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HBU Roller Hockey Training and Squads Now Full Till September 2013.

Posted by HBU Admin on January 29, 2013


Please note that our current sessions from Under 9’s to Senior are at full capacity and we will consider New Comers from July 2013 to begin in September when our New season starts.

Any Children who are currently attending or began attending before 29th January 2013 are fine to continue.

If you are interested in playing or joining the club please attend our Social Skating session where once children become competent skaters we can discuss at this social skate night with HBU officials about the possibility about joining one of our disciplines. There is the opportunity to do HBU skating grades(Basic skating skills) at these social skates.

Monday Training Sessions Will Run as Normal!

Posted by HBU Admin on January 21, 2013


HBU National Cup Qualifier weekend Postponed due to weather forecast

Posted by HBU Admin on January 16, 2013


The National Cup Qualifiers have been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions due to hit the UK over the weekend. We will update all once a new date has been identified.



HBU Youth Academy Under 13’s and Under 11’s Narrowly lose out in one game but very promising performances in all others

Posted by HBU Admin on January 8, 2013


HBU U13 team faced a busy start to the New Year with two tournaments and 8 matches without one of the team, Noah, who will be out of action for a couple of months with a broken wrist.

Saturday, the team played four matches in the Eastern Counties U13 league with HBU second in the table and hoping to challenge for the title.
HBU began with a convincing win over host team Letchworth with u11 players Archie and Sian playing their part in a solid start to the day with HBU running out victors 5-1 with Jamie and George scoring the goals.
The next game was always going to be a tight game against league favourites Kings Lynn, following an unlucky draw earlier in the season HBU hoped to improve on that result. In a close game Kings Lynn scored a second goal late in the game to secure victory 2-0. This was a good game for spectators but neither side played well with HBU creating very few chances and unable to trouble the Kings Lynn keeper.
HBU needed to put this disappointment behind them against Cottenham and the players responded well winning the game comfortably with Jamie, George, Oli and Luke scoring regularly and Rhys keeping a clean sheet with the final score 13-0 to HBU.
The final game of the day against a strong Norwich side meant HBU needed to maintain focus and again the team responded positively winning 13-1 with Archie scoring his first goal for the U13 team and all the out players scoring much to the delight of the supporters.

4 games, 3 wins and one defeat. These results leave HBU second with a chance of winning the league.

Squad: Rhys Young (GK), (C) Jamie McVey (12), George Daly (10), Luke Huckstepp (3), Oli Hudson (4), Sian Emslie (1), Archie Issacs (1).

Another early start on Sunday to compete in SECRHA U13 saw the team scheduled to play four games at the Herne Bay Arena beginning with a match against HBU ‘B’ team, a team of under 11 players featuring two of the u13 squad from the previous day.
In an entertaining and enjoyable match the u13 were too strong for their younger club mates and won the match 6-1 with goals from Jamie, Oli and George with Sian responding for the HBU B team. Louis Clarke made his debut for the U13 ‘A’ team

The next game against local rivals Herne Bay was expected to be a closer affair but with HBU ‘A’ showing greater fluency in their play, HBU quickly went a goal up and never looked back with the final score 9-2 through George, Jamie and a couple of own goals.
Two more games against inexperienced sides from Invicta and Maidstone ended the weekend on a positive note with HBU ‘A’ recording two more wins 8-0 and 12-1 with good team play finished off by George, Jamie, Oli and Luke.
In the last game Louis put on the keeper’s pads and played in goal making a number of saves to the delight of the crowd. These victories put the team top of the table and a good way to end the day’s competition with all teams, players and supporters enjoying competitive hockey played in the right spirit. Thank you to the Invicta, Maidstone and Herne Bay clubs for contributing to an enjoyable day’s play.

Squad: Rhys Young (GK), (c) Jamie McVey (14), George Daly (14), Oliver Hudson (2), Luke Huckstepp (3) and Louis Clarke.

This busy weekend of hockey saw this team produce some great play on the way to 7 victories in 8 games, congratulations to the team on their performance and behaviour. The whole team wish Noah a speedy recovery!

