About the Venue
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is a wheelchair accessible venue.
Parking is available at the facility.
For those travelling by public transport, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is walking distance from both Stratford International Station and Leyton tube station. Bus routes that run near Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre are the: 308 and W15.
New to Hockey?
Hockey is an up and coming sport in the UK and around the world, with the London Olympics bringing the game to the public’s attention. There have been huge developments in the sport over recent years, with the reviewing of the rules on an annual basis to ensure that the sport remains spectator friendly.
A brief explanation of the rules:
- 11 a-side;
- 35 mins each half;
- score in opposition’s goal (must shoot inside the ‘D’);
- no feet;
- no using the back of the stick.
Played over two halves, two teams of eleven players use hooked sticks with one aim in mind – to score a goal by getting the ball past the opposing team’s goalkeeper.
The game itself is incredibly fast paced and high intensity, you don’t want to look away for a second! With roll-on roll-off subs the game is always of high quality. There are goals, skills, cards, penalty corners and penalty flicks which all make for a thoroughly entertaining sport to watch.
The pace of the game is unrelenting, with both teams allowed unlimited substitutions and hockey players generally being well renowned for their high fitness levels. Goals can only be scored inside the circle at each end and turnover ball is awarded if the ball touches any feet. Penalty corners, which can include intricate routines and rapid drag-flicks, are awarded should this happen within the circle.
Two umpires keep the game in check, with green cards used as warnings and yellow and red cards signalling indefinite and definite sin-bin time respectively.
Many games can end in a draw, but with this game being a one-off, it will go to penalty flicks with the victor taking all the spoils.
We came here as colleagues and now we leave as friends
After a heartbreaking demotion from League 1 last season, the RUMS Women’s 1st XI have been working hard to claim to spot of BUCS Southeastern 2B. Some very crisp hockey performances have left us within touching distance of promotion. The team have also made it into the semi finals of both the BUCS and LUSL cups. Following two years of tough Varsity defeats the team are more motivated than ever to secure a win. Having only played one match against GKT this year, it is impossible to predict which way the match will go, which should make for the most exciting Varsity yet. Although RUMS are entering as the underdogs, we’ve never been closer as a team, owing this to the combination of a new coach, weekly telepathy training and a serious hockey tour to Amsterdam.
Let’s go GKT!
GKT ladies have been training hard to top last year’s 5-2 win. With several new additions to the squad, this could arguably be the strongest Varsity performance from the team so far. This is the biggest match in the club calendar, with a buzzing atmosphere and fantastic hockey on such a special pitch, this is an event you cannot miss!
GKT are overconfident following a few half-decent years. It’s only a matter of time until their hubris attitude comes back to bit them…
The RUMS boys go into the big match with confidence. After a couple of years in the sporting doldrums, including two narrow Varsity defeats, Tommo’s men are now playing the best hockey seen in RUMS colours in club memory. The team no longer needs to rely on a few star players; two years of exhausting training with the same no-nonsense coach has installed a stringent system of stylish play which has paid dividends. For the first time in far too long, the boys are serious contenders for promotion in their BUCS league this season. With this winning mentality in mind, not to mention the backing of a large armada of raucously adoring RUMS Rangers cheering them from the stands, the bold men of Huntley Street have nothing to fear. It’s set to be an absolutely cracking game.
Three wins, why not make it four?
Since its inception in 2014, Varsity has been kind to our club. We are yet to be on the losing side, and this is a record that the GKT men have been working hard to maintain. The progression into one of BUCS Premier Hockey Leagues has given this team a chance to develop and play a new breed of hockey. This game is the main focus on the club’s calendar, expect GKT to be pulling out all of the stops to etch their names once more onto the trophy.