IESHC Club Bulletin 30 April 2021

All the latest news from your hockey club…


Wednesday training sessions for adults

Just to confirm, these have now ended until pre-season gets underway in late July / early August.


Hockey at Rushmere on Saturday 8 May 

We are arranging a men’s game and women’s game at 11.30am to 1pm. This is open to anyone over 13, and if you would like to play, please just fill in your details on this Google form:


Summer League

The local summer league for adult hockey starts w/c 17 May. We await exact details of times, fixtures and venues, but if you would like to play in any of our four teams – please contact the team captains listed below. Matches will be played in May, June and early July.

Men’s B – Captained by Russell Williams & Steve Spurling

Matches on Monday evenings.

Women’s B – Captained by Jess Gray

Matches on Tuesday evenings.

Men’s A – Organised by Charlie Farrow

Matches on Wednesday evenings.

Women’s A – Captained by Claire Pearsons & Naomi Sharpe

Matches on Thursday evenings.

Monday Men’s div 2
Tuesday Women’s div 2
Wednesday Men’s div 1
Thursday Women’s div 1
Friday Free for replays if necessary



Annual Charity Day – Saturday 3 July from 11am to 5pm approx.

Lots of fun mixed adult hockey games (over 13s), junior hockey masterclass, barbecue, family fun, bouncy castle, ice cream van etc. Full details will be shared soon.

In the meantime anyone wanting to join one of the teams being arranged by club members are invited to complete the expression of interest here:

(There is no need to complete this form if you have already been asked to play by a team organiser.)


Junior update

Just a reminder that Junior sessions will be running on Sundays until 11 July. We have entered U14 girls, U16 girls and U16 boys into the new England Hockey championships which are due to take place May-July, and will share details once we have them.

We have some extra training sessions planned for the next half term holiday, including some exciting guest coaches! These will take place during the day on Tuesday 1 June and Wednesday 2 June – more details to follow about how to sign up, but please pop these dates in your calendars.


Club Matches 17 April 2021

Ahead of matches on Saturday we wanted to confirm the following arrangements.

Women’s matches start at 12.30pm. Please arrive at 12pm. Teams will be arranged before the start so please bring a red and a white shirt.

Men’s matches start at 2pm. Please arrive at 1.30pm. Teams will be arranged before the start so please bring a red and a white shirt.

Anyone over 13 is welcome to attend and play – just come along on the day. (Apologies if you have already said you can’t play – it is easier to email all eligible players!).

The match fees are £8 for seniors and £4 for students/juniors, payable on the day via captains if you have cash. The card machine will be available after the women’s matches and before the men’s matches if you need to pay this way.

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.  After the recent passing of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and the confirmation of funeral arrangements for this weekend we will observe a minutes silence ahead of all matches. Players are also invited to wear a black armband, if they wish.

Covid protocols still apply to all club activity which includes social distancing when not playing, wearing a face covering indoors and the club must keep a register of all participants. We regret that spectators are not permitted with the exception of one parent for any u18s.

The Café will be open for a take out service.


IES Senior/Student Club Bulletin – 14 April 2021

Great to be back!

It was wonderful to see so many club members back on the pitch last week, over 200 of you in total. We hope for an even greater turnout over the next few weeks, at one of the remaining Wednesday evening sessions, or playing summer league in May and June or at a Sunday morning junior session.

Membership Fees 2020/21

Due to the pandemic and associated factors beyond the club’s control, the recent winter league season was significantly restricted. Whilst we have extended the normal season by arranging additional training and intra club matches during April, the inevitable question has arisen as to ‘fair value’, for those who paid a full club annual subscription, as either a Senior Member or a Student Member.

The club committee is aware of the significant impact on our members and having considered all the facts, figures and financial implications have decided to reset the full subscriptions to £60 (Senior) and £30 (Student) for 2020-21. This means that members who have elected to pay a half subscription have no further payment to make and those who have paid a full subscription will receive a ‘credit note’ for the due rebate towards a 2021-22 subscription or a cash rebate if specifically requested.

All at the club work hard each year to try and ensure that we set a balanced budget and offer good value for money for our members and families. These ‘credit notes’ will be funded from our reserves; you may decide that you are happy to waive your ‘credit note’ and make a donation to the club – if this is the case, please do let us know and we will make sure this is clearly noted.

A more detailed summary of the financial position is available on request.  If you would like to discuss any aspects of club membership or indeed any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact Chairman Charlie Farrow.

SAVE THE DATE – Charity Hockey Day Sat 3 July

Subject to the envisaged loosening of Covid restrictions, the club will go ahead with the Annual Charity Hockey day on Saturday 3 July (running 11am – 5pm approx.).  The day will feature the usual mixed hockey tournament (for over 13s) and junior hockey activity including the exciting addition of a Coaching Masterclass.

