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HBU Under 13’s 1st team this season to Hold Kings Lynn!

Posted by HBU Admin on April 30, 2012


Herne Bay United U13 team came through a tough weekend with flying colours facing 6 games across two competitions.

On Saturday the team travelled to Soham for their final U13 Eastern Counties tournament knowing they needed 4 points from the 6 available to ensure 3rd place in the league.

Their first game was against a Cambridge side that recently held HBU to a draw. This time the team did not have their usual slow start and three goals a piece for Josh and Jamie with Cambridge grabbing a consolation goal meant the final result was 6-1. A special mention to Oli in this match, who picked the ball up near his own goal, travelled the length of the rink, cutting through the Cambridge team only to narrowly put his effort wide in what would have been a contender for goal of the season.

The next game was against league leaders Kings Lynn who had a 100% record this season and had beaten HBU in a couple of close games, HBU had an early chance to go one up but were unable to make the chance count and spent most of the half defending well and at half time the score was 0-0. The second half saw HBU again create an early chance, but this time a fine George Daly pass was converted at the far post by Josh. HBU were one up!

The game was a great one for the spectators but a tense one to participate in and with approx 5 minutes to go Kings Lynn equalised only for HBU to create more chances but unable to convert them. With only a couple of minutes on the clock Kings Lynn had a goal disallowed for a high and dangerous stick and what seemed like an obvious decision took a couple of minutes for the referees to agree. The game resumed with Kings Lynn only one team foul away from conceding a direct free hit, when for a tackle that had gone unpunished throughout the game the refereee awarded a penalty to Kings Lynn with approx one minute on the clock, this shot was superbly saved by Rhys in the HBU goal and the game was over. Final score 1-1, a fantastic game and well deserved result.

The final games against the team bottom of the league saw HBU run out 7-1 victors against Plymouth with 2nd goal keeper Jamie Leonard again showing his great potential. A great day’s hockey brought to an end with HBU clinching 3rd place and the only team to take any points from League Champions.

Squad: Rhys Young(GK), (c)Jamie McVey(4), Josh Butcher(8), Oliver Hudson(2), Will Parkinson Wellard, George Daly, Jamie Leonard(GK)

Man of the tournament: The whole team.


The next day with tiredness a concern after the effort on Saturday HBU began the first of their 3 games in SECRHA against local rivals HB and scoring regularly in the first half found themselves 4-0 up at halftime with goals from Josh(2), Jamie and George.

The second half saw a combination of good ‘keeping and poor finishing saw HBU only add one more goal through Will, the final scoreboard showing a 5-0 win for HBU. Rhys in goal was rarely troubled but maintained concentration throughout to keep a clean sheet.

The 2nd game against RHC Invicta again saw HBU dominating play but not converting chances, though the team went in at halftime 2-0 up with goals from Oli and Josh.

The 2nd half saw more of the same with HBU adding 3 more through Josh, George and an own goal, with no response. The final score was, as in the first game 5-0 to HBU.

The last game of a good weekend was against an inexperienced Maidstone side, the team went out with the intent of demonstrating good team play as well as retaining possession and not relying on individual skill and just ‘going for goals’.

Following two quick goals from Josh and Will, Owain- on his league debut notched 5 times with some clinical finishing. The score at halftime was 7-0.

Further goals from Oli and Jamie (2 each), one from George with Amelia going close, left the final score 12-0.

The last five minutes saw the HBU team playing a great pass and move game that received positive feedback from spectators and coaches, it was pleasing to see and demonstrated the progress that the team has made this year.

Squad: Rhys Young(GK), (C)Jamie McVey(3), Josh Butcher(5), Oliver Hudson(3), Will Parkinson Wellard(2) Owain Steadman(5), Amelia Parkinson Wellard, George Daly(3).


HBU Under 15’s Eastern Counties Remain top of the table.

