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Six Cardiff & Met players are heading to the Gold Coast!

News Posted on Thu, March 01, 2018 18:01:44

Cardiff & Met 1st team captain Luke Hawker, goalkeeper James Fortnam, Rhys Gowman, Alf Dinnie and Jacob Draper have all been selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in April. 18-year-old centre back Ioan Wall has also been named as a travelling reserve and will remain on standby until the tournament begins.

The 18 man Wales squad also contains 7 former Cardiff & Met players including Dan Kyriakides, who recently became the first Welsh player to represent Great Britain for a number of years and youth system graduate Dale Hutchinson. Assistant Men’s coach Danny Newcombe & Video Analyst Matt Mills both studied at Cardiff Met and represented the club meaning that over 50% of the squad and support staff have been through the Cardiff Met university or club system!

Rhys Gowman will play in his second Commonwealth Games after being part of the squad at Glasgow 2014, a fine achievement after only recently returning from a 15 month layoff due to a serious knee injury. Alf Dinnie will also be going to his second Games, his first in a playing capacity, after working at Glasgow 2014 as a volunteer, even filling the ice baths for the Wales squad! Alf is currently finishing a Masters degree at Cardiff Met and has also taken on the role of Ladies Performance Coach this season.

University Director of Hockey and lecturer Luke Hawker will co-captain the Wales squad in Australia after also taking on the leadership reins for Cardiff & Met 1st team this year. They currently sit in second place in the league and hot on the heels of leaders the University of Exeter.

Goalkeeper James Fortnam and midfielder Jacob Draper will be travelling to their first Commonwealth Games after impressing for both Cardiff & Met and Wales over the last couple of years. For youth system product Draper, who recently travelled to the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia with the Great Britain U23 squad, it caps off an excellent two years in which he has become an integral part of the club and international set ups.

Wales open their Commonwealth Games on 5th April, where they take on Pakistan. They will also play fellow group teams England, Malaysia and India.



Junior Stars selected for Wales National Age Groups

News Posted on Thu, March 01, 2018 10:17:40

Cardiff & Met continues to play a pivotal role in supporting Welsh
Junior talent towards international representation.

Throughout February half-term, Wales U16 & U18 Boys and
Girls attended training camps at the National Hockey Centre, Cardiff, vying for
selection ahead of Easter Test matches against Scotland.

Following three days of intense training a number of Cardiff
& Met HC players were successful in gaining selection for the test series
to be held at Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Hockey venue.

Mari Paulson, Tegan Waters and Sophie Sedgebeer will
represent Wales U16, while Lilly Roberts, Nell Butler, Beth Wood, Katie Mulroy
and Louise Loughlin have been selected to represent at U18 level. All players
have played instrumental roles in the success of the Cardiff & Met HC
Ladies teams this season, playing throughout the 1st, 2nd
and 3rd teams, all of whom are in contention for league titles and
promotion places in the South Wales Womens Hockey League. All players also form
part of Cardiff & Met U18’s who are currently in the semi-final of the U18
knock-out competition.

Rhys Bradshaw, Rhys Payne, Will Riley, Rory Calderwood, Fergus
Stevens and Jet Treasure-Jeffreys will form a core component of the Wales U18
Boys team who will compete alongside the girl’s teams in Scotland. Rhys
Bradshaw and Will Riley have secured regular spot’s in Cardiff’s National
League squad and will benefit from their recent tournament experiences at
Cardiff’s European Indoor outing in Czech Republic. Rhys Payne, Rory
Calderwood, Fergus Stevens and Jet Treasure-Jeffreys continue to benefit from
inclusion in Cardiff’s performance training squad and will no doubt be in
contention for national league spots in the near future.

Test matches take place on Friday 30th, Saturday
31st March and Sunday 1st April @ Glasgow National Hockey
Centre.

We wish all players the very best of luck and look forward
to following their domestic and international progress.

Photos by Irfon Bennett (@beefybennett)



Cardiff & Met Euro Indoor – Prague 2018

News Posted on Tue, February 27, 2018 11:42:05

The Men’s 1st Indoor squad travelled to Prague
looking to build on their Welsh Cup win in Merthyr Tydfil in late January. With
a young group led by captain Sam Daymond, they arrived in good spirits with
many players looking to get their first taste of European Indoor hockey.

After landing in the early afternoon, it was straight to the
hotel to get acquainted followed by a short and sharp training session just
over the road at HC Slavia Praha, the Czech tournament hosts.

