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HBU youth academy reaches the Finals of two of the three entered

Posted by  on January 30, 2012


National Roller Hockey Association

National Cup semi-finals 2012 

These took place at Soham, Cambridgeshire on Sunday 29 January.

Herne Bay United were in two categories – under 11 and under 15

Under 11 HBU v Peterborough

HBU have played Peterborough in the Eastern Counties under 11 league and have comfortably won these encounters.  The Peter borough goalie upped his game and HBU had to work hard for a 2 – 0 half-time lead with 2 goals from captain George Daly. The second half saw more goals with Sian Emslie coming on song with 2 goals and 2 more from George and with the other players coming close. The match demonstrated HBU’s improving defence against counter-attacks that also required some fine saves from Jamie Leonard in goal from a fast improving Peterborough side. Peterborough secured a consolation goal in the closing seconds scoring into an unattended HBU net as HBU tried a 5 out-player combination.

Kings Rd Fish bar Man of Match – Luke Huckstepp

HBU Team: Jamie Leonard (GK), George Daly (C) (4), Sian Emslie (2), Luke Huckstepp, Noah Latham, Archie Isaacs, Max Bassom

Under 15 HBU v Bury St Edmunds

This semi-final came as a bit of a surprise to HBU as at the beginning of the season there was not an under 15 squad.

With just 4 out-players and 12 year old Ishen Kiff in goal this match was a “big ask” against opposition that is a regular part of the England team. Conceding 2 goals right from the whistle unsettled the HBU team and at half-time they were 1 – 5 down. HBU started the second half strongly but Bury scored twice more against the run of play before Alex Mount scored twice for HBU making it 3 – 7. Bury came back again with goals in the final seconds to run out comfortable 3 – 9 winners. There was good spirit and team work from the HBU team and time for improvement to compete for the National Club Championships later in the year.

Kings Rd Fish bar Man of Match – Alex Mount

HBU Team: Ishen Kiff (GK), Lewis Greenwood (C), Alex Mount (3), David Martindale, Josh Branchett.

HBU U/13s have already qualified for the Finals and are now joined by the U/11s!

HBU’s Under 11’s step up a gear in Eastern Counties

Posted by  on January 23, 2012


Herne Bay United Roller Hockey Report
Eastern Counties Under 11s Division 1
Peterborough 21 January 2012

HBU’s under 11 team travelled to Peterborough for their third Eastern Counties tournament of the season, won all 3 of their matches by significant margins and consolidate their position at the head of the table.

In the first match they allowed Peterborough to score first but were 4 – 2 up at half-time and ran out comfortable 9 – 2 winners. Next came King’s Lynn with HBU winning 10 – 2 and finally Grimsby with a 14 – 1 score-line in favour of HBU.

The results were delivered initially by strong individual performances by the players building into the team game that delivered the best result of the day against the strongest opponents, Grimsby.

The younger players in the team came on strongly. Archie Isaacs gets man of the match. Max Bassom was denied getting on the score sheet as his goal was recorded against another number. A Kings Lynn own-goal completed HBU’s tally of 33 goals.

HBU Team(goals scored): George Daly (Captain) (14), Sian Emslie (12), Archie Isaacs (3), Noah Latham (2), Luke Huckstepp (1), Max Bassom, Jamie Leonard (GK)

Announcement: Hockey Section at Full Capacity

Posted by  on January 17, 2012


We would like to announce that due to the amount of new Members to the Roller Hockey Section this season Each session has now reached its full capacity and we can accept no further additions to any of these sessions.

We have made this decision to make sure all members who have joined get the coaching and time they need to develop as valued members of HBU, and to make sure the sessions remain productive.

HBU will again be considering New Members in July/August/September when we begin preparing for the 2012/2013 season.

National Division 1: HBU Remain Top after First Tournament of the Year

Posted by  on January 16, 2012


National Division 1

Location: Houghton Regis; Date: 08.01.2012

Herne Bay United Reserves played in their 3rd tournament of the season in the National Division 1 at Houghton Regis on Sunday.

They had 3 tough games, the first against Sheffield and the remaining 2 matches against last season’s top 2 teams. (Halifax and Houghton Regis).

The first game was against Sheffield. HBU dominated from the first whistle and it wasn’t long before they took a commanding lead. United were moving the ball around well and won the game 11-2.

United’s 2nd game was to be a much tougher game. Halifax were runners up last season and United knew they were going to have to play well if they were going to win the game. HBU were solid in defence and dangerous in attack. Whilst Halifax applied pressure periodically United ran out comfortable winners 7-3.

The last game of the day saw HBU face home side and current ND1 champions Houghton Regis. If United had any real aspirations of winning the division then they needed to avoid defeat. The game did not start well and Houghton Regis capitalised on United’s slow start to the match scoring 2 in the first 3 minutes. Now having to chase the game United took the game to the home side. Then with 5 minutes remaining in the half up and coming star Ashley Barton scored twice for United to make the score 2-2 at the break.

