Men Rovers

Full details of Reading Rovers fixtures can be found on the MBBO website.

Rovers Second Chance

By Reading Hockey Club • Jun 12th, 2012 • Category: Events, Home Page, Match, News, Rovers

Reading Men’s Rovers, under captain Chris Withers, had a successful and hard fought season down in Div 9 of the MBBO league, with promotion to be decided on their final match at Bracknell.

Unfortunately the original game was abandoned, leaving Reading out of the promotion spot, but after successfully appealing against this Reading have been granted the opportunity of a re-match which will be played this Saturday 16th June at 1:30pm at Bracknell’s Birch Hill ground. It promises to be another close-fought match and it would be fantastic if as many of the club as possible could come along to support the team!

The following map shows directions from Sonning Lane to Bracknell’s ground and directions can also be found on Bracknell’s website at

Hope to see you all on Saturday!

Rovers End of Season Report

By Reading Hockey Club • Mar 29th, 2011 • Category: Match Reports, Rovers

The Rovers’ season has been an extraordinary one for many reasons. The club decided that we should move from the London League to the MBBO (Middx, Bucks, Berks & Oxon) and made it a club objective that we get promoted. We won the league with 59 points and the most goals for (96) and least goals against (13) the best record in the league. Our first game was against Henley with only 10 men and we realized that we had a secret weapon in Paddy McKeown who sat in the middle of the pitch and controlled the game. Our game against Sonning was the only one we lost (to this day I don’t know how- but those who where there said it had something to do with not being able to put it away when we had the chances) but as a result we put in a lot of short corner practice and learnt that you must control your rolling subs as at times there was total confusion with who was playing where. Hard games against Wallingford and Bicester resulted in our only draws. We had a memorable game against Newbury during the snowy period on the new Sand based pitch at 4.30pm with the frost descending and with the water based pitch already being declared as unplayable. At 10.30 that morning we only had 6 players. But with the help of David and Rob Knoyes from the Rascals, Ada and Andrew Bowyer from the Vets and Angus and Twigg from the Retros we put out a full team and squeaked through winning 1-0. Thame gave us a fright at the rescheduled game in January by going up 2-0 at half time but a robust half time talk did the trick and we came out winners 4-2. The second half of the season went comfortable well and we had secured our promotion 3 game before the end of the season and had the top spot sorted with a game to spare

Player of the season was Ed Uden. Top goal scorer was Ben Merrick ( 19) followed by Andy Scott( 12 but it could have be more oh so many more), Tim Carmichael(10), Paddy McKeown(10) Chris Lewis(6), Ed Crowe(5), Jared Mirzan(5), Bryan Ray (4) . The league winning Defence was Ed Uden, Chris Withers, Tony Cooke, Paul Quarterly and Hugh Rogers. We also had the Rovers Scarlet Pimpernel, Steve McCullouch who we had to wait till Friday night to find out if his night shifts would allow him to play.

Sadly we have to say good bye to Paddy and Paul who will have moved away by next season but we can look forward to another great season next year.

A personal thank you to Chris Withers and Ed Uden who stood in as captain for me after I fractured 4 bones in my neck Skiing and couldn’t play for the second half of the season.

M3: Reading 3 London Wayfarers Pirates 0

By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 7th, 2008 • Category: Match Reports, Rovers

The Rovers spent the first 10 minutes under heavy Wayfarers pressure as we took time to settle with our new and borrowed players (thank you Retros and Vets), but soon we were hitting the opposition on the counter through our attack minded midfield. A pass was slipped through to Steve Howells who used his blistering pace to out-run the defence and force their keeper into a splendid save. Eventually this pressure turned into a succession of short-corners which Monkey kept missing, until finally the switch right led to Chris Wright lifting it over the keeper for Rob Lindsay to mark an energetic debut with an easy finish.

The second-half saw the Rovers continue to break quickly from our extremely solid defence with the centre back partnership of Sick Note & Ed Uden holding firm, and Nick Steward & Tony Cooke using their years of experience to unsettle the opposition. Ian Tomlinson hardly had a shot to save. Another flurry of short corners saw Monkey finally hit the back-board and a fine move down the right allowed Duncan Bond to score at the far post after Peter George-Jones had his shot blocked.

This comprehensive 3-0 victory gives the Rovers a most unexpected start to the season with maximum points after 2 games with no goals conceded.