Awards from the 2015 AGM

Congratulations and well done to all of the Club’s awesome award winners.

Sarah Calderbank received the prestigious Chris Cowley Award for commitment and enthusiasm, well done Sarah!!

Jo Johnson, Captain's Player award winner.
Here’s Jo Johnson with her Captain’s Player Award.

Ruth Elliot got the award for 1st team Players Player and Karena Moore got captains player. Well done both!!

Andrea Rogers and Lindsay Vaughan shared the Club’s top goal scorer award.
Jo Johnson got Captain’s Player while Jen Lawson got Player’s Player.
Gina Stevens got the Chris Dennis award Club Member of the Year)

Gina with her Chris Dennis Award.
Gina Stevens won the Chris Dennis Award for 2015z
Holly, Young Player of 2015
Holly Spavold, Staveley Hockey Club’s Young Player of 2015; well done Holly!
Ruthand her 1st Team's Captain Award.
Ruth Elliott with her 1st Team Captain’s Player Award.
Sarah got the Chris Cowley Award for commitment and enthusiasm
Sarah Calderbank; Chris Cowley Award Winner!!

Matlock Baileans 4s vs Staveley 2nds – 14th March

It was a late start for our heroes with a chilly, 4pm pushback for a rescheduled Plate match. Yet another chance for us to prove plates are better than cups? Perhaps!

Staveley started strong, with some fantastic movement and passing through the midfield and were rewarded with some early breaks into the Matlock ‘D’. Keeping almost constant pressure on the Matlock team, Staveley dominated possession despite ‘Mary’s’ best efforts.

Matlock broke through every so often but were ably beaten back by defensive dream team Holly, Izzy, Rache and Sarah Duck. On the rare occasions Matlock penetrated the D, any shots were cleared by Fran, fresh out of goalie retirement.

Some strong work on the left from JoJo led to great runs up the field from Claire C but despite the pressure, and some great passes between Kelly and Gina in the middle, Staveley went off at half-time frustrated but buoyant at a so-far impressive appearance.

We knew that Matlock would come back strong after the break and the home team advantage started to show, with a very vocal sideline choir playing ‘twelfth man’ for the home team.

After some to and fro-ing, Matlock were awarded a short corner early in the second half, which despite great defensive work in closing down players and clearing the ball, turned into a second short. Lifted or not? That’s our weekly debate these days!

This time, Matlock’s luck held and an unfortunate deflection put them 1-0 up.

Jen continued to harry the right wing, battling through some defensive walls to get the ball through to Ruth, whose speed regularly foxed the Matlock defence, but we still couldn’t capitalise.

Matlock on the other hand, had fresh legs to call on and were able to make more of the breaks they had, converting a 2 on 1 attack into a cheeky goal. 2-0 to Matlock.

We battled on to the end, despite some very cold and tired legs but it wasn’t to be. Matlock move into the next round whilst Staveley 2s are officially out of the Plate competition.
It’s all about the cutlery for the rest of the season…!

Hard luck Staveley, we’ll get them next time.

Ilkeston Ladies vs Staveley 2nds -7th March 2015

After starting with 9 players (after one of us had to umpire, thanks Ysobel) we came out of the trap strong!!

An early penalty corner awarded to Ilkeston saw Staveley under pressure, but with a swift save off the goal line from Kelly T we knew it wouldn’t be easy!

It wasn’t long before one of Ilkeston’s attackers saw an opportunity and made a successful run for it making it 1-0.

10 minutes into the game and defender Holly took a big hit from an attacker right on the ankle bone! She made a heroic fall! In the words of Kelly T, “The force of the ball, swept Holly off of her feet!”.

With the game paused and the time stopped our favourite Ilkeston player, offered to give Holly a fireman’s lift to the side of the pitch, where first aid was administered and the appropriate sweets prescribed (Harribo Minions!) Sadly no more hockey for Holly today!

Back on with the game and ‘feet’ had a lot to answer for in today’s game!

There were many short corners awarded to Ilkeston and it was only a matter of time when one would end badly for Staveley. An unavoidable stop from Gina with her feet on the goal line, a penalty flick was given!

