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  • Annual Dinner / Dance and Awards Night 2024

    Fantastic 2023/2024 end of season celebrations at The Ardington Hotel, Worthing, followed by partying at The Vudu lounge. The perfect venue, fabulous food and what a wonderful time each and everyone had. Everyone made a massive effort and dressed up for the occasion.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great season and congratulations to our players of the season for each team.

    M1 Josh Appleton M2 Liam Struthers M3 Reece Matthews M4 Marc Taylor M5 Dave Scott

    M6 Nathan Keeley Wolves Ben Holliday W1 Ellie Chambers W2 Emily Keogh

    Awards 2024
  • End of season wrap up 2023/24

    Wow, what a season its been. Fielding 17 different teams from Under 10s to Over 50s, it has been a true ‘club’ season. Our Mens and Ladies 1st teams both finished mid table in their respective leagues, consolidating their positions ready for more high standard hockey next season.

    Across both Mens and Ladies teams we have had young players moving up through the club and performing brilliantly which is great as they are the future of the club. Strong finishes to the season moved Ladies 2s and Mens 5s up the leagues to safe league positions.

    On the junior side, the Wolves Boys development team had another strong season finishing in 2nd place with the Boys U14s and U16s finishing in creditable mid table positions in their first visit to the South East Sunday leagues.

    The U10 and U12 Boys and Girls had some great matches with the U12B achieving 2nd in the In2 Hockey Vase and 3rd in the Ron Easton tournament.

    The Mixed team enjoyed a cup run whilst the Mens O50s went a step further before being edged out in the England Hockey Championship Semi Final.

    Adding in a significant number of our juniors making the Sussex Academy and Sussex Championship squads, plus multiple social club matches and off the field social events – it has been a fantastic season – thank you to everyone at WHC !

    Mens 1st – South East Division 1 West : Position 6th

    Mens 2nd – South East Division 1 Martlets : Position 12th

    Mens 3rd – South East Division 2 Martlets : Position 6th

    Mens 4th – South East Division 3 Martlets : Position 3rd

    Mens 5th – South East Division 3 Martlets : Position 9th

    Mens 6th – South East Division 4 Martlets : Position 9th

    Ladies 1st – South East Division 1 Martlets : Position 8th

    Ladies 2nd – South East Division 3 : Martlets : Position 7th

    Wolves – Sussex Boys Development League : Position 2nd

    Boys U14 – South East Tier 3 Pool B : Position 5th

    Boys U16 – South East Tier 3 : Position 7th

    Mixed – England Hockey Mixed Tier 2 Championships : Round 3

    Mens O50s – England Hockey O50s Tier 2 Championships : Semi Final

    Boys U10s : Interclub tournaments

    Girls U10s : Interclub tournaments, In2 Vase Quarter Final

    Boys U12s : Interclub tournaments, In2 Vase Runners Up, Ron Easton 3rd place

    Girls U12s : Interclub tournaments, In2 Vase 3rd place

  • Meet our Sunday league teams and fantastic umpires

    Every weekend, Saturday and Sunday we are so lucky to have a team of fantastic umpires – thank you so much to you all – the games literally would not happen without you. Thank you. In addition to our Saturday league teams, we also have Sunday Mixed, O50s and Junior leagues / tournaments, covering Boys and Girls U10/U12, Boys U14 and Boys U16. The mixed and O50s play in the England Hockey Championships, the U10/U12s in the Sussex tournaments and U14s / U16s in the South East Sunday Tier leagues. It is great to see so many out enjoying their hockey across the weekends.

  • Meet our Saturday league teams

    Every Saturday through the season WHC has fielded 6 x Mens, 2 x Ladies and 1 x Junior Development teams. Come rain or shine, this fantastic group of players represent the club across Sussex and wider the South East region. Mens 1s compete in South East Division 1 West, the Mens and Ladies teams across the South East Markets leagues and the Sussex Junior Development leagues. Thank you and so great to see so many enjoying their hockey every week.