Posted by HBU Admin on April 30, 2012


HBU U15 side completed their Eastern Counties League Season with victories in their remaining games. Already clear at the top of the table HBU faced a Norwich side who have been HBU’s closest challengers all season and were determined to gain a victory against the Champions. In a slow start HBU defended well in a close game, restricting their opponents goal scoring opportunities HBU went 2-0 up with goals by Josh Branchett.. Poor finishing by HBU gave Norwich some hope and when they pulled one back it seemed a close finish was likely, almost immediately HBU’s Katie McVey extended their lead and despite some close calls and a late penalty appeal HBU won 3-1 with ‘Keeper Ishen again showing great potential, making some fine saves to restrict the opponents to only one goal.

The final game against Colchester had HBU as clear favourites and in an entertaining game HBU ran out 8-0 winners with goals shared by all the players.

The man of the tournament was Captain Josh Branchett who led by example in the first game, leading the team to victory in a tight match.

The late withdrawal of one team allowed all teams to play a series of short friendly matches with mixed teams consisting of players from all clubs. A nice end to a good day and a successful campaign.

The Squad who traveled:

Ishen Kiff(GK),  Josh Branchett capt(3), David Martindale, Katie McVey(4), Josh Butcher(3), Will Parkinson-Wellard(1), Jamie McVey(1)

This season’s stats are impressive with UTD winning all 16 matches scoring 127 goals and conceding just 12.

Over this season the HBU squad has featured many players and in addition to the players this weekend, Oliver Hudson, Amelia Parkinson Wellard and keeper Rhys Young have all contributed to the title victory.

In all tournaments the players have conducted themselves well on the rink, showing great discipline with no Blue cards and behaving well off the rink.

Well done to all of you for a great season.


Posted by HBU Admin on April 30, 2012


Peterborough 3 v 18 HBU (Kings)

Location: Bushfields Arena (Peterborough); Time: 14.00; Date: 29th April 2012

Herne Bay United went into the game knowing that a win would put them back on top of Premier League. Peterborough were coming into the game full of confidence having beaten Manchester 12-4 the day before. United went after them straight away scoring 3 goals in the first 5 minutes. Peterborough then slowly came back into the game, and for the next 10 minutes they managed to keep United at bay. However with 11 minutes remaining in the half United broke through again with another flurry of goals, scoring 3 more in a 90 second period to go 0-6 up. A few of the Peterborough players visibly let their heads drop and United knew the victory was theirs. With 5 minutes left in the half United scored twice more to go 0-8 up. Peterborough did manage to score from a penalty to make the half time score 1-8.

The second half was more of a formality. United knew they

had won the game it was just a question of by how much. Peterborough did manage to keep them out for 5 minutes but then the goals started raining in, 7 unanswered goals from United made the score 1-15. Then with just under 4 minutes left Peterborough scored their 2nd of the match (2-15), United responded immediately with 3 goals in the last 3 minutes to go 2-18 up. It was Peterborough who would end the scoring with a goal right on the final whistle to make the final score 3-18 to HBU.

After the game United striker David Todd said: “We are pleased to have won the game. Only 2 games left now. It moves us back to the top of the league which is nice. It is my first season with HBU and I am loving every minute of it. It’s a completely new experience for me to be in a team challenging for the title. I am learning a lot from the players and the manager. Our final 2 games of the season are against the other 2 teams in the title chase so it doesn’t get much bigger than this. We know if we win them both we will win the league and the National Title, everyone seems so relaxed though, the manager just tells us to go out and enjoy it, and we are. Obviously the rest of the squad have all been in this position countless times and to them it’s just another title run in, but for me I am loving the experience”.

Player manager Phil Mcvey added: “It was a very good 

performance from the players today. Their attitude was good, and the team work was excellent, the goals we scored were spread throughout the team and there we

My eyes are on developing the team, with a view of challenging for the title in 2 years with a team that can be dominant for the following decade. To be this position is an added bonus. As a club we are undergoing a rebuilding exercise from the Under 9’s all the way up to the first team. If we can win the title during this period then that is a bonus. The most important thing is that the club has a bright future and we need to provide the solid foundations to enable the club to challenge for every competition at every level for many years to come”.re as many team goals as there were individual goals so that was good to see. Following last week’s match between Grimsby & Middlesbrough which ended in a 3-3 draw, we are now back on top of the table. To be honest I am surprised to be in this position, when Middlesbrough thrashed us at our place in January we thought the title had gone, it gave us the opportunity to take stock of how we were performing as a team. Since then we have changed the way we play dramatically. It is not a quick fix, the new system should take us a couple of years to get used to, as the manager I have not been considering where we finish in the league this year. 

