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Club9 Dec 2021

Meet the captains 2021/2022

Maria Eugenia Carbajales Sisto (2018-2022)

Communication Officer

Captains reveal everything you wanted to know about them and never dared to ask (because #dropped).

Well, not really, but we spoke to our captains and asked them to tell us why they took on the role, their favourite West Hampstead Hockey Club memory, and what they'd order at the clubhouse.

Emily Kaye (aka K2): W1s captain

Emily Kaye

W1s captain

Hockey position?

Shield….or centre midfield to most people.

Why did you become captain?

I was an easy target….when I first joined the club I think I made a comment that gave someone the idea I would be up for “getting more involved in the club”. The rest is history. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

Trying hard not to be narcissistic but probably the phone-box video. If you know you know. Or being told I could no longer use my birth name (too many others named Emily apparently) and being kindly “gifted” my new name, K2. Cheers team. 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

A baileys coffee and a jug of Estrella, please.


Cecilia Carames: W2s captain

Cecilia Carames (2020-2022)

W2s captain

Hockey position?

centre back, full back… sweeper. However they call it these days. 

Why did you become captain?

Because my teammates asked me at the time. But also because I love to share my passion for the sport and bring more people into it. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

First Game, we lost 0-11 against H&W. Never forgot... 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Classic Diet Coke.


Harriet Barsham: W3s captain

Harriet Barsham

W3s captain

Hockey position?

Mid/defence.

Why did you become captain?

So that I couldn’t be dropped.

Best WHHC anecdote?

Spectacularly spraining my ankle in the 7 floor club in Prague on 2020 tour because I was trying to keep up with Maru.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

A jug of Estrella.

Caz Ingram: W4s captain

Caz Ingram

W4s captain

Hockey position?

Mid.

Why did you become captain?

I just love to volunteer.

Best WHHC anecdote?

Idk, only joined the club this season 🙃 but I guess playing with my team is all right. 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Pfffft, I don’t order my own drinks - I’m the captain.

Sarah Barker (Just Sarah/JSB/SJB): W5s captain

Sarah Barker

W5s captain

Hockey position?

Full back.

Why did you become captain?

Because Sally got injured 😭 (very concerned it’s going to be like when Fergie left United and David Moyes crashed and burned 😬).

Best WHHC anecdote?

My first season when fresh from a 17-0 loss Coach Dave promised us a bottle of Prosecco for every match we won. We then went on a winning streak and I had to collect 6 bottles from him for our pre-EOSD awards drinks 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Clubhouse Pinot.

Jo Hillyer: The mighty W6s captain

Jo Hilyer

Junior Coordinator

Hockey position?

Shouty sweeper/centre defender.

Why did you become captain?

Officially: because I love hockey and bossing people around. Unofficially: no one else wanted to do it, I've done it before, and the W6s are a lovely bunch of people.

Best WHHC anecdote?

When the M1s won the EHB cup in April 2011, we celebrated large on the bus home, and Jamie Dru gave "national treasure" Imelda Staunton a fireman's lift around the clubhouse 🙀.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Goose, what else!

Julia Seal: Women’s 7s ❤️ captain

Julia Seal

W7s captain

Hockey position?

Forward.

Why did you become captain?

Spreadsheets. Organisation. Hockey. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

Getting all the 7s to sign the Prosecco bottle we won for result of the day at the Halloween Social! It’s still in my kitchen, I’m very attached to it. 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Disaronno and Diet Coke.


Alex Stobbart (Mr Stoobs): M1s captain

Alex Stobbart

M1s captain

Hockey position?

Midfield.

Why did you become captain?

Thanks to a conversation in a dimly lit room with my predecessor. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

When a teammate who shall remain nameless was unable to confirm my actual name even after 2 years of playing together and 1 of being captain. Not sure if that is more a reflection on him or me...

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Pint of water, pint of Guinness.


Andrew Wilkie: M2s (Top lads) captain

Andrew Wilkie

M2s captain

Hockey position?

Anywhere except in goal. GKs are a different breed. 

Why did you became captain?

I like bossing people around.

Best WHHC anecdote?

The day, in my very first season as captain, we stayed in the league by scoring a last minute PC drag-flick. Followed directly by EoSD where Adam (The M2s “different breed” GK at the time), drank an entire over-sized, decorative neon-blue martini after a whip-round to fund his night. He slept on a tube vent that night. 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Jug of Goose please.


Hugo Manson: M3s captain

Hugo Manson

M3s captain

Hockey position?

Midfield.

Why did you became captain?

Can’t get dropped if you’re captain.

