladies 1st XI on Saturday PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

REWHC Vintage XI 6

Prescot 0

Playing in the first round of the England Hockey Over 50s Masters Shield was a new experience for everyone and being drawn away to a team in St Helens tested the resolve of many who found other things to do. The eleven that went had a thoroughly enjoyable day and came back with a brilliant result.

Captain/manager and stand-in keeper Jon Bass was delighted to reach half time without a shot to save and his team 2–0 ahead. Bass was forced into action twice in the second half and managed to keep the ball out. The rest of the team did a brilliant job, scoring another four to earn a comprehensive victory.

Vintage team (back from left) Chris Dickinson, Keith Slaughter, Guy Smith, David Assheton , David Robson and Gareth Naylor . (Front) Jon Bass, Clive Nicholson, Richard Allan, Paul Nicholson and David Thompson.

Vintage team (back from left) Chris Dickinson, Keith Slaughter, Guy Smith, David Assheton , David Robson and Gareth Naylor . (Front) Jon Bass, Clive Nicholson, Richard Allan, Paul Nicholson and David Thompson.

Goals were scored by Guy Smith (3) David Thompson (2) and one of the babies of the team Keith Slaughter. With an average age of 55 these old boys did the club proud, with the next round scheduled for January 22.

Northampton Saints 1

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 4

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 10

Khalsa 0

Rugby managed to keep their heads as they dominated a physical Khalsa side. Andy Sellers scored four and Liam Brown three, while George Gutteridge, Chris Harding and Tom Carter all hit one apiece.

Edgbaston 3

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 2

A Matt Nobes hat-trick was on the cards but Rugby didn’t turn up until the second half when they were already 2-0 down. Captain Nick Foster had a little word at half time and Rugby sprung in to action, Gaz Unett scoring both goals following a club record of 109 attacking short corners.

Rugby pulled it back to 2-2 but Edgbaston destroyed hopes of a Rugby come back with a goal of their own.

Honourable mentions to Jack Murphy (Man of the Match), Tom Barker, Robert Best, Tom Webb and John Lumb for good performances.

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 4

Birmingham University 6

After a close first 15 minutes the Uni stepped up the pressure and scored four goals inside the next 20 minutes. At the end of the first half it was 4-0 to Birmingham and the heads of the Rugby players were down.

After a positive team talk by Paul, Nick took the ball from the last defender and slotted it under the keeper. Soon after Birmingham scored from a well-worked short corner to retain the four-goal lead.

Gregory Sinnett scored one more back for Rugby for crossing the ball and their defender putting it home. Paul hit Rugby’s third from a swing and a miss then putting the ball in the top corner and Calum Mackay scored Rugby’s last of the game. Man of the Match went to Nick and Connor for all round good games.

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 2

Burton 3

Leicester 3

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 2

A good start involved many good saves from Matt and Rugby winning the majority of the 50-50s, which led to a hopeful ball from Max eventually finding Sam B who slotted it past the keeper on his 6th team debut.

Shortly after, Toby threaded the ball through to Harry after a good dribbling run, and Harry finished it from a tight angle in his first mens’ team game for Rugby, for 2-0 at half time.

Unfortunately Leicester pulled two back and Andy had to come off with an injury, leaving Rugby with no subs.

This led to Rugby eventually conceding a third goal. Despite the best efforts of Man of the Match Ross, whose work rate was exceptional throughout at right back, Rugby fell to yet another another defeat, and will hope to bounce back in the second half of the season.

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 1

Loughborough Town 1

Table topping Loughborough came to Hart Field with a 100% win record and immediately put the 7ths under pressure, but Dave R, Nick A, Jim B and Fin R stood firm. Neil C’s Achilles injury meant some hasty reorganisation but with some crucial saves from Richard A it was 0-0 at half-time.

The 7ths came into the game more, but Loughborough took the lead with a cross that was deflected into the net.

The two Guys linked together, but the shot from Smith blazed just wide. From a penalty corner Clive’s shot was deflected into the roof of the net by Guy S to level the score, great goal.

JT, Josh R, Henry B and Chumley W did an immense amount of work in midfield and Clive put in a great performance to marshal the midfield.

This result maintained the 7ths unbeaten run, becoming the only unbeaten team in the club.

REWHC Ladies 1st XI 4

Bromsgrove 0

Man of the match Nicki Siarbawa scored a hat-trick, with the other goal from Hannah Allroggen.

Rugby have a five-point lead at the top of the table with eight wins from their nine games.

REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 5

Berkswell 0

It has taken a little while for everything to ‘click’, but this was a fantastic team performance, with lots of short quick passes and working hard to support each other.

Rachel won the toss for only the second time this season and Rugby scored a couple of early goals, despite playing into the sun. The defence had a great game and worked as a unit, covering each other and communicating constantly. Lydia had a cracking debut for the club making some great saves.

Mary scored from the penalty spot, Lara scored as a result of a cross from the right, after the keeper kicked the ball up into Ellen and it dropped down.

Ellen hit the third, showing great composure to round the keeper and reverse sweep it in. Emma made it 4-0 with a straight strike from a penalty corner and Lou-Lou hit the last. Man of the Match: Ellen.

REWHC Mixed XI 3

Boots Mixed 0

The summer mixed team beat Boots 3-0 in the preliminary round of the EH Mixed Trophy with goals from Charlie Woolliscroft, Lilla Gane and Dan Harris.

Fixtures Saturday (December 3)

M1 v Stone – 1400 – Hart Field

M2 v Leek - away

M3 v B’ham Uni – 1200 – Rugby School

M4 v L’borough Students - away

M5 v Boots - away

M6 v Coalville – 1530 – Hart Field

M7 – no league fixture

L1 – No league fixture

L2 v Leamington - away

L3 v Berkswell – 1000 – Bilton High