Club results Saturday October 14

Windsor keeper Rich Sage put in a man of the match performance and saved a penalty flick
Alex Weller opened the scoring for Windsor Men’s 1

Super Saturday saw all five Windsor squads take points with both first teams finally getting out of the starting blocks.

Playing away, the Mens 1s drew 1-1 with Marlow 3s in a closely fought match that saw the visitors take an early lead.

Windsor started the brighter of the two and were patient in the build up from the back.

They were rewarded when a slick move was started by Jamie O’Connell who flicked the ball into the path of Alex Weller.

Collecting the ball at pace, Weller dinked past a defender and fired a cross to the top of the D where David Searle was waiting to sweep it in for the opener.

With confidence high, Windsor began the second half where they left off, dominating play and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke when O’Connell’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender’s body on the line.

Instead, the tables were turned when Marlow were awarded a penalty flick at the other end following a challenge on a Marlow striker by Windsor keeper Rich Sage.

But Sage kept his cool with a brilliant save and put in a man of the match performance with a range of impressive stops.

But despite his heroics, Marlow finally found a way through to level the score and deny Windsor their first win of the season.

On Saturday, October 21 they host Abingdon 1s who are second in MBBO Division 2.

In Division 6, Windsor Men’s 2s notched up a dazzling 5-1 home win against Oxford Hawks 6 and next play Maidenhead Magicians in a local derby.

And in Division 7, the newly formed Men’s 3s continue to dominate the table following a spectacular 6-0 home win against Bicester 3s.

With 15 goals in three games and only one conceded, they are becoming the team to beat – something Newbury and Thatcham will bear in mind when they host the leaders.

Windsor Ladies 1s put their first point on the table after a 2-2 draw away against Oxford Ladies 4s.

Starting strongly, Windsor showed their intent from push back and forced their personality on the game.

Captain Freya Hayter set the standard and the team responded with terrific movement and pace across the pitch.

And It was Hayter who opened the scoring after Saskia Swannack won the ball and passed to the skipper who weaved her way past the defence and scored through the narrowest gap on the left.

But Oxford proved a handful and were lively in attack. And a momentary loss of concentration from Windsor cost them a goal as an unmarked Oxford player had time to pick her spot and loop the ball high into the far left corner.

The open game could have gone either way, but Oxford had the upper hand when a shot blocked by a Windsor foot on the line gave the home team a penalty stroke.

Expecting a flick to the right, keeper Ruki Sayid committed but a shot fired unexpectedly down the middle beat the keeper and gave Oxford a 2-1 lead.

But the visitors refused to collapse and instead dug in and chased the equaliser in a fast moving end-to-end game.

The breakthrough came after Maxine Bonnage took the ball down the right flank, cut in and fired from an impossible angle that beat the defence and keeper to level the score with minutes left on the clock.

Onn Saturday, October 21 they host local rivals Gerrards Cross Ladies 3s in Trysports Division 1.

In Division 4, Windsor 2s racked up their third win and second clean sheet on the run following a 1-0 win away against Reading Rogues.

Early pressure paid off with a short corner drilled in by Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus.

And Windsor were denied in the second half when a goal was disallowed for a foul in the build up as they worked hard to double the scoreline.

Reading battled to find an equaliser and in a tense final five minutes looked as if they might score but Windsor managed to hang on and see out the game.

The win has taken them to fifth and they hope to build on momentum when they host Witney Ladies 3s in their next game.

  • Pictures by Alan Richards

Club results Saturday October 7

Emma Thatcher bags a brace for Windsor L2s v Wychwood Badgers at home.
Picture: Mel Dobson

Gritty display but no rewards for Windsor’s first teams 

Both Windsor’s first teams are struggling to find form for their first wins of the season.

The Men’s 1s lost 2-1 to local rivals Maidenhead 2s in a tetchy match that could have gone either way.

Hosts Windsor started well and were disciplined at the back but struggled to keep possession and find their attacking rhythm.

