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Youth Academy, 3 Teams through to Cup Final’s

Posted by HBU Admin on June 30, 2013


Roller Hockey Report – Nat Cup Qualifiers

Herne Bay United

(expect an Under 11 report from Kent Roller Hockey and Skating Academy)

The weekend of the 22/23 June was the play-offs for the National Cup Finals for each of the age-groups Under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 20.  Herne Bay United was playing in all 5. The matches were held in the Eastern Counties hot-bed of Soham near Cambridge.

The matches pitted old rivals against each other, opening with HBU v Kings Lynn in the U13.  Several of the HBU players came straight from their return flights from Portugal where they had been playing with the England team last week. A tight first half produced a mid-point score line of 1 – 1 but in the second half Kings Lynn’s Matt Baker (who was also part of the England team in Portugal) polished off HBU with 3 goals for a 4 – 1 victory. HBU’s scorer was Jamie McVey.

Next up were the U15 who faced 2 matches to get to the final. The first opponents were again Kings Lynn but on past form this time HBU were favourites to win. HBU went in to half time 2 – 0 in front with goals from Lewis Greenwood and Alex Mount. The 2nd half saw Kings Lynn come back but with only one goal from Matt Baker which gave HBU a tighter than expected 2 – 1 win to put them into the decider against Kent Academy. This match was more of a formality for HBU who had a very comfortable half-time lead of 9 – 2 (scorers Lewis Greenwood 5, Josh Branchett 2, David Martindale 1 and an own goal). HBU relaxed in the 2nd half with just 3 goals (Josh Butcher, Alex Mount and Josh Branchett) for 2 in reply from Kent Academy. Final result HBU 12, Kent Academy 4.

The final contest of the day on Saturday was U11, HBU v Kent Academy. On previous encounters in the Eastern Counties League Kent Academy had been convincing winners so HBU had worked on the U11 team defence. This kept the score to 1 – 2 at half-time but frustrations crept into the 2nd half and Kent Academy scored 4 without any reply from HBU to make the final score 1 – 6.

The U17 and U20 matches took place on Sunday. The U15 players form the nucleus of HBU’s U17 and U20 teams so several players and their parents stayed in the Soham area overnight.

The opponents in the U17 match were Ely and HBU expected a comfortable win going on past form in the Eastern Counties league. HBU scored first through Lewis Greenwood but Ely equalised which was not part of the script. Ashley Barton scored to give HBU a narrow 2 – 1 lead at half-time but the team was looking far from comfortable. HBU ground out some more goals in the second half through Mount (2), Barton and Greenwood and Ely got a second goal on the board just before full time. A 6 – 2 win but the team was not looking its best and had just one additional player joining them for the U20 match in an hour’s time.

The U20 match opponents were Bury St Edmunds who had pretty much the England Juniors on show and who comprised most of the Bury team that had played the Premier League match at the Bay Arena on the Saturday evening (see separate report). The HBU team instructions were to keep the defence tight and attack at full tilt when the opportunity arises.

The HBU U20 team was the U17 team plus Dan Butcher. Dan had scored 4 against Bury the previous evening and it was clear from the start that Bury were concentrating their marking on him.  With, in essence, 2 Premier League quality teams facing each other there were few chances and those that came were missed and it was 0 – 0 at half time.

The HBU game plan was therefore left unchanged in the second half with no team changes which would be a concern as the match wore on in terms of tired legs. 3 minutes into the 2nd half Greenwood slotted home a push shot round a defender into the corner of the net. The game was continued to the same plans by both teams with Bury getting increasingly frustrated and the team-fouls building up both ways. It looked like Bury would reach the key 10 fouls first but they gave away a major foul which resulted in a sending off and a direct free-hit to HBU which HBU failed to convert.  Soon afterwards HBU gave away the foul which brought their tally to 10. Keeper Ed Mount saved but the hit was ordered to be re-taken because of a break-out by HBU players. Bury changed the striker but again Ed saved. It could have been 1 -1 but Ed had kept HBU’s 1 – 0 lead. Bury still faced 2 minutes of power-play against them and during that time they looked more dangerous than HBU with all 4 players on the rink

The final 2 minutes of the match were very tense and combative and Bury took off their goalkeeper to use 5 out-players to try their utmost to get an equaliser. With 13 seconds on the clock Bury gave away the 10th foul. Greenwood stepped up to take the direct free-hit and again slotted home and HBU secured an improbable 2 – 0 win.

