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Around the Leagues
National Conferences - East:
East Premier Divisions:
Men: Substantial wins for the top three leave positions unchanged going into the mid-season break. West Herts in second have still to play their outstanding game against Wapping.
Women: The top two both win, leaving positions unchanged - Bedford ahead on goal difference from Brom & Becks and with a game in hand. Defeat to Ipswich leaves third-placed Cambridge City somewhat adrift.
County Prem Divs:
Cambs: Now in the East Womens League.
Essex: Redbridge & Ilford draw 2-2 with Havering and slip back to second, a point behind new leaders Old Loughts who beat Harlow 5-1.
Five Counties: In the top two clash, Welwyn and Leighton Buzzard draw 1-1, leaving Buzzard top by just a point. A 1-0 win by Luton over Bedford keeps them close behind in third.
Kent: Leaders Tunbridge Wells have their first defeat of the season 0-3 to second-placed Blackheath, but are still comfortably ahead. Cliftonville remain joint second after a 3-0 win over Canterbury.
Lincs: Now in the East Womens League.
Norfolk: Leaders UEA maintain momentum with a 3-1 win over Dereham 3rds, whilst wins for Harleston Magpies and Loddon keep them joint second.
Suffolk: A narrow 1-0 win for Grasshoppers over Christchurch places them top, just two points clear of Harwich & Dovercourt who beat bottom side Sudbury 3rds 10-0. Only five points separate the top four in this very competitive division.
Outdoor Hockey forthcoming Rule change
03/12/2013: FIH have confirmed that the Mandatory Experimental Own Goal Rule will no longer be within the Rules of Hockey with effect from 1 September 2014. The Own Goal Rule will remain in place until then. However from 1 February 2014 it will not apply in international hockey. Also, national assocations may continue to apply the rule in order to conclude competitions where the rule has been played. However, this is not mandatory. EH is currently considering its response.
ERHA Indoor - update
03/12/2013: The regulations for the 2013-14 competitions are now available via the Indoor Page - these reflect the most recent changes in the Indoor Hockey Rules - for a full update on that, see EH website News.
Also now available for download are the Schedule, Teamsheet, and Player Registration Form to be used for this year's competitions.
Indoor Technical Officiating Course
29/11/2013: Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of Officiating at Indoor Tournaments? There is a one day (free, but pay your own travel) course, running alongside the East Indoor weekend on Sunday 8th December at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Cambridge. If you are interested in taking part or would like further details please contact Janet Sutton on 07885 476923 or email email@example.com
East Management Meeting
29/11/2013: Draft minutes of the meeting held on Nov 20th are now uploaded.
Changes at EH East
29/11/2013: Laura Swanston leaves the EH East team on 29th November, and recruitment has begun for a replacement. Laura's many East Hockey friends will wish her well in new ventures.
A new Regional Administrator has now been appointed - Melanie Hart will be based at Loughborough.
EH rules education site
22/11/2013: On this site you can study the rules of hockey and watch video examples to build your understanding of how the rules are applied on the field of play. There's an online test to check your knowledge, on completion of which you can download your personalised awareness certificate. Site is here
15/11/2013: This is a revised and updated list of the East clubs that have not yet started the affiliation process. As the deadline has now passed, they are advised to contact Joe.Daniel@englandhockey.co.uk at England Hockey immediately. East League Clubs that are disaffiliated by EH will lose all their league results to date.
Holt Harlequins, Loddon, Old Deferrian, and Ramgarhia.
In addition, there are a large number of clubs that have received an EH invoice but not yet paid - please expedite your payment, as affiliation is not achieved until payment is made.
St Ives Goalkeeping Academy
15/11/2013: Details of this facility can be found in the Small Ads section and in this promotional poster here
East Management meeting
05/11/2013: The draft minutes of the October meeting are now posted - follow the link on the ERHA page to see them
02/11/2013: Bill Blake, an Honorary Vice president of East, passed away suddenly last Saturday. He was 92. Many in East will remember Bill and his long association with Beds Eagles. The funeral service will be at Kings Lynn crematorium at 1.45 on Tues 12th Nov. Any donations via John Lincoln funeral directors for Alzheimer's research please.