And they were undone by an unlikely deflection which skewed the ball from a Maidenhead cross to wrong foot keeper Rich Sage and give the visitors an unexpected lead.

Windsor raised the tempo and piled on the pressure in the second half working hard to break down their opponents while containing them over the half way line.

But as Windsor chased the game, frustrations boiled over and tempers frayed and it took five green cards from umpires – three to the home team and two to Maidenhead to bring the teams to their senses.

Windsor were first to compose themselves and with ten minutes left, won a penalty corner which was coolly converted by Marcus Barrow to level the score.
It seemed the game would end in a draw but a controversial high ball took a cruel deflection from a Windsor stick and looped into the goal to kill off the game in the dying seconds.
On Saturday, October 14  the newly promoted Men’s team face Marlow 3s away and hope to put three points on the board in MBBO Division 2.
The Ladies First XI is also looking for a dramatic change in fortune after losing 3-1 at home to Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.
For the third week running, Windsor have conceded three goals while suffering a goal drought at the other end.
Yet they created opportunities and had plenty of possession in a game where the final score should have been closer.
Newbury took the lead with a well executed penalty corner to the left post but Windsor were a match hitting back quickly with a short corner strike of their own.
Won by Emma Williams, it was deftly finished by Maxine Bonnage to put Windsor back in contention.
But two swift counter attacks caught Windsor out and by half time the visitors had a comfortable 3-1 lead.
While Windsor fought to chip away at the Newbury back four and get back in the game, Newbury’s stubborn defence refused to budge and held out for all three points.
Windsor travel to Oxford to take on the city’s Ladies 4s in Trysports Division 1.
In Division 4, the Ladies 2s leapt up the table to sixth with a terrific 2-0 win against Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s.
Playing at home, Windsor took the initiative and dominated play, taking control of the flanks and pushing forward with purpose.
And a well worked penalty corner saw Emma Thatcher put Windsor in the lead with a slick finish.
Thatcher doubled her tally and the score in the second half with an unstoppable strike from the top of the D in a game where the Windsor defence was fairly untroubled at the back.
They face Reading Rogues away on October 14.
Elsewhere the Men’s 2s lost 4-2 away to Amersham and Chalfont Men’s 3s in MBBO Division 6 and will host Oxford Hawks 6.
And the newly formed Mens’ 3s continued their brilliant start to the season with their second win to keep them top of MBBO Division 7.
Dave White, Gareth Baber and Jonathan Crayston scored for Windsor in the 3-1 victory away against Ramgarhia Slough 1s and will play  Bicester 3s at home.

Club results Saturday September 30

Hip Hip Jose! Hat-trick hero fires M3s to the top of the league

Hat-trick hero Jose San Roman powered Windsor Hockey Club’s newly formed men’s team to the top of the table in a 7-0 thriller against Gerrards Cross.

The men’s third team put in an explosive debut performance at home in a stunning victory that left their local rivals reeling.

There were goals galore with Steve Timpson and Chris Parsons also getting on the score sheet while Ben Hefford bagged a brace against Cross 3s in MBBO Division 7.

And the team is hoping to build on the first game of the season when they take on Ramgarhia Slough away on October 7.

Windsor Men’s 1s who won promotion to Division 2 were denied a perfect start following a 2-1 defeat against Oxford Hawks 4s.

While Windsor started brightly, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock to open the scoring and increase their lead before half time with a drag flick from a short corner that was skilfully turned into the goal.

Despite the jittery start in a new league, Windsor grew in confidence in the second half and created several chances that went begging at the back post.

The visitors increased the pressure on the Hawks and a well worked short corner saw Alex Wright pounce on a rebound to drill home Windsor’s first.

With minutes left on the clock, Windsor battled to find an equaliser but the experienced Hawks side held firm to safely see the game out.

On Saturday, October  Windsor host local rivals Maidenhead 2s.

