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Welcome to Doha Hockey Club

Doha Hockey Club
warmly welcomes all players keen to play social hockey. The club has a broad player base, from beginners to ex-International and European first division players.  At last count we had players from 22 different countries, ranging in age from 6 to 60!

As the biggest club in Qatar, Doha Hockey Club
has fielded teams in the Qatar Hockey League for the past 4 years. Our primary focus is social hockey; to enjoy the game in a social environment, improve fitness and enrich the experience of working in Qatar.

The club is also extremely active on the International hockey tour circuit, sending teams to play at tournaments in Dubai and Singapore in recent years. We also host tournaments here in Qatar for visiting teams from around the region.

In addition to hockey, the club has a thriving social scene with numerous events on offer throughout the year, ranging from fun days out for the whole family to sophisticated black-tie occasions at 5* hotels.

So regardless of your background, age or ability, come along and join us!


For more information about Doha Hockey Club, please email

info@dohahockeyclub.com

News:

Hi folks,

It has been an excellent start to the 2013-14 season, with both Tuesday and Friday training sessions well attended by a host of old and new members. A big thank you to Brian and Graham from hosting some great training over recent weeks. I'm sure anyone who attended last Friday's session would also like to thank Adrian for what was certainly a pacey and action packed morning in the heat... we'll certainly have some excellent strikers before long!

All is going well... except for the matter of registration forms and club fees!

IMPORTANT: The deadline for Hockey forms and money has now passed. If anyone wants to play this season then they must register with us ASAP.

We need ALL of the following for you to be registered:

1. QHF hockey form signed and dated.
2. 3 photographs
3. 500QR (new members), 400QR for old members.
4. The DHC club form
5. Scans (front and back) of your RP (or a letter from employer and passport scan if no RP)

No full set of documents, no hockey. We need full sets of documents (and fees) received either this Tuesday or Friday at the very latest.
Forms can be found in the membership section.

The team selection committee cannot start to plan teams until we have confirmed who is intending to play.


Dhow (Boat) Cruise - Friday 25th October 12-5pm

There are still places available on this weekends Dhow cruise. It promises to be a fun event, where a traditional Dhow will take us out from West Bay onto the calm Persian waters. On the boat there will be a BBQ, watersports activities and lots of banter. Please bring swimwear, drinks and sunscreen.

Kasia will be attending the training session tomorrow night. She will happily accept 250QR off anyone else who would like to attend. Numbers must be confirmed by the end of tomorrow.


Regards,

DHC Exec Committee


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Start of Season Social



As we have commenced hockey training after a long and hot summer, we would like to invite you for a start of a season get-together.


It will take place this Friday (27th September) at Admiral's Bar, Ritz Carlton Hotel, from 8pm.


There is an admission fee of 30QR per person, however, between 8pm and 10pm it is 'Happy Hour' and drinks will cost only 25QR.


Please make sure you have your ID/passport on you and if you are planning a clubbing session that night (or you don’t know that you are planning yet), please remember that trainers and t-shirts may not be allowed!

Social Committee
Doha Hockey Club

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New Season 2013 - 2014

Players, Members and Friends,

A new season is approaching and we wanted to update you on what our objectives are and the current arrangements for the 2013 – 2014 season.

The first thing to reiterate is that at its core we are a ‘social’ hockey club and whilst we want to play hockey competitively the social aspect will be re-affirmed as our guiding principle. Your Executive Committee will seek to run the Club on that basis for the benefit of everyone.

On specifics:

Training – the formal training will be re-vamped this season to encourage maximum participation and enjoyment (see separate detail).  We hope to provide an external ‘life’ coach to run the fitness angle and currently plan:
Tuesday nights (commencing Tuesday 17 th September at 7.30pm).  
Friday mornings with planning a first informal session Friday 20 th September between 9.00 am and 11.00am.  This session will accommodate everyone including ladies, juniors and beginners.  

On behalf of our sponsors we encourage members to wear Club kit at training.

DHC Membership – for those playing members who already have kit the membership fee is to be QR400 (a fee which will include a DHC ‘hoodie’ / track top) and for new members buying kit the membership fee will be QR500. In the first instance please provide your subs to Frederic Frans or to a member of the Executive Committee.  We trust subs will have been paid by October 15 th.  For new members, DHC Membership Forms are available for download on the website.  