Kings Fish Bar man of the match: Brendan Barker

HBU Team: Dan Barton (gk), Phil McVey, Karl Smith, Dan Butcher(3), Simon Hosking(Cap)(5), Neil Austin(3), David Todd(1), Brendan Barker(6)

Peterborough: Matt Stern (gk), Oliver Johnson, Nick Flint(2), Michael Carter, Luke Morrow, Han Wei Lim(1), Sam Cayley (gk)









































































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HBU Youth Academy’s Under 9’s do HBU proud

Posted by HBU Admin on April 30, 2012

Herne Bay United’s (HBU) novice U9 squad took part in a South Eastern Counties Roller Hockey (SECRHA) tournament at the Bay Arena on Sunday 29 April. These tournaments are part of SECRHA’s development plan to get players participating from a young age. They played 3 matches against 2 teams from the Herne Bay club and one from Maidstone.
The HBU squad was led by 2 experienced U9s, Sian Emslie and Max Bassom, both of whom play nationally in HBU’s U11 team. Along with novice goalkeeper Harrison Raven, HBU put out 8 U9 players per match from a total squad of 13 and managed to keep their noses in front to win their matches 3 – 2 (Herne Bay A), 6 – 3 (Maidstone) and 3 – 0 (Herne Bay B).
HBU squad: Harrison (GK), Sian, Max, Dylan, Arthur, Fionnbarr, Teddy, Jaspar, Joseph, Millie, Jack, Jake, Sassy, Javarne.
A very big well done to all who took part!

H.B.U Under 11 Eastern Counties League Saturday 21 April Soham Match Reports

Posted by HBU Admin on April 26, 2012


Match 1           HBU v Grimsby 2 – 2 (Half-time 2 – 0)

HBU head this league with Grimsby in 2nd place so this match was to be taken seriously. In the opening match of the season, Grimsby had scored twice before the HBU team had realised it had started and this time HBU turned the tables though a George Daly goal in the first 10 seconds. George scored again mid-way through the half to give HBU a respectable 2 – 0 half-time lead.

In the second half HBU piled on the pressure which forced Grimsby to pack their defence and allowed their goal-keeper to deal easily with HBU’s one-on-ones. Despite virtually all the possession, HBU allowed Grimsby to level the score through two counter-attacks.

In the last 30 seconds, Sian Emslie was taken down on the edge of the Grimsby penalty area but even so put the ball in the back of the net but the referee was too quick off the mark with his whistle for the foul so the goal could not be awarded. The referees then failed to make clear what the free-hit was which confused the young players and HBU squandered the opportunity to make good use of the free-hit.


Match 2           HBU v Kings Lynn 8 – 1 (Half-time 1 -1)

HBU started off the match as they had finished the Grimsby game – all the possession but not creating clear chances. Sian Emslie scored an early goal only for the team to allow Kings Lynn back in the match through a counter-attack. This time, the half-time management instructions to get back to a passing game were heeded with 5 goals scored in the first 4 minutes of the second half, 4 finished by Emslie and 1 by Daly. Similar team goals finished by Max Bassom and Luke Huckstepp took HBU to a comfortable 8 – 1 result.


Match 3           HBU v Cambridge 5 – 4 (Half-time 5 – 1)

Cambridge have one of the star players of the division so HBU know they have to mark him and prevent him getting on a roll. In the first half this was achieved very well with the only Cambridge goal scored by their other front man. In the second half, sloppy out-player discipline left it to goal-keeper Jamie Leonard to just about save the day and hold on for the win.