In Division 6, the mens’s second team ran out 4-0 winners against Ashford 3s and play Amersham and Chalfont 3s away.

Windsor Ladies are still struggling to find a winning formula after suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Maidenhead Ladies 3s.

The visitors were 2-0 down at half time and the Maids continued to pull the strings in the second half scoring again with no reply from Windsor.

The Trysports Division 1 team next host Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s  in the hope of putting some points on the board.

In Division 4, the second team staged a brilliant comeback from 2-0 down against Oxford Hawks 6s to bag a point in a nail biting 2-2 draw at home.

Pacey winger Monopoly Christiaan-Rakus kept Windsor in the game with a dazzling solo effort, taking the ball from inside the Hawks’ half and weaving past defenders to calmly slot home.

And an unorthodox goal from Paula Green secured a point following a bizarre tackle that knocked the stick out of Green’s hand.

But as the ball came back towards her, Green grabbed her stick to collect it and fired a shot past the keeper.

On Saturday, the 2s take on Wychwood Badgers Ladies 1s at home.

Club Day

Saturday 2nd September is our annual Club Day where we get together before the season starts, have a few short games, and sort out the teams for the upcoming season. Everyone is welcome, both new players and existing.

The Gents start at 12:00 so first Ladies involvement is mixed at 13:00. If you are playing mixed please ensure you are registered beforehand (Registration desk will be at the entrance gate).

Mixed from 13:00 – 13:55 – This will be on an honesty basis, given an anticipated high number wishing to be involved! Players will be asked to play a maximum of say 15 minutes to allow others to play – Obviously dependent on numbers playing.

Ladies are 14:00 SHARP – All players must have registered beforehand!

Vansittart arms from whenever players feel like heading to the pub.

Club EGM – 16:00 (time TBC) to agree 2017/18 subs and appoint a Club Disciplinary Officer (All members welcome to attend). This will be at the Vanni

19:00 – Meet @ The Henry on Eton High Street – ‘Pub Crawl’ from Eton / Windsor

Find Us

Back to hockey

Windsor HC is once again taking part in England Hockey’s, “BACK TO HOCKEY” initiative this summer. The main aim is to offer a route back into the sport for anyone that used to play, whether at school, college or just, “back in the day”. However, we also welcome anyone new to the sport, young or old.

The FREE sessions will start on 28 June 2017 and will run for six weeks from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings at the Windsor Boys School, 1 Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5EH. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a stick. We’ve got spares.

All you’ll need is some trainers and suitable clothing for running around in. If you have any questions, just email one of our Committee contacts.

Saturday, April 8th results

Windsor Men’s First XI won promotion in style with a ruthless 5-0 drubbing of South Berkshire 3s.Playing at home in the last game of the season, all the pressure was on Windsor in a must-win game to take them up to Division 2.

But if the team was nervous it didn’t show as they pressed hard from the whistle and gave the visitors no quarter.

And in a breathtaking first five minutes, Billy Johnson set the pace with a terrific interception near the halfway line. 

With South Berks caught napping, Johnson made a daring diagonal run from the left towards the D with only the keeper to beat.

And as the keeper committed, Johnson slipped the ball past him to open the scoring.

The early goal was a pivotal moment as Windsor took control and never looked back.

South Berks found it difficult to deal with the intensity of the home team’s game, finding themselves constantly under pressure and with no time on the ball.

And it was only a matter of time before Windsor made it 2-0 as Sean Wright gathered the ball outside the D and scored with a slick reverse stick shot.

Kevin Jones added another with a signature drag flick from a penalty corner.

At the other end, Windsor keeper Rich Sage was called into action with some terrific saves while Tom Pocock cleared off the line to deny South Berkshire.

The visitors ramped up their game in the second half but Windsor hit back on a counter attack to storm the opposition D. 

Johnson was the first to react to a save and swept in his second and Windsor’s fourth with a reverse stick shot.

