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Posted by John Wright on 23 October 2020

1's & 2's Round Ups ( and Song !)

The Men’s 1’s playing all the hockey and looking the better team were rocked back on their heels in the Home Game against West Herts , trailing at one stage 1-3 . However the superior play and a penalty stroked away by Captain Conor Caplan late in the game saw the boys back to a 3-3 draw . This week they are on the road ( or possibly Tube) , away to London Wayfarersat 14:30

The Ladies 1’s made a fantastic second half comeback and earned a well-deserved point against Cambridge City Ladies 2s at Luxborough Lane. Disappointing in the first half, they fell behind to an early strike and a second from a penalty corner 5 minutes before the break.

The second half was a different story with Lought’s only taking a minute to pull a goal back as Stevie Southall turned home Sorcha Porter’s excellent cross. A superb double save from Annie Wade-Jones prevented Loughts from falling further behind. With 11 minutes to go Loughts were all square as Zara White’s penalty corner was saved but Natasha Patient scored from the rebound.

Loughts pushed for all 3 points but had to settle for a point in this exciting encounter.



“Winning Team” – (To be Sung to the tune of Abba’s Dancing Queen)  – Ladies 2s match report .

Last week all our heads dropped low
Needed to have another go
This week we were ready
G and K up front
Laura and Av like a dance
They didn't stand a chance

We were the winning team
Fit and lean
Dave said we were a dream.
The Winning team
Feel the heat, Heather a goal machine Oooohhhh yeaaah
We scored 5
Hannah thrived
Having the time of our lives
See those girls
Watch them glean
As the winning team

Kim and Dottie were tackling good
G and Karen doing what mids should
Gravy always working
Kate and rach were too
Lucy's goal was sweet
Who knows what we'll do next week!

We were the winning team
Fit and lean
Dave said we were a dream.
The Winning team
Feel the heat, Heather a goal machine Oooohhhh yeaaah
We scored 5
Hannah thrived
Having the time of our lives
See those girls
Watch them glean
As the winning team

(Well done Benny , Bjorn , Agnetha Anni Frid and Emily Goodhew ) 


Umpiring -  Give it a Go

Starting on this Saturday morning, we will be running a wide range of games from 9.30-11am from U8s through to U12s.

The aim is to simply engage as many people in umpiring with the aim to develop more to help with training and eventually competitive matches.Jamie  will have a supply of whistles and parents , leaders , players and all are invited .


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Fantastic advice on  Injury Reduction from Colin and the Team at the Lewin Clinic

Medical science has yet to figure out how to clearly identify people who are at risk for sports injuries. Injuries happen, but we mostly don’t know why they happen to the people they happen to, so ‘injury prevention’ or more aptly named ‘injury reduction’ isn’t always a clear path. Listed below are a few evidence-based injury reduction options.

But first, let’s deal with a well-known tactic that is not evidence-based …


Weekend warriors and a lot of amateur athletes tend to believe that injury prevention is pretty much all about doing enough stretching, and they are usually feeling guilty about not doing it enough.

Actually, stretching generally doesn’t work for the things people think it does, and it is poor at preventing injury. Here are five ways to reduce injury risk that are a much better use of your time …

Manage your training “load”

One of the few things we know for sure is that injury is linked to training “load”. How intensely and how quickly your tissues are challenged. So managing that load is one of the best overall strategies for reducing injuries. What “load management” mostly means is avoiding spikes and dips in training/competition where possible. Train regularly and moderately, with only moderate increases in load.

This is a very simplistic view of load management and it is a huge subject on it’s own. A few years ago, a panel of experts for the International Olympic Committee attempted to cover ‘load management’ thoroughly in a scientific paper called “How much is too much?” Here are the main findings:-

• There’s not enough research…. and what we do know is mostly from limited data about a few specific sports. But we can be confident that “load management” overall is definitely important.

• Load management appears to affect both illness and injury.

• Too much and not enough load probably increase the risk of both injury and illness.

• Not everyone is vulnerable to high load, and elite athletes appear to be the most notable exception, which of course may be a contributor to their success.

• Big load changes, sudden ups or downs, are much bigger risks than absolute load. If you carefully work your way up to a high load, it probably becomes protective.

• “Load” can also refer to non-sport stressors - both physical and emotional load.

Sleep, Hydration, Nutrition

The three most important parts of recovery are getting adequate sleep, rehydrating

and refuelling. Sleep deprivation affects athletic performance and injury rates and

recovery levels are almost certainly directly affected too. Refuelling with the right

amounts of the right foods after training/competition, adequate rehydration during

and after exertion and good quality sleep will go a long way to achieving an effective, evidence-based recovery plan.


Niggles are well worth checking and addressing while they remain ‘niggly’, especially when related to a muscle issue or a tendon issue which recover far quicker when dealt with early. Diagnosis is often key and a large proportion could end up being minor issues needing advice and perhaps some adjustment of load. A fairly recent study by Whalan et al produced some data showing that minor physical complaints, “niggles”, are probably clear warning signs of more serious athletic injuries. They surveyed 218 soccer players for a season. In any given week, about a quarter of them had a complaint that did not prevent their participation. Those little complaints were linked to at least triple the risk of a more serious injury over the next week.

Take home messages :-

Avoid spikes/dips in training load.

Warm-up well (NOT just a stretch).

Sleep, eat and rehydrate well.

Deal with those niggles early.

( Club members are reminded that they have an exclusive offer of a discount on their first visit to the Lewin Clinic , our preferred Physios and don't forget to mention you are from Old Lought's ).


More Matches for All

We have joined the local London Mixed Hockey League. Though competitive and  a good standard including Teams from Wapping and East London , it is also an opportunity to socialise with other Club Members and play and get to know players other than those you normally see on a Saturday .

The League matches are played locally on Sundays starting early November, and tend to include players from all levels at the Club.  Emily Goodhew from the Ladies 2’s has kindly agreed to Captain the Team. If you are interested to play , please make sure you let Emily know soon in order to get into the Squad by contacting her on her email ,


National Age Group Trials At The Club

From Sunday morning through to Friday, we are delighted to be hosting England Hockey’s National Age Group Training to allow them to observe and assess players for the U16 and U18 Age Group programmes.

Unfortunately, under the current circumstances Spectators will not be allowed however we look forward to welcoming the Players and Officials and will be doing what we can to ensure they have a great experience during the coming week. This will not affect evening training for OL’s Teams with the exception of the Academy which will be having a half term rest on Tuesday.

We wish the very best to all those youngsters attending .





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