Day 1

A tough opening fixture saw Cardiff & Met play AD
Lousada, the Portuguese team who had been relegated into the division the
previous year and were looking to climb straight back into the Euro Trophy for
2019. Cardiff started slowly and were made to pay heavily, as a combination
of some clinical Portuguese finishing and some sloppy Cardiff errors meant that
Lousada earned a 12-2 win, with Cardiff’s goals scored by Ieuan Davies &
Jack Valentine.

The squad immediately looked to bounce back in the afternoon
match, which saw them up against HC Lipovci of Slovenia. Cardiff showed huge
improvement from their morning performance, displaying far more nous in defence
whilst managing to create plenty of chances in attack. After falling behind
twice, goals from Ieuan Davies and 17-year-old Rhys Bradshaw meant the game
finished in a 2-2 draw.

Day 2

The final group game saw Cardiff & Met play HC Vinnitsa,
the Ukrainian team who had secured two wins from their two matches and were
looking to top the group. Cardiff once again showed great improvement from
their previous matches and fought hard against an experienced indoor team, however
3 late goals meant that the game ended in a 5-2 defeat, with goals from Jack
Pritchard & Ieuan Davies. The result meant that Cardiff finished 4th
in their pool and moved into the relegation crossovers alongside their
Slovenian counterparts HC Lipovci.

The evening match saw Cardiff pitted against Soroksari HC in
a must-win relegation crossover match. The two sides had faced off indoor
several times over the years with fairly even results, however it was Cardiff
who took the spoils this time with a 6-5 victory in a thrilling see-saw of a
match, with a hat-trick for Jack Pritchard and further goals from Ieuan Davies,
Jack Valentine & Callum Stanley.

Day 3

Cardiff went into their final match of the tournament
knowing that they needed a minimum of a losing bonus point to ensure survival
in the division. A mature and professional display followed to secure a 2-2
draw against Slovakian side HC Senkvice, with goals from Ieuan Davies &
Jack Pritchard. The result meant Cardiff finished the tournament in 6th
place, securing their place in Challenge 1 for 2019, a solid achievement for a
young squad containing 9 Euro Indoor debutants.

A big thank you to coach Walid Abdo and Debbie Mason, who
juggled the physio/manager roles expertly!


Squad: Sam Daymond
(C) Jack Pritchard, Charlie Hunte, Mark Philpot (GK), Ieuan Davies, Eddy Evans,
Will Raymond, Callum Stanley, Jack Valentine, Ronan Taggart, Will Riley &
Rhys Bradshaw.

Cardiff & Met’s
Player of the Tournament – Ieuan Davies



Cardiff & Met 4 : 1 Clifton Robinsons

News Posted on Thu, November 30, 2017 16:10:51

Cardiff & Met came from behind once
again to secure a 4-1 win over Clifton Robinsons and maintain the pressure on
league leaders the University of Exeter.

In the final
game before the winter break, Cardiff & Met enjoyed the majority of
possession during the early stages but found it difficult to convert their goal
scoring chances. They were soon made to pay for their profligacy, as Robinsons
took a 1-0 lead against the run of play after a close-range finish from Tom
Jarvie.

As is
becoming the norm, conceding early seemed to kick Cardiff & Met into life,
and although they were unable to find an immediate equaliser, they found an
extra level of intensity and began to put Robinsons under significant pressure.
The Bristol team held strong however, and took their one goal lead into the
half-time interval.

Following a stern
team talk from coach Walid Abdo, Cardiff & Met came out of the traps in the
second half looking like a different team. The pressure quickly told on the
Robinsons defence and they soon conceded a penalty stroke after their
goalkeeper clattered into Ronan Taggart from behind following a sharp Cardiff
& Met counter-attack. Jack Pritchard converted from the spot in the 43rd
minute to bring the two sides level at 1-1.

Cardiff &
Met continued to attack in the same vein, and were rewarded four minutes later with
a maiden National League goal from youngster Will Riley, who made himself room
in the circle and slotted home past the Robinsons goalkeeper to make the score
2-1.

The home side
needed another goal to make the game safe, and it came in the 66th
minute after Eddy Evans pounced on a penalty corner rebound to grab his first
National League goal. Pritchard got his second of the match a minute later
after some excellent work from Charlie Hunte down the left wing to give Cardiff
& Met a deserved 4-1 win.

