Welcome to Somerville Hockey Club

Somerville Hockey Club was founded by Mr Lesley Howard Norton in 1915 and became an Incorporated Society in 1972. Today the Club has in excess of 600 members - 45 teams of men, women, boys and girls, playing across all grades in the AHA competition. Our homebase is located at Auckland Grammar School turf in Mt Eden, on the Auckland city fringe with an international class water turf. Our premier mens and womens teams feature 12 current and past Blacksticks.

Please see communication below from Hockey NZ. All hockey is suspended until Saturday 2 May due to Covid-19. This includes trials and training. Therefore, all Somerville hockey activities are postponed until further notice. 

In terms of Seniors, we are well underway with our season preparations and will be ready to re-start when we are able to. Juniors and Youth  cannot complete their trials, and have been communicated with separately by the Junior and Youth club captains.  Please go to the junior and youth sections of the website to view those plans.
 
We will update you again, once we have further information from Auckland Hockey. LEP (turfs and facilities) are now closed until May 2nd.
 
If you have any questions, your point of contact is your Club Captain:
Mens:  John Etherington: somervillemen@gmail.com
Womens:  Rebecca Lloyd: somervillewomen@gmail.com
Youth: Jen Pooley: somervilleyouthhockey@gmail.com
Juniors: Amanda Burn/Sarah Hills:  somervillejuniorhockey@gmail.com
General Enquiries to Kim Grenfell: somervillehockey@gmail.com
 
Please note, the Youth and Junior club captains will communicate as soon as they can. We ask that you bear in mind before you email, that they are volunteers (with jobs and families) and do not have capacity to update everyone by individual email.  Thanks for your patience.
 

 
Hockey New Zealand

Hockey New Zealand to suspend all hockey until May 2nd 
 
 
 Hockey New Zealand today announced that all club, school and community hockey will be postponed until Saturday 2 May, effective Thursday 19 March.

The postponement includes all hockey matches and training activities, including representative and development programmes; community and school competitions; and pre-season trials and activities.

The decision was reached in a meeting today between Hockey New Zealand and its 32 affiliated Associations. Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said “We have unanimously agreed that the health and wellbeing of our hockey community is paramount. We have not come to this decision lightly and we realise there will be widespread disappointment across our sport. However, we believe this is a necessary step in helping to minimize the spread of Covid-19”.

It was also agreed that until further notice, all training courses, AGM’s and conferences will be conducted online where possible. The Annual Hockey New Zealand Awards dinner, which was due to be held on Friday 24 April 24 will be postponed until further notice.

In consultation with UTSNZ and Hockey New Zealand, the National Tertiary Hockey Championships that were due to be held from the 6th-8th of May are being postponed to a later date TBC.

Hockey New Zealand will also look to review the dates for its 2020 National Tournaments and will be working with Associations to ensure that a full season can be achieved.

Mr Francis said Hockey New Zealand would continue to work with its Associations and other stakeholders to keep the hockey community informed about how best to protect everyone involved in the game.

“We have been liaising with Government officials as well as Sport New Zealand as we continue to monitor the health situation. We will be reviewing the above advisory as this situation evolves” he said.

Local associations will communicate directly with their communities about the postponement. This will include advice to Schools and Clubs who are currently trialling and are also required to postpone all activities from 19 March onward.


 
 

Somerville v Southern Derby Day

The annual Somerville vs Southern Derby Day was another roaring success for both clubs. This event is gaining popularity every year as participants are keen to hone their skills prior to the Premier Inter-city competition starting the following week. It also gives the match officials a warm up to challengers they face with time and player management in the season to come. Supporters from both clubs enjoyed the fantastic weather throughout the day.

Whilst the overall result ensured Somerville retained the Derby Day trophy the positives taken by both clubs should ensure successful seasons for both. Once again the event was hosted by Southern Districts whose club house facilities will be on the wish list of most Auckland clubs and a well earned Player of the Day sponsored beverage went to selected participants of all teams involved.

Final results:

  • Premier Women: 3-0 (Somerville)
  • Premier Reserve Women: 3-1  (Somerville)
  • Premier Reserve Men: 4-3  (Southern)
  • Premier Men:  3-1  (Somerville) 

 

Premier Men:

Premier Reserve Men: 

Premier Reserve Women:

Open Division Senior Teams Announced

After a  thorough trial process where large numbers of both men's and womens teams participated over the last 10 days the club is pleased to announce the following teams. If you have been part of this process please click on the SENIOR HOCKEY TAB for this announcement. (Open Division Womens teams have been updated as of 5pm 15/03/20)

 

Auckland U18 Rep Trials 2020

Auckland Representative Trials U18. All eligible players please click on the following link to register ....

https://forms.gle/muV1AzuUAB4Dy5hc8

Trial Dates:

Trial 1 - Saturday 7th March - Auckland Domain - 9.30am - Meet at the Grandstand
Trial 2 - Girls Wednesday 29th April 6.30pm - 8.00pm/Boys Thursday 30th April 6.30pm - 8.00pm @ Lloyd Elsmore Park
Trial 3 - Girls Wednesday 6th May 6.30pm - 8.00pm/Boys Thursday 7th May 6.30pm - 8.00pm @ Lloyd Elsmore Park

Dwayne Rowsell - Blackstick Squad 2020

Somerville star defender Dwayne Rowsell received an early present to celebrate this Christmas with his reselection to the Blackstick National squad for 2020.

The star defenders recent club form and outstanding performance at the National Hockey League did not go unnoticed. Auckland finished runners up with Dwayne contributing a major part to that success.  He is certain to be pushing strongly for a place in Tokyo in 2020.

Dwayne’s hockey had taken a recent break as his new fitness industry business venture, Studio Box in Newmarket, was opened earlier in the year. His workload around this time meant Dwayne was unavailable for the first 3 matches of the club season. However, his return to the Somerville Premier team coincided with immediate results as the star defender and drag-flicker quickly regained his form under the watchful eyes of coaches Barry Middleton, Simon Towns and fellow team mate and midfield international legend Ryan Archibald.

His passion for the game has never diminished and he now joins incumbent Blackstick Jacob Smith as the two current NZ men's representatives from the club. This takes the total count of current Somerville HC and NZ representatives to a staggering 10 players. The full list is:

  • Samantha Charlton
  • Rose Keddell
  • Grace OHanlon
  • Amy Robinson
  • Julia King
  • Frances Davies
  • Tarryn Davy
  • Liz Thompson
  • Dwayne Rowsell
  • Jacob Smith

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Club Calendar 2020

Somerville Blackstick Jake Smith in action against Korea, the Blacksticks are Tokyo bound wrapping up their qualification series with 2 wins.

Somerville Blackstick Julia King with BS Captain Stacey Michelson celebrating Olympic Qualification with a win over Australia at the recent Oceania Cup.

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With special mention to Planet Hockey for the use of their photographs