THE annual Bridgwater Hockey Club Awards Evening was held at Enmore Golf Club on Saturday night.

Vice-president Sue Chaplin welcomed a great turnout from both the men's and ladies sections of the club, who enjoyed a carvery meal, followed by the presentation of the awards and trophies.

This year’s award list:

Men's 1st player of the year - Duncan Morrish

Ladies 1st player of the year - Laura Coles

Men's 2nd player of the year - Dominic Court

Ladies 2nd player of the year - Niamh Dillon

Men's 3rd player of the year - Tyler Coleman

Men's 4th player of the year - Oscar West

Men's 5th player of the Year - Toby Knight

Mixed players of the year - Will Pope/Sapphy Reed-Yang

Top goalscorer - Tom Lott

Men's fair play trophy - Max Syvret

Ladies fair play trophy - Naimh Dillon

Best young player (male) - Tom Stacey

Best young player (female) - Willow Hobbs

Most improved young player (male) - Alex Howe

Most improved young player (female) - Jess Shobbrook

Most improved ladies player - Vicky Redwood

Committee Cup (best trainer) - Kate Ward

Ray Morrish Cup (best team) - men's 1st

Captain’s Cup - Julie Morrish

Clunk Trophy - Ian Stradling


LAST Tuesday night saw the final session of the season for Bridgwater Hockey Club juniors.

It has been a successful season with 60 juniors from age six to 14 signed up since September.

Several of those have also made the transition to start training and playing in the adult leagues – well done to Morgan, Sam, Oscar, Kit and Luke.

The juniors have also fielded teams in the Somerset Under-12 and Under-14 festivals held at venues across the county.

Following these festivals and training, several players have also been nominated for the Somerset Junior Development Centres, and the club wishes them luck as they are put through their paces on the first step of the England Hockey representative ladder.

At the final session of the season several games were played, and to complete the evening medals were awarded to the teams, with certificates for the growing eight-and-under group "the newbies” - some of whom have only been playing for the last month.

The ‘coachability’ awards were given to Hannah, Ophelia and Lucas for their effort in listening to coaching, acting on advice, team play and progress over the season, while Fred was given the goalkeeper award.

The final trophy was awarded to Naz, as club member of the season.


West Clubs Women's League Central Division

Clifton Robinsons 3rds 4, Bridgwater 0

BRIDGWATER ladies 1sts' final fixture of the season was a perfect example of how their performances have not been matched by their results this season.

Coming up against champions Clifton Robinsons, Bridgwater went into this game with no pressure on their shoulders, and came out all guns blazing.

Going forward, the visitors looked increasingly dangerous and had a spell where they won three short corners in a row; saved by some last-ditch defending and good goalkeeping, Clifton managed to keep the game goalless.

The home side then started to show why they had won the league with a string of good attacks, but Bridgwater’s defence held firm, and through great goalkeeping of their own and a goal-line clearance, also kept themselves in the game.

It was the hosts, however, who broke the deadlock, going into half-time 1-0 up.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first - Bridgwater displayed some good threats but couldn’t quite find the incisive pass or strike that would get them their goal.

Through two fantastic finishes and a lucky fourth goal, Robinsons ran out the winners.

Despite the result, the Ladies performance was fantastic and one they can be very proud of; Bridgwater have also ensured they avoid relegation.

Player of the match: Laura Coles