All members, their families and friends are invited to attend. There will be a bar, barbecue and lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle for younger children. Further details to be announced in the near future.

IES Hockey Club

IES Club Bulletin and Survey 8 March 2021

IES Club Bulletin

Monday 8 March 2021

Information about returning to play and an important survey for you to complete

We are all excited about the easing of lockdown and the news that we should be able to start playing hockey again soon. Whilst we are still waiting for full guidelines from England Hockey who await clarity from Government we are making plans for getting back on the pitches at ISSC Rushmere.

With this in mind we would like our members to complete a short survey to tell us how you feel and to help us plan activity over the spring and early summer. The survey is accessed from the link below, please complete it before Monday 15 March.

Adult East Leagues

We have been notified that the adult league will not continue this season. Full details here:

We are hopeful however that we will be able to arrange local friendlies, and we anticipate entering teams into the Summer League which we expect to go ahead from mid-May.


Junior Competitions

We are yet to hear from England Hockey about any resumption of junior competitions.


Training, social hockey & fitness

We are arranging midweek sessions in April so we can all get back on the pitch, and see our many hockey friends.


  1. Adult training sessions including students and over 13s from the junior section

Dates: Wednesday 7 April and Wednesday 14 April

Times: Women – 6.45pm to 8.15pm; Men –  8.15pm to 9.30pm.

Cost: £4 for adults per session and £2.50 per session for students and juniors. Cash (exact money) and card payments will be taken on the evening when you arrive and register.

  1. Adult Intra Club Matches.

We have also pencilled in some matches on Saturday 17 April with games starting at 12.30pm and 2pm.


  1. Junior training.

We are planning to restart Junior training on Sunday 11 April, at the usual times of 9-10.30am for U8s/U10s/U12s and 10.30am-12noon for U14s/U16s. All registrations and costs will be the same as usual.

Covid Safe – We would like to reiterate that all sessions will be run following Covid guidelines.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stay safe

IES Hockey Club

IES Hockey Club Bulletin 05 January 2021

Dear all 

As you will have no doubt understood from the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the new lockdown means that ALL club hockey is suspended for the time being, both for seniors and juniors. This is likely to remain the case until the middle of February.

The East League are hoping to resume adult leagues at some stage, with matches potentially being played in March and April. Whilst teams will not now be able to play the entire fixture list it is likely that leagues will be decided on average points once all teams have played each other at least once. We don’t yet know what is happening with the Junior competitions.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation, and hope that we will have some better news to share with you soon.

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and thank you all for your support for IES.

IES Hockey Club

IES Club Bulletin – 24 December 2020

As you will have anticipated, the move to Tier 4 on Boxing Day means that all adult hockey has to stop for the time being. Sadly this includes the planned intra club games on Saturday 2nd January, which will now NOT go ahead.

Whilst there is an exemption for junior hockey, the club has decided to suspend junior hockey as well for the time being, so we will NOT return on 3 Jan as previously advised.

We will monitor the situation carefully and we will update all our members as soon as possible.

We hope you have a great Christmas at home and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able.

IES 4th XI 1 – Bury St Edmunds 3rd XI 2

IES took the field for the first time in more than a month in Division 4NE of the Mr Cricket Hockey East Region Hockey League. Last time out – back in autumnal October IES were thrashed at home by Norwich City 4th XI. So would a wintry December afternoon against unbeaten Bury result in a change in fortunes or even a better performance. The pre game anticipation was muted following some awful overnight and morning downpours but the pitch was beautiful and the Gallagher led warm up intense. The start was delayed as an errant umpire who was somewhat prompt (aka late).

Capitan Williams unbelievably kept faith with the 13 outfield players from the Norwich City horror show and Black returned in goal. IES started badly – what is new – although this time Murray stopped the ball on the line with his chin and didn’t score an own-goal. But Whitting slotted home the penalty stroke and IES were behind. Then something strange happened. IES played better. Meades led by example from right midfield and the experiences defensive duo of Murray and Page got things more organised at the back. Elsom – having started his first game of the season – exhorted his team mates to get the ball in the D (some witterings preceded it about it being impossible to score if the ball isn’t in the D). As ever his team mates listened and the ball was fired into the Bury D from various locations.

Short corners came and went – to both sides – then Elsom smashed one and the Bury keeper saved and Gallagher picked up the rebound and shuffled it into the corner to equalise. Both teams rang the changes – Vince came on for Thornton – Whiting for Scarff and Austin for Ramsey and the first half developed into a fairly even end to end affair. 1-1 at half time and IES reflected on their best 35 minutes for some months. The second half though was a slightly different story. IES struggled to retain the ball and Bury stepped up higher and took the lead when an attacker was given too much space to turn and flick the ball high into the net.

IES created few second half chances – and mainly via long crash balls to Elsom and one such chance was scrambled off the Bury line. Capitan Williams took himself and Murray off to give some youth via Williams jnr and Gallagher more pitch time but Bury used their unbeaten record experience to play out time without too much difficulty.

