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18th MarEnd of Season - Completion of Umpire Expenses Claims - Return Mileages.

Dear Colleagues.

In order to assist your Committee in the run up to the end of the 2018-2019 Season, please can you ensure that you are up to date with your expenses claims and continue to do so on a weekly basis by Monday morning after each weekend that you have appointment/s.

Your assistance and cooperation in this will be much appreciated.

Malcolm Hasler
KHUA Treasurer

6th MarEngland Hockey - Concussion Policy and Guidance for Parents and Coaches

There are two documents now available to view regarding England Hockey's concussion policy and guidance for parents and coaches in the Safeguarding and Welfare section of the KHUA website.

Debbie Garner
KHUA Welfare Officer

27th JanKHUA clothing sale

We are holding in stock a few items of "Appointed Umpires" clothing that were the result of orders cancelled or where sizes were changed.
TO CLEAR THESE WE ARE OFFERING THEM AT HALF PRICE. There are only 1 each of these items so they are first come first served!
They are:
Gillet MENS SIZE 38"
Tracksuit bottoms WAIST 38" LEG 34"
Black leisure wear polo shirt LADIES SIZE 12
GREEN SWEATSHIRTS WOMENS SIZE 12 WOMENS SIZE 14
If you wish to take advantage of this one off opportunity please order through the shop in the normal way and I will adjust the order priice on receipt of the order. Dispatch will be immediate provided you have enough in your expenses kitty!
Graham Baldwin
Shop Administrator

9th Aug (2018)Women's World Cup 2018 at Lee Valley

The Women’s World Cup 2018

Courtesy of KHUA saw myself and three aspiring umpires – Jo Swift, Martin Mason and Stephen Mason attending the WWC on Tuesday 31st July, to watch the final play off games, Italy v India and England v Korea for a place in the quarter finals.

An evening of light discussion, scenarios, support and enjoyment ensued.

The Italians dominated the Indians from the beginning, but absorbing all the attacks broke away against the run of play and scored, somewhat knocking the stuffing out of the Italians. We watched the umpires – they were umpiring well, but at times seemed single identities and not a team. In my opinion too far apart with one umpire hugging her back line whilst the play is attacking her colleagues circle?? We were confused– why were they were so far apart? What had they discussed pre match? Who would take what and where on the pitch? Although miked surely you still need to see your colleague. There was no double whistling, no dissension on the pitch, no queries, just us in the stands with a puzzled look! Our discussions threw up why? and perhaps they are trying something new (?). Fortunately us four umpires agreed with most of the decisions!!!!!

Then to the England match. Slightly different outlook here – it was England. We knew they needed to play much better than they had done in their pool games.

We were not only umpires watching now – we were fans as well.

The umpires for this game were in sync. They were on our beloved ‘piece of elastic’, working together, supporting each other. They deserved their high 5 hand slap at the end of the quarters. We were blowing the decisions exactly in perfect time with them. Korea used their referral on our first goal – even we could see from the other end that it was futile.

England playing backwards time and time again, seeming content to sit on the one goal lead – always dangerous as we have seen in many games in the past led us to be screaming for the aerial or hard hit forward ball to create both a chance or Korean mistake – became camped in their 23 where Korea pressed and pressed for a good 8 minutes in the final quarter.

Maddie Hinch saving the day on two crucial occasions in this period – causing us to chat and emphasise how important to be alert and switched on for all the game whether as an umpire you are ‘engaged’ or not!

With time running out, the Koreans took off their keeper and put on a kicking back – again confusion where the keeper went off, not from us but the Officials, leaving the keeper to run the length of her half to leave her helmet.

A taken, bouncing, moving free hit allowed England to break away and score our second goal with little time left on the clock. Korea tried to protest, they engaged with the umpire – asker her to confer – they had no referral – we saw luck was on our side – we chatted, interesting as perhaps we may have bought it back to be taken again as in a crucial area – OR WOULD WE ????!!!!!

Good input and discussion with my colleagues and some good view points to take forward to the forthcoming season. Thank you KHUA.

Anne Bartley – 31 July 2018

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