QHF Player Registration – everyone’s QHF registration will expire on 30-9-13 so we are all required to re-register with QHF.  We attach the necessary QHF Form; please complete, attaching a photograph (which can be a scanned copy) and also attach a copy of your Qatar ID (both sides).  Please bring two completed hardcopies to training or otherwise provide to members of the Executive Committee.


QHF League – we expect there to be a Residents League that will run pre-December and a Premier League in the second half of the season.  It is proposed that depending on numbers we will enter the Resident’s League on the basis of balanced sides but that the Premier League side will be chosen on a ‘selective’ basis. The Rules and participants for both Leagues are only now being canvassed by QHF.  



Forthcoming Events – as we write the following events are planned for the coming season:
Pre-season Social – venue to be announced but please block your diary for the evening of Friday 20 th September
Pre-season Inter Club 6’s – planned for post-Eid (w/e 25 th October) a ‘fun’ day incorporating mixed sides in a six-a-side format at Al Rayaan
Qatar 6’s – the (almost) annual regional invitational event planned for January 2014
Dubai Tour – resurrection of a much loved DHC institution to ‘sister’ Club in Dubai at a date to be decided
Far East Tour – travel to Far East (Singapore, Jakarta or Bangkok)
Clubhouse ‘Opening’ – we plan that a temporary Clubhouse of some kind will be available at Al Rayaan this season and are in negotiations with QHF and a supplier on this basis

Membership Outreach – we are planning a concerted effort to spread the word about DHC in the coming weeks.  Please keep an eye out for our recruitment poster which we will be distributing to all members as soon as possible. This poster should be used judiciously in compounds, schools, supermarkets, members’ respective national organisations etc.

Junior / Ladies’ Development – allied to our ‘outreach’ this will be a focus for the Executive Committee.  We plan to involve the schools particularly through the teaching fraternity within the Club.  More details to follow.    

Volunteers – the Executive Committee will always gratefully receive offers of help across the Club’s structure.  If you have previous experience in contributing to a sports club, or have none but want to help out, please do let us know.   


We are in the process of updating the website so please look to these e-mails as formal communication presently.

If your name is now on this list by error and you no longer wish to receive e-mails re Doha Hockey Club (apologies and) please do let us know by return.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the season.

Executive Committee
Doha Hockey Club





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Match report DHC1 Vs United Hockey Club 11th April 2013

A spring was in the step of almost every DHC1 player (apart from a certain defender who only lasted 2 minutes!) as they embarked on the new league campaign. The decision to field two mixed teams of equal ability has seemingly raised the fun factor and encouraged more of a team ethos. Indeed, the positive attitude transferred onto the pitch with DHC1 winning 6-0 at a canter.
Rarely did the archaic hit and hope style of United Hockey Club threaten the defence marshalled by behemoths, Oliver Moritz and Paul Morrison. However on one occasion, eccentric goalkeeper, Vik Murugain, was called upon to sweep up behind the defence and controversially, a bemused Murugain was yellow carded for playing the ball outside the area. Outspoken as ever, Murugain spluttered to anyone who would listen that the umpire’s decision was “flabbergasting” and “scandalous”, yet if truth be told, the decision appeared fair and Murugain is going to continue to study Youtube instructional videos in order to reign in his exuberant goalkeeping style!
The game was played at a steady pace throughout with the composed pair of Nathan Pearce and Domenic Cunningham calmly exerting control over the midfield areas. Furthermore, with the eager youngster, Aaron Milton and the speedy veteran forward, Adrian Booth running hard up front, DHC1 made chances almost at will.
Clinical Steve greedily gorged on this service and quickly helped himself to a hat-trick. Golden boy, Booth was clearly miffeded by this upstart taking all the glory and he worked tirelessly in his pursuit of his final haul of three goals which he achieved after 13 short corner attempts.
Inspirational Head Coach, Brian Rouse was surprisingly effervescent after the game and only identified a paltry 35 areas the team need to improve upon. However, Rouse was less than impressed when both hat-trick scorers left without buying a jug – “this is terribly poor form”, Rouse seethed, “never in my 73 years of coaching has this happened”.
Let’s hope Booth and Steve put their hands in their pockets and get back in Rouse’s good books as soon as possible.