HBU Club President Ron Barker said “I travelled up today specifically to help manage the Under 20 match as Dan Butcher is not used to playing with these youngsters in a competitive situation. This match had everything, it was Premier League standard and would have been a worthy final. I am delighted with the way our team performed as a team and fought their way to a very hard won victory on very tired legs at the end. We made three finals out of five and this one is the icing on the cake. All we have to do now is keep it together until the finals at the Bay Arena on 20 July. Everyone should come and cheer the teams on”.

Cup Finals:

U15: HBU v Ely

U17: HBU v Bury

U20: HBU v Kings Lynn


U11: Harrison Raven (goalkeeper), Archie Isaacs, Max Bassom, Millie Clarke, Sian Emslie, Fionnbarr Parkinson-Terry, Lewis Deverson

U13: Rhys Young (goalkeeper), Luke Huckstepp, Sian Emslie, Jamie McVey, Oli Hudson, George Daly

U15: Rhys Young (goalkeeper), Alex Mount, Josh Branchett, Lewis Greenwood, Jocie Greenwood, Will Parkinson-Wellard, David Martindale, Jamie McVey, Josh Butcher, Luigi Walker

U17: Ed Mount (goalkeeper), Alex Mount, Josh Branchett, Lewis Greenwood, David Martindale, Ashley Barton, Harry Adams (goalkeeper)

U20: Ed Mount (goalkeeper), Alex Mount, Josh Branchett, Lewis Greenwood, Dan Butcher, Ashley Barton

Busy Hockey Weekend for HBU!

Posted by HBU Admin on June 21, 2013


Evening all is a busy weekend of Hockey at HBU; We have the National Cup Qualifiers Tomorrow and Sunday for the Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s, and Under 17’s. Saturday Evening at the Bay Sports Arena at 6pm we have a friendly Under 7’s Match before HBU’s final Premier League Match of the Season against Bury. Good Luck to all playing this weekend!

Please help HBU in helping a special young member of our community! Come and Skate in Fancy Dress!

Posted by HBU Admin on June 7, 2013




Teagan is almost 4 years old and suffers with an extremely rare chromosome abnormality called Tetrasomy of chromosome 15. She has also been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. She cannot communicate in any way at all and has just started to walk, be it very unsteadily.

We are raising money to help buy her a specialised trike to try and give her a little bit of independence and some normality. This is to enable Teagan to be able to take part in activities so many of us take for granted to be able to go out with her family for walks and rides to the beach, park and day trips and not be confined to a wheelchair.


HBU are holding a Fancy Dress Skating Party  to help with the raising of the funds necessary to help this special individual.  The Party is taking place at The Bay Sports Arena at Herne Bay High School on the 5th July from 7pm, entrance costs just £2 Each! Please come and show your support and help contribute for this special young lady!



National Division 1: HBU are National Champions!

Posted by HBU Admin on June 4, 2013


Herne Bay United Reserves played in the final tournament in the National Division 1 at the Arena on Sunday.


United had 3 games against England Schoolboys, Maidstone and finally the England Ladies. United were going into the tournament level on points with Halifax and 4 points clear of Maidstone.

United’s first game was against England Schoolboys. Leading 2-1 with 30 seconds to go somehow United managed to concede 2 goals to lose 3-2. Maidstone won their first game of the day to put them only 1 point behind United. This meant that the outcome of the game between the 2 sides would have a huge bearing on the title. If Maidstone won then the title would probably go to them. United though were up for the game and went 1-0 with a well taken individual goal from Lewis Greenwood. That was the only goal of the first half. The second half saw Maidstone pile on the pressure, they were rewarded with a goal of their own to tie the game at 1-1. However a draw was enough for United and Maidstone knew it, in the final minutes of the game Maidstone pressed United all over the rink and their tactic nearly worked when United conceded a penalty with only 3 seconds of the game remaining. If Maidstone scored the title would be all but theirs, however veteran keeper saved the shot to make the final score 1-1. United now knew a win against the England ladies would secure them the title. United dominated the final game running out comfortable 7-0 winners. Herne Bay United are now National Division 1 Champions for 2012/13 season, England’s Project 2013 Junior squad actually topped the table but are a project team and are entered as training program in the League.

After the tournament Club Coach Phil McVey said: “We are thrilled to have won the league, the team is basically made up of young up and coming players and the veterans. We have proved there is strength and depth within our club and the future looks bright. Hopefully it has given the younger players a taste of winning championships at senior level. We want them to enjoy it, learn from the experience and progress to hopefully winning many more competitions in years to come. I has been a very busy week for the club, and a very successful one as well. Our 1st team are currently sitting in 2nd place in the Premier League with one game to go, it is out of our hands. We need Middlesbrough to slip up against current champions Grimsby in their final game and we need to beat Bury for us to win the title. It seems unlikely that Middlesbrough will slip up but Grimsby are still in with a chance of winning the league as well so who knows. It should be an interesting few weeks ahead. Middlesbrough and Grimsby play this coming Sunday and we play Bury on the 22nd June.”


