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Under 16 Girls – North Indoor Champions

Ben Rhydding’s U16 girls have become the first girls colts side in the club’s history to qualify for the National indoor finals.  At the North championships in Bradford on Saturday, the Ilkley side took on opposition from across the North of England, needing a top two finish in order to qualify for the National finals in January. 

Having had their first taste of indoor competitive hockey in last season’s competition, Ben Rhydding showed no sign of nerves as they notched up a 4-1 victory against Brooklands in their opening fixture, followed up with a confidence-boosting 4-0 victory over Thirsk. 

Local rivals Wakefield always prove tricky opposition, and an end to end game saw both sides go close to scoring, but it was Ben Rhydding who took the points with a smartly taken drag flick from Evie Malir.  

With maximum points from three games, Ben Rhydding were the team to beat, and Bowden piled on the pressure early on, equalising Rhydding’s opener and looking dangerous on the break.  Ben Rhydding soon regrouped, however, and were quickly back in charge, running out 4-1 winners with Bowden unable to respond. 

With national qualification all but secured, Ben Rhydding did not ease up, and ensured they finished the day on maximum points with victories over Huddersfield and Doncaster to top the group as North Champions. 

Goalkeeper Sophie Dale, supported by a defensive unit of Malir, Becky Hatfield and Rachel Scott conceded just three goals in six games, whilst Rhydding’s strikers Nisha Cant, Izzy Weir, Kirsty McMillan and Lucy Williams proved unstoppable, notching up 25 goals scored. 

Ben Rhydding now look forward to the National finals in Wolverhampton on 21/22 January.

October 3rd Newsletter

Last Saturday saw a goal fest on Coutances Way – some good and some not so good.

The Ladies 1s game against Belper was the highlight as they finished 6-1 winners. Six goalscorers in Ellis, Wilson, Whitehead, Cordukes, Trafford and Janzen. Meanwhile a ‘comp;acent’ Mens 1st team were undone by an on-fire recently promoted Lancaster & Morecambe 7-3. Full reports on the Ilkley Gazette website.

This Saturday the Ladies have the morning slots with the 3s entertaining Bingley Bees (10.330) and the 5s entertaining Northallerton at noon. Then the men takeover with the 4s at home to Wakefield at 1.30 and the 2s in their first league match of the season playing Sheffield Uni Bankers at 3pm.

The lower Mens teams are struggling to get teams out and there is a general plea to all those who might be thinking of playing this season to get a move on – or we might end up having to withdraw teams from the leagues. Please speak to James Snook or any team captain.

Don’t forget that the Mens section have a special offer of 50% off the annual sub for first time members.

Down Under Barbecue

There will be an informal social at the club on Saturday as you are invited to witness the demolishment of the Aussies in the Rugby – there will be a barbecue and plenty of (cheap) beer. The Barbecue will be available from about 7 and the game starts at 8.

Men’s training takes place on Wednesday evenings and new coach, Andrew Lorimer, is pleased with the numbers attending but is hoping to see a few more as the season goes on. 8.30pm – 10pm.
Subs are now due and should be paid as soon as possible – the deadline is Oct 31st. The Men’s section have a special offer this year for new joiners with a 50% discount on the annual sub. The Men’s section have also had to postpone some early season games due to unavailability. James Snook (, the new Chair of Selectors, and the team captains are keen to hear from all those who can play this season.

All the fixtures will be up on the website shortly. In the meantime they can be found on the Yorkshire Hockey Association website ( or at

Home games on Saturday

10.30am Ladies 3s v Bingley Bees
12.00 Ladies 5s v Northallerton
1.30pm Mens 4s v Wakefield 4s
3pm Mens 2s v Shedffield University Bankers 3s