Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club

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Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club
Founded 1894
Head Coach Kwan Browne (Men's 1st XI)
Mike Delaney (Women's 1st XI)
Manager Thea Hitchcock (Men's 1st XI)
Jo Edmonson (Women's 1st XI)
Captain Toby Roche (Men's 1st XI)
Annebeth Wijtenburg (Women's 1st XI)
Home ground Paddington Recreation Ground,
Maida Vale, London
(Capacity 47 people and 2 dogs)
League England Hockey League
London Hockey League
Official Website hwhockey.club

Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club is a field hockey club based in London, England. It was established in 1894. The home ground is currently at Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale.[1]

The Men's 1st XI play in the Men's Hockey League Premier Division, and the Women's 1st XI play in the Investec Women's Hockey League East Conference Division. The rest of the men's sides play in the Higgins Group London Hockey League. The women's side play in the South Clubs' Women's Hockey League and the Middlesex Women's League. The club is considered the largest adult hockey club in the UK, and fields twelve Men's sides and seven Ladies' sides, as well as various other mixed, junior and veterans sides.

Major National Honours[edit]

Men's 1st XI[edit]

Thea Hitchcock is the current Manager and has been in this role since September 2009.

At the 2012 Annual Dinner, Dan Fox was awarded player of the season for the 3rd successive year.

For the season 2012/2013, the player of the season was Toby Roche. Chris Bowen won the MVP award, which is voted by the players after every game.

The 2012/13 season began a new era at HWHC under the management team of Chris Rowolht and Tom Kavanagh. The team was led by the captaincy team of David Cooper and Tobias Cornelius Roche. Big things were expected of the season ahead with several new imports including London Olympian and BMW poster boy Iain Mackay joining the Hampstead ranks as well as Luke Kellaway being hired as first team physio. The season ended in a 6th-place finish but with strong foundations in place to build on. HWHC also reached the HA cup final, beating Fareham, Birmingham, holders Beeston and Cannock en route. Retiring first team veteran Will Naylor finished as top goalscorer.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1st August 2016.[2]
No. Position Player
1 Wales GK David Kettle
3 England DF David Cooper
TBC England DF Joe Crame
TBC England DF Marc Edwards
25 Republic of Ireland DF Neil Hamilton
TBC England DF Aaron Hudson
18 Netherlands DF Alex Jakeman
23 Republic of Ireland DF Stuart Loughrey
TBC Republic of Ireland DF Geoff McCabe
7 England DF Toby Roche (Captain)
TBC England DF Richard Smith
TBC England DF Tom Woolven
5 England MF Richard Alexander
No. Position Player
TBC England MF Matt Burton-Bowen
TBC Trinidad and Tobago MF Kwan Browne
TBC Republic of Ireland MF Chris Cargo
TBC England FW Sam French
TBC Wales MF Stephen Kelly
21 England MF James Simpson
TBC England MF Daniel Walsh
9 South Africa MF Matthew Botha
TBC England FW Will Calnan
TBC England FW Nick Giles
22 Poland FW Andrew Murie
TBC Wales FW Rupert Shipperley
TBC Republic of Ireland FW Mikie Watt

Women's 1st XI[edit]

Experienced hockey player and coach, Mike Delaney now leads the Ladies 1st XI and will be looking to improve the team's 4th-placed finish. Kiwi Mike has a wealth of experience and coaching accolades, stemming from club hockey to international coaching representation with New Zealand. Richard Smith will continue to act as Assistant Coach with the support of Manager Jo Edmonson and Captain Annebeth Wijtenburg.

September 2015, the Ladies 1st XI made their debut in the Investec Conference East Division.[3] Coached by, Mo Rahman, supported by Assistant Coach Richard Smith, Manager Jo Edmonson and Captain Annebeth Wijtenburg the girls finished 4th in their first season.

The 2014/15 season saw the ladies gain promotion from South Clubs' Women's Hockey League Division 1 into the prestigious England Hockey National League under Steve Menzies. A club first and significant milestone for the Ladies.

In 2013/14 the Ladies finished runners up in the England Hockey Investec Women’s Cup, losing to Investec Premier Division side, Surbiton Hockey Club.

Current squad[edit]

As of 13th October 2016.[4]
No. Position Player
1 England GK Rochelle Gianfrancesco
6 England DF Brodie Fairchild
2 England DF Annebeth Wijtenburg (Captain)
11 England DF Fleur Horner
4 England DF Katherine Baker
25 England DF Katherine Mackay
TBC England DF Gemma Tuplin
27 England DF Dannielle Jones
23 Wales DF Elie Barnes
13 England MF Alice Garrad
TBC England MF Katherine Langridge
21 New Zealand MF Kate Mccaw
29 England MF Jessica Orrett
No. Position Player
TBC England MF Harriet Tibble
22 Canada MF Louise Radford
7 Australia MF Hayley Turner
9 Guernsey MF Isabel Wray
17 England MF Olivia Rendall
10 England FW Amy Askew
28 Netherlands FW Michelle Borren
12 Republic of Ireland FW Helen Cathcart
14 England FW Jasmine Clark
21 Netherlands FW Joyce Esser
5 England FW Cressida Grant
22 Netherlands FW Diede van der Heijden

International Players Past & Present (Men & Women)[edit]

  • Richard Alexander - England and Great Britain
  • Elie Barnes - Wales
  • Edward Bevan - Wales
  • Matthew Botha - South Africa
  • Chris Bowen - South Africa and Wales
  • Helen Cathcart - Ireland
  • Andrew Cornick - Wales
  • David Cooper - England (Indoor)
  • Gavin Davis - Australia
  • Dan Fox - England and Great Britain
  • Alice Garrad - England
  • César Hauet - France
  • Andy Hayward - New Zealand
  • Richard Hildreth - Canada
  • Dilawar Hussain - Pakistan
  • David Jameson - Canada
  • Graham Joyce - Scotland
  • Justin King - South Africa
  • Eddie O'Brien - Australia
  • Will Naylor - England (Indoor)
  • Iain Mackay - England and Great Britain
  • Mitesh Patel - New Zealand
  • Ben Rogers - Wales
  • Marc Sala - Spain
  • Stanley Shoveller - England
  • Soma Singh - England and Great Britain
  • Matt Simkin - Wales
  • James Simpson - England U21 & Great Britain U21
  • Josh Smith - Wales
  • Richard Smith - England and Great Britain
  • Peter Swainson - Wales
  • Rob Thompson - England and Great Britain
  • Tim Thompson - Australia
  • Simon Towns - New Zealand
  • Stephane Vehrle-Smith - Brazil
  • C L Vye [5]
  • Scott Webster - Australia
  • Annebeth Wijtenberg - England (Mixed)
  • Isabel Wray - Guernsey