Best WHHC anecdote?

Taking the wrong slip road driving to an away match that also happened to be the one-way road into the Westfield shopping centre, having to queue to get in, pay to get out, and missing the PB along with my 3 passengers. Still managed to avoid being DoD.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Flat white.


Giles Bennetts: M4s captain

Giles Bennetts

M4s captain

Hockey position?

Sub. In weeks with poor availability you may find me at centre back/full back or whatever term you may use to describe the position that involves the least amount of running. 

Why did you became captain?

The 4s couldn't find anyone else, and I literally mean anyone else, so had to resort to moving me up from the 5s purely to do the admin. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

Stefan performing a spectacular rendition of Angels by Robbie Williams at an End of Season Dinner so that we didn't have to hear the usual succession of dull speeches was quite something. That and Mischa was once tackled by a twig! 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Jug of Estrella and team jaegerbombs.


Nick Barnett: The mighty M5s captain

Nick Barnett

M5s captain

Hockey position?

‘Forward’ but more recently ‘injured coach’ would be a better description.

Why did you become captain?

A present from my teammates to mark my 20th season 🥳 at WHHC. It is a real honour to captain one of our teams and to contribute to this amazing club. Or more realistically they just needed someone to do the admin - you decide!

Best WHHC anecdote?

One of my best memories was at a social, too many years ago now, but there was a club fundraiser, and the very proud of himself ladies man and self-professed club lothario and men’s 1s captain Jamie Dru decided to auction himself as a date in the hope of raising considerable funds. Jamie had been ‘giving it large’ all week about how excited he was to see which member of the women’s side of the club would bid for him. As an openly gay player at the club, and unbeknownst to me, my many team mates had started secretly fundraising to ‘buy’ Jamie on my behalf. Moments before the formal auction took place, a pint glass of cash was thrust into my hands. As the bidding reached its crescendo, with a particularly gorgeous young lady in possession of the date and Jamie smiling giddily, I stepped forward, pint glass of cash in hand shouting ‘£132.47’ much to the glee of everyone in attendance. Jamie, jaw practically on the floor is floundering, and so the host for the evening wanders over to me, and asks me where we will go for our date. I reply very simply that I’ll be taking Jamie to G-A-Y. A fabulous night it was too! He got his own back in the end, but that’s for another newsletter.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Do you even need to ask? Rosé and not the nasty bright pink stuff - my special reserve collection, pale pink and Provençal! 


Chris Savory: M6s captain

Chris Savory

M6s captain

Hockey position?

Anywhere across the back line: I may not have the legs or the tackling ability, but I’m very good at shouting at people and intimidating teenage strikers. Holding midfielder if we’re short of numbers. Forward only in the last 5 minutes when we’re a goal or two down. 

Why did you became captain?

Think it was largely attrition - all the other viable candidates kept leaving, or moving up to a higher team. I was a safe bet on both fronts.

Best WHHC anecdote?

As I’ve moved further and further south, my clubhouse time has become more limited, so I’m relatively short of interesting anecdotes. On the other hand, I played in a team with Will Terry for five years, so I guess pick one from any number of outrageous/disturbing incidents involving his personal life. 

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Jug of Estrella for the team if we win. Or if we lose and it’s my fault. Or if everyone just needs cheering up a bit. I’m a wine drinker outside hockey, but unlike Nick I’ve not braved the vintages on offer at the Cumberland bar.


Maxim Cranmer-Brown: M7s captain

Maxim Cranmer-Brown

M7s captain

Hockey position?

Midfield. Basically the Jordan Henderson role without the range of passing, defensive stability or game awareness. But somehow we seem to win when I’m captain and lose when I don’t play. 

Why did you became captain?

It’s the only way I can a game. I literally killed my old team off in 2018 when the 8s folded. That apparently qualified me to become 7s captain. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

Let’s be honest there are 13 bios above me. Nobody wants to read another anecdote.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Is there a clubhouse? I’m not sure I’ve ever been.


Tom Colledge: M8s captain

Tom Colledge

M8s captain

Hockey position?

Forward, or at least wandering around that end of the pitch. 

Why did you became captain?

I took up hockey having never played in my life… around this time the 8s were formed and needed a captain! Clearly I had all the required qualifications having played for a total of 3 weeks so I took up the gig. 

Best WHHC anecdote?

There’s loads of good ones… I know this because others tell me them. My actual memory of these tales seems to fail me so I won’t even attempt to recount them.

Order at the clubhouse bar?

Whoever’s turn it is to get the pitcher gets to choose.