Wapping Hockey Club’s 15 teams play out of John Orwell Sports Centre in Tench Street and compete in the East and Essex Leagues.
“We’re very much part of the Wapping community and are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our local sponsors, Laksha Bay Indian restaurant” says Tim Blanchard, captain of the Men’s 2’s.
Players are often seen around Wapping after training as they refresh themselves and host match teas with the opposition – Turners Old Star pub is one of their favourites.
About Wapping Hockey Club
Established in 1989, Wapping Hockey Club has grown to support 15 teams – eight men’s, five ladies and two mixed teams. The friendly and sociable club invites new members to apply and welcomes players of all ages and abilities.
Wapping loyalty is strong amongst the players. Many have continued to play for the club since moving out of the area long ago – travelling from the other side of London and beyond.
To find out more about Wapping Hockey Club, including joining and fixture details, please visit their website www.wappinghockeyclub.com.
Wapping Men’s 2’s Team
Last Saturday, 29th October we caught up with the Men’s 2’s team and watched them storm to victory – winning 4-2 against East London Hockey Club in a competitive, fast and thrilling match. Well done Wapping!
The full Men’s 2 squad has 19 players, captained by Tim Blanchard and coached by Asif Rais.
The full squad who are picked from each week are Scott Alder, Tim Blanchard (captain), Dan Chancellor (not pictured), Alex Chew (not pictured), Tony Clarke, Simon Coleman, Martin Collins, Will Cronin, Fraser Dawson, Richard De Boltz, Paul Dickinson (not pictured), Russell Drewe, Orhan Erkut, Ryan Hatley, Chris Jameson (not pictured), Asif Rais (coach), Ben Stump, Harry Travers (not pictured) and Steve Turner (not pictured).
The team were friendly and fun off the pitch, but focused determination took over as soon as the warm up started. Asif and Tim are pushing hard for promotion this season.
Bright colourful hockey balls flew around at high speed as the team practiced their shots during the warm up.
Unfortunately the club’s home pitch at John Orwell is being repaired at the moment so the home game on Saturday was played at nearby Bermondsey.
Wapping Vs East London – Men’s 2′s
Wapping wins against East London
It was great play by both teams, but ended in a Wapping win at home for the Men’s 2’s against East London Hockey Club and a final score of 4:2.
Support and sponsorship for Wapping Hockey Club
The Men’s 2’s are sponsored by Laksha Bay restaurant in Wapping who have paid for their new home and away kit and the team were certainly looking hot, right down to their Wapping socks! The Men’s 1’s are sponsored by City AM.
Home games like the one we watched are played in maroon, but teams wear white when playing away.
Sponsorship helps cover some of these costs and in return the teams do their best to advertise and promote their sponsor – both in and outside of Wapping.
The ladies teams are still seeking local sponsors, as are the other men’s sides. If you’re a local business or able to help them then please get in contact the club at www.wappinghockeyclub.com.
Wapping luck for the winter season
Many thanks to the Men’s 2’s for inviting us along last week and we wish them and all the teams in Wapping Hockey Club lots of luck in their matches this season.