United started the second half as slowly as they did the first and again Houghton Regis took advantage scoring twice in quick succession to go into the lead – 4-2. United knew they had to avoid defeat if they want to challenge for the title, so they changed tactics in defence and went to a full rink press. The tactic worked as first they pulled a goal back with a shot from veteran Peter Taylor which flew in off the post to make it 4-3, then with only 2 minutes on the clock Phil McVey scored from a rebound to level the score at 4-4. Despite both sides having chances to win it in the last minute there were no more goals and the score ended 4-4.

HBU team: Garrett Priestley (GK), Peter Halvorsen © (2), George Holmes (2), Ashley Barton (3), Peter Taylor (1), Dave Todd (7), Phil McVey (7), Matt Holness.

After the tournament United’s in form striker Dave (Toddy) Todd said: “We are disappointed not to come away with maximum points, but it is still in our hands. We have 2 tournaments left and they are both at the Bay Arena so hopefully we can make the home advantage count. I’m happy to have scored 7 today but a little frustrated that I didn’t score in the last game. Overall a good day though.”

Player Coach Phil McVey added: “We played well in the first 2 games, but we weren’t sharp enough in the last game against Houghton Regis. Whilst we accept they are a very good side, and current ND1 champions we did not perform as we know we can do. On a personal note I was happy with my performance in the first 2 games but I did not play well in the final game. From a team perspective even though we did not play well in the last game we did what we needed to do and that was not lose. So I am happy with the fact that we refused to roll over. All the lads played, and played well at times. If we win our 7 remaining games we will win the league as Project 2012 (England U17’s) results are removed from the table.

Ashley Barton deserves a special mention, he was excellent for us today. Both he and George Holmes showed they can do it at senior level today and both have a bright future at the club.”

HBU’s 1st team are in action this weekend against Premier league Champions Middlesbrough at the Bay Arena. United need to win it if they have any designs on winning the league this season. Game starts at 19:45 



SECHRA Under way and HBU start well

Posted by  on January 16, 2012


SECRHA Match Reports Jan2012


The South Eastern Counties 2012 competition got underway in Maidstone on Sunday.

HBU had matches at Under 16 and Under 11.

The U11 team started HBU’s day off with a win against local rivals Herne Bay 7 – 5. Sian Emslie gave HBU an early lead but the team struggled to establish its usual team game. Even so HBU stayed in the lead throughout the match and were 7 – 3 up before allowing HB to score twice near the end.

HBU scorers Sian Emslie 3, George Daly 4.

In the second match against the novice Maidstone U11 team the result was a 15 – 0 win with goals from Sian Emslie 7, George Daly 2, Noah Latham 2, Archie Isaacs 2 and Max Bassom 1. There was one own goal. The HBU squad was completed by Jamie Leaonard in goal.

Team List: George Daly(6), Sian Emslie(10), Archie Isaacs(2), Noah Latham(2), Max Bassom(1), Jamie Leonard

Under 16 was a new adventure for HBU and the club relied on its 4 experienced U15 players but with the additional advantage of being able to have U16 Ed Mount in goal and Ed kept a clean sheet. Against RHC Invicta HBU won 9 – 0 with goals from Lewis Greenwood 4, Alex Mount 3 and David Martindale 2. The final match of the day was very much enjoyed by the crowd who saw HBU’s team play deliver a 4 – 0 win against a strong Herne Bay side. Lewis and Alex scored 2 goals each with one freak goal coming off the back wall and the back of the Bay keeper. This was a great team performance from beginning to end with an excellent team goal being denied by the final hooter.

HBU U16 team: Ed Mount (GK and captain), Alex Mount(5), Lewis Greenwood(6), Josh Branchett, David Martindale(2).

HBU Under 13’s Eastern Counties in Kings Lynn

Posted by  on January 16, 2012

HBU Under 13 team travelled to Kings Lynn for three tough games at the weekend in their third tournament in EC Div 1.
They began slowly but managed a 6-0 win over Cambridge with Josh Butcher making his debut for HBU this season. 3 goals from George and a couple from Jamie and an own goal made this a comfortable game.
In the second game HBU faced a tough and disciplined Letchworth team knowing that a win was needed in order to challenge at the top of the table. HBU again began slowly and found themselves 2-1 down at halftime with George notching for HBU. The 2nd half saw HBU concede another sloppy goal and at 3-1 down. HBU then dominated the game with Will adding a second goal and HBU applying constant pressure to the Letchworth goal but were unable to equalise and lost a close game 3-2.
The final game saw HBU face the league leaders Kings Lynn.  Trying to dribble from the back cost HBU a soft goal. This was followed by an unfortunate own goal and then allowing a long shot –  HBU were 3 – 0 down with the match barely under way. The score stayed that way until half-time. HBU upped their game further after the interval to put enormous pressure on Kings Lynn and their goalkeeper who managed to keep out 4 shots in rapid succession from all 4 HBU players. Jamie scored to make it HBU 3-1 down but in trying to reduce the deficit HBU conceded a late goal to lose 4-1.
It was a day of mixed emotions with a combination of poor defending and decision making gifting the opposition goals in the close games, frustration at a lack of conversion of goal scoring chances and enjoyment when the team showed what they are capable of against the top teams with spectators commenting on the quality of the matches.
HBU: Rhys Young(GK), (C) Jamie McVey(3) ,Oli Hudson, George Daly(4), Josh Butcher, Will Parkinison Wellard(1), Charley Bassom