  • Super Sunday of tournament hockey for WHC

    What a fantastic weekend! #weareWHC #supersunday.

    After a full day of saturday league hockey, we were lucky enough to have our Mixed knockout and Mens O50 quarter final championship games held at our home pitch in Angmering on Sunday.

    The weather carried on in a very British style but it didn’t dampen the quality of hockey played.

    The mixed team did us proud with some exciting play in an extremely close match ending in a 1-2 defeat to Horsham.

    Our Mens O50s had a rather wet and cold game which was all worth it taking the 2-1 win meaning they secure a place in the semi finals in March. Great game, with lovely teas cooked by your Chairman and some wonderful comments from the opposition, Ocean City, Plymouth.

    “Hi Anthony. Thank you so much for the welcome you and Worthing HC gave to Ocean City yesterday. We really appreciated the effort you went to. What a great club you’ve got there. It’s opened my eyes to what is possible if you get the right people with the right mindset. Very best of luck for the future. I certainly hope our paths cross again. Brownie”

    Our U10/U12 Girls & Boys participated in the In2Hockey matches at Hurstpierpoint with plenty of wins, draws and goals. Great potential was shown with the Boys U12 taking the Vase runners up award which was a fantastic achievement.

    Sunday also saw our U16 boys continue in the South East league in combination with Horsham – narrowly losing out in an exciting and end to end 4-5 result against Sevenoaks.

    We thank everyone who gets involved and helps make these days such a success for Worthing Hockey Club.

  • Christmas Message from the Chair

    Message from the Chair.

    As we wrap up the first half of this season, I thought I would bring you up-to-date, having just had what I consider one of the best weekends personally at the hockey club with hard competitive play, even if all the results didn’t go in our favour.

    The 2 cup games with the spectators present on Sunday were especially enjoyable, resulting in 2 EHC cup wins for the mixed and 050 men’s, both hard fought and well deserved. Looking forward to the draw for the next rounds.

    I am particularly pleased with the way the club is pulling together. Particular thanks go to the people who run the clubhouse, both officially and behind-the-scenes, making the club the warm and inviting place it is to both socialise and play hockey.

    The team who organise and run the social aspect of the club are working particularly hard to ensure that at least once a month there is an organised event – with loads of exciting plans for the second half of the season and beyond. 

    The umpires who turn up week in and week out, many officiating multiple games over the weekend, are true heroes and I’m pleased to say that we’re now in position to start signing more umpires off once they have completed their online course. If anybody would like details of how to start their journey into umpiring, then please let me know, we can show you how.

    The various sections within the club,  ladies, men’s and juniors have seen the biggest influx of new players across the board that I have ever witnessed. The hard work of all those involved within these sections and the way new players and their families are welcomed into the Worthing hockey club family it’s a joy to see. I am particularly delighted with the way our junior section has doubled in size since September, showing the way forward for more competitive hockey within this section for the second half of the season and far beyond as this section continues to grow. I thoroughly enjoy the morning sessions on a Sunday, when I come down to witness the delight on the children’s faces, as they grasp the fundamentals of hockey, many of which will be future stars for the club. On this point due to the success and growth of the junior section, we are looking for volunteers to help with the admin of running some parts of this section. The club is looking for a number of junior coordinators. 

    1. Fixtures coordinator for the various tournament and games on a Sunday – U10/U12 girls and boys. One for each would be ideal
    2. Coordinator to manage the hosting of games and tournaments at the club on Sundays. 
    3. General admin for the whole Comets junior section, being a first point of contact, and then passing any necessary information, questions, or requests onto the relevant people within the club.

    The committee have now had half a season to get a firm grip on the club and you would not believe the hard work that every one of them has put in over the last six months. 

    Our coaching staff have really got to grips with the needs at the club and I’m delighted to say that we now have a level three coach within our ranks to help enhance and improve the already fantastic coaching facilities that we offer. Remember that coaching is included with your membership and everybody is welcome to use our evening coaching facilities.

