Another busy year for the Masters saw the creation of the o50s side. What was supposed to be a gentle start saw us win our first game in the trophy to a very strong Ipswich side, not sure that was the plan! We did come down to earth with bump in the second round when Harleston destroyed us.. never mind ( I remember watching most of them in the National league about 25 years ago!)
The o40s did well in their Trophy progressing to the later rounds. Unfortunately being knocked out by Peterborough again. Congratulations to Rupert, Giles, Simmo and Gilly who went on to represent Norfolk o40s and who are now regional champions, fabulous.
We held our annual Masters Quiz in October which was great fun and well attended. Many thanks to quiz master Chris Millar and make sure you all come back and try and win the cup next year.
Finally we helped Lowestoft Railway celebrate their 60th Anniversary in April. We (Norwich Union) were their first ever opponents and they even fielded someone who had played in that very first match! and no Mike Banham didn’t play in that game…
A selection of the NDHC Men’s Masters that just about have enough energy to play once a month at the Dragons’ Den. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone that used to play for Norwich Union Hockey Club and fancies having a gentle run around on the hockey pitch once a month.
We don’t train as a team, after all, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but those of us that still play league hockey take part in the main club training sessions.
The team regularly takes on the younger members of the Club to show them how the game was played in the olden days. Take a look at our History section and you might spot some of these guys in their youth!!
Jon Price is the Master of the Masters (the good looking chap on his knee wearing a woolie hat – he is usually on all fours at the end of a game), please feel free to get in touch via email by clicking here or writing to [email protected]
2015-16 Trophy & Shield Campaign
Trophy Round 1 saw a defeat of 5-2 against Dereham, which means Dragons progress to the Shield for the second successive season. Photos here.
Shield Round 2
Most had played the previous day, so ageing legs were already a bit weary, however the brave souls took to the pitch not sure what to expect of their opposition.
15 minutes in and an inspired substitution saw the switching of Wolfe for Wagstaff and running straight onto the pitch, Wagstaff found himself in the D with just the keeper to beat and with his first involvement in the game slotted the ball into the back of the net. So quick was his introduction to the game, his goal celebration involved tying his shoe laces!
Nerves were settled and the team went on to a 6-0 lead with further goals from Snelling x2, Wolfe, Simmonds and York-Smith. With minutes left on the clock Sudbury found the net for a consolation goal.
Photos from the game can be found in the Gallery here.
The team head off to Leicester Westleigh HC for a Valentine’s Day fixture in the Quarter Final.
Shield Quarter Final
Men’s Over 40s Masters travelled to Leicester Westleigh on 14th February and progressed to the Semi Finals following a 4-2 win, with goals from Rupert Snelling x 2, Chris Simmonds and Andy Hipper. Player of the Match and winner of the Dragon Flagon was Giles Brooks.
England Hockey’s draw for the semi final took place the following day and the only unplayed QF between Team Bath Buccaneers and Milton Keynes was drawn at home against Norwich Dragons. So the Masters had to wait until after 21st February to see who they will be playing in the Semi, either way it is an away trip for them. The other Semi Final sees Wisbech (who had their QF conceded to them by Leeds Adel) at home to Aldershot & Farnham HC.
Team Bath Buccaneers beat Milton Keynes, setting up a long away trip on Mother’s Day for the Dragons.
Shield Semi Final
The semi final of the England Hockey Men’s Masters over 40s Shield took place at the University of Bath between Team Bath Buccaneers and Norwich Dragons.
Dragons felt they were the underdogs, so went to Bath treating this as their final, however after going 1-0 down, Dragons forward Rupert Snelling had other ideas and equalised with a short corner drag flick.
Player of the Match was Chris Simmonds.
A draw at the final whistle meant the teams went straight into a penalty shootout. The calm heads of the visitors ensured that Dragons didn’t miss a flick and won 4-2 with Phil York-Smith, Andy Hipper, Rupert Snelling and Rob Wagstaff all slotting their flicks away.
Further photos here.
2014-15 Trophy & Shield Campaign
This season’s campaign started with a loss to Wisbech in the Trophy on penalties, however that opened the opportunity of the Shield.
Broxbourne conceded the first round Shield Match.
Photos from 4-3 win against Epsom HC here.
Photos and report from Semi Final 3-2 win against Burnt Ash here.
Then off to the National Finals on Sunday 3rd May 2015 they were defeated 2-1 by Taunton Vale HC, photos and report here.
The Semi-final Warm Up Match – 13th April 2015
2013/14 Men’s Masters Over 40s Cup and Trophy Knockout
1st Round Trophy Match Report from Sudbury fixture here.
2nd Round Trophy Match Report from Luton fixture here. Over and out!!