Cardiff Team up with 200 Degrees

Jack Rhodes from M1s is delighted to be sponsored by 200 Degrees Coffee for the 2019/2020 season. The first event of season took place on Friday, organised by Jack and the 200 Degrees team, as a handful of the M1s went down to the store on Queen Street for a round of flat whites and to meet manager Mike, and the Cardiff 200 Degrees team.

This was the first event that aimed to connect 200 Degrees with Cardiff & Met HC who have visions of developing sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship. All members are encouraged to keep an eye out for future events with 200 Degrees and the Cardiff Queen street store.

In the meantime all club members are encouraged to pop in if they are passing for a coffee or bite to eat. When you do so mention you are a member of the club to one of the store team and share your experience on social media, helping our cause and the future relationship between Cardiff & Met HC and 200 Degrees.

Drink Better Coffee

Producing 200 Degrees Coffee is a labour of love. All of our green coffee beans are ethically sourced, with our signature Brazilian Love Affair espresso blend coming 100% from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Our coffee has been perfected through meticulous testing in our roast house and our own coffee shops. We ‘small batch’ roast to order, with every finished roast sampled by our Master Roaster before dispatch.

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Cardiff & Met @ Sulton of Johor Cup – GB U23

The Sultan of Johor Cup is an invitational tournament in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Two current Cardiff & Met players travelled with the 18-man Great Britain team – Ioan Wall, who was making his first appearance at the tournament, and Callum Mackenzie, making his third appearance. The team entered the tournament looking to retain the title they had claimed the year before.   The week-long tournament consisted of six teams; Great Britain, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and India. 

The first three games of the tournament showed Great Britain to be strong favourites, beating New Zealand 2-0, Japan 2-1 and Australia 1-0, with Wall scoring a PC against Japan. The results meant a draw was needed against the hosts to ensure a place in their third consecutive final. GB struggled, losing 1-0 in a scrappy game, meaning the final game against India was all to play for. The game finished 3-3, with Wall contributing to the score sheet with a PC, therefore both teams would face-off again in the final the following day – a repeat of the final from the previous year.  The atmosphere throughout the tournament was amazing; consistent drumming and chanting made it hard to hear anyone on the pitch. 

The final was played in front of a packed stadium, with no spare seat in sight. The final was end to end, counter attack after counter attack, with India having the better chances throughout. Going into the fourth quarter, all was square at 0-0.  India scored first with nine minutes left to play, but the lead was short lived with GB scoring just a minute after. This made for a tense final few minutes as India battered GB. With 25 seconds left on the clock, Wall fired a notorious slap into the circle. After the ball bounced around, it was finally turned in with 19 seconds left on the clock. The game finished 2-1 Great Britain, meaning they retain the title and become the first team to have won the tournament three times.

Ioan Wall
Callum Mackenzie (right)

Strong U21 Euro Indoor Representation for Cardiff

& 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.

Steve Way Celebrates 40th Season @ Cardiff & Met HC

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 Swansea.

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

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

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.