After league
leaders the University of Exeter lost 3-2 on the same day, the Welsh side head
into the winter break 3 points behind them in 2nd place and will
look to put plenty of pressure on in the New Year.

Next up// Cardiff & Met host Wooton
under Edge in the England Hockey Championships 2nd Round after being
granted a bye in Round 1.

Venue and time TBC.



Olton & West Warwicks 2 : 2 Cardiff & Met

News Posted on Wed, November 22, 2017 16:15:04

Cardiff & Met were held to a 2-2 draw
for the second week running as they battled hard to earn a point away at Olton
& West Warwicks, courtesy of a late equaliser from Jagdeep Hanspal.

Cardiff & Met started slowly in the
face of some unfamiliar opposition, this was the first time the two teams had
played each other in the league, since Olton had transferred to the West
Conference for the 2017-18 season.

The hosts enjoyed the majority of the
possession in the early stages and took a deserved lead in the 20th
minute. Cardiff & Met were robbed of possession in the middle of the pitch,
and after a quick counter-attack, an Olton forward was able to slot home past
the onrushing James Fortnam.

Jack Pritchard equalised for Cardiff
& Met with a reverse-stick shot six minutes later, but they conceded again through
some soft defending almost immediately. After successfully defending a penalty
corner, Cardiff & Met were unable to clear the rebound, and a hopeful ball across
the circle found its way to an unmarked player on the back post, leaving a
simple tap-in to give Olton a 2-1 lead going into half-time.

Following a tactical re-shuffle and
some sharp words from coach Walid Abdo, Cardiff & Met came out in the
second half with far more intensity and immediately began to put the Olton defence
under pressure.

The game started to open up, with both teams
enjoying equal possession without creating many clear-cut chances, although Olton
were particularly grateful for some brave last-ditch tackles from their
defenders, as both Pritchard and Rhys Bradshaw were denied from close range. Both
teams also incurred the wrath of the umpires, who dished out green cards for some
of the niggly tackles on display in midfield.

Although both teams were unable to capitalise
on their one-man advantage, it was Cardiff & Met who finally made a breakthrough once the numbers were restored to normal. Despite Olton defending an
initial penalty corner, a well-executed routine from the re-award allowed
Jagdeep Hanspal to score the equaliser in the 65th minute to make the
score 2-2, his first National League goal for the club.

Cardiff & Met continued to pile on
the pressure but were unable to find the winner in the final five minutes,
meaning that for the second consecutive week they departed Birmingham with a
2-2 draw.

Next up// Cardiff & Met host
Clifton Robinsons in the final game before the winter break.

WIS (12.30pm PB)



University of Birmingham 2 : 2 Cardiff & Met

News Posted on Tue, November 14, 2017 15:05:29

Cardiff & Met were held to a 2-2
draw at the University of Birmingham as the hosts scored a late equaliser to
rescue a point in a frenetic Saturday night fixture.

With both teams looking to close the
gap on league leaders Exeter University, the match started cagily as both teams
looked to work their way into the match.

Both teams quickly grew in confidence and
it wasn’t long before the match opened up, as Birmingham took the lead in the 9th
minute, courtesy of a well-executed penalty corner from Scott Wall.

This seemed to shock Cardiff & Met into
life and they responded almost immediately, Ronan Taggart equalising three
minutes later as he picked up a bouncing ball, rounded the goalkeeper and
hammered home for his 3rd goal of the season.

The first half continued in a fairly
even fashion as Cardiff & Met failed to capitalise on some half chances and
the home side were especially thankful to their goalkeeper for a couple of fine
saves from Cardiff & Met penalty corners.

Birmingham had some chances of their
own and looked particularly dangerous on the counter-attack, but the Cardiff
& Met defence held strong and both sides headed into half-time with the
score level at 1-1.

Both teams started the second half with
added intensity following the interval, but neither side were able to capitalise
on their spells of possession and create many clear-cut opportunities. However, it was Cardiff
& Met who took the lead in the 52nd minute, when captain Luke
Hawker powered a drag-flick into the top right-hand corner.

They soon found themselves under
increasing pressure and although they successfully defended a barrage of
penalty corners, they were perhaps fortunate when Birmingham had a goal
disallowed, a decision which left the home side bemused.

Cardiff & Met’s resolute defence
was eventually broken in the 69th minute, as they gave away
possession in the middle of the pitch and despite goalkeeper James Fortnam making
an initial save, the rebound fell kindly to a Birmingham attacker who calmly
equalised from a tight angle.