The HBU’ B’ team played three matches in the same tournament and after the early defeat by their club mates they went on to beat Invicta 7-2 and lose narrowly to Herne Bay 4-2, Sian and Archie with all the goals. This tournament is development for all of the ‘B’ side and provides them the challenge of playing against older opponents and they responded positively playing some great hockey and enjoying the matches.

Squad: Harrison(GK), Dylan, Fionnbar, Archie, Sian, Lewis, Max, Millie.

HBU Wins All round for Premier League and National Division 1, sitting at the top of Two National Leagues

Posted by HBU Admin on January 8, 2013


National Premier League

Bury 2 – 5 Herne Bay United

Location: Soham
Time: 19.15
Date: 05.01.13

Herne Bay United travelled to Soham to face title challengers Bury on Saturday evening. Bury were confident that they would be the first club to take points of United this season. The game started with United looking impenetrable in defence and confident in attack. The first five minutes saw United ease their way into the game, restricting Bury to shots from long range. With 20 minutes left in the half United won an indirect free hit to be taken from the bottom corner of Bury’s penalty area. United’s Tom White reacted quickly, spotting that the Bury keeper was off his post he hit the ball at the keeper, it rebounded of the keeper into the goal. The referee awarded the goal and United were 0-1 ahead. United continued to dominate the game, moving the ball around well. Bury were now under pressure and twice in 3 minutes bury conceded penalties, however United failed to convert either chance and the score remained 0-1. Then with 2 minutes to go United’s Danny Butcher beat 2 players before slotting the ball home to make it 0-2 at halftime.

United knew that Bury were going to come out all guns blazing at the start of the 2nd half, and that’s exactly what happened. United weathered the storm but after 6 minutes Bury managed to pull a goal back when Martin Walker scored from close range to make it 1-2. Bury’s hopes were immediately dashed when 90 seconds later Butcher scored his 2nd of the game to restore United’s 2 goal cushion (1-3). Bury did not give up and 2 minutes later they scored with a controversial goal. A shot from Bury was saved it went up and hit the basket ball net behind the goal before dropping back down and rebounding in off an unsighted Jay Williamson in the United goal. The rules state that if the ball hits a temporary structure other than the barrier then the game should be stopped and a bully awarded. However the refs did not do this and awarded the goal. Bury were now back in the game (2-3). United did not let the goal distract them from the job in hand, they continued to quietly push and probe Bury’s defence, then with 10 minutes remaining in the game United captain Simon Hosking scored to make it 2-4. There was no way back for Bury, United controlled the remainder of the game, and although Bury threatened United’s goal a couple more times they never looked like getting back into the match. Then with 16 seconds left and Bury over committing in attack, United broke and Hosking scored his 2nd to make the final score Bury 2 – 5 HBU.

After the game United’s Danny Butcher said: “The gaffer told us he wanted a solid professional performance in defence and attack, we needed to play as a team. That’s exactly what we did. We felt we were always in control of the match from the first minute to the last. All the lads are thrilled with the win. We know we can play better, but we are still developing as a side. Bury are one of the favourites for the title so to beat them away from home is great. That said, we know we are not the finished article, we need to take it one game at a time”.

United Manager Phil McVey said: “The team did exactly what I wanted them to do. It was not about putting on a display, or a show for the Bury fans, I wanted a solid, no nonsense performance. We need to defend and attack as a unit and that’s exactly what we did from start to finish. There was not a stand out performance from anyone in the team, today was all about the TEAM performing. We are now sitting top of the league having won 6 out of 6 but for me that is irrelevant. This year is all about developing the squad and the team. 6 out of the 9 players today were 22 or younger. It’s great that the younger players are stepping up. Clearly they still have a lot to learn but they are listening to me and working hard in training and the improvement individually and as a team is there for all to see. They are far from the finished article and we have a long way to go, but at the moment we are on track in regards of their development. Hopefully if they continue to listen and work then they can continue to grow as individuals and as a team. It’s nice to be top of the league, but there are 5 clubs with a realistic chance of winning the league, and out of those 5, I consider HBU’s chances to be the slimmest. It’s changing all the time, earlier today Middlesbrough drew with Grimsby 3-3 at Grimsby, which means they have both dropped more points. The favourites would now have to be Manchester, followed by Grimsby, Bury, Middlesbrough then us”.

