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If games are called off when should they be played?: If games are postponed this weekend the League Management Committee have agreed that the season will be extended by 1 week and will end on Saturday 14th or Sunday 15th April. The only games that will be allowed to be played this weekend will be games from Saturday 16th March or Sunday 17th March. Should both clubs agree that they wish to play the game before that date you CAN do so, as long as both clubs agree and you can get umpires. Games scheduled to be played before 16th March will have to be replayed using the existing slip dates.


oh-oh, if the beast is back what to do: After a glorious day, when it was perfect for playing hockey, tomorrow (Sat 17th) is forecast to be cold and frozen for a short snap. Typical! Therefore we expect clubs to have early pitch inspections planned. If you receive appointed umpires you should be making the decision before whoever has the longest journey starts out from home.


Thurrock 2 withdraw : This is such sad news so close to the end of the season, however Thurrock 2nd X1 have conceded their 4th game and therefore will be withdrawn from the League. All of their games will now be declared void. We sincerely hope that we see membership at Thurrock recovers and we see the 2nd X1 back in the League in the near future.


Re-arranged games: Firstly, thank you to all the fixture secretary's who have worked so hard to get games re-arranged so far. It has been a tough season. We need every club to work together to ensure games postponed on 3rd March and before are all re-arranged prior to this weekend. There are about 50 games outstanding and it looks like some clubs just haven't entered dates/times on the website yet. If you have pool appointed umpires please make sure the relevant pool secretary's are contacted as well. Thanks again!


Return of trophies: All trophy winners from last season will remember that they have to return the trophies by 31st March (as per the League Rules). As per last year please send them to our committee member Kishor Shah, his address details are Kishor Shah 63 Burstellars, St Ives, Huntingdon, PE27 3YN. All trophies should first be located (remember who collected them last year), cleaned (any debris/alcohol/bodily parts removed), packaged and returned.


News shock - Decent weather forecast on a Saturday: Unconfirmed reports have it that Sat 10th March will have decent weather, so hopefully it means we all will all resume our hockey activities with a smile on our faces. Enjoy your games, play hard, play fair, remember to have fun, remember to shake hands with your opposition and the umpires after the game and enjoy the social side afterwards.


Division 5 South-West -East Men's League: Just a small reminder to all clubs that Richard Munns is now the League Manager for Div 5SW and has been since the New Year. He took over from Ed Stubbing, who has left our shores to take up a new job role in Canada.


: East Womens Masters trials dates are now published on the Masters page together with all Regional dates for both Men and Women


1 game played, well done to both teams: Very well done to teams from Havering and Witham in EML 7SE for being the only 2 teams who played yesterday! Hope everyone else was safe, warm and tucked up with entertainment that gets close to a game of hockey!


Beast update: Over the course of Wednesday night and this evening we have seen of first cancellation of games this weekend, well done to those clubs. We encourage all clubs to be positive and early in their decision making this weekend. Make sure you you look at the forecast, talk to your pitch suppliers to understand what the current pitch conditions are and ask how are they going to improve. As a League Management Committee we fully expect close to a 100% cancellation rate what with the Beast from the East and Storm Emma. We would hope, on behalf of the Hockey family, that come this time tomorrow night every one participating in games this weekend will know what is happening on Saturday (including umpires, all players, fixture secretary's umpire liaison officers and tea ladies!!).


The Beast from the East: Well finally the weather has arrived over the past couple of days. According to the met office the forecast for tomorrow and Friday is not good with Saturday being milder, however we encourage all clubs to be responsible and listen to the local weather forecasts and think how frozen is the ground, how much snow is compacted on the ground and will it thaw with one mild morning. The last weekend of the season will, at this point, be Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April, these are in addition to the slip dates on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. Should games be postponed this weekend and you are the home club make sure you contact your umpires (particularly if you receive pool appointed umpires), your opposition, your League Manager and your tea makers!! When you re-arrange the games again make sure you ensure umpires are available if you receive pool appointed umpires (give loads of notice!!), confirm with your opposition and update the venues/time section on this website. Lets hope it warms up soon.


As we return to league action: We return to scheduled League action this weekend. We have our first promoted teams, congratulations all. We have our first relegated teams, sorry.
The forecast for tomorrow is pretty poor so can we ask all clubs to ensure they have pitch inspections well in advance of when away teams or appointed umpires (whoever lives furthest away) leave home. This is good practice that you should be following anyway.

see older news here

Very few games 17-18 Mar so no updates on the 10-11 Mar reports below.

EHL Conference

Mens East:  Cambs City draw 2-2 with Old Georgians and stay mid-table. Old Loughts draw 2-2 with Oxted, move a further point from the relegation place, and with a game in hand and not the most demanding run in should be safe. West Herts lose again, 0-2 to Richmond.

Womens East: Sevenoaks beat St Albans 2-0 and stay third on GD from Wimbledon who beat Chelmsford 2-0. Cambs City have a 2-1 win over Bedford and lie 4th. Harleston lose 0-5 to leaders Hampstead. At the bottom Chelmsford cannot now avoid relegation and St Albans are only a point clear of the play off position. Next week is a double header.

County Womens Leagues
Essex: Southend beat Basildon 9-0 and are now two points clear of chasers Wapping who beat Chelmsford 4-0. The title is between these two with three games each to play. Crostyx beat Thurrock 3-1 and remain third but are 13 points adrift of the top.
Five Counties: Leaders Welwyn beat Potters Bar 3-0 and are a point ahead of Leighton Buzzard who beat Stevenage 10-0. Bishops Stortford are 10 points adrift in third after beating Luton 1-0.
Kent: Leaders Kings Alleyns beat Old Williamsonians 7-0 and are four points clear of both Bexleyheath and Blackheath, respectively winners over Maidstone and Old Bordenian. Both chasers have a match in hand though.
Norfolk: Norwich Dragons 3rds are top by eleven points after beating UEA 3-0. Norwich City 3rds are second after a 4-1 win over Harleston while Broadland are a point further back after beating Norwich Dragons 4th 5-3.
Suffolk: Harwich & Dovercourt with a lead of 11 points after beating Felixstowe 2nds by 12-0 cannot be caught, despite chasers Felixstowe 1sts winning too, 5-1 over Lowestoft.

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