Match 4           HBU v Peterborough 6 – 1 (Half-time 2 – 0)

Peterborough are a well-organised team without particular stars so it is very much team versus team. It was stale-mate for most of the first half but Emslie broke through on the approach to half-time to score twice. After the interval, Noah Latham and George Daly scored before Peterborough got one in reply. The HBU team was rotated and Archie Isaacs scored from a well-struck drive and Emslie scored her 3rd of the match.


HBU continue to head the division needing at least 2 points from the tournament in May to take the title.

HBU Team (goals scored): Jamie Leonard (GK), Luke Huckstepp (2), Archie Isaacs (1), Max Bassom (1), Sian Emslie (9), George Daly, captain (6), Noah Latham (2)

Busy Weekend of hockey for HBU U9 and U13’s

Posted by HBU Admin on April 26, 2012


This weekend will see the HBU U13 team travelling to Soham on Saturday for their last Eastern Counties tournament and looking for a finish in the top 3 of division 1. On Sunday the U13’s will be in action again along with our U9 players in the latest SECRHA tournament at the Bay Arena.

For some of the U9’s this will be their first competitive hockey match so come along and offer your support. Entrance is free!!

Schedule of matches;

8.00 .am.              Game 1.  U9       HBU v Herne Bay A

8.20 a.m.              Game 2. U13      HBU v Herne Bay

8.50 a.m.              Game 3. U9        Maidstone v Herne Bay B

9.10 .am.              Game 4. U13      Maidstone v RHC Invicta

9.40 a.m.              Game 5. U9        HBU v Maidstone

10.00 a.m.            Game 6. U13      HBU v RHC Invicta

10.30 a.m.            Game 7.  U9       Herne Bay  A v Herne Bay B

10.50 a.m.            Game 8. U13      Herne Bay v Maidstone

11.20 a.m.            Game 9. U9        HBU Bay v Herne Bay B

11.40 a.m.            Game 10. U13    HBU v Maidstone

12.10 p.m             Game 11. U9      Herne Bay A v Maidstone

12.40 p.m.           Game 12. U13    Herne Bay v RHC Invicta



Invitation to Referee Workshop

Posted by HBU Admin on April 23, 2012


Keith Allen NRHA has circulated the following invitation;

Luis Rei, a retired International Referee from Portugal, has accepted an offer from us to help with developing our referees.

Over the weekend of the 5th, 6th & 7th May, Luis will be making his third trip to England this year when he will be attending the Inter-Regional Championships being held at the Bushfields Sports Centre, Peterborough.

Each day he will be holding a Referee Workshop where anybody, existing or aspiring referees, players, coaches or Mums and Dads, can attend and take part in a forum to discuss any aspects of the rules or refereeing that they wish to bring to the meeting.

There will be a morning workshop starting at 10am and an afternoon workshop starting at 2pm each day.

U11’s finish as runners up in International tournament in France.

Posted by HBU Admin on April 8, 2012


HBU U11 Tournament Runners Up

St Omer 7/8 April 2012 Under 11 


Tournament Report


This is the annual International “Jocelyn Savreux” tournament organised by Le SCRA (Skating Club Region Audomarois) based in the town of St Omer in France.

Final Placings:

1st SCRA “A”                             5th Lyon

2nd HBU                                    6th SCRA ‘B’

3rd Valkenswaard                      7th Cronenberg

4th Chemnitz                              8th SCRA ‘C’ (more…)

Premier League Title Race back on!

Posted by HBU Admin on April 5, 2012


Premier League HBU (Kings) 7 – 1 Bury

Location: Bay Arena, Time: 19.45, Date: 31st March

The early weekend news in the Premier League was that title hopefuls Grimsby had beaten current champions Middlesbrough 6-3 in the lunchtime fixture, this meant that if HBU could win both their matches this weekend they would jump from 3rd in the table to 1st.

