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Euro Boys Blog – Richard Hildreth

September 29, 2014 | Field Hockey Canada |

Greetings from beautiful London!

I am back at mighty Hampstead & Westminster (HWHC) for a second season.

Hampstead have made many significant signings this season. Most notably, Kiwi international Andy Hayward who has administered strict instructions that he be referred to as “Hotshot” Andy Hayward henceforth.

Hampstead have also brought in Spaniard Pau Freixa and South African international Matt Botha. These two have the awkward burden of living with me in our tiny mansion in the posh Maida Vale neighbourhood of Northwest London.

I was very excited to share “Taco Tuesdays” with Pau. But disappointment took over when Pau informed me that Spanish and Mexican are not the same thing. Matt told me that I was being a bit racist which I found satirical coming from a South African.

But I digress.

Hampstead has arguably made their biggest addition by the subtraction of fellow Canadian “Duster” David Jameson. DJ’s on-field presence will be sorely missed. His terrible homemade videos and dreadful banter will not.

On a side note, Great Britain #1 goalkeeper George Pinner reportedly made his departure from the Premier league in an attempt to avoid DJ’s cruel and unrelenting insults that rained upon him last season.

Apparently it took months of therapy for him to get over an incident in which DJ referred to him as a “stupid idiot” in a convincing 6-2 Hampstead loss. The British public had never heard such foul language. 

The first couple weeks of the season has gone well for Hampstead. We won our first game against Wimbledon 2-1. This was a somewhat flattering result as we were able to snatch two goals in the final five minutes to steal the victory.

As expected with so many new players (9), the team struggled to find chemistry early on. Nevertheless, it was an important result considering we didn’t play to our potential.

Our second match was against a fit and structured Canterbury side.

Hampstead played with much more cohesion in this game and walked away with a 5-1 victory. Hayward has been living up to his self-proclaimed nickname by bagging four goals in our first two matches.

It’s been a positive start that we are looking to build and improve upon each week. Next up is a massive game against Cannock this weekend.
Thanks for reading. 




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