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Cardiff and Met HC News and Events

Cardiff & Met News and Events

Strong U21 Euro Indoor Representation for Cardiff

News Posted on Sun, January 20, 2019 10:06:08

& Met present strong representation in Wales U21’s at the European Indoor Championships.

Seven Cardiff & Met players recently represented Wales
U21’s at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Paredes, Portugal.

Ioan Wall, who captained the Welsh side, was joined by
club-mates Ollie Wheeler, James Palmer, Tom Wood, Fergus Stevens, Will Riley
& Rhys Payne in achieving selection for the tournament, where they faced
strong competition from a number of specialist indoor countries.

Wales started the tournament strongly, racing into a 6-2
lead at half-time in their opening match against Denmark, with 4 goals for Ioan
Wall and one apiece for Will Riley & Tom Wood. However, they were unable to
hold onto the lead, with Denmark coming back strongly in the second half to
snatch a 6-6 draw with a last-minute equaliser. In the evening match, Wales
came up against a strong Czech Republic side and despite some good resistance, they
suffered a 7-0 defeat to the eventual tournament winners.

Wales began Day 2 of the competition with a narrow 2-1
defeat against Sweden. Ollie Wheeler had opened the scoring for the Welsh side,
before Sweden snatched a late victory with a late winner in the final minute. In
the evening match, Wales were unfortunate to suffer another 1-goal defeat, this
time 5-4 to Ukraine after a brace from Wheeler and a first-half strike from
Ioan Wall.

The final day of the tournament began with Wales taking on
Slovakia. An even game with few chances meant that Wales were 3-2 in arrears
going into the final few minutes, but after reverting to a kicking back they
looked to have snatched a draw thanks to a 40th minute equaliser
from Tom Wood. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Slovakia scored straight from
push back to snatch a 4-3 win.

A 5-2 defeat against the hosts Portugal in the final match
capped off a tough tournament for the Welsh boys.

Some strong performances from the Cardiff & Met players
ensured the campaign was a valuable experience as they return to league action
with the club, whilst aiming to progress up the Welsh hockey performance
ladder. Captain Ioan Wall led the way as Wales’ top goal scorer, finishing the
trip with 5 goals.

Wales & Cardiff GK Rhys Payne reflected on the experience:

“I felt that we progressed well through out the
tournament and we really enjoyed being at the indoor tournament it has different buzz
from outdoor. We could of done a lot better than we did, but hopefully we can use this is a platform with one eye on the U21s outdoor competition in the summer.”

“I have been playing hockey at Cardiff & Met for 5 years, which has helped me
a lot with hockey as I’m playing with top quality players. There is also a really good
feeling throughout the entire club. This is definitely a good thing for young
players with aspirations to play hockey in the National League, in Europe and for Wales in the future.”

“I am really enjoying being in goal at the moment, and keep working hard to find ways to improve, while enjoying training and matches. My top tip for other young goalkeeper’s out there, would be not to put too much pressure on yourself, enjoy the opportunity to play and just do your best.”

Beth Wood also represented Wales U21 ladies in Croatia this past weekend. After her recent hockey Writers Award, there is no doubt that Beth will take great confidence into that tournament.

Congratulations to all who contributed to Cardiff & Met’s representation for Wales on the European Indoor stage. We look forward to following your progress through future Club, European and international competition.

Spring Junior Hockey Sessions

News Posted on Wed, January 02, 2019 09:55:42

Whether a returning member, or looking for something new in the New Year, here are the dates for Junior Hockey Sessions in Spring 2019 held at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed.

Steve Way Celebrates 40th Season @ Cardiff & Met HC

News Posted on Fri, October 05, 2018 08:30:39

On Saturday night the club celebrated one of its favoured
sons reaching his 40th Season with the Club.

Steve Way follows a
very select group of players who are still playing for Cardiff & Met after
40 seasons.The celebration was attended by Steve’s family and friends
from across the hockey World. Friends who have represented Wales with Steve, to
those from other Clubs, who have played against Steve over the years. A big
thank you to all those who attended from Bridgend, Llanishen & Llandaff and

Steve is a hugely popular, committed, tough competitor, who
lives and breathes big matches with local rivals. A pleasure and a privilege to
captain over the years, here’s to the next forty seasons!

Steve Way – Right End, 3rd row from front.

