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Roller Hockey: Under 9 & Under 11’s Jewson Cup Easter Tournament Success!

Posted by HBU Admin on March 27, 2015


HBU Jewson Cup Tournament Easter 2015



The Bay Arena saw a great weekend’s showcase of youth roller hockey over the Easter weekend when HBU hosted a tournament sponsored by Jewsons for Under 9s and Under 15s. There were 5 teams in each category making a total of 20 matches! HBU had 1 team in the Under15s and 2 teams in Under 9s.

Under 15s.


Without several players who were on National duty in Portugal and others on holiday, HBU were fielding a pretty young side with 3 of the players from their Under 13 squad. Even so, HBU made a strong start with a 7 – 0 win over Kent rivals Maidstone in a match where HBU’s players demonstrated team play which is often absent in their encounters in the South Eastern League. HBU then won against Grimsby 3 -2 after letting a commanding 3 – 0 slip towards the end of the match. Next up was French team Wasquehal and HBU made an encouraging start and held it together against the physically stronger French for a while before a bad run led to being 0 – 4 down at half-time. A solid second half performance produced a final score of 1 – 5. HBU’s team game held together pretty well against Lions United which was a team made up of Plymouth and local rivals RHC Invicta. Conceding just one goal in each half, HBU lost 0 – 2 which put them in 3rd place in the table. The French team – Wasquehal – were the worthy U15 winners with proficient play, not dropping a point and conceding only 4 goals over the weekend.


U15 RESULTS Points Goal Diff Position
Wasquehal 12 22 1
Lions United 9 6 2
HBU 6 2 3
Grimsby 1 -12 4
Maidstone 1 -19 5


HBU Team (goals): Jack Thomas, Harrison Raven (gks), Luke Huckstepp(4), Harry Slack(3), Archie Isaacs(1), Cameron Lawrie, Max Bassom, Noah Latham(2).


The Under 9s.

This category was won by local rivals Herne Bay on goal difference with the HBU Vipers!

Consistency is hard to achieve in this youngest age category and this showed itself in the results. Herne Bay beat the Vipers 4 – 2, Vipers beat Northern Stars 6 – 0 and then Northern Stars beat Herne Bay 2 – 1. Herne Bay and HBU Vipers finished level on points but Herne Bay had a one goal bigger goal difference.


HBU also had their Pythons team in the tournament. The Pythons have some of the even younger players and they acquitted themselves well going down 0 – 7 to the Vipers, 2 – 10 to Herne Bay, 0 – 2 to Wasquehal and 0 -2 to Northern Stars – a team put together from Manchester, Middlesbrough and Spen Valley.

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Amelia Thomas – GK for HBU Pythons was awarded Best U9 Goalkeeper and Herne Bay’s Toby Wilson was best U9 Player as voted by all the teams’ coaches.  IMG_5922


U9 RESULTS Points Goal Diff Position
Herne Bay 9 13 1
Vipers 9 12 2
Wasquehal 6 -2 3
Northern Stars 6 -3 4
Pythons 0 -20 5


HBU’s president Ron Barker commented “there was an old-style family feel about the weekend and it demonstrated the community spirit roller hockey has in Herne Bay and the quality of the development being achieved by all the clubs. Special thanks go to Simon Hosking for driving forward with this event and all our officials and helpers”.


HBU win SECHRA Under 16’s League

Posted by HBU Admin on March 26, 2015


SECRHA U/16 League

The final tournament of the SECRHA U16 season took place this weekend with Maidstone the host team at the YMCA.

In the past this small rink has caused HBU some challenges and this occasion was no different. HBU needed to beat RHC Invicta to retain the title and began the game going one down before 3 quick goals through some good team play saw HBU comfortably in front at half time. The 2nd half was a closer affair with HBU pressing but only able to add one more for a 4-1 score line and to win the league.

The 2nd game against the home team Maidstone was mostly one way traffic and 2 early goals and great Maidstone goalkeeping kept the score unchanged until late in the game with the final score 3-0.

The final game against an undefeated Herne Bay was the closest game of the day where a committed Herne Bay performance, great goal keeping and some poor HBU finishing produced a thrilling 3-3 draw and a great advert for SECRHA and regional hockey.

The HBU Team includes players Rhys Young, Jocie Greenwood, Oli Hudson, Harry Slack and Noah Latham have remained undefeated this season, well done to the entire squad.

Thanks to parents and referees for their continued support.

HBU team today: Jack Thomas & Harrison Raven(GKs) Will Parkinson-Wellard, Josh Butcher, Jamie McVey, George Daly, Luke Huckstepp, Matt Lawrie, Cameron Lawrie.

Premier League: HBU comfortable Victory at the Den!

Posted by HBU Admin on March 12, 2015


Premier League: Club Santacruzense vs HBU

At the weekend HBU were away to Santacruzense for the first time in club history playing also for the first time at Millwall’s The Den sports centre that is situated alongside the Stadium.

Santacruzense are in their first season as a club and a team with potential but not having the best first season, however United would be looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the table with the possibilities of close rivals slipping up in the latter part of the season.

United started strongly taking a 3 goal lead within 5 minutes, The pressure off slightly United stepped off the gas and were playing a concentrated defense waiting for Santacruzense to make the mistakes with an individual style team and to prevent the accumulation of team fouls. The system was working for United on the small rink and Santacruzense were failing to find any real way through. United added two more before the break and a 5- 0 lead at half time.

United in the second half were equally disciplined and the goals were more evenly spaced out through out the half, United’s Eddie Mount in goal and hope of a clean sheet was broken when Santacruzense finally got 2 goals in quick concession bringing the score to 8 – 2. Santacruzense frustrations were showing and repeated verbal airings of these to the officials whose patience was wearing thin soon issued two blue cards to the home team.

United’s Neil Austin had to leave the rink needing medical attention from the Physio after being caught by a deflected ball causing a nasty cut requiring 7 stitches to his right eye.

Shortly after the match resumed United continued and three more goals were added to the score sheet with United taking an 11 – 2 win at full time.

United remain at the top of the table but have played more games than other teams and are hoping for some fortunate results. Such as second place Middlesbrough’s drawing with Letchworth 6 – 6.

HBU’s next match is in the National Cup at the Bay Sports Arena on the 14th March 2015 v Santacruzense.

Team list:

Eddie Mount, Karl Smith(2), Jordi Saldana(2), Josh Branchett, Neil Austin, David Martindale, Fabio Vicente©(2), Brendan Barker(5),