Cardiff & Met then survived a
further scare as Birmingham were awarded a penalty corner in the last play of
the game, but the resulting effort was wide of the target meaning both teams took a share of
the spoils and were left to rue what might have been.

The Welsh side remain 2nd in the table, four points adrift of the University of Exeter.

Next up// Cardiff & Met travel to Olton & West Warwicks on Sunday 19th November (1.30pm PB).



Cardiff & Met 4 : 3 Isca

News Posted on Mon, November 06, 2017 16:53:04

Cardiff & Met came from behind for the second week running as
they scored two goals in four minutes to clinch a late win over Isca.

Cardiff & Met started strongly and
following a number of circle entries, the home side earnt an early penalty
corner. A well disguised drag-flick from Ieuan Davies hit the Isca defender on
the goal-line and Jack Pritchard duly converted the penalty stroke in the 6th minute
for his 4th goal of the season.

Isca responded almost immediately with
a penalty stroke of their own to make the score 1-1 and despite having large
amounts of possession, Cardiff & Met struggled to create any clear-cut
chances and the two sides headed into half-time with honours even.

The home side burst out of the traps following the interval and took the lead courtesy of a close-range
finish from Ronan Taggart, who calmly placed a flick over the shoulder of the
onrushing goalkeeper.

Despite taking a 2-1 lead, Cardiff
& Met were unable to extend it further as they squandered a number of good
opportunities. They were soon made to pay, as Alf Dinnie was adjudged to have
cynically fouled an Isca attacker and was punished with a yellow card, much to
the bemusement of the home fans.

Jon Wright equalised from the resulting
penalty corner for his 2nd goal of the match and Isca then took the lead
against the run of play seven minutes later, after Cardiff & Met failed to
clear a loose ball in their own circle.

However, this seemed to kick-start the
home side into life and after a continued spell of pressure, Isca were reduced to
nine men after yellow cards were shown to Thomas Whitworth and Jamie Cooke, the
latter somewhat harshly.

Cardiff & Met looked to take advantage and after a number of unsuccessful penalty corners, the Isca
defence was finally breached when Ieuan Davies was first to a rebound in the 66th minute
to make the score 3-3.

The home side continued to pile forward, seemingly not content with a draw, and they were rewarded for
their efforts as Ioan Wall got the final touch on another scrappy penalty
corner in the 69th minute to make it 4-3 and seal the three
points for the Welsh team.

Next up// Cardiff & Met travel to
the University of Birmingham on Saturday 11th November (5pm
PB).



Cheltenham 4 : 5 Cardiff & Met

News Posted on Fri, November 03, 2017 14:28:45

Cardiff & Met secured
an important 3 points against Cheltenham on Sunday as they came from behind in
a 9-goal thriller to put them 2nd in the National League West
Conference.

After a cagey start to the match which gave little
indication of the goal-fest to come, Cardiff & Met grew into the game and
following a swift counter-attack, Charlie Hunte pounced on a loose ball in the
21th minute to slot home for his 2nd goal in as many
games.

Cheltenham then equalised from a penalty corner five minutes
later and despite Cardiff & Met having the majority of possession and
squandering a couple of half-chances, the two sides headed into half-time with
the score level at 1-1.

Cardiff & Met started the second half with far more
intensity and it reaped immediate rewards as they scored twice in two minutes
courtesy of a pair of reverse-stick strikes from Alf Dinnie and youngster Rhys
Bradshaw who continues his fine start to the season.

This seemed to kick-start the home team into life and a
combination of cards and some sloppy defending allowed Cheltenham to score
three times in five minutes to leave a shell-shocked Cardiff & Met trailing
4-3 with twenty minutes remaining.

The Welsh side showed admirable composure for a young squad
as they calmly tried to work back into the game, and were rewarded for their
efforts when Jack Pritchard deflected home a Luke Hawker pass to make the score
4-4.

Cardiff & Met continued to create chances and following some
fine defensive pressure from Ioan Wall, Pritchard fired home a reverse-stick
winner with ten minutes left to make it 5-4 and secure Cardiff & Met’s 4th
win of the season.

They now sit just two points behind table-toppers Exeter University
with four matches remaining before the winter break.

Next Up// Cardiff
& Met host Isca on Sunday 5th November (12.30 push-back) @ The National
Hockey Centre, WIS.



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