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Club News - Ladies Night, Men's Dinner, Club Day - Dates confirmed4 February 2016

Ladies Night confirmed as Friday 1st April and Men's Dinner confirmed as Friday 8th April. Details to follow.

Club day will be on Saturday 9th April. Junior club day in the morning followed by awards, and senior club day in the afternoon, followed by awards.

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Match Reports - Men's 5th XI v Rochford Casuals 12 February 2016
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Match Reports - Men's 6th XI v Waltham Forest Otters2 February 2016
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Match Reports - Tulse Hill & Dulwich U16 v U16 Girls1 February 2016
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Match Reports - Ladies' 3rd XI v Wapping 331 January 2016
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Match Reports - Cambridge City 2 v Men's 1st XI31 January 2016
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Match Reports - Ladies 1s Division 2 Indoor Tournament Day 129 January 2016

Chelmsford Ladies 1s saw themselves return to their former glory at the third, and final, weekend of this season’s indoor campaign. Although previously competitive participants in the prestigious Super 6s premier indoor league, after a few consecutive unsuccessful seasons, Chelmsford found themselves at an all-time low in the East Prem division at the beginning of December. However, a whirlwind tournament of wins resulted in promotion to the Division 2 South tournament at the beginning of January. Further success meant that Chelmsford finished within the top 3 for promotion into the Division 2 tournament in Bradford.

 

After a long journey up to Bradford on Friday evening, Chelmsford arrived at the Richard Dunn sports centre on Saturday morning already proud of their achievements. Demonstrating their orienteering capabilities, the team eventually made their way through the labyrinth of a sports hall and even restrained the tempting flumes in the Jungle Adventure Pool. However, the prize at the middle of the maze fell far short of expectations. A poorly lit and uneven pitch with holes and wonky boards awaited the far-travelled Essex explorers. Watching on as duct tape was applied to the holes, a mystified Chelmsford resolved to chase promotion over the weekend with the hope that Division 1 brought a better venue, ideally more conveniently located in a county with a rigorous pothole repair programme.

 

Nevertheless, similar to those facing Total Wipeout, Chelmsford entered their first game full of optimistic determination. Their opposition: the Army. As difficult to overcome as the Big Red Balls, this well-drilled team put Chelmsford through their paces. Taking the lead thanks to a sniper-trained short corner-taker, the Army were 3-1 up at half time. Avoiding the Sucker Punches and with the end zone in sight, Chelmsford started well after the second half. Goals from Annabel Driver, Thea Franklin and Sophie Green saw the final result standing at a hard fought 5-4. Outwitting the opposition with some outstanding field goals, Franklin’s incredible deflection into the roof of the goal helped Chelmsford to finish victorious in their first game.

 

Buoyant from their first victory, Chelmsford faced the equally challenging Beeston squad in their second game and started strong with a goal from Sophie Green in the second minute. Swiftly followed by another from Annabel Driver, the score stood at 2-0 just 8 minutes into the first half. A quick turnaround from Beeston saw the scoreline change dramatically by the end of the twenty minutes. Going into half time, Chelmsford were again down to their opponents. Undeterred and aware of Beeston’s weaknesses, Chelmsford kept their heads and within minutes of the restart had equalised. Stepping up to the plate, Green hit a homerun of a game and scored three further goals in the second half to bring the final score to 6-4 in Chelmsford’s favour.

 

At the end of the first day, Chelmsford retired to their hotel with two wins in their pocket and a mental map of the maze to help with the following day’s challenges. The team gladly welcomed a soak in the Jacuzzi, some remarkably large brownies and (for most of the team) an unbroken night of slumber.

 

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Match Reports - Upminster 1 v Ladies' 2nd XI29 January 2016
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Club News - CHC Ball 7th May - book your tickets now!28 January 2016
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Club News - 'Pitch for a pitch' fundraising presentation summary - PLEASE READ27 January 2016

If you couldn't make any of the recent 'Pitch for a 'Pitch' fundraising meetings at the club then click here for more details

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Match Reports - Men's 3rd XI v Wapping 527 January 2016
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Match Reports - Brentwood 4 v Ladies' 5th XI26 January 2016
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Match Reports - Southend & Benfleet 2 v Ladies' 5th XI26 January 2016
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Match Reports - Men's 1st XI v Havering 126 January 2016
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Match Reports - Ladies 1s Division 2 Indoor Tournament Day 226 January 2016

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Chelmsford started the second day of the Division 2 tournament with a game against Trojans. Despite an early goal from Driver, Trojans lived up to their name and worked diligently against Chelmsford’s press. A successful break saw them draw even just before the end of the first half. Yet, Chelmsford continued to play a mature and intelligent press to break down their opponents. An outstanding performance by Lynsey Warren in goal stopped numerous fast-paced and fierce (credit given where credit is due) attempts on goal by Trojans. The decision was eventually made to wheel out the cunning and crafty horse, also known as Annabel Driver, to quickly end the siege upon the Trojans. Once within the D, Driver let loose two more goals from within. An impressive reverse stick shot from Emily Davies decisively ended the war and destroyed the city of Troy with a 4-3 victory.