HBU Team: Jay Williamson (GK), Karl Smith, Neil Austin, Fabio Vicente, Danny Butcher (2), Tom White (1), David Todd, Joe Singleton, Simon Hosking © (2).

Man of the match: Danny Butcher (scored the goals at right times).

HBU National Division 1
Location: Soham
Date: 06.01.13

HBU National Division 1 squad travelled to Soham at the weekend in their 2nd Tournament of the season and one they hoped to put themselves at the top of the table.

HBU are looking at this Hockey being a chance to help progress the younger members in the club to senior level and at the same time with the aim to win. This weekend unfortunately two of the squad selected were unavailable so one from the Under 17’s and two from the Under 15’s squads travelled with the team and showed very promising signs throughout the day, they were supported by four senior members of the club.

HBU firstly faced the home side of the day Ely who are a young team progressing with some good pace and good building Hockey. The game started fairly close and chances were falling to both teams but Garrett Preistley in goal was giving United the back bone they needed, and the time to settle into the game. United had the strength and Ely sat back off United possibly giving them too much respect and it was this that set the tone of the game. United stepped it up with first half finishing 0-2 to United and HBU looking fairly comfortable not overly pushing and the goals coming from Brendan Barker and Matt Holness.
Again in the second half Ely showed moments of good hockey but the strongest efforts came individualy and again United rarely looked in trouble with Barker getting two more and Alex Mount getting his first of the day. Final Score 0-5 to HBU.

HBU’s 2nd match of the day was against current favourites with no losses this season Maidstone. HBU looked a lot more together and the first half was very closely fought with both teams having opportunities but it was United that were looking more clinical with Maidstones Keeper making some excellent saves. Again it was late in the 1st half when United took the advantage with two goals through Barker. HBU were showing some real moments of good flowing Roller Hockey. The 2nd half was a little easier for United they were gelling a lot better and some very good moments from all and some nice play between the Junior and senior members of the team showing the understanding is coming together. United capitalised on the heads dropping and tiredness of Maidstone setting in, Barker getting his 3rd and then 1 each from Lewis Greenwood and Alex Mount. Final Score 5-0 to United.

3rd and Final game was against Sheffield and again started very tight United taking the lead with two goals from Phil McVey and Brendan Barker, but United allowed Sheffield back in with two goals one a very well struck Back hand from Jermane Clarke. First half was 2-2.
Again United were really pushing Sheffield and Derek Bell in goal was stopping all that was thrown at him. It was beginning to look like the game might play out but with 6 minutes to go United found there momentum and 3 goals from Barker, 1 from McVey and Mount finishing twice the final score was a comfortable 8-2 victory and rounded off a overall positive Day for HBU in National Division 1 and going top of the table.

After the day Brendan Barker commented: ” was a good day and you forget how hard it is to play three games in a day and you certainly feel it. I enjoyed the day and it is good to help the younger players come forward. Overall the day was positive we were seeing a few issues with players some common mistakes that they are all making and others that are individual but nothing we can’t improve on, but we must remember the oldest Junior with us was just 16years old, they are very young with so much time to learn and at some points played some very slick and flowing roller hockey that shows they have the potential to be great and we are lucky to have them playing so well at such an age.

United player manager Phil McVey added: “A good day, I was pleased with the performance of the younger players. They show glimpses of the players they might become if they work hard and listen. I was most pleased with Luke Latham, his performance in the first 2 games was far from where it needed to be, I made him aware that he needed to improve, and to his credit in the last game of the day he completely turned his form around. His reaction to criticism is exactly what I am looking for in a player. He dug in and put in a performance. As a coach that’s all you can ask for. I need all of the players to have that same attitude, if we have that we are 90% of the way there.”

HBU ‘s next ND1 tournament is at East Grinstead on the 3rd February.

HBU Squad: Garrett Priestley, Alex Mount(4), Matt Holness(1), Lewis Greenwood(1), Luke Latham, Philip McVey © (2), Brendan Barker(10)

Man of tournament: Garrett Priestley (he showed that at 48 age is not a barrier)