W/c 04/01/2010

All training cancelled this week due to snow and frozen pitch.

– All matches on 09/01/2010 cancelled due to ongoing inclement weather.

Please keep checking www.huddersfielddragonshc.co.uk for update on training and next weeks matches.

Mid season Review

With Christmas marking the half way point of the season it seems like a good time to take a look at how Huddersfield have done so far in their first season as the Dragons.

It has been a good first half of the season that has seen plenty of thrills and spills. As a club there have been 280 goals scored and 246 conceded, With Jimmy Swinden(21) and Liz Green(20) leading the way individually. The Mens 1XI hold the accolade of most goals scored(47) but find themselves mid table due to also having conceded the most(51). With only 13 goals conceded the mens 2XI boast the best goals against but they are very closely followed by ladies 3XI(14) and the mens 5XI(15).

Currently two Dragons teams hold promotion spots, with neither topping their respective leagues. The mens 2XI having not dropped a point since late October and the Ladies 3XI find themselves sitting pretty in second after a fantastic 6 game winning streak. All other teams find themselves in mid-table, all with aspirations to push on and challenge in the title race. 

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With most leagues seeing only a few points separating top two to bottom two, all if definitely still to play for in the second half of the season. so as your head coach would say, Train hard, Play hard and WIN SOMETHING

Ladies 1XI (A) Bolton 10/10/2009

Bolton 5 – 0 HDHC

The score line read 5-0 to Bolton this week in what was another unlucky day for Huddersfield Dragons Ladies’ first team. The team, playing away, didn’t quite find their feet in time which led to a scrappy first Bolton goal and another from a break that caught the defense on the back foot.

A charged team talk at half time saw the Dragons come out in the second half looking like they had a lot more to give, and Kelly Fillingham’s distribution in the midfield and Michelle Dexter’s intelligent running up front led to several attempts on goal. However, the ball never found the back of the net. Bolton packed out the D for a third goal and hit the net again with an impressively angled strike from the back line to make it 3 then 4-0.

Despite the Dragons best efforts, the opposition ran away with the game and scored again in the final minutes. A disappointing day for the Dragons who will certainly be looking to hit back with a win next weekend.

Man of the match went to Rebecca Durrans for her tireless work in the midfield.

Player of match – Rebecca Durrans

Fool of day –

Goal(s) –

England beat Germans to win Eurohockey championships

Text from BBC website

Ashley Jackson scored twice as England’s men claimed their first ever EuroHockey Nations title, beating world and Olympic champions Germany 5-3.

Jackson opened the scoring before Christian Zeller equalised, only for captain Barry Middleton’s fine shot from an angle to make it 2-1.

Zeller made it 2-2 before setting up Jan-Marco Montag to put Germany 3-2 up.

Richard Mantell scored twice in quick succession in the second half before Jackson’s penalty sealed a famous win.

The teams had drawn 4-4 in the group stage, after England had led 4-2, and an increasingly desperate German side did its best to try and pull off another dramatic comeback.

But for all their efforts, the England backline stood firm and they held on for a well-deserved victory.

England’s only previous appearance in the final came in 1987, when a team including the likes of Sean Kerly lost on penalty strokes to the Netherlands.

England’s women had already won the bronze medal in their championship after beating Spain 2-1 on Saturday.

England women claim bronze

Text from BBC website

England’s women took bronze at the EuroHockey Nations Championships with a 2-1 win over Spain in Amstelveen. After losing their semi-final against Germany on a golden goal, England responded with a battling display in the bronze medal play-off. Goals in either half from Chloe Rogers and captain Kate Walsh won it, with Silvia Munoz getting one back to make it a nervous finish for England. Hosts the Netherlands took gold with a 3-2 victory over Germany in the final. Walsh said: “It wasn’t a great performance if I’m honest. It was probably our worst of the tournament and we made it tight for ourselves towards the end. “We’re pleased to have won the medal though; I think to have come out of this game without winning would have been devastating to us.” Head coach Danny Kerry agreed, saying: “It wasn’t a great team performance. We struggled to break down Spain and we were way off how we played against Germany in the semi final. “But it was a tough, tough game; it wasn’t pretty but the players stuck to the task and once we got our noses in front we were good enough to keep them there. “Overall, the players have applied themselves well for such a young side and they can look forward to some well earned rest now.”

England vs India

England men continue their home international season with a three test series against India at Birmingham university, dates are –

Wednesday 29th July @ 1830hrs

Friday 31st July @ 1830hrs

Sunday 2nd August @ 1100hrs

Prices start from £8 for concessions and £10 for Adults.

Why not see how the professionals play the  game.

To buy tickets –

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

First victim of new club claimed..

Huddersfield Dragons Hockey Club has it’s first injury ever. Dave Mills aka sicknote will be remembered in the clubs history from this day on.

On Thursday 23rd July 2009 during a men’s summer league game at Wakefield, Dave was poaching at the back post, all he needed to do was tap the ball home instead he decided to tear, actually no, snap his patella tendon.

It seems that Dave will now miss the start of the new season and will have to take up a coaching role instead (or maybe that’ll be the excuse he uses to get out of the house and down to the astro on a Saturday).

Although this is a serious injury that could end an athletes career ( don’t worry Dave) nobody is surprised as to which Dragon it has struck!!!

In all seriousness the club wishes Dave a quick and speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing him back playing soon.

In the news: Enter the Dragons after clubs merge

Copyright: Huddersfield Examiner

Published 24/06/2009

http://www.examiner.co.uk/sport-news/other-sports/2009/06/24/hockey-enter-the-dragons-after-clubs-merge-86081-23958954/

HUDDERSFIELD Dragons hockey club will be the new name and face of hockey in the area after the merger between two Huddersfield hockey clubs.

Lockwood Park ladies hockey club and Huddersfield men’s hockey club have joined forces to become one of the largest clubs in Yorkshire with 200 members.

After players from both teams successfully sanctioned the move, the club is now working towards becoming one of the most successful hockey sides in the region.

The news comes on the back of success for both the ladies and the men’s team.

Last season there was a major accomplishment for the men’s first team as they won the Yorkshire Premier League to gain promotion to the Northern League for the first time in their 109-year history.

The men’s second string also gained promotion to Yorkshire Division II.

On the ladies side, the second team won their division to gain promotion to Yorkshire Division V.

In total, there will be seven men’s teams, three ladies teams, two veteran sides, junior age groups ranging from under 10-18 and the Kirklees Girls Junior club.

The Dragons have their focus on the junior side this term.

Working closely with the Kirklees Development Team that visit local schools in order to try and develop the game of hockey, the club will be integrating the older juniors into the senior’s training sessions to help them progress into the open-age category.

Sponsorship is also on the agenda for the newly-formed club as they seek backers ranging from being the main club sponsor to pitch side advertising.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the team to any degree or any other information can find out more at www.huddersfielddragonshc.co.uk