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QuickSticks FREE Hockey Sessions for 6-11 Year Olds

Start Your Hockey Adventure Here………………         What is QuickSticks?  - Fun taster sessions for beginners: boys and girls  - Training of basic skills and games  - Sticks provided – just turn up and play!  - Friendly and experienced coaches and helpers When is it?  - The course of 6 sessions starts June 3rd 2017  - Runs for 6 consecutive Saturdays  - 09.45am – 11am How do we take part?  - To sign up just email:  Reference: WUBHC Quicksticks 2017 Where does it take place?  - Hosted at Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club  - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Coombe Lane, Bristol, Avon, BS9 2BJ.

Academy Club Day Report 2017

On April 21st 2017 the sun shone for the 2017 Academy Club Day. We held 2 tournaments for the U10s and U12 whilst the U8s played Quicksticks. Under 12s  4 mixed U12 teams demonstrated some excellent play and teamwork applying their skills developed over the season to play each other in a round robin series of 12 minute fixtures.  The team coached by Ian Coles were run away winners winning all 3 of their matches. It was then tight for the remaining places with each of the other sides tied on one victory.  The team coached by Jon Lane sneaked second place with 3rd and 4th places being decided by goals scored.  The team coached by Chris Gilbert came 3 and lastly the one coached by Jon Bower came 4th.  John Donald top scored with 4 goals. The day was the culmination of an excellent season with the age group notching up 60 goals between them and Harry Rosen led the way with 19 goals.  Alex Attryde was second with 15 goals and John Donald third with 13. Player of the season was tricky to determine.  The qualities if a fine hockey player go further than skill on the pitch. Team spirit, attitude, dedication,  commitment, availability are all part of being a great hockey player. One person has stood out and proven to be a really solid midfield player with the ability to encourage younger players around him and to score some goals. He also has an excellent  vision of the game and usually will comes off the pitch with ideas on what we might do differently in the next game. This person is John Donald.  Well done John. Special thanks to those who have been

What are you doing Sunday 28th May?

Here at Westbury hockey club we like to support charities as much as possible. We received a request from club man - Phil Clear.   Here is a little more information.. Welcome to Ryan’s next chapter… Ryan Bresnahan, our amazing son and brother, died very suddenly on 31 March 2010 of Meningitis B. He was a fit, healthy, caring, funny, gorgeous young man; he simply took our breath away. We lost him within an hour – we had no time to say goodbye. ‘a Life for a Cure’ was founded as both a legacy to Ryan and to help raise awareness and valuable funds in search of the ultimate vaccine. This Bristol charity run purely on a voluntary basis is simply about working together to stop other amazing young lives being lost to meningitis. Some good must come from losing Ryan. Huge thanks for your support. John, Michelle and Charlotte xxXx There is a PDF file which gives all the details of this event planned for Sunday 28th May 2017 Event Details - Click HERE

Westbury Vets bag 7 goals!

Match Report : David "Bomber" Harris A new look Vets team took on OB’s Vets on the upper home pitch at 1pm on 30th April 2017 ….a very different looking opposition side to the team that we played against 2 years ago (much younger). OB’s only had 10 men for the first 15 mins but throughout the first half Westbury dominated and kept possession really well. This led to 3 well taken goals and Westbury were cruising at the half way point. The second half saw OB’s come into the game more, but still couldn’t get past our new Keeper Adam Whitlock. Stout defending meant an excellent clean sheet and further goals were scored in the 2nd half to enjoy a 7-0 victory. We enjoyed drinks, sausage and chips back at the Dirty Duck after the game. Stampy and Jimmer were a solid back 2 pairing with Phil Clear, Terry Bennet and Roger substituting across the other defence positions. Mason and Bomber were central midfield and Jon Bower was right mid with the dynamic John Ludley on the left. TC, Shads and Jon Swann rotated up front. Vets debuts for TC, Shads, Mace, Jon Bower and Phil Clear. An excellent team effort – well done lads ! The scorers were Shads – 2 TC – 1 Jon Swann – 3 Stampy (yes Stampy !) – 1