So another defeat – although this one at least involved a better performance. Next week a friendly club match as the Norwich City 3rd XI away game will have to wait till 2021. IES remain in 10th place in the league – hovering just about the relegation zone. As to man of the match for IES – there were contenders to be fair. Murray might have nicked it but for one horrendous second half stick tackle. Vince played his best game of the season. Black made a stand out save in the 2ndhalf. But the award goes to Meades – for excelling in the first half before being illogically rotated off by Capitan Williams.

Return to Hockey – 2 December 2020

Good news! We are able to return to playing hockey at ISSC Rushmere from Wednesday 2 December.  Here are the basic details as we have them at the moment.

Senior training for men and women

Adult training sessions will run on Wednesday 2 December:


8.15-9.30pm: ALL MEN’S TEAMS

Senior training will revert to the normal days/times the following week

Senior league

The East league have confirmed their plan for a resumption of matches on the 5th December. The leagues plan includes matches for all our teams on the 5th, 12th and 19th December. The plan is dependent on both clubs / teams being willing & able to play and venues being available. If not already done so please contact your team captain to confirm your availability for these dates.

Junior training

This will restart on Sunday 6 December, with the U8s/U10s/U12s training from 9-10.30am, and the U14s/U16s training from 10.30-12noon. We will email nearer the time with final confirmation for the U14/U16 girls regarding training and the England Hockey matches which are due to take place on 6 December.

Please do remember the Covid-19 procedures regarding masks, hand sanitisation and social distancing when we return.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

IES Hockey Club

New IES Club Jacket – Storm Dry 2000

At last!

An affordable storm jacket, with foldaway hood.

With the IES crest added to the left breast and a back print, this jacket is both stylish and perfect for those wet and windy days.

Available in either black or red (sizes from S to 3XL) and only £19.99 + VAT inc left breast embroidery (additional artwork at an extra cost).

Please get in touch if interested.

Club jacket available in black or red

IES 4th XI 1 – Norwich City 4th XI 10 (26 October 2020)

Yes, sadly, that was the score and it isn’t a typographical error.

But back to the beginning of this sad saga …

IES arrived to their Ipswich School Sports Centre fortress confident that they could see off Norwich City 4th XI who were only one place ahead in Division 4NE of the East Region Hockey Association League. The defence was strengthened with the return of Page, Gallagher came back in too to add midfield spice.

Elsom started on the bench as usual along with Vince and Page. And the match started and, one team began playing hockey. To be fair the first five minutes were fairly even. Whiting gave the ball away and Williams senior managed a tackle. One of those two things didn’t happen again in the match. 

As a bit of an aside – and asides may distract from the playing performance – IESs most avid away match fan has spotted a key Whiting characteristic …. when he loses the ball, he tends to stand with hands on hips staring intently at the nearest umpire. In this game the gaze fell on both umpires a-plenty.

Anyway, thereafter a youthful midfielder dribbled the ball too easily around Williams and IES went behind. Then half time arrived and IES found themselves 6-0 down. Capitan Williams chuntered, Elsom brooded and the team took the field full of confidence – confidence that the match couldn’t get any worse. For some, there was a moment of nostalgia as Whiting wandered onto the pitch at half time with a brolly – the same one as he sported at Newmarket away 5 years or so ago when Murray did a pass of millimetric precision to lead to a goal. In the first half of the Norwich City match – Murray did another first – a back header of an own goal – yes – it is true – your reporter can’t recall mind you whether it was goal 2 … or goal 3 … or goal 4 … or goal 5 .. or goal 6.

The second half – well yes – IES were better. But Elsom’s Theory of Relativity held sway. Gallager scored a great goal – the best of the 11 although sadly points aren’t awarded for such things. But again, IES conceded a few – well 4 and your reporter in a moment of candid honesty would admit that there is no doubt the better team won and the better team deserved to win by a lot. Of particular note was the fact that Norwich’s dominance was predominantly down to the incisive play of three or four of their younger players – who were simply outstanding. 

IES were perhaps unlucky that lockdown came a week after this match – although perhaps lucky that it has started as the next match had been due to be against Norwich City 3rd XI. And if Norwich City 3rd XI had 11 better players than played for Norwich City 4th XI then their club is in fine fettle.

Finally, man of the match for IES. There weren’t many contenders so the winner was Gallagher for his goal (and he played okay (having regard to the Theory of Relativity)) until he hobbled off injured.

As hockey enters lockdown, IES 4th XI find themselves just above the relegation zone and the normal Elsom car bubble are gutted that they are missing out for a month on the education they receive on the long drives to Norwich. It is understood they have covered dinosaurs, plate tectonics, tarmac and methodism so far this season. 

The 4th XI will have lost a collective 3 stone by the time the league restarts…