 

Standing strong with 4 wins, Chelmsford were well aware of the gravity of the next game against Stourport who were residing at the bottom of the table and yet to gain a point. A draw, just one point, would take Chelmsford into the promotion zone and Division 1. Sights firmly set, Chelmsford stepped onto the pitch and everything swiftly fell apart. An early goal for Stourport shook Chelmsford. A green card for Franklin minutes later, saw the green team a player and another goal down. Unable to clear their lines, another scrappy goal was awarded to Stourport and by half time, the score stood at an unbelievable 3 to 6th placed Stourport and 0 to 1st placed Chelmsford. Heads screwed on for the second half and determined to stop forcing the ball, the luck still seemed to be against Chelmsford with a goal disallowed and several opportunities missed. An incredible performance from the Stourport goalkeeper saw numerous attempts saved. Despite a fantastic save on the line and clearance by the unstoppable Philli Went, Chelmsford conceded two further goals and the score stood at 5-0 with mere minutes to go. A decision to go to kicking back resulted in two goals for Chelmsford in the last two minutes of the game. However, it was too little, too late and as the final whistle blew, Chelmsford were extremely disappointed with a 5-2 loss.

 

True to form, Chelmsford opted for the hard and treacherous road to victory over the simple and straight path. The last game was a must-win to secure promotion into Division 1 and despite the recent loss, the green team knew they deserved a spot in this league. Perhaps you hope I will write that Chelmsford found themselves facing an inexperienced and unknown opposition in their final game. I’m afraid this was not so. The opponents? Ipswich, of course. Long-time rivals and fellow East of England dwellers. Perhaps you hope I will write that Chelmsford had beaten Ipswich at the last indoor tournament. I’m afraid this too was not so. Nevertheless, Chelmsford had not travelled all the way to sunny Bradford to walk away empty handed. A strong and composed start led to a goal in the 6th minute for Davies from a well-executed short corner and Chelmsford nervously took the lead. Aware of Ipswich’s propensity to cause havoc, the focus was on building up play and maintaining an impassable press. Confidence built as Ipswich failed to break the greens down and at the end of the half, an incredible tackle and pass from Lizzie Holmes to Sophie Green led to a second goal. The second half began with Chelmsford determined to keep their lead and thanks to some unbelievable play and saves on the line from Captain Hayley Heggie, Chelmsford stayed at 2-0 ahead. With minutes to go, Chelmsford were still surging forward looking for goals and were unfortunate not to put away another. As the whistle blew, Ipswich were awarded a short corner. Saved on the line by Philli Went and her impassable stick, the umpire felt inclined to take pity on Ipswich and they were awarded a penalty stroke, which they scored with conviction. Chelmsford were past caring however as their hard work had been duly rewarded. A 2-1 win and promotion was in the bag despite the Stourport speed bump on the road!

 

Over their whole indoor campaign, Chelmsford surpassed even their own expectations and managed three promotions in one season. The journey from East Prem to Division 1 was achieved through hard work, commitment and enthusiasm over two months from each team member. Additionally, without the diligence of Coach Dave Messham and manager Gordon Heggie, such an impressive feat would not have been possible. A long journey home was made easy by an incredible victory which undoubtedly put Chelmsford back on the ‘indoor hockey map’… which FYI, is still 200 miles from Leeds.

 

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Match Reports - Tunbridge Wells U16A v U16 Girls26 January 2016
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Club News - Easter Junior Camps for 5-12s and 12-16s lead by Glenn Kirkham. Sign up NOW!25 January 2016

5-12s 2 day camp 4th-5th April. 9.30-3.30pm with early drop off and late pick up available.

£60 for 2 days. Contact sally.dalton@blueyonder.co.uk to book

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12-16s 2 day camp 6th April. 9.30-3.30pm with early drop off and late pick up available.

£30 for 1 day. Contact sally.dalton@blueyonder.co.uk to book

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Match Reports - Men's 1st XI v Cambridge University 125 January 2016
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Match Reports - Havering 4 v Men's 5th XI25 January 2016
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