Henry Edwards


There was success for the men’s section of the Isle of Wight Hockey Club as both teams dominated their opposition on Saturday (20th November), whilst the women’s second team sadly saw points snatched away in the final minutes.

The men’s first team secured another 3 points while away, with a strong performance at Andover. At the game start, Andover attack found themselves in the Island’s half quickly. The deadlock was broken and fortune favoured the Island side when Calum Thornton fired home an unstoppable cross-body shot at the top of the D. The Isle of Wight then took hold moments before the half-time whistle, with a truly remarkable goal and a fantastic solo effort from Will Mew, followed by a well-executed penalty corner routine from Lewis Heaven-Gandy.

The second half started with high intensity, as the Island side peppered the oppositions’ goal with shots. Andover had a spirited come-back when they were able to slot a powerful shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. Several diving saves from the Island’s keeper prevented Andover from adding to their tally. Tomas Turjanica sealed the victory with a calculated strike into the left corner of the goal.

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Final score: Andover 2s 1 – Isle of Wight Mens’ 1st XI 4
Goals from Calum Thornton (1); Will Mew (1); Lewis Heaven-Gandy (1); Tomas Turjanica (1).

Short Corner

Tensions ran high but the men’s second team kept their heads as they faced local rivals US Portsmouth 2s on home turf.

From the beginning, the local team were the dominant side and went ahead early with a tremendous strike from Henry Edwards. US Portsmouth quickly pulled a goal back from a short corner against the run of play, but the Island pushed on further with more goals from Henry Edwards and a wonder strike from Jonny Kirby after Thomas Young split the defence with a powerful pass almost the length of the pitch. Half-time score 4-1.

The second half saw the Island’s intensity dip slightly and the opposition again adding to their tally from a short corner conversion. Energetic pace and dominance on the pitch allowed further goals from Henry Edwards, plus Thomas Young also added to the scoreline. Hard work at training, confidence and encouragement from their more experienced teammates resulted in success for the Islander’s younger members, as Nathan Bruce and Finn Woodford scored a goal apiece and the first halves’ score was mirrored with a further 4-1. The game continued with Island keeper Lewis Wells preventing Andover from converting any more short corner shots. Adam Churchill made a very promising debut, which combined with a stalwart defence and reliable midfield, meant the island side came away victorious.

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Final score: Isle of Wight men’s 2nd XI 8 – US Portsmouth 2s 2.
Goals from Henry Edwards (4); Jonny Kirby (1); Thomas Young (1); Nathan Bruce (1); Finn Woodford (1).

There was bitter disappointment for the women’s second team in their home game against Portsmouth 4s.

From the first whistle the game was evenly played yet it was the Island side who seemed to have the upper hand and throughout the game, their perseverance paid off with numerous short corners awarded. Sadly, Portsmouth’s defence met them every time and the Isle of Wight players were unable to convert. The game continued with a solid performance from both sides.

The score remained 0-0 for much of the game, but unfortunately for the home side, Portsmouth was able to snatch points after scoring in the final minutes.

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Final score: Isle of Wight women’s 2nd XI 0 – Portsmouth 4s 1.

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