    The next event at the club is the ‘Boxing day’ games on 30/12/23. Please see Teamo for full details.

    If you don’t follow the club on any of this social media channels, then you are missing out on some fabulous posts, with updates on what is happening at the club both on and off the pitch.

    The club only works when everybody pulls together, and we are always looking for more people who feel that they could enhance the club. If you feel there is something that you could contribute or help out with then as usual, please feel free to contact me at any time. 

    We’re also always looking for new sponsorship, especially targeted at the junior section. Various sponsorship packages are available.

    I will end this update by wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year or at the ‘Boxing Day’ games.

    Warmest Regards Ant

    07802202571

    antfuest@btconnect.com 

  • Meet our club captains : Mens John Massie, Ladies Michelle Payne

    Worthing Hockey Club is run by a large team of volunteers. We would like to introduce you to our committee starting with Mens Club Captain John Massie Jnr and Ladies Club Captain Michelle Payne (aka Bob).

    John Massie Jnr

    Men’s Club Captain, John Massie Jnr, has recently represented the club with great distinction at the England O50’s trials.

    Unfortunately, ‘Junior’ narrowly missed out on selection to the final squad, which reads as a who’s who of 1990’s National League legends!

    ‘Junior’ was introduced to hockey by his father, John Massie Snr, himself a player of some distinction. They arrived at Worthing Hockey Club in the early 1980’s after a family move from Maidstone. Junior was part of the WHC mini hockey set up, on grass, including a number of other youngsters with fathers within the senior teams…Lock, Collins, Edmondson & Neil-Smith. Some of those went on to be decent players!

    Johnnie quickly moved through the teams as a young player, from 5’s, to 3’s and eventually into his debut for the 1st XI in the late 80’s. From there he has gone on to be the 1st XI’s record appearance holder. He is the only player in the clubs history to have represented the 1st XI in five separate decades! An incredible stat brought about when he was called up to a game in 2020 and despite being in his late 40’s turned in his usual authoritative display.

    He is the current South East O50 captain, midfield dynamo for WHC O50’s and part time 2nd XI player. An incredible amount of service to our great club, we salute you Junior and hope to see you at the England O60’s trials in a few years’ time!

    And one of the nicest people you will meet. Legend.

    Michelle Payne (aka Bob)

    Michelle’s second reign as Ladies Club Captain.

    Michelle grew up in a very sporty family with a love of badminton, cricket & hockey.

    Michelle began playing hockey at college joining the local team playing mixed and ladies’ hockey for the University of Loughborough.

    After joining Penguin Hockey Club with her sister Julie, the pair moved to Worthing Hockey Club.

    Michelle’s Love of hockey saw her touring all over the country and overseas.

    Her loyalty and commitment to Worthing Hockey Club means she quickly became involved in roles throughout the club.

    We thank her for all the hard work, time, and effort she continues to put into our club.

  • 2023/24 Season First Quarter Report

    As we reach the end of Q1 2023/24 season – it’s a great time to reflect on what has already been a super busy period for WHC with lots of successes both on and off the pitch.

    Mens 1s sit 3rd in the league after 4 wins and 1 loss, just 1 point off top spot – whilst similarly with just 1 loss, Ladies 1s are 4th in the Martlets Division 1, great to see both teams having such a strong start to the season.

    Ladies 2s are 3rd in the Martlets Division 3 league with a great record of 2 wins from their first 4 games.

    On the Mens side, Men 2s who had a tough start in Martlets Division 1 playing the top 2 unbeaten teams are getting stronger week by week and the results are showing this. Mens 3s sit mid table in Div 2 recording 2 wins whilst Mens 4s are 2nd in Div 3 losing just 1 game so far. The Mens 5s are mid table in the same league with 2 wins and 2 losses (including the 4s v 5s local derby !). Mens 6s have also played some of the top teams in their league and lost a couple of games by 1 goal, so the results are just around the corner.

    Overall, a very positive start to the Mens and Ladies season as we move into the cup period with Mens O50s and Mixed teams in action during November.

