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Success for Ben Rhydding Masters Players this Summer

A COMPREHENSIVE 3-0 win for England Over-55s against Germany earlier this month in the final of the Exin Masters World Hockey Cup in Spain saw Ben Rhydding hockey player Andy Locke complete a clean sweep of medals.

That success means that he has secured National Cup, Divisional, Home Nations and World titles in one year, with Ben Rhydding, the North and the England sides respectively.

The England Over-55s side scored 26 goals and conceded only once on their way to the world title, during a tough 1-1 draw against Australia in which Locke sustained a broken nose.

Their shut outs included beating Wales 7-0, France 3-0, New Zealand 1-0, the USA 7-0 and Holland 3-0 on their way to the final win against Germany.

World Cup success with England completed an intensive period for Locke, which started with Ben Rhydding Men’s Over-50s team beating Isca in May at Lee Valley, to secure their third national title in the last five years.

Referring to the World Cup win, Locke enthused: “It was a really tough competition, playing many of the games in over 40 degrees of heat.

“Exin and Club Egara organised an amazing event with men’s and women’s teams aged 35 to 60 coming together from all over the world for the world’s largest ever international hockey event.

“Despite getting my nose smashed by a ball in the Australia game, some terrific care from the Spanish hospital in Terrassa meant I was able to play in the final.

“The win topped off an incredible year, but the overriding feeling I have is one of huge gratitude for the amazing friends I’ve made through the sport of hockey.”

Locke was not the only successful Ben Rhydding player in Spain. Rachel Doherty and Abigail Box, along with Issy MacDonald (team coach), were representing England at the Exin World Masters event in Terrassa.

The trio won bronze with the England Women’s Over 40s team, while Jo Ellis won gold with the England Women’s Over-35s team, who beat Australia 1-0 in the final.

Under 18 Girls – Runners Up Again

The large travelling support saw Rhydding get off to a flying start against last year’s runners up and favourites Reading, when Rafa Brandao-Lee opened the scoring with a rasping drag flick past their opponents’ international keeper.

The lead was short lived and Reading replied in clinical fashion when they pounced on a slow transfer in the Rhydding defence to force a penalty corner, which they equalised from.

Reading started to dominate the play. Despite last-ditch defending by Nisha Cant and Abi Prentice, Reading converted three more chances to lead 4-1 inside the first 22 minutes.

Rhydding’s captain Becky Hadfield moved into the centre of the defence in an attempt to stop the fast pace Reading attack, but it took time for her side to find any sort of rhythm.

Sophie Dale was key in Rhydding not conceding again before the break, while the tireless work of Fiona Crackles, Lucy Williams and Matty Jaggar in the midfield gave Rhydding hope.

Ella Mawson and Anna Pateman had chances late in the half but Rhydding generally struggled to create openings.

As Rhydding left the field for the half-time break, the relief was that the deficit was only three goals.

The second half saw a far more positive Rhydding take to the field. From the first whistle they pressed Reading and began to win possession deeper in their opponents’ half.

Brandao-Lee hit the post twice, Niamh Brennan had her shot saved before Kirsty McMillan won the ball from the Reading full back and played Lauren Ellwood in on goal.

The resulting reverse stick strike flew into the net and Rhydding were back in the game.

Despite the Yorkshire side having more possession and territory, Reading were still a threat on the break and repeatedly won penalty corners on their visits to the D.

Dale and the Rhydding defence held firm and began to find space out wide with Milly Fewlass-Jones, Julie Cumberland and Izzy Weir all attacking from deep.

Crackles began to show her class in midfield and kept the momentum going forward winning another penalty corner. Hadfield scored Rhydding’s third goal from the resulting well-worked penalty corner and with six minutes left the comeback was almost complete. As Rhydding pushed for the equaliser against a now less than comfortable Reading side that was digging deep to hold their lead.

The dramatic final minute saw another save from the Reading keeper and then a fast break to score their fifth and decisive goal with less than 30 seconds left.

