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Club Christmas Dinner

Mac has asked me to let you all know that the CHC Christmas Dinner is on the evening of Monday 18th December at the Britannia Inn, commencing 7:30 p.m., £20 per person
Mac needs your menu choice by Wednesday 13th from the following:
Starters: soup / chicken liver pate / prawn and smoked salmon salad / baked brie
Mains: traditional beef or turkey with all the trimmings / baked salmon pastry gallete and "vegie stuff"
Puddings : Christmas pud / plum mulled wine crumble / cheese & biscuits / raspberry shortbread cheesecake.

New to Golf ?

My name is Fame Tate and I am a female golf professional at Tapton Park Golf Club, Chesterfield and run the Fame Golf Academy.  I also work for Derbyshire Golf.
We have recently received funding from Sport England to increase golfing participation in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, engaging NEW people in the sport.  I am therefore working for Derbyshire Golf to make this happen.
We are targeting 14-25’s age group, businesses, workplaces, sports clubs/teams, schools, colleges and golf in the community as a whole for any age/gender.
There has been a great deal of press regarding this however, I am still trying to give it a real push.
Maybe you know someone that has never had a go at golf before that you think would like to give it a try?
A business that could have a day of golf as team building?
A sports/social/team club etc that you are a member of where you think everyone would like a go?
Maybe a family member plays and now you feel it is your time to have a go?
You work for the national health and feel that this could be a great initiative for people to exercise or for rehabilitation?
The possibilities are endless….and the groups can be tailored to suit your needs.  Ladies only, mixed, families etc.
We have an inflatable net that can initially be taken to any venue….alternatively the coaching will take place at Tapton Park Golf Club, Chesterfield.
THIS IS ALL FOR FREE……and a number of follow up sessions if people like it will also take place AT NO COST!!!
I can not stress this enough, as I think people think that there must be some catch.  However, that is not the case and it is a fantastic opportunity to give golf a try with equipment provided.
I would be grateful if you could pass this information on to anyone that you feel may be interested.
You can follow The Fame Golf Academy on Facebook and Twitter.
Many thanks,
Ambassador for Derbyshire Golf.
Derbyshire Golf Community Coach

Yvonne's Paradise Kitchen

On 31st August, Yvonne, partner of Tony Bointon, commences her new venture, delivering authentic cuisine meals, initially within the S40 area.
Download Yvonne's Paradise Kitchen menu here.

Annual Golf Day 29th July 2017

at the Chesterfield Golf Club, Walton

40 took part in excellent conditions on a wonderful course. Results t.b.a.:
Winner -
Runner-up -
3rd -
Nearest Pin -
Longest Drive -
2s -

Rule Change 26 Feb

The changed rules with effect from Friday 26th February are as follows:
• 13.2.c: when a free hit is awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, all players other than the player taking the free hit must be at least 5 metres from the ball, except as specifically indicated below for attacking free hits awarded within 5 metres of the circle.
• 13.2.f: from a free hit awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, the ball must not be played into the circle until it has travelled at least 5 metres or has been touched by a player of the defending team.
Further details and explanations can be found on the FIH website

"This rule change has been introduced to avoid unfair and potentially dangerous play for all attacking free hits within the 23m area. Umpires should note that:
1. The management of the set piece has not changed essentially. All players must still be at least 5m away from the free hit, except for the player taking it. Defenders who were within 5m of the place where the foul occurred may still stay within 5m, provided that they are within the circle and do not interfere with play before the ball has travelled 5m, or the stick of a player, other than the hit taker, has legitimately touched the ball.
2. However, please note that if there has been a stoppage in time between the awarding of the free hit and the re-start in play, then all players, including defenders in the circle, must be at least 5m away.
3. Also, the practice of a player taking a free hit by touching the ball for a team mate who was 5m away to run onto and then drive into the circle is now a foul. If this occurs, a free hit to the defence should be awarded."


Midlands Men's League - from season 2015/16
Please note that within the Men’s League Rules for 2015/16 there is a new Rule 6.3 which states; "The umpires shall, prior to the start of the match, designate one side of the pitch (or one area) as the team bench/technical area and shall inform the team captains. Only players and team management named on the team sheet shall be permitted to use the bench/technical area. Spectators shall be outside of the playing and technical areas as may be designated by the umpires." The purpose of this rule is to ensure segregation between the teams and officials and spectators, primarily to prevent crowds congregating round the team bench enabling easier identification of members of a particular team. We would strongly advise that you bring this to the attention of the home team as soon as possible after your arrival the match venue so that the Captain can deal with any potential problems as early as possible.
Please note that this rule applies where spectators are within the confines of the pitch but where there is no designated viewing area(s). If the viewing area is behind the bench/technical area but is separated by a fence, then spectators may be on the same side as the benches so long as they (the spectators) remain behind the fence.

