Team of the Week - Round 14

Team of the week 2019/20
Goalkeeper 
Name: Bayley Chatwin
Club: Bournemouth HC
Nomination: Bayley had an absolute stormer of a game, in the first half he made two excellent saves, both from 1 on 1s where he managed to smother and clear the ball. The second half was intense. Bayley made an incredible save from a drag flick and quickly stopped the rebound, but it didn’t stop there. To add to this, with the team conceding a penalty flick, Bayley somehow made an excellent dive down to his right-hand side to prevent it from hitting the bottom corner. It was from this the team went on to score two goals and win the game. He was composed throughout and always alert when called upon.

Bayley Chatwin

Defence
Name: Sophie Brennan
Club: Exe Hockey
Nomination: Sophie made her debut in Exe Hockey 3s at the age of 13! She had an amazing, composed and confident game where she made fantastic runs from defence to the D. She is a star in the making.

Name: Mai-Po Wan
Club: Sonning
Nomination: Sonning had a string of bad luck with players dropping out due to injury and illness but Mai-Po was immense in defence. She controlled the team and organised the team for 70 minutes. She made crucial tackles and interceptions. Mai-po does this week after week for the team and is much appreciated by all.

Name: Gavin Shaw
Club: Holcombe HC
Nomination: Gavin is such a versatile player and literally plays in every position. Today, he played at right back and got his 150th club goal for Holcombe and he is the nicest man you can ever meet!

Gavin Shaw

Midfield
Name: Philip Beesley
Club: Banbury HC
Nomination: At 46 years old Philip was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and was advised to slow down, including his hockey. With the advice in hand Philip played today & scored four goals for his team. Philip didn’t stop there, he also showed the youngsters of the club to always play with determination and never let an illness define you.

Philip Beesley

Name: Edwin Brown
Club: Chertsey Thames Valley HC
Nomination: Edwin played his final game for the club before moving back up north. Edwin put in yet another hard-working and controlled performance. Since joining the club, he has been a key player and his enthusiasm has been infectious. He will be hugely missed by the club, but we all wish him well!

Name: Rajvir Singh
Club: Gravesham & Wellcome
Nomination: Rajvir was a key player in Gravesham & Wellcome’s win over Folkestone. He never stops running, going on to score two goals in the first half and assisted two more with powerful and accurate injections on penalty corners.

Attack 
Name: Balkar Jawanda
Club: Kingswinford HC
Nomination: Balkar is a fantastic player, he came up against a very youthful side who ran for 70 minutes…even at the age of 62 he managed to keep going and run throughout! This week he put in a shift and came out on top! 

Balkar Jawanda

Name: Heather Smith
Club: Taw Valley HC
Nomination: Heather made a rare appearance for the club today. Normally she sacrifices her own game time to umpire and give everyone else the meaningful game time. Heather is one of the Club's longest serving members and is Club Chair. She spends hours keeping the club afloat, dealing with issues and admin. She still finds time to coach the Juniors and has a very demanding career. Taw Valley are so grateful for all her efforts and to see her joy and passion when playing today was so inspiring.

Heather Smith

Name: Dave Wigg
Club: Cannock
Nomination: Dave also known as the “Evergreen Veteran” bagged himself another four goals today, which takes his current total for the season to 27. It might not sound like many to some, but Dave is also a full-time Superdad and can’t commit to playing each week as he has childcare commitments.

Name: Katie Buckle
Club: Pudsey
Nomination: Katie played a strong part in the 5-0 win over Thirsk HC. Katie, despite playing as a forward, was often defending from the top of her own area. She ran for the entire game including one goal that was a full pitch length move, involving four 1-2 passes and a nutmegging of the keeper.