    On the juniors side, the Wolves Boys Development team have a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat so far, with each game being close and competitive, bringing out the best in all of the players.

    The Girls U10s had a great start to the season winning their first tournament in Burgess Hill, whilst the Boys U12s had a fantastic first tournament of the season, improving in every game. Both teams are looking forward to more matches in November.

    Sunday Comets junior training has been growing each week, starting with 17 players in week 1 and growing to 42 by the end of October which is brilliant – the highlight was an amazing hockey Halloween party held during the half term holiday.

    The new boys U14s team in combination with Horsham drew their first game in the South East Tier 3 league with more games to come along with the Boys U16s who have matches lined up before Christmas.

    Off the pitch, the club hosted a great Halloween party as well as Rugby World Cup screenings and birthday celebrations.

    All in all – a great first quarter and looking forward to more to come before Christmas.

  • Worthing host firefighters charity match

    What a game ! Worthing HC Mixed XI took on the FireFighters in a charity match on Sunday. The Firefighters opened the scoring with Worthing coming back to pinch a 3-2 win in a really close, exciting match. A quick hose down and the Firefighters were back on duty – all in a days work ! Most importantly, the event raised £185 for the Firefighters charity. Awesome work everyone !

  • Andie’s Charity Golf Day raises funds for St.Barnabas House

    Ten teams took part in our annual golf day in memory of our dear friend Andie and to raise an incredible £2400 for St.Barnabas House – this fantastic event gets bigger and better each year – thank you to all who attended and supported the day.

    The day started at the clubhouse with breakfast, before the short journey to Rustington Golf Centre for the main event of the day ! 10 teams all keen to win, teed up in a Texas Scramble format where each player drives off and then the team must use the ball of each player in the team on at least 4 holes around the course to take their next shot – making it a true team game.

    With prizes for longest drive and nearest pin – coupled with the traditional cocktail at the 11th hole, it was a true club event enjoyed by everyone. Then it was back to the clubhouse for a fantastic curry, charity raffle and some celebration drinks as the sun set on a great day – same again next year – already booked for Saturday 29th June 2024 !

  • Christmas in June – yes you read that correctly !

    Tinsel, baubles, fairy lights and Mariah Carey… not usually things you’d associate with Summer, but due to frozen pitches preventing play at Christmas, Worthing Hockey Club were finally able to hold their Reindeer Fun Family Club Day at the start of June!

    Players of all ages from across the club took part in the fun and inclusive festive tournament, with some of the younger members getting their first taste of proper hockey. With festive tunes pumping across the pitch, players donned their reindeer antlers in the glorious sunshine and were able to celebrate Worthing HC raising £500 for Chestnut Tree House

  • League Results Review 2022/23

    What a season! We are so proud of our league teams across Mens, Ladies and Juniors – they have had a fantastic season.

    Ladies Teams : Final league standings: In their first promoted season, Ladies 1s finished 9th in South East Women’s Division 1 Martlets, whilst the Ladies 2s won the South East Women’s Division 4 Martlets gaining promotion, with the Ladies 3s, just behind in 3rd place. The Llamas U16 team won the Sussex Development League with an undefeated season – congratulations to all.

    Mens Teams : Final league standings : The Mens 1s finished 6th in the highly competitive South East Men’s Division 1 West, with the Mens 2s and 3s ending 9th and 8th respectively in the South East Men’s Division 1 Martlets. Mens 4s were 10th in Martlets Division 2, Mens 5s 5th in Division 3 and Mens M6 8th in Division 4. The Wolves U16 team finished 1st in the ‘original 12’ league, 4th in the subsequent ‘split top / bottom league’ and 2nd overall. Again congratulations to all.

    Our U10 / U12 boys and girls had a great season with many playing their first matches. The boys U10s were Runners Up in the In2 Hockey Vase tournaments with the U12 Boys and Girls both 3rd at the Ron Easton West tournament – brilliant season !