Premier League: HBU defeat, means title bid takes a knock

Posted by  on January 16, 2012


HBU 4 v 8 Middlesbrough

Location: The Bay Arena; Time: 19.45; Date: 14.01.12

Herne Bay United faced last year’s premier league winners Middlesbrough at the Arena on Saturday night. This was the first meeting between the 2 teams since the cup final last season. Middlesbrough were looking for revenge for the cup final defeat and for which ever side won the game it would give them a huge advantage for the rest of the season. Middlesbrough had the better of the early exchanges and 6 minutes in Will Smith scored from close range to make it 0-1. United were further stunned when Smith scored again 3 minutes later to put the visitor’s 0-2 up. United immediately hit back with a goal from Luciano (Tati) Difeo 20 seconds later, but any hope United had of building any momentum was lost when Borough’s captain John Jones scored to make it 3-1 within 30 seconds. United could not sustain any sort of pressure on their northern rivals and Borough scored 2 more (Giralt & Smith) before United captain Simon Hosking scored from a penalty to make it 2-5 at half time.

United knew they were not performing as they should and they went out for the second half determined to put things right. Despite both teams creating chances neither side could break the deadlock in the 2nd half. Then with 11 minutes to go Owen Stewart scored a well taken goal to put Borough 2-6 up. 30 seconds later United player Difeo felt he was fouled by his opponent right in front of the referee, to his amazement the referee then awarded a free hit against him. Difeo then made his feelings known to the ref. This resulted in the referee showing the United player a blue card (Sin binning him for 2 minutes), this further infuriated the player from Argentina and letting his emotions get the better of him launched into another verbal rant at the ref. The referee then red carded Difeo and he was sent from the rink.

United continued to take the game to Borough but the northern side were looking solid in defence. Finally with 4 minutes left Brendan Barker scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-6, however again United conceded a goal immediately from the restart to make it 3-7. United hit back a minute later to make it 4-7. Tempers were rising in both camps and in the last 2 minutes Jones from Middlesbrough and Barker from United were both blue carded (separate incidents). Then with 50 seconds remaining Stewart scored from the edge of the box to make it 4-8 to the reigning champions.

After the game United player Luciano Diefeo said: “I would like to apologise to my team mates, my manager, the fans and the referee. I let my emotions get the better of me. I am still adjusting to life in England and it is hard for me. That is no excuse though and I should not have reacted like that. I only reacted because of the passion I have for both the game of roller hockey and for Herne Bay United. I have been welcomed into the HBU family with open arms. I will try to make sure it does not happen again.”

United striker Brendan Barker said: “It was a disappointing evening for us. We did not play well and Middlesbrough deserves the victory. The refereeing was questionable at times but they are not the reason we lost, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Well done to ‘boro. We will have to work even harder in training if we want to win out title back.”

HBU manager Phil McVey added: “We were 2nd best from start to finish. Middlesbrough look as though they have pushed on from last season. Individually we are as good if not better, but as a team they are way ahead of us. We made school boy errors in defence, players diving in and over committing in challenges, and we did not play with any confidence in attack. 3 times we conceded a goal within 60 seconds of scoring, for a team with experience that we have that is unacceptable. This is a transitional season for us, and I know it was always going to be difficult, we have a lot of new young players and it is a case of trying to bring them in slowly into the team. I have to try and get them up to speed as quick as possible and then put them in the team at the right time. Tonight’s result has confirmed to me that they are going to have to be introduced sooner rather than later. Take nothing away from Middlesbrough they are a very good team and they deserved to win the league last season. They look like the team to beat this season. It is up to us to regroup and come back stronger. Our season will hinge on how the players bounce back from this because make no mistake it hurts.”

HBU Kings Team: David Garlick, Dan Barton (gks), Joe Singleton, Karl Smith, Danny Butcher, Luciano Difeo (1), Simon Hosking,cpt (2), Neil Austin, Tom White, Brendan Barker (1)


Premier League Action: HBU face Middlesbrough Current Premier League Champions!

Posted by  on January 4, 2012


HBU will be facing the current Premier League Champions Middlesbrough on the 14th January at 7:45pm at the Bay Sports Arena for the first time at the new Venue.