And they completed the rout with another counter attack on the left where Alex Weller passed to a dangerous looking Gareth Baber, lurking by the back post.

Baber coolly collected the ball and slipped it past the keeper to bury the game at 5-0.

The sensational win sees Windsor – captained by Yashraj Rampersad – promoted from MBBO Division 3 to Division 2 in the team’s first move up a league since 2011.

And the victory was the perfect way for the club to celebrate at its end of season awards ceremony at The Boatman, Windsor.

Saturday, April 1st results

Windsor Ladies ended the season on a knife’s edge with the second team sweating it out to learn their fate.For a devastating 4-0 home defeat against already relegated South Berkshire Ladies 4s has left them dangling one place and a point above the drop zone.

Whether they stay up in Trysports Division 4 or go down depends on the outcome of the match between Phoenix and Ranelagh 3s and Gerrards Cross Ladies 2s on Saturday, April 8.

A Cross win will save Windsor while a defeat will condemn them to Division 5 next season.

A draw will also keep Windsor safe on goal difference.

Windsor Ladies First XI had hoped to give skipper Sarah Allan a dream last game as captain with a win.

But Allan was still smiling after a 1-1 draw away against Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 2s.

The home team had the benefit of fresh legs while Windsor battled on with just 11 but punched above their weight on a slow and energy sapping pitch.

With the game goalless after the first half, Maxine Bonnage made the difference in the second by putting Windsor ahead with just minutes gone.

Freya Hayter dominated midfield and flanked by Emma Thatcher on the left and Allan on the right, the team dug in to keep Newbury out of the game.

They succeeded for most of the match but with Windsor tiring, the home team’s advantage of subs on the bench paid off and they finally levelled.

And despite running on empty, Windsor managed to hang on for a well earned point and tenth spot in Division 1.

Windsor Men’s 2s lost 2-1 away to Bourton and Sherborne and have finished eighth in MBBO Division 7.

The First XI play their last game of the season at home on Saturday, April 8 against South Berkshire 3s with the winner taking third place in Division 3.

Saturday, March 18th results

Windsor Ladies First XI ground out a 3-3 draw against Marlow Ladies 3s in a game that see-sawed in fortunes.Marlow made the first move within seconds of the whistle but a fine stick save by keeper Ruki Sayid denied the hosts the opener.

And barely ten minutes later Windsor stunned their opponents with a brilliant breakthrough by Emma Thatcher who had her first shot saved but quickly gathered the loose ball to slot home.

The goal rallied Marlow who surged forward in numbers to blitz the Windsor D with on-form keeper Sayid working hard to keep the team in the game.

But the onslaught finally paid dividends on half time when Marlow equalised from close range.

Evenly matched at the start of the second half, Windsor took the lead again with a move starting from the back with Emma Williams who found Freya Hayter.

Hayter linked up for a one-two with Emma Harrington who passed to Thatcher and received the ball back, drilling it past the keeper.

But a clever tweak to the Marlow formation caught Windsor out as they lost their shape and a Marlow forward found acres of space to level the score.

Windsor barely had time to recover and having lost momentum, fell foul of another Marlow attack which edged them into the lead for the first time.

But Windsor dug in and with stand-in skipper Janet Brown marshalling the defence and Harrington and Hayter commanding the midfield, the game was far from over.

Maxine Bonnage managed to wriggle free on the right flank and shrugged off several Marlow challenges to get into the D for a shot that levelled the score.

With player of the match performances across the pitch from Windsor, the hard earned point has not cleared them of danger but it could prove crucial when the season ends.

They remain one place above the relegation zone in Trysports Division 1 and host Reading 3s on March 25.

Six points from their last two games would see Windsor leapfrog Reading to safety.

In Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s clawed their way out of the drop zone with a vital 2-0 win against Reading Ladies 4s.

Rachel Stewart created the opener, finding Paula Green whose unstoppable shot settled the jittery home team.

