Jul 15

Looking to play Leeds hockey or join a new club?

Then you have come to the right website. We are one of the longest established hockey clubs in Leeds and are relaying our on site artificial surface ready for the forthcoming 2014/15 season.

  • All players are welcome from complete beginners through to highly competitive league players.
  • On site facilities including bar, pool area, function rooms and multiple other sports (tennis, squash, lacrosse, football, snooker and social)
  • We run 6 mens hockey teams, 4 ladies teams and junior teams at u10, u12, u14 and u16.
  • We also play social hockey including mixed, 7 a side and fun inter club days.
  • We have legendary social events catering for all in and around Leeds, whether its a quiet drink after the match or the infamous drinking draughts.
  • Many years of links with local universities and schools, who knows an old school or uni mate maybe at our club already.
  • Very attractive joining rates and one of the lowest match fees in Yorkshire
  • Enjoyable but focused training and coaching program including specific workshops.

Please click here to get in touch



Jul 16

Training 2014

Please keep an eye on this page as it gets updated.

Current plan is as follows:

Pre-Season fitness Thursday 24th July for 8 weeks every Thursday. Please arrive at 6.50pm on the astro at AWMA with running shoes and appropriate drinks – water and recovery. All club and prospective new members are welcome for a cost of £4 per session or £12 for all 8 sessions!!

Early Season Hockey training whilst the pitch is being relaid. Men and Ladies training will be on a Tuesday night, at GSAL, starting 7pm 19th August. All current and new members are welcome.

Jul 16

Tickets for the Commonwealth Games

Please see the message below from England Hockey, if you want tickets then please follow the process outlined and the form attached.

England Hockey purchased an allocation of tickets for the Commonwealth Games in order to make them available to competing Athletes and their families. Having been through the allocation process we have a number of these tickets left and we have decided to prioritise access to a limited number of key clubs and deliverers that are truly making a difference. This is something we did for the Olympics in 2012 and we received a rapid and overwhelming response. In recognition of your support and value, we wanted to offer you, your top volunteers and your members a unique opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

So if you or your members haven’t had the chance to purchase Hockey tickets, here is a great opportunity. Please ask them to complete and return the attached request form to Linda.sansun@englandhockey.co.uk.

These requests will be dealt with on a first come-first served basis. Once we have received the request, we will call you back to take a card payment over the phone. It may take until this Friday for us to give you a call so please be patient with us. We really do value your support and we will aim to deal with these as quickly as we can.

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and payment will be required in advance. Tickets will be charged at face value plus £6 postage as we will send them via registered post.

Once again, may we take this opportunity to thank you and your club for your continued support in working with us. You are making a difference and helping us to create ‘ A Nation Where Hockey Matters.’

Commonwealth Ticketing Request Form

Jul 11

Replacement Pitch Update

So for the past 5 weeks myself with help from others (you know who you are, so thank you) have been writing a tender document, frantically applying for more funding and eventually going out to competitive tender.

The tender document was sent to 6 companies, 2 declined to bid. From the returns we short listed to two, negotiated and eventually selected a contractor on Tuesday.

The pitch will be relaid by Charles Lawrence who did the origional pitch. Current planning is for it to start mid August and be complete by mid September. The old pitch will likely be removed at the start of August.

For those of you at the AGM, Sam has very kindly offered to remove the pitch. He will need help to remove the old shockpad, so please look for announcements of help needed at the end of July, beginning of August.

So contracts have yet to be signed, I am finalising line markings and working out how to get the money from EHB and National Hockey Foundation.

So thanks to everyone who has bought a pitch square, organised a sponsorship and generally helped out.


Jul 11

Deja vu as men recover from rocky start

For the second week running, the Mens summer league team had to fight back from a poor start in order to sneak a narrow victory over Airedale last night.