Summer League 2017

We have 4 Summer League teams BlueBottles in Divison 1 - Click HERE for league table Angels in Divison 3 - Click HERE for league table Bishops in Divison 4 - Click HERE for league table Devils  in Divison 4 - Click HERE for league table There are the list of captains and more details on our "Summer League" page which is under the "Teams" menu button at the top. Each side takes part in the local Bristol & District Summer League -  Check out their web site for more information on the leagues An important page for the captains to check out is "How do I text in a result, as a captain?" Click HERE to understand what needs to happen and how to do it.  

1st Team promoted & champions!

Champions 2016/16 of the Championship league   Well after 8 years our first team are in Premier Division of the West of League. Promotion was secured a few weeks back, today was about adding the icing to the cake and being crowned League Champions!.. A good solid first half saw the team go into the break 4-0 up against City of Bath. Good link up play with slick passing, (even back out and around where needed) meant the result never really looked in doubt. The final score was 6-1     Amazing achievement for our 1sts. Champions of the Championship. Brilliant work lads. Also fantastic results for our 2nds, 3rds and 5ths to secure their position in their current league. Well done to all. Top effort from all. Club dinner next Friday is going to be large!  Club Chairman, Richard Beesley Booom, 6-1! League champions after 8 yrs, one of the best teams I've played in with THE best team spirit and 2 goals to finish off the year with 23 goals this season. Juniors at all levels looking v strong... What a future!!! Job done!!! WELL DONE WESTBURY HC Now for the beers! Club Coach, Joe Thomas  

Club Day is on Saturday 8th April

  Please note the date has changed to Saturday 8th April. Unfortunately every weekend in April clashes with the staggered school holidays in different authorities and the bank holidays. We have chosen the closest Saturday to the end of the season and hope that many of you will be able to join in. We usually spilt into eight teams with one player from each of the men's teams, one from each of the ladies' teams and a couple of Academy players in each side. This makes balanced teams and a chance for everybody to play with different club members. On the day registration starts at 12:00. At 12:30 we present the men's trophies to Team Players of the Year and Team Leading Goalscorers. At 12:45 we have the club photo. Games start at 1:00pm. There are usually two pools of four teams with cross over finals. The cost will be £10 seniors, £5 juniors. We hope that this year there will be a barbecue. The event finishes by 5:00pm. Look out for a Teamer message and Academy email (men's club) and a group email (ladies' club). Please respond so that we have a good idea of numbers. The teams can then be organised so that they have a balanced mix of players.

Westbury & UB HC appear in the Hockey Paper!

We are the first club in Bristol (even the West!) to hook up with the Hockey Paper which is dedicated to just hockey. We are starting to form a good link with the editor (Thanks also need to go to Martin Palmer for his time to help provide the wording which appeared. The aim was to show how hockey is booming, as we well know in Westbury from our strong Saturday sides to our very successful Academy section which has over 100 children attending weekly. We really are a club on the move. The story also showed the 3 generations of the Holliday family on the pitch - Another first for us as a club.    

Training is back 7th September

Hockey training starts up again... Date - Wednesday 7th September Colts 6:00-7:00pm 1sts & 2nds 7:00-8:30pm Rest of Club 8:30-10:00pm Venue - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex Please take a note of the times for the various sections of the club.  

Sunday Academy Sessions are back 4th September

We are starting the Sunday Academy sessions again.... Date - Sunday 4th September Time - 0930-1100 Where - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex   Who are they aimed at? We have a number of age groups within our growing Academy we start with U8s and go up to U16s. From here we feed into the senior teams. This is done with the guidance of the coaching staff and the parents. Please do check out our Academy pages on the web site. The "Academy Home page" is located HERE. We also have further updates being added soon, so please do check back often   We have online membership forms you can complete as well, one for each age group. There are located on the Membership page of the web site HERE