L.Davies

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Dear Members,

An update of (approximate times) how practice will work going forward:

7.15 - 7.45pm Andy will run a fitness session.
7.45 - 8.00pm
Players individual warm up
Ball between two 5m, 10 m apart etc (on sideline if necessary)*
8.00* - 9.00pm Brian (and othere senior players) will run skills/drills session
Drill runs as Club
Drill runs per team
Drills for 'special teams' (e.g short corners)
9.00 - 9.55pm Game
To put skills into practice
To have the opportunity to 'walk through' positional situations on the field
9.55 - 10.00pm Individual warm down

*May be pushed back if no pitch space available before 8pm.

We are trying to achieve a number of things here but central among them is to be as inclusive as possible and keep the session moving. It follows that players must for their part be ready to go at the right time and ready to listen to instruction, otherwise the planning is for nought. It is particularly important that people are warmed up and dialled in by 8.00pm so we can quickly move into the structured drills session. It is equally important that during and between sessions players are focused on executing and then moving from one drill to the next and re-convening for the start of the next session.

Please come along to practice where possible; the Club need your continued support.

Executive Committee





DHC2 vs. UHQ

Friday November 16th.

The first game of a season is always difficult and with such a long break since the last time competitive hockey was played in Qatar this season even more so. There has been an influx of new players into the 2nds with only defensive stalwarts Paul, Tara, Ollie, Big Mike and Nasser present from last season’s squad.  The new players are welcome though, as being younger they don’t mind running.  This was also the debut for DHC2s new superstar playmaker Nathan Pierce.
The game started with the DHC defence struggling to settle which allowed UHQ to make several probing runs down both wings. The UHQ forwards maintained pressure inside the final third of the pitch and the 2s didn’t help themselves by repeatedly giving away hard won possession. Nasser made a number of good saves to keep things level but failure to retreat from a free hit gave UHQ a short corner which they managed to convert.

UHQ now had the wind in their sails and continued to make 2s defend their D against runs from midfield. However, UHQ didn’t have it all their own way and there were some great  attacks from whipper snappers Chris and Little Mike supported by the flying Dutchman Nash. The chances came to nothing though as they were unable to squeeze through the well organized UHQ defence.  Brian shifted the 2s backs around in order to counteract the tactics being used by the opposing forwards but confusion over positions led to a soft second goal against them. New Scottish signing Euan proved adept at spotting good passing opportunities which led to a resurgence in the dying minutes of the half. His artistic runs along the touchline led to some panic amongst the UHQ midfield.

So at half time it was 2-0 to the yellow peril and 2s were hoping for more of the run of the ball in the second half.  Both teams had had opportunities but whilst 2s had squandered theirs UHQ had made the chances count.

The second half saw DHC2s actually calming down and playing some very good passing hockey. Instead of simply giving away possession the players started to look for the easy pass and being more comfortable on the ball. The addition of the ‘gazelle-like’ Sam up front gave the 2s more options when on the attack and although her skirt was on back-to-front she was a thorn in the side of the UHQ defence. There were some good opportunities for both Mike and Sam but the first goal of the season proved elusive.

The UHQ third goal came against the run of play and seemed incredibly dubious. A crash ball into the D passed in-between Nasser’s legs and did not seem to deviate though the umpire gave a goal apparently seeing a ‘touch’ from a UHQ player. Despite the goalie’s explosive protests to the opposite the goal stood and now the 2s faced a mountain to climb in order to get back into the game. The 2s continued to play passing hockey with newbie Ashil linking up nicely with Nathan and Jeff in midfield. Emma also came into her own and showed some fantastic aggression against players twice her size. Tara Plamer-Quinn played a quick ball from defence which was fed smoothly through midfield then across to the left wing that led to arguably the best chance on goal in the game but unfortunately the UHQ keeper was up to the task.
Sarah has set out her stall as a dependable left back and the 2s defence was beginning to assert itself and push the game up-field. A disastrous error on the part of perennial crowd favourite Big Mike saw UHQ snatch a fourth goal shortly before the end of the game.
Overall the scoreline flattered UHQ and as a first outing the 2s can draw many positives from their performance. No doubt with more time together as a team and a few more matches under their belt they will begin to deliver results.



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