Game Day – Bradford are on the road again

It’s Saturday which means we have an action packed day full of hockey. We have 5 teams playing today all over Yorkshire. Bradford Hockey Club have been working closing with University of Bradford Hockey team and we’ve been able to get 6 university players to join the club as we look grow hockey within the city centre. We have a few old boys and girls already in the club but having new faces from the university will defiantly help the club achieve great things this season and hopefully more in the future.

First Team Mens

Second Team Mens

Third Team Mens

First Team Ladies

Development Team

Good luck to everyone involved today!! Please follow covid-19 guidelines this will help us ensure we can continue to play hockey.

COME ON BRADFORD!!!!

Bradford roar through the first week of fixtures on the road!!

First week back at hockey, with Covid restricting Bradford Hockey Club to having to look at alternative options to toilets meant we had to rearrange our games to be away fixtures. We would like to thank those clubs for helping us out by allowing us to travel to their venues!

1st team won 3-2 away

2nd team won 3-2 away

3rd team won 3-1 away

1st team Ladies drew 1-1 away

First Team Men’s Report

Whitley Bay HC 2-3 Bradford HC
An eventful 246 mile round trip, £3.60 contribution to the Tyne Tunnel funds and Leakey  having a positive masked conversation with the old bill made for a great day up in the North East.
So to the game and having played well and won comfortably in the two warm up games against Ben Rhydding and Wilmslow this was a different task. From the start Whitley Bay pressed high and gave Bradford little to no time to settle on the ball or get into any kind of rhythm.
However swift transfer of the ball from the right to the left starting with Leakey to Thomas to Guy to Oliver who then in one superb sweep of the ball down the left edge to Matt cutting the Whitley Bay side apart and neat ball into Bilal and a reverse stick pass to James out wide opened the scoring.
Great use of the bench from Danny rotating players gave Bradford an extra edge and Jacob came on to add extra zest to the defense and also in attack probing down the right and the second goal soon came with Max finishing neatly.

Whitley Bay settled again and pressed, resulting in a swift reply however great work again this time in the middle from G, Charlie and Bilal and Isaac led to Jordan finding space to force a penalty corner and from this Charlie slotted home.
2-3 at half time and that’s how the game finished, with Danny commanding in goal taking control of the ‘D’ and even had time to have several deep discussions with the umpire. Bradford saw the game out and 3 points in the bag.
A great performance, described by the two Bradford supporters on the hill as absorbing, pulsating, fast and furious (and that was just in reference to Danny and Richard on the sidelines)
All players outstanding.
Thank you to Del for umpiring – never an easy job but gets a 10/10 from me.
Roll on Leeds Adel next week.

Second Team Men’s Reports

BHC 2s travelled the long distance to Slazenger hockey club on Saturday without any friendly matches before hand to shake off the rust and embed new junior players into the seconds style of play. Having gone from being a title challenging team year on year to a fairly difficult season last season the giant step up from division three to one showed just how much harder it would be for the team and so for the first time in over a decade the senior members of the club have been attending training and spells of the game showed that the benefit was starting to be realised (even if only a little).

Bradford started the game the quicker of the two teams settling in and building up play relatively well. Winning the first of four short corners inside five minutes with Richard Harpin receiving the short and placing it in the bottom right corner of the goal.

The game remained close with both teams battling it out in the middle of the pitch more than anywhere else with some solid defending and releases from the back particularly from Harman Sandhu and Dave Carter.

A momentary lapse at the back for Bradford allowed Slazenger to creep in and pull level closely with ten minutes of the half remaining closely followed by a Slazenger second not long after Mark ‘Magnus’ Backhouse had deflected a goal bound Slazenger chance around the post for a short corner. Just before the half was up Bradford found themselves attacking again and the ball fell across the D to Ben Chapman waiting to take his opportunity and finish the half 2-2.

The second half was very similar to the first Again with JC, Magnus and Simon Hinchcliffe managing to break down the Slazenger attacks with a number of strong tackles then allowing Bradford to counter attack through the very pacey Jonny Hammill, Joseph Doyle and the tricky Manny Barber often petering out at the 25 and being unlucky not to break in to the D.

Bradford won their fourth short corner with ten minutes left the ball fed out to Manny Barber who quickly slipped the ball through the approaching defenders for Nick Hayes to deflect the ball past the keeper and the postman.

The remaining ten seemed to drag on and on with a few further chances for Slazenger and a final short corner given just on the stroke of full time which eventually led to nothing and an end result of 3-2 to the men’s 2s.

For a side that hadn’t played any proper hockey since the start of March much of the game was promising and as the sharpness returns hopefully the results will continue.

MOTM – Bob Terry for making numerous saves and managing the defensive line. Close contenders Mark Backhouse and JC.

