Rover Junior Tournament – 8th/9th April at Cokethorpe School

 

As many of you will probably be aware, we have been running the annual Rover Tournament for many years, offering junior players throughout the country the chance to compete and gain valuable hockey experience in a friendly environment. For many young players it is the highlight of the hockey calendar and is always and excellent occasion. It also means great publicity for the club, attracts new young players and is a major fundraiser for the whole club. It takes place this year over the weekend of 8th/9th April at Cokethorpe School.  This is the 25th edition of the festival!

However the success of the tournament wouldn’t be possible without the work of volunteers and this year we are calling out to you to offer your help in organising the event. It is stressed that for most roles no hockey experience is necessary  so please help if you can – even one hour makes a difference.

 

Saturday 8th April (All times are to be confirmed)

9.15-11.40 Under 8.

12.15-2.35 Under 10. 

3.00-5.35 Under 12 Boys. 

Sunday 9th April (All times are to be confirmed)

9.15-12.30 Under 12 Girls

1.00-4.30 Under 14 Girls and U14 Boys (Played concurrently)

 

These are the jobs that we need help with:

 

Umpire Co-ordinator

An umpire coordinator who can sort out and organise umpires over the weekend is needed. You do not need umpiring experience for this it is purely an organisational role. It could be one person per each day.

 

Umpires

All the games are 7-a-side on half pitches with one umpire per pitch.  For any new umpires it’s great experience and it can be used for training.  We need as many as possible on both days – again just a couple of hours per person would be great.

 

Cake Stall helpers

At the tournament we have professional caterers but every year we have a cake and coffee stall with cakes donated by parents and friends.  We need lots of people over the weekend for one or two hours to help run the stall.  Of course if you can bake something and bring it along so much the better.  Easy job!  This rota is being organised by Charlotte Roberts (robertsfamilyoxford@gmail.com) so please contact her if you can help.

 

Scoring/Timekeeping:

A team of helpers on both days to take down scores, update the points table and sound the timing hooter is needed across the weekend. 

 

Merchandise

If anyone fancies taking on some merchandising duties – T-Shirts, socks etc. then please come forward.  We need generic items that would interest players and parents from all clubs.

 

Car Parking

We need a few people on Saturday 8th from 7.45 to 12.30 to help steer cars in the right direction.  You get to wear a fab Hi-Vis jacket and get respect from the incoming vehicles.

 

First Aiders

If you have a current first aid certificate and think you can dispense a little TLC to the odd minor injury please get in touch – again a two hour rota is what we are aiming for.

 

If you think you can help with any of these roles, or have any queries, please contact Nick Malden nick@oxfordhc.org  or 07889 693030

End of Season Ball: Save the Date! 13 May 2017

Hello All,

It’s that time of year again and I know you are all eagerly anticipating the ball! It’s taken a little longer this year with VENUE CHANGES! Full details will be issued imminently with ticket sales.

For now- please saved the date!

Saturday 13th May 2017 Oxford Spires 6.30 – Late “Dress to Impress”!

Ticket prices have been lowered to £35 AND you will be getting more for your money.

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Tim’s Funeral – Dress Code

We have been advised by Tim’s parents earlier today that they do not want Tim’s funeral to be a sombre affair. Accordingly they thought it would be nice if those attending, from the Hockey Club, wore their Club Hockey shirts or Hamster shirts (for those lucky enough to have them).

Tim Bence – Funeral Arrangements

Tim’s funeral will take place at 2pm at St Mary’s Church in Swinbrook, on Friday 3rd March 2017. 

Flowers are from family only. Donations in memory of Tim are for Oxford Hockey Club and the Royal Brompton Harefield Hospitals Charity. These may be left in the donation box or sent c/o Peter Smith & Son – Funeral Directors Ltd., 54 Newland, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3JG. (Please make cheques payable to either “Oxford Hockey Club” or “The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity”). 

There is very limited parking at the Church so if you are attending car sharing is essential. 

Tribute to Tim Bence

The crowd at the men's 7s match paying tribute to Tim

The crowd at the men’s 7s match paying tribute to Tim

There was a packed touchline at Brookes yesterday afternoon as players and umpires from across the club came together to pay their respects and celebrate the life of goalkeeper Tim Bence, who collapsed on pitch last weekend and later died. Tim’s parents Sylvia and Mike joined us, along with his aunts Tricia and Janet, to watch Tim’s team, the men’s 7s. Continue reading

Tim Bence

It is with a great deal of sadness that I am letting you know that during the men’s 7s game yesterday Tim Bence, our friend and goalkeeper, collapsed.  He received prompt medical care, but regrettably, despite all the doctors efforts, he passed away yesterday afternoon.

Tim has been a keen and enthusiastic member of the club for many years playing in goal for both the men’s and mixed sections and he readily endeared himself to both team members and opponents alike. He will be sorely missed by the club and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

As and when the funeral arrangements are received these details will be published as a news item on the club website.

Richard Oakes

Club Chair

 

Club Social – this Saturday (Jan 28th)

Live Music – THE DOGHOUSE BAND – Cricketers Arms, Cowley – 28 Jan 8 – 8.15pm

Jon Darnell (Captain Men’s 8s) take great pleasure in announcing a social event for all the club with a live band this Saturday.  This will be at the Cricketers Arms, Temple Road, Cowley  and we will be entertained by the immensely talented rock and blues group, “The Doghouse Band”.

The lead guitar and band leader is a mate of Jon’s and he promises a special and highly memorable show.  Their set is starting at about 9pm and the 8s are going to be in place for about 8.00 – 8.15pm.

Please come and join us to blow the froth off a few whilst treating the locals to stories of how every one of us was the best player on the pitch and was only cheated out of a hat-trick by being unselfish.  After 9, the stories fade away and music starts…..

https://doghouseblues.wordpress.com/influences/
See you all there!

 

Brookes Car Park Charges – Update

We have just been advised that the implementation date for Brookes Car Park charges has been postponed. It was due to be Monday (16th) – but all we have now been told is that there will be a delay before being introduced due to teething problems. Our Club Chair is in contact with Brookes and has asked for updates. Full details of the proposed charges and how to avoid them may be found here.