HBU’s first game of the weekend was against old rivals Bury. Although Bury are in a transitional period with a lot of young players being drafted into the first team they are still a formidable force. The game started off as a tense affair, with both teams having good possession but neither side could break through their opponents defence. Then with 11 minutes left in the first half, Brendan Barker came from round the back of the goal to force the ball home at the near post to put United 1 – 0 up. United were still finding it difficult to break down a solid Bury defence. The with 6 minutes left in the half Dave (Toddy) Todd received a pass from Barker before flicking the ball into the top left hand corner of the Bury goal to make it 2 – 0 to United. The second goal settled United down and they were now beginning to dominate the play. At half time the score remained 2 – 0.

The 2nd half saw Bury come at HBU, and they would have scored on more than one occasion had it not been for United veteran keeper Dan Barton, who was forced into a string of fine saves. However it was United who found the back of their opponents net when captain Simon Hosking scored from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 with 20 minutes to play. United were playing controlled hockey and their team play was much improved from previous performances. There was nothing Bury could do as United pulled further ahead with goals from Tom White and a 2nd from Hosking to give United an unassailable 5-0 lead with 10 minutes to go. Bury to their credit did not stop trying, and they were rewarded for their efforts when their captain Martin Walker scored to make it 5-1. United though were in good form and were not going to be caught. 2 further goals from Danny Butcher (penalty) and Karl Smith (with 2 seconds left in the game) gave United a comfortable 7-1 victory.

HBU team: Dan Barton (GK), Dave Garlick (GK), Karl Smith (1), Joe Singleton, Danny Butcher (1), Tom White (1), David Todd (1), Simon Hosking © (2), Neil Austin, Brendan Barker (1)

(Kings Fish Bar man of the match: Daniel Barton)

Manchester 5 v 17 HBU (Kings)

Location: Manchester, Time: 12.15, Date: 1st April

United had an early start the following morning, as they had to leave at 6am to drive to Manchester to start their game at 12.15. United travelled with only 5 outplayers and a keeper after 2 of the squad pulled out at the last minute. United’s form has been improving over the last 2 months and they were keen to keep the momentum going. They knew that a good win would put them back on top of the table on goal difference. United started the game strongly with Karl Smith scoring after only 47 seconds to put United in front. This set the tone for the rest of the first half as United went on to score 9 more goals before the break. Manchester did score twice but could do nothing to stop United. The score at halftime was 2 – 10.

HBU continued the second half as they finished the first, Brendan Barker scored twice in the first minute to make it 2 – 12. United had got the 10 goal cushion they were looking for. Manchester pushed United all the way and proved that they are a team with huge potential scoring 3 very good goals in the second half. However United were scoring too. At the final whistle the score was Manchester 5 – 17 HBU.

HBU Team: Dan Barton (GK), Karl Smith (4), Simon Hosking © (2), Neil Austin (5), Phil McVey (4), Brendan Barker (2)

(Kings Fish Bar man of the match: Neil Austin)

After the game, Man of the Match United’s Neil Austin said: “We are pleased to have won both games this weekend. Grimsby have done us a massive favour by beating Middlesbrough, it means we are now back in with a shout at the title. It looks like it’s a going to go right to the wire this season. We thought we had blown our chance of the league with our shocking performance against Middlesbrough. Now it looks like it’s all to play for. We have 3 games left, Peterborough, Grimsby & Middlesbrough. Who knows how it’s going to pan out come the end of the season. It makes for an exciting couple of months. Our strength is the strength and depth of our squad. If you look at today’s match against Manchester, the average age of our team was 36. Competition for places is fierce. Our elder statesmen are all playing well, so the gaffer has some tough decisions to make for our last 3 matches. Even the gaffer has played 3 of the last 4 games, and has played really well.”

United player coach Phil McVey added: “A very good weekend for us. First of all we got the 2 wins we required. Bury and Manchester are both good sides. There are no easy matches anymore. All the teams are solid in defence and all have players who can change games. I was very pleased with the manner of our performances. The Middlesbrough defeat was a turning point for us. It highlighted to the players that we could not continue playing the style of hockey that we were, which was geared on individuals rather than the team. We lost by 4 goals to Middlesbrough but it could have been 14 such was the difference between the 2 sides. From that moment onwards we have all worked hard to go back to the structured passing game that made us successful in the first place. From that day forward we have improved, each performance has been better than the previous one. All of the players have played their part. The players who have come into the squad have done well, and I would include myself in that. I have been pleased with the ways the younger players within the squad have developed. The competition for places is strong. We have 11 out players and I can only pick 8 for a game, so 3 will have to miss out each time. It wasn’t such an issue before as we all thought the season had gone for us, but with Grimsby beating Middlesbrough this weekend it is all back on. If we win our last 3 games we will be champions. It is not going to be that easy though, and I can see a few more twists and turns before it’s all said and done.

