Keepers’ Corner

We love our Goalkeepers at Norwich Dragons Hockey Club, without them we would let lots more goals in!  They say you have to be mad to put the pads on, but we think we have some very clever and sensible Men and Ladies that put themselves in the firing line each week.

To show our appreciation for them, we make sure that normal training sessions focus on refining their core keeping skills, however recognising that is never enough for the padded ones, we also run specialist keeper sessions to work on the more advanced skills and drills to make them better keepers.  Many of our coaches have the England Hockey Goalkeeper Bronze Award in coaching to ensure they are given the best possible coaching, we also have some of the best keepers in Norfolk helping us with our keeper sessions.

Keepers with their own kit get a discounted membership rate and those keepers that use our extensive Club Owned Kit have access to their own kit officer looking after the kit, Amy can be contacted at keeperkit.ndhc@gmail.com

IMG_8051-001It was great to see our Magnificent 7 Ladies Keepers at the recent Specialist Keeper Session, a few photos here.

A few of our Ladies Dragons taking advantage of a Keeper Coaching Session with Maddie Hinch!!

Keeper Keep CalmWe even have some Ladies outfield players that didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so padded up to Give Keeping a Go!!

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A bit of fun from Bowden HC Keepers

 

On the subject of outfield players going in goal, special mention to Mike Banham who, whilst being an outfield player, has now worn the kit for every one of the 6 Norwich Union/Norwich Dragons Men’s teams over the decades that he has played the game.

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Sam a top bloke for putting the pads on to help out the Men’s 2s in 2014-15, particularly as his brother was playing for the opposition!

Sam facing a flick Sam Mann taking a breather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robbie Men’s 1s keeper in action..

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“Athletic Elliott” in action for the Men

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Dim getting stuck in

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Super Chrissy Millar…..

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Ben Nkrumah ready for action

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Freddie Dixon playing a starring role in the Men’s 6s

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Young Declan keeping Magpies at bay….

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Freddie enjoys a quieter moment during the game and then on her toes, always with a smile….

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Another happy keeper Amy gives us a wave, but then quickly into action to protect the goal during a short…

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and a rest (during training not a game!)

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Emma leading the way during Keeper Training

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Kristina on the march…

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Alice giving her vocal support to the team and crouched ready to spring into action….

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Alessandra’s concentration…

 

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Kat “the Cat” Speirs doing a fantastic job helping out…..

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Keeper Kit Donation from Young Dragon Parent

It was a very cold and damp Sunday in Kings Lynn in early 2017, Norwich Dragons HC had entered the usual high numbers of teams in the Under 10s and Under 12s Tournament and at lunchtime it was time to transfer soggy goalkeeper kit from the girls to the boys.  Overhearing that a very wet Under 12s Keeper Kit was to be handed over and worn in the afternoon by one of the boys, an extremely generous Lee Beadman was stirred into action.
 
Lee approached the Club to offer to buy a complete new Junior Keeper Kit to reduce the need to hand over wet and smelly keeper kit from one keeper to another.
 
Our Keeper Kit Co-ordinator Amy Forse put together some proposals and we agreed with Lee that the Club would benefit hugely from a Kit aimed at Dev Girls, but with the option to be used at u12s, this would then release others kits to move around the Age Groups.
 
A fantastic new £800 Junior Keeper Kit has now been purchased and can be seen in the photo below being modelled by Mia Somers.
 
The Club is immensely grateful to Lee for this extremely generous contribution, which will make playing hockey far more accessible, comfortable and safe for our Young Dragon Keepers.