We have decided the best solution at present is to designate an area on the opposite side of the pitch to the team dugouts. So when you come and support the guys please can you do so from this area. Thank you!

Hog Roast & Draw 27th August 2017

Once again,courtesy of Simon Davidson, it was at his house on Hady Lane. A grand day, weather excellent, food equally so, Lots to drink at excellent prices.... what more could you ask for. Nick's slideshow is here: (don't forget to change Youtube "settings" to show in highest definition (1080p)) :

Draw Results:

Mini Break to Paris - Boyland
Dinner and B&B at Monsal Head Hotel - S Knight
Spa Bliss Day for 2 - Paul Speed
Sunday Carvery for 2 - D Hodson
4 hours free driving lessons - Gareth Hunter
£100 voucher for KOO Bistro - Sarah Nelis
Sunday Lunch for 2 at Riverside House - Paul Speed
£15 Voucher Yvonne's kitchen - Adelle Pears

Thanks to everyone who supported both the Hog Roast Day and the Hog Roast Draw. Significant amounts of money were raised to help our Club's activities. This is of particular importance especially when we have anticipated equipment costs (for example, new goals).

Hog Roast 28th August 2016

Don't forget to change Youtube "settings" to show in highest definition (1080p) :

Nick Kennerley - International

Congratulations to Nick Kennerley who, in late October, 2015, won his cap for England in an International Grand Masters (Over 60s)Hockey Tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

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Detailed report below

Nick Kennerley's International Appearances - Competition Report

English veterans clinch Asia hockey title

Raja Datuk Eleena giving away the champions trophy to England captain and two-goal hero Smith. Looking on are the English players, Syed Anuar (third from right) and Mustafa (extreme left) in the photos above
Malaysia won the battle but lost the war in the recent 3rd Grand Masters Hockey Asia Cup tournament and 29th Pacific Rim Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup held at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) Hockey Stadium from Oct 26-Nov 1.
The national team led by captain and ex-international Datuk Poon Fook Loke repeated its Asia Cup victory in Singapore in 2011 by topping Group One, finishing ahead of runners-up South Korea, defending champions Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
England thrived in Group Two consisting of Pacific Rim teams Southern Cross A, Southern Cross B, Scotland, Alliance and Egypt.
In the final against Malaysia, the English side showed skill and control enroute to winning the match 3-0. The visitors enjoyed long periods of possession.
(One of the other photos shows the Malaysia and England veterans in action in the final of the 29th Pacific Rim Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup.) England captain Tim Smith was clearly a thorn in the Malaysian side, darting in and out and eventually slotting home the opening goal just before the first quarter-break (quarter-breaks are given after 17.5 minutes).
Smith continued to harass the home team, scoring the second goal in the second quarter. The Malaysians had several close calls, including short corners but could not convert.
During the half-time break, coach James Murthy was seen instructing the players to stay tighter in formation and plug the gaps which the English were clearly exploiting.
Because it was tough to break the passing game of the English he advised the players to go for short corners.
In the later stages as rain fell it was clear the English were the fitter side moving cohesively despite the wet conditions.
(One of the other photos shows the Malaysian veterans defending a penalty corner during the final against their English counterparts.) Gordon Gray made it 3-0, a scoreline that spelled the domination that they exercised throughout the match. In the third and fourth placing match earlier, defending Grand Masters Hockey Asia Cup champions Japan were beaten 1-0 by Scotland.
“This English side has been playing all year round, that’s why you can notice their fitness,”commented Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur, President of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Veterans Hockey Association.
“They were the better team. Malaysia were prepared better this time and performed better than the last two years,” he added.
Malaysia were third in 2013 in the biennial affair. The country was given the nod to host both Masters tournaments which is sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (IHF) and the World Grand Masters Association (WGMA).
The next Grand Masters Asia Cup will be staged in Japan in 2017 and Malaysia intends to make its presence felt.
“We will have to start finding sponsors for the players. In the past players have self-sponsored their own airfare and lodging. But we must ensure our presence as we have attended all (three) of the tournaments,” he said.
The prizes were given away by Raja Datuk Seri Eleena Sultan Azlan Shah accompanied by Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur and AmBank Group Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing Syed Anuar Syed Ali, who were the main sponsor of the tournament.