Great effort from Hannah but the first half ended 2-0.

The half time talk was very positive despite being 2 nil down. There had been some great team work, good passing, and spirits were high. The remaining Haribos were passed round and we ventured back out for the second half!

The afternoon had warmed up now and we were facing the sun! This was another point to add to our disadvantages! Finally, Staveley ladies were awarded a short corner due to feet in the D! Having not taken a penalty corner for 17 years!!!!, Jo Johnson (me) stepped up to the job!

A strong pass to Sarah and it went smack into the back of the net!

Unfortunately, although their umpire had said “Go”, the Ilkeston defenders had taken a vacation to LaLa land and the keeper didn’t even have her helmet on!

After a few stern words from me to their keeper having not taken kindly to being called a “bunch of idiots”, it was Gina who diffused the situation and a retake of the short corner was taken.

The rest of the game saw Staveley fight gallantly and the 5-0 defeat was not a true reflection of how Staveley ladies had played.

Ilkeston may have won, but against 8 players isn’t really much to be proud of!!! Bring on the next game!!!

Man of the Match awarded to the entire troop for fighting valiantly to the end.

Phoenix vs Staveley 2nds

This was Staveley’s first match back of 2015, and their first match in about 6 weeks due to cancellations because of bad weather.

After arriving at Woodlands, the Staveley team found that the previous match had overrun and had a good 30 minute wait to get on the pitch, which meant no time for a warm up. Some of the Staveley team were relieved at this.

After losing our previous game against Phoenix, Staveley expected a tough match, but it was to their surprise that the away side dominated the game and maintained possession for the first twenty minutes.

It was whilst Staveley was on the back foot that Phoenix scored their first goal. A rebound from an attempt at goal meant Phoenix broke away and sped down the wing, goalkeeper Hannah attempted a slide to save, but unfortunately couldn’t make it.

Staveley kept their heads up but it wasn’t enough to keep Phoenix from getting another in the net.

After half time team talks, it was decided that the ball needed to be in the ‘D’ to actually score. So this is what we worked on, whacking it in!

Staveley had some fantastic shots on goal, and on the whole played a brilliant game, but sadly the scoreline stopped at 2-0 at full time.

Holly got MOTM, well done.

In for the win!! Staveley 2nds vs Burton 3rds

By Grace Colley

Positivity was in the air at the start of today’s match v Burton 3rds thanks to a super win last week in the Plate competition and after watching a great performance from the Firsts earlier that morning.

Our normal ‘opening of the gate’ and ‘herding the sheep’ warmup was carried out by Gina as Sarah wasn’t here to herd the little fellas in. (Don’t think we closed the gate and they are still running riot on the pitch!! Hehe!!)

Looking very professional with a little white board and pen we all knew where we were meant to be and what our tactics were. We were ready!! 🙂

From the off we meant business and had some fantastic runs and shots on goal and it wasn’t long before the first goal went in. Can’t really describe the goals as being in defence I am normally at the other end of the pitch but I’m sure it was a fantastic goal from Niamh and another £5 in the pocket from her Dad!

Obviously I was counting sheep as it took along time for me to realise they only had 9!

Gina took the ball on a great run but unfortunately collided with Burton’s keeper who sustained an injury to the head. Kara saw the opportunity and leapt into action, securing Staveley’s second goal. 2-0 to the home team!

Another super shot by Kelly Thring saw another goal at the back of the net. She celebrated her goal despite significant pain from her wisdom teeth, you’re a trooper Kel!

At half time the Burton captain must have dialled 118 118 because a keeper and some hockey players turned up, which meant they now had a full team. We were concerned this might make the second half harder but nothing was going to spoil our day today. We played well as a team and had some fantastic play up and down the wings.

Jo put the ball in the back of the net but unfortunately it was disallowed for not travelling 5 before going in the D. Boo!

Unfortunately, Burton pulled a goal back during a Penalty Corner play but they couldn’t catch us.

The final whistle blew and everyone was ecstatic with the win. Smiles and tired looks on everyone’s faces.