In the absence of usual skipper Ransley who was washing his hair prior to his night out to celebrate his birthday, Phil Bayford led the team and he led by example with an early goal following good approach work down the right hand side.  Instead of using this as the building block to go on and extend the lead, Adel chose to take the foot of the gas, play static half paced hockey and as a result Airedale took the most of the opportunity to score 4 swift goals and Adel looked to be all at sea.  Fortunately the pace of Portnell and the experience of Rogers was summoned from the bench and they led a fight back with three Adel goals before the interval.  Irish Dave sporting a Dutch top continued his scoring trot with a well taken goal after some swift passing and better movement off the ball from the Adel team.  This was followed by Andy Portnell finishing off another swift and direct passing move with a well struck shot from the edge of the D and the equaliser came from a quality drag flick into the top left hand corner of the net from a Will Powley penalty corner strike that left the keeper grasping at thin air.

Once again the experienced Simon Taylor pointed out the error of the Adel ways and the second half saw Adel continue where they had left off from the first half.  Cooky had a simple tap in to an empty net for the 5th goal but the real credit should go to Irish Dave’s clever stickwork and perseverance in the D as he wiggled clear of around 4 Airedale defenders in a tight space to set up the goal – one Airedale defender was heard to shout “just bring him down” in his frustration but you half expected Dave to still get up and pass the ball even if chopped to the ground.

Airedale were not giving up without a fight and pulled back another equaliser but Adel regained the lead when a well struck reverse hit cross by Rich Partner (now there’s a phrase that has never been seen on the internet before…) was deflected past his own keeper by an Airedale defender. A few minutes later, a foot on the line saw Adel awarded a stroke and the usual bun fight took place to decide who was going to take it.  With skipper Ransley absent (and he also missed his last flick), Bayford (who also missed his last flick against Presty,…) and Powley debated who should take this one but Gwyn Evans confidently strode forward whilst the others argued the toss.  His confidence was soon wiped away as his weak flick was well saved by the keeper to leave Adel clinging on in the last few minutes.  Despite appeals for a flick, a few late penalty corners and some brave (as well as illegal) tackling by keeper Tom Taylor, Adel were relieved to hear the final whistle and secure another one goal victory margin to preserve their 100% record.

Jul 10

Pre-season Fitness

After a highly succesful year, please do your best to attend as many of the 8 sessions as possible!

The first session is on Thursday 24th July. Please arrive at 6.50pm on the astro at AWMA with running shoes and appropriate drinks – water and recovery.

As the pitch is to be relaid please follow the events on the website and/or the facebook group as to where the change of meet will be! Note it will always be at AWMA!

All club members are welcome for a cost of £4 per session or £12 for all 8 sessions!!

If you’re wishing to pay the full price straight away to secure your place then please make a bank transfer with your name with PA at the beginning.


PARobinWalker to
Account No. 01101153
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Jul 09

Oranges (and Whites!) brave run ends as Harrogate are top Bananas

After many weeks of tense battles, last night saw the top four teams contest the mixed summer league semi finals at Adel. Adel had managed to get two teams to the semis (largely by virtue of entering 4 different teams at the outset) and both Harrogate and Ben Rhydding would offer strong opposition based on the previous games against the various Adel teams.

Adel Whites led by Phil Bayford and Anna Blyth put up a brave fight against a strong Harrogate team who went through the whole campaign unbeaten. The Whites came out the blocks sharply, perhaps catching Harrogate half asleep as they recovered from the excesses of theic centenary celebrations and tour de France partying and Will Powley scored a penalty stroke with Adel doubling their lead shortly after. However, Harrogate were keen to defend the trophy they have won for the last 2 years and as the game went on, the Harrogate team began to take control and with strength throughout the whole team they ran out worthy 7-5 winners.
Adel Oranges in the other semi final took on a young Ben Rhydding side with only one of their players over the age of 18. However, all their men have had first team experience this season so they could not be underestimated, especially with the return of their goal scoring threat Josh Sykes.

The Oranges had a great first half with Jo Murphy setting up goals for Laura Robinson and Robin Lindsay and a 2-0 half time lead gave Adel some hope that they could make the final. However, the second half saw Rhydding’s men start to dominate the game and they had the pace and ability to carry the ball out of defence and into attack time after time with the pressure eventually paying off with five second half goals. The ageing legs of Sam Ransley (sporting an orange bandana to hold back his flowing locks), Ben Hendley and Rich Partner tried valiantly to compete with the younger legs from Rhydding but with slightly longer games in the semis this played into Rhyddings hands. Presty continued her excellent summer league form with some great saves and Hannah Jones broke down several Rhydding attacks with her strong tackling. Cooky’s younger legs gave the Oranges some late hope as her persevered to press forward and Laura Summers worked tirelessly to stop the Rhydding waves of attack. It was left to Ben Hendley to show his class with the best goal of the night to pull one back for the Oranges but a final 5-3 score saw Rhydding go to the final and the Oranges left to play for the 3rd place against Adel Whites.

