LONDON CRUISE TO 3 WINS IN FIRST SECRHA TOURNAMENT

London RHC began the defence of their SECRHA Seniors crown with three wins out of three on Sunday 1st October in Herne Bay.

The team began their day at 5.30am to arrive in time for an 8.40am start in the first SECRHA Seniors Division 1 tournament of the new season.

Maidstone 1 -2 London

In the first game of the day London defeated Maidstone in what was not a close a game as the score suggested. With 80% possession London dominated the game from start to finish, but just couldn’t get into a fluid enough rhythm to test the goalkeeper on enough occasions. After going up 2-0 with goals from Michael Maruszak and Daniele Biancardi London conceded a scrambled late goal, which snuck in under the goalkeeper to leave the last few minutes of the game quite anxious. London however held on, controlled the ball and ran out deserved winners.

Farnham 2-4 London

In their second game London took on Surrey based club Farnham and again controlled the match from start to finish. Going three goals up through Inaki Arroyo, Joel De Figueiredo and Marc Gonzalez with some excellent team goals, the Dragons were sailing before a clash between goalkeeper and player, saw the ball bounce off a knee and into the net for 3-1. London got their fourth a minute later through Arroyo, before an individual defensive error saw the game finish 4-2. London controlled the game and gave away minimal chances, although it became scrappier than we would have wished.

Herne Bay 1-9 London

In the final game of the day London defeated the home team in what was a relatively straight-forward victory. Patient play and team goals, as well as some individual brilliance meant that London beat the hosts to top the league from the first tournament. Goals from Biancardi (4), De Figueiredo, Arroyo (2), Maruszak (2) ensured a good win.

Thank you to our hosts Herne Bay and we look forward to the next tournament.

See the current league table below or on the competitions page.

 

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LACATONI UNVEILED AS LONDON RHC PROVIDER

London Roller Hockey Club are proud to announce a relationship with Lacatoni that will see the Portuguese manufacturer provide playing kit, training kit and club apparel for the 2017 – 2018 season.

We are delighted with the quality and design of the merchandise and cannot wait to begin playing in it.

Check out the home (white) and away (black) playing strips below:

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COMPETITIONS & FIXTURES FOR 2017-18

London Roller Hockey Club will compete in the following competitions for the 2017 – 2018 Season:

  • National Premier League
  • National Cup of England
  • South Eastern Counties League (SECRHA)
  • Kent League
  • International Tournaments (Holland, Spain, France)

The National Premier League consists of seven clubs with London’s first game taking place on 12th November at home to Middlesbrough where they were victorious last season. Before the year ends they will also take on King’s Lynn (home), HBU (away) and Soham (home).

In regional competition (SECRHA and Kent League), London kick-off on 1st October in Herne Bay playing against Maidstone, Farnham and Herne Bay. The following week they take on Letchworth in a friendly at The Den before heading off to Den Haag, Holland, where they will take on teams from France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland in their second international tournament of the year.

Check out the full fixtures list and results in the Competitions pages.

JOEL DE FIGUEIREDO: WE CAN GO AS FAR AS WE WANT

This week London RHC sat down with club vice-captain Joel De Figueiredo to talk all things Dragons, Premier League and England…

Q: What does London RHC mean to you?
A lot. I suggested the idea of starting London RHC to (now President) Nik Bartlett and Jaime Perez a few years ago. We pulled together some personnel we thought could build a club and now here it is, an established PL team with a youth set up on the way. The work put in, particularly by Nik, Joe Gotts and the more committed players has been brilliant and while I think we have a world of untapped potential in London, we’re definitely heading in the right direction.

On a personal level the club is also filled with some really good friends. There’s great camaraderie in the camp. For someone like me with a corporate job, seeing those guys every week makes life a lot easier… and really fun!

Q: Do you have a specific role at the club?
Off the rink I’m part of the committee and will be helping at the youth academy, while on the rink of course I hope to use what I have with the other boys to get some more silverware in our cupboard. But it’s going to take each and everyone one of us to fight to be the best we can be as a team.

Q: Tell us about your experience in Portugal and with England…
I played in Portugal just for a few months when I was 18 and returned to attend university. I played with AA Espinho because it was the club of my dad (and the legend Victor Hugo). It was amazing to be there and play against some fantastic clubs. I was told I could stay and join either Gulpilhares or Porto the following season, which would have been something else, but university was always more important to me.

Representing England is always an honour. Unfortunately we’re amateur here and have to pay for ourselves, so sadly the costs have been too much for me to commit to more than the 5 times I have. I’m really disappointed we couldn’t get a team to China this year, but hopefully we can afford to go to the World Roller Games Barcelona 2019 and compete with the best.

Q: What did you think of the World Roller Games 2017 in China?
To be honest I was on holiday for most of it, so I didn’t get to see much! I saw some of the highlights and the final though. It looked like a great tournament insofar as a lot of the scores were so close. I mean, when was the last time we saw Colombia draw with Italy and Mozambique only lose by 1 to Spain.

Q: How far can London go in the PL this season?
As far as we want is the short answer. I’ve been there and won it before and we certainly have what it takes: really talented players and a coach who will work on what’s important to get us there.

We’re working very hard on our fitness and the fluidity of our play. The coach has also brought smiles back on our faces, all of which have been missing somewhat previously.

I think we need to maximise our strengths more and most importantly find consistency. We know we can beat anyone, it’s now about finding the balance in our style, not leaving ourselves exposed, and the consistency to win regularly. I’m excited about the new season though and want to get my hands on that trophy again!

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DANIELE BIANCARDI TO SIGN FOR LONDON RHC

Daniele Biancardi, formerly of CH Roller Salerno, will be a London Dragon for the 2017-18 season.

The entire team and club is so excited to work with Daniele, as already in his first sessions is looking like a very exciting player with strong technical and tactical ability.

Off the rink Daniele is an avid roller hockey fan and will no doubt add to the great camaraderie at the club.

For more information on Daniele’s hockey career check out the article written about his move to London RHC back in Italy.

“Biancardi ritrova l’hockey a Londra. Good luck, Daniele!”
https://www.macchiedinkiostro.com/…/biancardi-ritrova-lhoc…/

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LONDON RHC AGREE ROLLADOME COLLABORATION

After months of negotiations London RHC have finally found the capacity to formally begin youth recruitment due to a deal with roller skating organisation RollaDome.

RollaDome All Skate is a registered charity that offers roller skating throughout the UK with everything from first-time roller skating lessons into roller sports… and now roller hockey is joining the party!

RollaDome All Skate introduces roller skating in a fun and relaxed environment, and there is more than just roller skating available. They also have Young leader’s programs, DofE and Sports Leaders training.

London RHC will work in collaboration with RollaDome to offer skating lessons and recruit keen youngsters into the fast-paced, exciting and enjoyable sport of roller hockey.

For more information please contact us at media@londonrollerhockeyclub.co.uk

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CALLING LADIES OF LONDON

Due to a high level of interest from ladies to join London RHC, we are looking to create the first female team at the club.

With interest ranging from around the world, this could be a very exciting prospect, but for anything to happen now we need you to register your interest at your earliest convenience.

Simply e-mail media@LondonRollerHockeyClub.co.uk for more information.ladies