HBU Team: Garrett Priestley (gk), Paul McVey, Nick Barton, Matt Holness, Jon Barton, Richard Walker, Josh Branchett, Lewis Greenwood.

EVRICup 2013 HBU Proud to have Held Such an Event!

Posted by HBU Admin on June 4, 2013


Last week saw 18 teams from all over Europe descend on Herne Bay to take part in the European Veterans Roller hockey Invitational Cup (EVRICup).

Hosts Herne Bay United put on a great event which has been hailed by many taking part as the best run tournament they have attended.

Herne Bay United played exceptionally well in the over 35 competition coming an impressive 3rd, only beaten by the 2 Portuguese teams.

HBU’s 1st game in Group B was against previous winners of the competition CT Barcino (Spanish) on Wednesday night. United dominated the game straight from the start and ran out comfortable 9-2 winners. Their 2nd group match was against Italian side Carbonia on Thursday morning, the Italians proved to be a very good side but United were eventual winners (6-3). United’s 3rd group match was against Portuguese stars Lobinhos, however the Portuguese proved to be too big a mountain to climb and United went down 3-8.

Friday morning saw United take on Spanish side Voltrega, the winner would progress to the semi finals, whilst the losers would be confined to the playoffs for 5th – 8th place. The game was incredibly tight from beginning to end but United dug deep and ran out winners 6-4. Having come no higher than 11th in previous EVRICups United were now playing for a place in the final, to get there they would have to beat the other Portuguese team in the competition (Paco De Arcas). The game was played at 21:30 on the Friday night. United had a shocking start to the game and the Portuguese went 5-0 up in the first 10 minutes. The damage was done and there was no way back for United, despite pulling one back in the second half United went down 1-5. Lobinhos defeated Belgian team Rolta in the other semi final so HBU were now to play Rolta for 3rd & 4th place.

Herne Bay United v Rolta was the penultimate game in the tournament. Rolta have always been extremely tough competitors and they were proving to be exactly that again. The halftime score was 1-0 to United, the second half was as close as the 1st with Rolta creating the majority of the chances, however it was United who capitalised scoring the 2nd and final goal of the game to come out 2-0 winners and take 3rd place.

The final of the competition saw the two Portuguese giants face each other (Lobinhos v Paco De Arcas). The game lived up to all expectations and was a fantastic advert for the sport and the tournament. Lobinhos scored in the last minute of the game to make the score 2-2 and to take the game to a penalty shootout. Lobinhos then won the penalty shootout 3 penalties to 1 to win the competition. A packed house saw the drama unfold and all were thrilled to have been there to see such great teams and great players perform.

Local rivals Herne Bay were also in action in the over 50’s competition, for many this was the first time they had played for a number of years. Although they lost their first 2 games their touch was coming back to them. In their final 2 games they improved dramatically, drawing their 3rd game with a late equaliser in the final seconds of the game, then winning their 4th and final game of the competition to secure 5th place.

Following the tournament all of the competitors and officials who took part in the competition attended a banquet held at the school. This too was a huge success and the perfect way to end the 4 days of competition.

EVRICup president Ben Veerman from Holland said afterwards: “We would like to thank Herne Bay United and all of their volunteers for all the great things they have done. We will never forget this week in Herne Bay. We look forward to seeing all of you next year in Voltrega (Spain)”.

HBU’s player coach Phil McVey said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how this week has gone, both on and off the rink. A huge thank you to all involved in organising the event, the club pulled together and to see all of the volunteers there helping out from as early 8am every morning until late into the night is amazing. For the event to be as successful as it was, we needed everybody to step up, if any one element failed then the whole thing would have failed. But that didn’t happen. The School, the Arena, our sponsors, our members and of course our players were all brilliant. This tournament has put the town of Herne Bay on the map. We have shown every one we can run a major international tournament, I hope this is the first of many. We plan to attend the tournament in Voltrega next year so we look forward to seeing all of our friends there again.”

In the final tally of Goal scorers over the total of 45 matches HBU’s Brendan Barker came 5th with 9 goals and just two places below him was Simon Hosking with 8.


HBU Team Players over all their matches: David Garlick, Dan Barton & Garrett Priestly (gk) Paul McVey, Phil McVey, Brendan Barker, Neil Austin, Nick Barton, Jon Barton, Nigel Mills, Peter Taylor, Richard Walker.