In the all Adel bronze medal clash, the Whites played without a keeper and looked vulnerable as a result with Powley and Portnell taking turns to play kicking back. However, the Oranges failed to capitalise on the lack of a keeper and the Whites defence made several late clearances which they converted into attacks and Irish Dave bagged a brace of goals before the interval to give the Whites a 2-0 lead. Cooky pulled one back for the Oranges and in the second half Robin Lindsay and another Cooky goal set up the prospect of an exciting finish and possible penalty stroke shoot out.
However, Tina Parsons had other ideas and her tow late goals gave the spoils to the Whites – the final whistel cruelly denied her of a hat trick.

In the final, the tables were turned on Rhydding who squandered a 3-1 half time lead thanks to a great fightback from defending champions Harrogate. Harrogate showed how to play mixed hockey and moved the ball early, used their ladies to full effect and as a result scored 4 second half goals to highlight the importance of team play over individual running. The silverware in their centenary year was a fitting reward for their overall season and congratulations go to skipper Tommo and all the Harrogate team who also played in the spirit of summer league hockey with fun and respect central to their success.

Jul 04

Oranges and Lemons

Another Thursday double-header (or so we thought) with first up the Adel Mens Oranges game at home against Leeds. An interesting start to the evening with 5 teams present and all of them adamant they were due to play at 7. In the end it turned out that Harrogate had arrived early, perhaps to avoid the congestion and traffic disruptions caused by the Tour de France.

An interesting team selection saw Presty retain her place in goal for the men after her strong performance the previous week which meant young Tom Taylor played out of goal. Adel started poorly and soon went a goal down. Despite quickly pulling a goal back after a good interception from Will Powley who teed up Phil Bayford for an easy finish, Team Orange continued to play more like Team Lemons, with an obsession with trying to play th ekiller 50 yard pass and an annoying habit of running into contact, losing possession and then standing hands on hips as the opposition ran away to the other end.

This led to Leeds scoring 2 more goals before the interval and at half time, veteran Simon Taylor delivered the required message that was needed based on the obvious errors that were apparent from the sidelines. In the second half Team Orange initially struggled to show any improvement, but eventually some passing, movement off the ball and clever interchanges saw Bayford’s run on goal impeded by a hefty shove in the back which umpire Cockburn correctly awarded as a stroke.

The usual fight for who was going to take it saw Sam Ransley dropped from stroke duties after missing his last one and Powley cooly slotted the stroke away to pull one back. Oranges then began to dominate the game and further incisive attacks into the D saw the ball pulled back to the top of the circle where the waiting Gwyn Evans picked his spot to equalise. Presty made some fine saves at the other end to keep the Oranges in the game and a couple of goal line clearances were also scrambled away. With the umpires signalling the last two minutes of the game, Cooky, Bayford and Evans combined to get the ball across to the goal-hanging Portnell a few yards out and he took the chance with aplomb to give the Oranges a win that looked most unlikely at half time. Its a sign of a good team who can win when playing badly but the victory meant that half of the team heading off to Wakefield to play Bradford at 9pm were in high spirits.

Sadly this was short lived as the journey to Wakefield was interupted by Bally communicating via some trendy social media app that the game was off. Apparently Bradford having already been thrashed by Wakefield, had headed for home rather than staying for the later fixture v Adel Oranges so most of the players got the message just in time to avoid the trip to Wakefield (especially annoying having cleverly avoided all the road closures in Leeds city centre for the event at the Arena for the Tour de France).

An eventful evening and perhaps the mantle of Team Lemons should pass to either Bradford for dropping out at the last minute or Wakefield for thrashing them and making them leave early?!