Third Team Men’s Report

A scrappy start with both sides showing signs of rust Wakefield built pressure with a number of short corners in quick succession, they finally converted from a short corner after a scramble in the D. This was the wake up Bradford needed as they managed to take the game to Wakefield. The pressure told just before the end of the half with Matt hill getting his debut goal for the club. The 2nd half started with Bradford pressing Wakefield further and further back, they soaked up the pressure and posed a threat on the break, the 3rds finally managed to take the lead with Kieran Humphreys bundling the ball in after another scramble in the D, Bradford added a deserved third with the last touch of the game with Rob Willis tapping in the ball from a Bradford short corner.

First Team Ladies Report

Great 1-1 draw for Bradford Ladies 1sts on Saturday against Thirsk Ladies 4s. The match was fairly even with bradford having a few chances in the first half from Michelle Welch’s speed as left forward and some great link up play by Emma W. However unfortunately bradford were 1-0 down at half time despite a few good saves from the Thirsk keeper and some unlucky short corners from Amanda’s strike just missing the post. The second half was fairly evenly matched and after some close plays around both goals, Emma H snuck one in for bradford from a great play by Romany as right forward, leaving the score 1-1. The match ended 1-1 with some great defending from Smithy and Hannah and some excellent saves from Beth keeping Bradford’s clean sheet in the dying minutes of the second half.

Massive thank you for all those that took the time and effort of writing these. These kind gestures is what the club needs to continue growing. We have another action packed weekend coming up watch this space!!!!

New Head Coach Interview – Daniel Stubley

Daniel has been with the club for 16 seasons now. He started as player coming through the Youth ranks starting at Under 12s and reaching Under 16s. Danny has played indoor and outdoor hockey which has helped him over the years to develop all the core stills for hockey. Danny has also represented senior men’s teams from the 1st team to the Development team, whilst playing Danny also took a passion for umpiring working his way through the umpire pathway as a 14 year old umpiring from Under 10’s games to High Performance Centre games, he has also umpired at Yorkshire Premier Division. Danny decided to call time on playing and umpiring and focus on the coaching which he has worked hard on and obtained his Level 2 coaching badge in 2019. Before he got his Level 2 Danny had been coaching the junior section of the club and also coaching the ladies team for 3 years. Danny received a lot of compliments about his style of coaching and player management, the committee of the club and the head coach at the time (Stuart Harrison) agreed that Danny was the man for the future of the club.

We have been lucky enough to ask him a few questions on how he feels about becoming the new head coach and some targets he has set out.

How do you feel about getting the role of Club Coach?

Happy and nervous. Happy because the work I’ve put in but nervous because Stuart has done a lot of great work and it’s not easy to follow. 

Why did you start coaching? 

Playing was becoming more and more difficult for me, I wanted to stay involved and coaching was a natural step for me.

Over the next 3 years where do you want Bradford Men’s Ladies and Juniors to be?

I would like at least one men’s team to be promoted over the next three years, the ladies to take back their spot in div 4 and to be able to compete regularly at each age group for juniors.

In the past where have you coached? 

Bradford HC for a number of years, WY academy centre and recently Bingley HC.

What have been some of the challenges you have faced coming through the coaching system?

Initially learning that not everyone finds things easy, not everyone has the same skill-set and finding different ways to get information across.

This will be your 1st year coaching a mens 1st team. How does this make you feel and what are your expectations?

Happy for the opportunity but not sure what to expect this season. Covid has made it so the upcoming season will be very different, with there likely to be little to no pre-season we will have to see.

What would you see as a successful year for the club?

Realistically, men’s 1 & 2 holding their position in the leagues, men’s 3 & ladies 1 pushing for promotion.

Action Packed Saturday

A full day of hockey away from Bradford this week as we are still looking for toilet facilities on the premises. This however has not stopped the committee working tirelessly to get hockey played this Saturday. A massive thank you must go to Lesley Welch for looking at the options for portable toilets and being close to solving the problem. Another massive thank you must go to Paul Bateson who has been emailing away asking for rearrangements for every team and being successful for this weekend. Us players and coaching are very grateful.

Fixtures this weekend:

1st Team Men: Travel to Whiteley Bay & Tynemouth to play their their 1st league game as champions from last season and being promoted into North League East Div2 Men 2020/21.

2nd Team Men: Travel to Slazengers to play their 1st game of the season in Yorkshire Division 1

3rd Team Men: Travel to Wakefield in their first game of the season in Yorkshire Division 5 North.

1st Team Ladies: Travel to Thirsk for their 1st game of the season in Yorkshire Division 5 North.

Good luck to everyone playing, coaching, umpiring and spectating. We would like to you all to please follow the social distancing rules whilst at your games this weekend. Stay safe, play well and Have Fun!!!

Sunday Supplement

Yesterday marked the start of what may be a very strange season, when a BHC side took to the field for the first time since lockdown in a friendly at Ben Rhydding, so this felt like a good point to start with the regular Sunday morning update. We won , 6-3 against a blended BRHC 1’s and 2’s – what great way to start a season.