A great result to end the first half of the season and we’re now 6th in the league tables. Well done Staveley 2’s!! Here’s to the second half of the season!!! A top half finish is well within our grasp!!!

A big thank you to everyone who came to support us on the sidelines this week. The cheering, support and positive comments really helped us along. 🙂

Final score Staveley 2nds 3 – Burton 1!

Man of the match: Jen

Plate game; Staveley 2nds vs Ashbourne 4s

Staveley’s ladies were ready to take on Ashbourne although the captain and 2 key players were nowhere to be seen just before pushback!
When we eventually arrived Calders shouted ‘1 min before pushback’. A quick run on the spot and we were ready.
Staveley started off really well with some great passing and runs up the wing we made many chances and soon Fran put one in the net. 1-0 Staveley!

Soon after we were in trouble with a short corner but our defenders where quick to dispose of it.

Gina took the ball from the half way line with support from Holly but no need as she took it all the way and put a fantastic goal in the back of the box…

After the second goal Staveley ladies thought that they had it in the bag and we started playing really sloppy.

At half time a new strategy was drilled in by our fantastic new coach Kelly.. and soon we found it working. Everyone was calling for the W…!

Ashbourne came out strong and were passing brilliantly and creating chances but we didn’t give up. And again a drive down the right hand side plus a ball through to Jen and somehow the goal keeper stepped over it and Staveley were 3-0 up!

The game came to an end but not before the captain got called to one side because Kelly T couldn’t keep her mouth shut and apparently argued; I was only agreeing with him!

Well done all round ladies, a good performance once again. Man of the match was awarded to Holly.

Staveley 2nds vs Matlock 4ths – 15th November

After a wetter than wet match last Saturday, we were hopeful for a drier pushback this week; no chance.

After a sharp warm up and the usual banter, StavStaveley 2nds, 15th November 2014eley headed out for what was promising to be a tasty fixture against local rivals Matlock.

Staveley were on the offensive straight away, with some great moves and passing out on the wing, Jen and Catherine powered through the Matlock defense time and again. Some quick switching by Sam back over to the left meant there was no letup for Matlock’s back four. They were definitely shaken by the new look Staveley 2nd team.

Despite this, and against the run of play, Matlock broke through and somehow scored, leaving us all a bit baffled and pretty p155ed off!

No fear though, a fantastic cross from Catherine led to a volleyed wonder goal from Niamh. Cracking stick work and £5 in the back pocket for Ms. Hardwick.

1-1 less than 15 minutes in.

From that point on, it’s safe to say Staveley dominated the play, raining attack after attack down on Matlock. Despite the numerous short corners and quick strikes on goal, Staveley went off at half time, yet to take the lead.

After some great talk from Captain Kara and returnee Maggie, plus some jelly babies from Jo, Staveley got back onside knowing the game was theirs for the taking.

Staveley continued to dominate, giving very little away to a flustered Matlock, but just couldn’t convert in the D.

Among many chances. Fran missed a sitter and Kara had a great strike that slid just past the post whilst Matlock threw defenders into the circle to keep us from scoring.

After warnings from umpires, players falling on each other and an exhilarating and frustrating 70 minutes of hockey, we had to settle for a draw. But it was an all round fantastic performance for Staveley 2nds and a great sign of things to come. Well done everyone, we should all be really proud.

Special mention to our defenders who were pretty much impenetrable today and who led the charge on almost every attacking stint. Well done peeps.

1-1 the final score. This week’s Man of the Match; Sam Dean.

Staveley 2nds vs Ilkeston 8th November

On a cold, wet, windy November morning, it was 9:47 at Staveley’s home hockey pitch and the first players were starting to arrive! Our very own Sarah Calderbank was keen to get the pre-match warmup underway as the cold started biting our noses.

After some vigorous warm up exercises and passing skills, we were ready for action! Oh wait, there were no umpires. Finally the umpires arrived and after a few helmet issues with our goalkeeper, Hannah Matchett, the game started.