Steve Way in his 40th Season at Cardiff & Met HC.

Two Cardiff & Met Players Selected For Great Britain U21s

News Posted on Tue, October 02, 2018 10:31:17

Cardiff & Met
midfielders Jacob Draper and Callum Mackenzie have been selected to represent
Great Britain U21’s at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Draper has become a key figure for Cardiff & Met over
the last two years and will look to draw on his senior international experience
for Wales since debut as an 18-year-old, including selection for the 2018
Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

Mackenzie has just enrolled at Cardiff Metropolitan
University and will be a very handy addition to both the BUCS & National
League teams, having recently been capped by the Scotland senior team after
some promising performances for both Scotland U21’s and Great Britain U23’s.

Great Britain will kick off the week-long tournament in
Johor Bahru on the 6th October against New Zealand, before taking on
Japan, Australia, Malaysia and India in their remaining pool matches. Their
performances will then determine who they play in a ranking match, and the
squad will once again be competing hard for a medal given their strong history
in the competition.

Great Britain will be hoping to go one better than 2017,
where they claimed the silver medal after being narrowly defeated by Australia
in the final. Draper and Mackenzie were both part of that squad and will be
eager to make amends this year.

Good luck to both Callum and Jacob from all at Cardiff & Met Hc.

Squad Announcement

Cardiff & Met HC – U18 European Championship Representation

News Posted on Sun, July 22, 2018 13:10:24

Cardiff & Met Hockey Club are proud that 10 of their
best junior talents have been selected to represent Wales throughout July in
the U18 Boys and Girls European Championships.

July brings a
flurry of junior international hockey as the European U18 Boys and Girls
championships take place across Europe. Across both squads, no less than 10 of
Cardiff & Met’s brightest young talents will represent Wales in the U18
Girls Championship II in Czech Republic and U18 Boys Championship II in

For many of the
selected players, the journey to International hockey began at other clubs
within the Welsh hockey community. Cardiff & Met Hockey Club would like to
take this opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic work done by clubs
continually developing junior hockey opportunities, and providing a strong base
for player development.

As a club,
Cardiff & Met are pleased to be able to support some of the brightest welsh
talent across all ages towards National & International environments. Those
selected follow in the footsteps of the likes of Dan Kyriakides, Jacob Draper
& Ioan Wall, all of whom have progressed through the National Age Group
setup to represent Great Britain whilst at Cardiff & Met HC.

At Cardiff &
Met HC, we continually work to develop our knowledge to ensure a common
language, shared understanding and provision of appropriate learning
environments to challenge existing physical and mental capabilities. This,
alongside connected player support networks where individuals can link with
current and ex-internationals, coaches, players, family and friends, ensures
that players’ feel fully supported towards achieving their goals within competitive

Whilst we are
incredibly proud of the achievements and continued development of our selected
players, we are also respectful of all those that have played a part on their
international hockey journey so far. We
continue to acknowledge our role as a performance club and work in conjunction
with schools & clubs across South Wales to ensure that aspiring and
talented players are given the opportunities to achieve their goals at any

Cardiff &
Met Hockey Club representatives at the U18 EuroHockey Championships:

U18 Girls – Czech

U18 Boys – Cardiff

Louise Loughlin

Katie Mulroy

Nell Butler

Beth Wood

Lily Roberts

Rhys Bradshaw

Rhys Payne

Will Riley

Fergus Stevens

Jet Treasure-Jeffreys

Cardiff &
Met would like to take this opportunity to congratulate U18 Girls on their recent
6th place finish in Rakovnik, Czech Republic and wish Wales U18 Boys
the very best of luck in hosting the Championship II in Cardiff, commencing on
Sunday 22nd July, 2018.

Summer Mixed Indoor Hockey

News Posted on Fri, June 15, 2018 09:22:35

To register your team in this summers mixed indoor hockey league, contact Mike Cleverly on

Thursday 21st June to Thursday 30th August 2018

All club players welcome

Junior Summer Hockey Camps 2018

News Posted on Fri, June 15, 2018 09:19:33

Cardiff & Met make it 3 from 3 in Hockey Wales Finals

News Posted on Wed, May 09, 2018 11:23:04

Three of Cardiff & Met HC’s teams secured spots at the 2018 edition of the Hockey Wales Finals Day.

The ladies 2nd team were the first of Cardiff’s teams to take the field in the Womens Trophy competition.