The match ended 5-3 to Reading, but the Ben Rhydding girls, although disappointed, will be proud of their performance.

The silver medal is the girls second of a remarkable season. They narrowly missed out on the National Indoor title in January, losing by a single goal in the final.

Next season will see 12 of the 16 girls still eligible to play for the under-18s again, so there is optimism they can go one better next time.

Back to Hockey

Never played hockey or not played since school?

Come down to Ben Rhydding Sports Club for our ladies’ summer ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions.

All welcome. No need to book.

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Mens Over 50s – Masters Champions Again

Ben Rhydding’s over 50s team travelled to the Olympic Park Lee Valley Stadium to face Isca (Exeter) Hockey Club. Having won in 2014 and 2016 and losing in the final last year, it was a great achievement to make the final again. However, every member of the team felt that winning would be the only satisfying outcome.

On a baking hot day, the self induced pressure on captain Neill Moore and his team was immense. Isca had put the mighty Reading HC out of the competition to reach the final and were always going to be tough opponents.

The first half saw both teams struggle with the heat and the newly laid pitch. Ben Rhydding were uncharacteristically making mistakes that overturned possession. Fortunately the defence held firm with a series of vital last moment tackles from Andy Locke and sprightly goalkeeping from Paddy Hagan (cheered on by 15 specially clad Hagan fans). Neill Moore kept England’s Andy Bachelor contained and Neil Horsman and Hugh Lambert provided vital control and release points from defence.

Manager Richard “Butch” Terry kept the team as fresh as possible by use of the strong bench and in the second half Ben Rhydding got a better grip on the game. The quality that Ben Rhydding were able to deploy up front (Rob Ward, Billy Marwaha, Ian Cussons, Howard Pickard and Jonathan Till) meant that they were always in with a chance of scoring and the goal duly came from Ward after some slick passing and a finish that the keeper was never able to predict.

The last 15 minutes were naturally very tense but Isca were restricted to one shot on goal which hit the post. The fitness of Fraser Priestley and the sensible use of the bench meant that the midfield combinations of Brian Kempson, Jon Bray, Richard Pughe and Mark French maintained enough control and the clock was run down to secure a 1-0 victory.

Winning a third national title in 5 years by a club from modest sized town in the north of England is a massive achievement. Probably 3 massive achievements! The title isn’t just about the final, all the rounds matter as there are no second chances, so everyone who played in the competition this season made a key contribution. These players are: Paddy Hagan, Neill Moore, Andy Locke, Neil Horsman, Hugh Lambert, Fraser Priestley, Brian Kempson, Jon Bray, Richard Pughe, Billy Marwaha, Ian Cussons, Howard Pickard, Jonathan Till, Mark Westwood, Rob Ward, Mark French, David Cutter and David Habin.

Under 18 Girls – Runners Up in National Indoor Finals

Congratulations to the Under 18 Girls who returned from the  2018 National Indoor Finals with Silver Medals.

Many of us followed the action via Internet and were hanging on hoping for that final victory that would have been well deserved. The club are proud of the players and coaches as echoed in the many tweets and messages sent by club members.  It is always good to see Ben Rhydding feature on the England Hockey pages.

Mens Over 50s reach 4th Final in 5 years

Ben Rhydding Masters made it through to the England Hockey Over 50s Final for the fourth time in the last 5 years following a 5-1 win over Jersey.

The Final will take place at the Lea Valley Stadium on May 6th at 1.00pm against Isca.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the event, please visit our website here;

Girls Under 18s through to Semi-Final

Our Girls Under 18 team, who were runners up in the Indoor National Finals earlier this year, now have a chance to compete for a place in the Outdoors National Final after they beat Fylde 3-0 in the Quarter Final.

Scorers in the quarter final were Rafa in 1st half, then Izzy & Lauren in 2nd half.

Congratulations to all the squad.

The Semi-Final will take place at Ben Rhydding on Sunday April 8th at 1.30pm against Clifton Robinson.  All welcome