Here’s what we know about the likely pattern of getting back to hockey:

BGGS

Thanks to all who have worked on the documentation and processes we need to have in place to meet the required conditions from EH and BGGS to get back on the pitch. The school have now cleared us to resume training and game play within covid guidance and restrictions, but will not grant us access to the toilets. Lesley is kindly looking into portaloos (!) as an option.

TRAINING

Our intention is to return to training imminently (this week or next, watch this space). It was fairly apparent from yesterday’s game that stick and ball skills come back pretty quickly, though lung and muscle capacity takes a little longer, so to reduce the risk of muscle tears or respiratory difficulty, the sooner we can offer training the better.

PLAYER SIGN UP

The majority of players have signed up through the EH Participation link, though there are a few missing. I’ll email squad leads separately with lists so you can do a bit of chasing up of those still to sign up.

Return to Play

RETURN TO PLAY (FINALLY!)

BGGS have accepted our return to play plans and we are very happy to say that training will resume on Tuesday 22nd September for seniors and Friday 25th September for Juniors. Due to Bradford’s ongoing status as a high-risk area training and games will look slightly different, details on training are below and match-day details will follow once Yorkshire Hockey have confirmed a date for league play to resume.

The main points to be aware of are:

– Senior training will run on a Tuesday and Thursday with anyone able to attend on either night, the pitch will be split into four groups to allow for socially distanced training. Due to the area having ongoing additional restrictions, each group will be limited to 8 players and groups will not change over the session (see below).

– Sessions will run from 7-8pm and 8-9pm on each night to allow for flexibility and to accommodate as many players as possible. In line with EH guidance, you must book sessions in advance and indicate your preference of night & time e.g. Tuesday 7-8pm/Thursday 8-9pm (if you wish to train for two hours please do say, however be aware there may be nights where it is not possible to do so). This will be reviewed as the situation in Bradford changes.

– Please arrive in good time before your session as changing rooms will not be open, social distance as per Gov. guidelines when not on the pitch and wherever possible use only your own equipment. On arrival a one-way system is in place (see below)

– To begin with sessions can be booked by contacting me with the information above by email (Daniel.stubley@gmail.com) or via Facebook messenger. We are exploring booking apps which tie in with EH’s track & trace guidelines to simplify the process! We appreciate that things will look and feel slightly different, however safely returning to play is our priority and we hope to see you all back on the pitch soon!

Team News on friendly with Ben Rhydding

The first hockey match for Bradford Hockey Club starts this Saturday with the first team travelling to Ben Rhydding. A new coach for the 1st team and some of our young and upcoming players getting a run out it should be an entertaining game.

We also have a development team game starting after the first team game, this is a great opportunity for our younger players to experience playing with adults. So many players through the years has benefited from playing in this team. If you are ever free adults could you offer your knowledge of the game to these players by helping out.

The players will be following a strict Covid-19 protocol which will see bibs allocated to each player and face masks for penalty corners designated to players. There will be no spitting on the floor or exchanging words with the umpires.

Having said all that the rivalry is still there and the lads are pumped up to get one over on our arch enemies.

If you know anyone who would like to sponsor the club, a team or the website we have a lot to offer. We are hoping to get some more sponsors so we can improve our website and club as we move forward. If you do please point them in my direct and we can see what we can do.

Please check out our website over the next few weeks for updates. Going forward we will be using the website and Bradford Hockey Club Facebook page. We will be using the senior and junior page for more in house club stuff.

Message of Support

Bradford Hockey Club would like to send their good wishes and support to all our members during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.We send our grateful thanks to anyone who is working in the key industries, and especially any of our members or their families who are working in health provision. You are our heroes, and should know that you are deeply appreciated.So to all of you, whether you are providing an essential service, working from home, self-isolating, social distancing, or are at home from school or university, please take care of yourselves and your families, and we look forward to seeing you all on the other side.

England Hockey suspends national hockey activity until 30 June 2020

England Hockey has today taken the decision to suspend all hockey activity until 30 June 2020.

Currently hockey activity is suspended until April 15 but, with the continuing social restrictions caused by Covid-19, this extension is pragmatic in the circumstances and provides clarity for our clubs, players, officials and volunteers. We have asked that this national position is replicated at a local level by counties, leagues and independent hockey providers.

It is hugely disappointing to curtail hockey activity in this way and there will be many league and cup competitions which will not now reach their natural conclusion. The implications of the decision affect different areas of England Hockey activity in different ways, details of which can be found below.

Finally, the health and wellbeing of those in the hockey community is our overriding concern so please follow the government guidance and stay safe. Please search #StayInWorkOut on social media for tips on how to stay active indoors.

Suspension of hockey activities

England Hockey and Yorkshire Hockey have suspended all hockey activity until April 15th at the earliest to prevent coronavirus. As a result, training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and junior training on Fridays will, sadly, be suspended until further notice.