The Cardiff & Met Ladies 2nd team approached the Welsh Trophy
Final following an extremely successful domestic season, winning 18 of their 20 league matches and securing the Division 1 title and promotion! The recent heatwave and nervous excitement could do nothing to prevent Cardiff & Met confirming their final victory of the season, as they overcame the travelling Bangor University 2-0 in front of a large crowd. Cardiff began with some exciting attacking play with Cardiff Met student Hope Stevenson and NAGS player Tegan Waters pulling strings in the midfield and creating a number of scoring chances. The deadlock was broken late in the first quarter with a well worked penalty corner. Abi Griffiths deflected home from close range to add another goal to her season tally! With the nerves settled, Cardiff proceeded to control much of the game with their strong defence, led by captain Nic Hatch, staving off any Bangor attacks at source. Another goal was added by Cardiff later in the third quarter. Following a strong carry down the right from Daisy Lowe, a skilful reverse chip over the diving goalkeeper by Sian Rosewarne was poached on the goal-line by 2nd team legend Rebecca Chidley to seal a deserved 2-0 win and the League-Trophy double!

Womens Trophy Champions: Cardiff & Met 2nds 2 – 0 Bangor Uni 2nds

Eyes turned to the Mens teams as the sun rose on day 2 with the Mens E team first to take the field in the Mens Challenge Competition. Captain Mark Shelton, recounts the fixture as the Mens E competed in the final for the third consecutive season, arecord of 0-2.

“In the team huddle the team were determined to remedy this stat and make the beer taste sweeter later on. Tactics were discussed and it was agreed that the students would have speed and fitness on their side, so we would have to box clever and use all the experience within the team, with an average age the north side of forty.

Morgan set the tone for the day with a green after 3 minutes. Some say it was harsh but Sonny Bill would have been happy with the body contact in the tackle. A great move after 8 minutes saw John (bully) Ashton score a great goal, after fine work by Aron and Che.

Cardiff went two nil up after some rampaging asthmatic inspired run and cross from the ageing Captain, neatly finished by Sy Dovey. Inspired defending by Rhys and Lee, two important saves by Clevs, tireless midfield running by Sam, Morgs and John, made sure we held on to win 2- 0.

In the warm down after the game it was agreed that hockey was the true winner. Rhys got awarded MOM and unjustly, some would say, Shelts got DOD for a strong tackle with two minutes to go.”

to all involved:

Nicholls, Mark Shelton, Steve Way, Rhys Edwards, Lee Ireland, Malcolm Thomas, Joe Richards, Che Makan, Morgan Miles, Symon Dovey, Sam Edwards, Nick Patterson, Aron Waite, Colin Foad, John Ashton, Fil Pamment, Mike Cleverley

Mens Challenge Champions: Cardiff & Met E 2 – 0 Swansea Uni B

The last match of Hockey Wales finals day brought the return of a familiar Championship encounter between Cardiff & Met 1st and Whitchurch HC 1st in the Hockey Wales Mens Championship. Cardiff’s side secured 2nd in the Domestic National Conference West competition, while Whitchurch secured a mid-table finish in the Go Create Premiership.

While Whitchurch were in the midst of preparation for their Eurohockey Club Challenge II campaign in Slovenia, having recorded a strong finish to the league season, Cardiff saw the inclusion of Junior Internationals and the return of Senior Internationals from the Commonwealth Games. While the game remained competitive for long periods, the result was true to the league standings with Cardiff securing a 5-1 victory over cross-city neighbours. An early goal by Junior International Rhys Bradshaw set the tone, later followed by a further goal from Rhys, and goals Charlie Hunte, Ronan Taggart and Ieuan Davies.

Man of the Match – Jacob Draper

Head Coach Walid
Abdo, reflected on the Cardiff’s title retention.

“I have always felt it is hugely important as a coach, and as a club, that we safeguard the integrity of our domestic competitions in order to grow the game and inspire juniors to want to play in these finals. This is reflected by the strength of team I selected and how seriously we take winning competitions to develop momentum and confidence. This group of athletes have worked really hard all season and it is great for the group and the club to finish on such a high. It’s an honour and a privilege that this group are the top ranked team in Wales.”

Mens Championship Champions: Cardiff
& Met 1st 5-1 Whitchurch 1st

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