It was a tough first half as Ilkeston were very determined to get a goal and succeeded in the first 15 minutes. By then we had a few good shots on goal but they were all stopped by the opposition’s defenders. There were many short corners, shots on goal and a few 16s. 5 minutes to go before the whistle and we were desperate for a goal. A nasty stick tackle from an Ilkeston defender gave our team a short corner and an opportunity for a goal. Kara Mason was the taker for the short corner.

Everywhere was quiet except for a couple of shouts of encouragement here and there. A fantastic, powerful ball was passed from Kara straight to Sam Dean. She did a quick dribble and hit it straight into the back of the net. A great victory dance was in order so Sam outdid herself and did a perfect little dance.

At half time, everyone was cold, wet but very happy at Sam’s goal. It was 2-1 to Ilkeston and we needed to get another goal. We were all in high spirits (despite the weather) and the team was giving great feedback and constructive criticism. After a much needed team talk from Captain Kara, it was time to get back on to the pitch. The other team were set and ready whilst we were still talking tactics and giving gossip. A couple of the players from both teams were running on the spot to get warm and suddenly the whistle blew.

The second half was underway and Staveley started with the pushback this time. Most of the time, the ball was down Ilkeston’s defending end because our team had a very positive attitude towards the second half and it was looking good.

Sideline after sideline after sideline for our team as a result of Ilkeston’s defenders and keeper hitting the ball out and still no luck. Finally another short corner was awarded to our team for yet another nasty stick tackle. This time, it was Sam’s turn to take the short corner. All the attackers were lined up against the circle and so was the tension. A brilliant hit from Sam, sent the ball flying to Fran Puddick and then straight into the goal. Everybody along the sideline and our half of the pitch were cheering like we had just won the league. Ilkeston’s pushback again and they were at it now. Still determined and still raring to go. They were not giving up. But this determination made our defenders work even harder. They were not getting through us. The ball had been turned over now and we had a chance to get another one. However, a wet pitch plus a fast running lady results in very good splits from Sam. The ball was travelling very fast (due to the awful weather which still belting down hard) and it was heading our end.

With a hard hit from the number 10 player on the opposing team, it was aimed right at my foot which led to a short corner. The time was coming to an end as the player was ready to take the short. A quick pass was made and a quick run from me but I jumped too early which led to the final goal of the match. There was small hope for us now yet we kept going.

We were awarded our final short corner which was a final chance for us. Grace Colley (sweeper) had told the whole team (except Hannah) to gather round the attacking D for our last hope. Kara was taking this final short and it was going for Sam. Unfortunately, Sam hit the ball in the wrong direction and it went out for a 16. Every member of our team sprinted back to their own positions and we were ready for another chance but the whistle was blown and every team member shook hands with one another. Three cheers were awarded to each team and over to the sideline for fantastic feedback and constructive compliments.

At the pub, man of the match was decided. From Ilkeston, they chose Kelly Thring who played fantastically and was an all round good player. From Staveley, Sam Dean was awarded the man or woman of the match for her fantastic goal and brilliant interceptions.

Written by Holly Spavold Memeber of Staveley Ladies Hockey Team

Staveley 2s vs Derby 4s

A full-on warm-up from Sarah Calderbank (including the much anticipated, calf stretching sheep-herder), readied Staveley for the third home match of the season.

Staveley came out fighting, with impressive possession and passing. Newcomer Jo made a great diving save behind keeper Hannah, keeping Derby from scoring early on.

Near misses from Fran, Cheryl and Niamh kept Staveley on their toes and eager for goals in the second half.

Again Staveley came out fighting (apart from Niamh who sloped off at half time). A ‘sticky’ point came when Fran hooked the opposition around the legs and floored her. She was fine.

15 minutes before time, Derby caught the home team on the hop during substitute transitions and made a break for the goal making it 1-0.

Staveley took great offense at this and within 5 minutes Gina made a break after a great pass from Grace. Great skill and determination led to Staveley’s equalizer… Well done Gina!

But… Gina wasn’t finished yet, after more great passing, the centre-mid put another one away, leaving Staveley 2-1 up, where they stayed until full-time.

Staveley 2 – Derby 1

Man of the match: Holly Spavold