Grimsby have been knocking on the door for some time so it is no surprise that they beat Middlesbrough, they are genuine title contenders. It’s now a 3 way race for the title. Us and Grimsby both have 3 games left whilst Middlesbrough have 4. When you think that we all need to play each other again, it is still anyone’s this season. There is very little (if anything) between all 3 teams, so it should be exciting.

All 3 teams have to play each other again. Apart from our matches away to Grimsby and Middlesbrough we have a tough trip to Peterborough. Middlesbrough and Grimsby both have to travel to 4th placed team Bury, Middlesbrough also have to travel to northern rivals Manchester. It should be very exciting for all concerned, and it look as though whatever happens it will come down to the last day”.

Run in for title challengers:

HBU: Peterborough (away), Grimsby (away), Middlesbrough (away)

Grimsby: Middlesbrough (away), HBU (home), Bury (away)

Middlesbrough: Grimsby (home), Bury (away), Manchester (away), HBU (home)

HBU U16 & U11 SECRHA Match Report

Posted by HBU Admin on April 3, 2012


On Sunday 1 April the Bay Arena was the venue for a South Eastern Counties (SECRHA) Roller Hockey tournament for Under 11s and Under 16s. The tournament was the second of the series that forms the SECRHA league. The event was hosted by the Herne Bay club with teams from Herne Bay United (HBU), RHC Invicta and Maidstone.

Under 11

In the Under 11s category the 1st match of the day was between Herne Bay 1 and HBU. The HBU team is currently heading the Eastern Counties league and the experience helped them to a 5 – 2 victory over an up and coming Herne Bay side. HBU goals were scored by George Daly and Sian Emslie (2 each) and Noah Latham.

The matches against new and improving Maidstone and Herne Bay’s second team presented HBU with the opportunity to give more play to the younger and less experienced players in the team. They rose to the occasion with a 4-0 win over Maidstone (Sian 2, Max Bassom and Archie Isaacs 1 apiece) and 14-0 over Herne Bay 2 (Noah 6, Luke Huckstepp 2, Max 1 and Archie Isaacs 5). Louis Clarke made a promising debut and Jamie Leonard in goal made saves when he had to including from a penalty.

HBU Team: Jamie Leonard (GK), George Daly (Captain), Luke Huckstepp, Noah Latham, Sian Emslie. Archie Isaacs, Max Bassom, Louis Clarke.
Under 16
Herne Bay v HBU

This was a highly competitive match with leading schoolboy (and schoolgirl) talent in both teams. HBU had the majority of the scoring chances but the Bay’s keeper took a lot to beat. The final result was a 4 – 1 win for HBU. HBU scorers were Ashley Barton 2, Alex Mount 1 and David Martindale 1.

HBU Team: Ed Mount (GK), Ashley Barton (Captain), Katie McVey, Alex Mount, David Martindale, Josh Branchett, Will Parkinson Wellard.


HBU’s second match was against RHC Invicta. Jamie McVey was added to the squad and Rhys Young took over in goal from Ed Mount who played out. Both Mounts left at half-time for a field-hockey match leaving HBU with Ashley, Katie and the Under 13 team to complete the match. HBU held on to a comfortable 11-0 lead (goals from Ashley 6 and 2 each from Ed and Alex and 1 from David). Both HBU goalkeepers put in strong performances on the day giving the team great confidence in attack.
A good weekend for HBU was rounded off when the 1st team won their Premier League away match in Manchester and returned to the news that Grimsby had beaten league leaders Middlesbrough which means that the Premier League title race is wide open again.