Despite dominating the first half, Windsor were nervous after the break with much riding on a win.

Heroic defending by Emma Briggs, Nikki Hill and captain Emma Uzzell including a clearance off the line by Uzzell frustrated the visitors who could not find a way through.

And with time running down on the clock, a slick finish from a penalty corner by Minerva Christiaan-Rakus sealed the win.

But the team is far from safe and needs a win away at third placed Banbury Ladies 4s on March 25 to avoid dropping back into the danger area.

Windsor Men’s First XI lost 5-3 away to Banbury 3s despite a bright start. 

Banbury went into the lead after hitting Windsor on a counter attack but Marcus Barrow levelled quickly and Sean Wright gave Windsor the lead following a rebound from Kev Jones drag flick.

But the team lost its sparkle in the second half, allowing the hosts the run of the pitch and paying for it by conceding four goals. 

However, an off the line clearance by captain Yashraj Rampersad and a string of saves by keeper Rich Sage kept the deficit down.

And Wright restored some pride with a close range finish from a penalty corner for his brace.

The MBBO Division 3 team next host Staines 3s.

In Division 7, Windsor Men’s 2s lost 2-1 at home to Banbury Piranhas and will play Marlow 5s away on March 25.

Saturday, March 11th results

Windsor Men’s First XI romped home with a 4-1 win against Sonning Men’s 3s to keep their promotion hopes alive.Kev Jones opened the scoring with a signature drag flick as Windsor set the pace.

And a well executed penalty corner saw Matt Humphreys fire a shot goalwards where Mike Jones deftly deflected the ball in.

With Sonning chasing the game, they came close but a string of saves by Windsor keeper Rich Sage and a terrific goal-line clearance from Treveor Parsons denied the visitors.

Windsor could feel the heat of Sonning breathing down their necks and kept up the pressure in the second half.

Will McKegney found the back of the net to make it 3-0 and Alex Wright capitalised on a poor Sonning clearance from a short corner to take Windsor’s tally to four.

Sonning managed a consolation goal in the final few minutes but the home win puts Windsor level with South Berkshire with 34 points but one place below promotion.

Only goal difference separates the teams from the coveted second spot in MBBO Division 3.

Windsor face Banbury 3s away on March 18 in a must-win game to continue their bid to go up.

In Division 7, Windsor Mens 2s lost 3-0 away to Eastcote 5s and will host Banbury Piranhas.

Windsor Ladies First XI are still living dangerously, one place above the relegation zone following a 3-0 defeat to promotion contenders Henley Ladies 2s.

Despite a gritty first half from the purple and whites which frustrated and contained the visitors, Henley showed their class.

Going into the second half level, a goalmouth scrap gave the visitors the breakthrough they were looking for with the opener.

Henley’s yellow and black clad players gave Windsor no space, swarming around the home team to win back possession.

Windsor struggled to make an impression in the final third while at the other end the back four had their work cut out.

A well orchestrated Henley penalty corner added a second with an unstoppable deflection from close range.

And the third was fired in from another short corner with no reply from Windsor.

The Trysports Division 1 team travel to Marlow Ladies 3s on March 18.

In Division 4, Windsor Ladies 2s picked up a valuable away point in a 3-3 draw against Gerrards Cross Ladies 3s.

But Windsor threw away a three goal lead and points that would have lifted them clear of the drop zone.

Paula Green opened the scoring for Windsor with a deflected cross fired in by captain Emma Uzzell.

And minutes later talented teenager Saskia Swannack made it two with a brilliant solo run.

Swannack continued to wreak havoc for the Cross defence and linked up with Green to get her second and Windsor’s third.

But instead of the three goal cushion being the making of the team, it proved their undoing as complacency set in.

For in 15 minutes of madness, Cross managed to pull the game back from the brink to level at 3-3.

The two dropped points could prove costly for Windsor who are now fighting to stay up and have a tough home game against Reading Ladies 4s on March 18.