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News Report


Author: Tony Czifra, 14/07/18

Details to follow of leagues and all things NCRHA.....

PAGE UPDATED 14/7/2018:

CONGRATULATIONS to all who took part in the NCRHA CUP Finals this year held at Middlesbrough Sports Village! Results are here on the site!


NRHA NATIONAL HENRY CRYSTAL REFEREE OF THE YEAR 2018 : Congratulations to Karl Wilson (Sheffield Wildcats) on being awarded this prestigious honour!

NRHA NATIONAL SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018 : Congratulations to Damaras Gordon (Manchester) on being awarded this coveted award!

NRHA NATIONAL LADIES SENOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018 : Congratulations to Megan Todd (Middlesbrough) on being awarded this honour!

NCRHA CLUBS WHO ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2018 : Congratulations to Grimsby (U20's) & Middlesbrough (U15's) who travelled to Herne Bay last week as the only 2 NCRHA Clubs represented there - and came away winners! Well done to the players, coaches & supporters on this fantastic achievement! Also many thanks to NCRHA Referees who were a main source of referees for the event.


NCRHA 13s: Congratulations to Middlesbrough U13s winning the league today at Sheffield. A great day of hockey for all! Results and player stats updated here on the site 


NCRHA U11's CUP: Congratulations to Manchester RHC who came back from 3-1 at half time away versus Grimsby to win 3-7 to book their place in the final versus Middlesbrough on Sunday 8th July. 

NCRHA U13's CUP: Sheffield play Manchester in the final semi final on Sunday 17th June at the Concorde Sports Centre, Sheffield. Winner plays Middlesbrough in the final.

A Final Day programme will be posted here tomorrow for all matches, and sent to all clubs/posted to fb pages etc.


OVERAGE LICENSE: All Clubs are reminded that to play an overage player in Cups or Leagues, an Overage License must be requested from the NCRHA Committee.

NCRHA U9's CUP : Jason Oldroyd (Referees Exec) officiated at the U15's today to completed the U9's Cup draw for Finals Day (Sunday 8th July @ MSV). The Result of the draw is as follows:

A: Grimsby     B: Manchester     C: Sheffield   D: Middlesbrough.

Grimsby will play Manchester in Semi Final One

Sheffield will play Middlesbrough in Semi Final Two.

3rd / 4th Place Playoff will preceed the Final.

All players will receive medals.

NCRHA U15's: The league was completed today with Plymouth's home tournament at the Ardwick Centre. Plymouth cemented 2nd place with 3 wins, so well played for Pymouth and all teams! Results, and Player Stats have been updated.


NCRHA ELITES: Completed on 3rd of June on a bit of a sour note as 1 Club sadly didn't attend and another did do there best to attend, but without enough players so borrowed on the day (so forfeited matches) but at least fulfilled the fixture. All results and player stats updated on the site.


NCRHA U9's CUP: The schedule for Finals Day has been amended to accommodate a 4th U9's team on the day. The overall schedule remains the same with the Elites Final still formatted to start at 2:20pm. The Draw for the semi finals to be played on the day, will take place at the Elites tournament on 3rd June at the Rainbow Leisure Centre.


NCRHA U17's LEAGUE: Congratulations to Middlesbrough RHC U17's who today finished the season winning their last 3 games at the Rainbow Leisure Centre. Middlesbrough U17's are also chasing the double and will also meet Grimsby in the U17's CUP Final @ MSV on Sun 8th July. Good Luck to both teams! All Results, Final Table & Player Stats available here on the site.

NCRHA U13's CUP UPDATE: Middlesbrough overcame Grimsby in a thrilling semi-final today for the right to meet Sheffield or Manchester in the Cup Final. It was 5-5 at full time, and the tie was settled in Boro's favour with a Golden Goal winner 35 seconds into extra time. Well done to both Boro & Grimsby for a hugely exciting performance where both teams gave their all.


NCRHA U15's LEAGUE: Congratulations to Middlesbrough RHC U15's who today completed a 100% perfect league season winning their last 3 games at Spen Valley. Middlesbrough are pushing for the treble as they are also in the U15's NCRHA Cup Final on Sun 8th July, and the National U15's Cup Final vs Herne Bay on 30th June. Good Luck!



3 way event on Sun 8th July @ MSV
Sheffield, Grimsby & Mbro entered

U11s CUP
Semi Final : Mbro v Sheffield on Sun 3rd June @ RLC
Semi Final : Grimsby v Manchester on Sat 16th June @ GLC
Winners of the above play Final on Sun 8th July @ MSV.

U13s CUP

Semi Final : Mbro v Grimsby on Sun 20th May @ RLC
Semi Final : Sheffield v Manchester on Sun 17th June at Concorde LC
Winners of the above play Final on Sun 8th July @ MSV

U15s CUP

Final : Grimsby v Mbro who contest the Final on Sun 8th July @ MSV

U17s CUP

Final : Grimsby v Mbro who contest the Final on Sun 8th July @ MSV

Plymouth v Manchester proposed for Sunday 10th June at Ardwick LC
Winners of the above are designated the home team vs Mbro on Sun 8th July at Finals Day at MSV


NCRHA U15's (19th May @ Spen Valley) & NCRHA U17's (20th May @ Middlesbrough) : Order of Play & Referee Schedule has been sent to all Clubs. Fixtures are of course available here but contact your Club Secretary to see the pdf poster.


NRHA INTER-REGIONAL COMPETITIONS 2018: A fantastic year for NCRHA improving on our results from last year! Congratulations to all the players, coaches, parents and referees who took part to make this a great weekend! Results are here in the 'news' section.

NATIONAL CUP CONGRATULATIONS & COMMISERATIONS: Commiserations to Manchester U11's who lost their National Cup Quarter Final versus Letchworth. Grimsby U13's who won their Quarter Final, but lost out to Letchworth in the Semi, and Middlesbrough U13's who lost their semi final to Letchworth. Also Commiserations to Middlesbrough U17's who lost out in the semis. CONGRATULATIONS TO MIDDLESBROUGH U15's : Middlesbrough U15's have reached the National Cup final at Herne Bay on 30th June to face Herne Bay, having beaten Letchworth & Peterborough respectively. Well Done & Good Luck!


U15 SECOND CLAIM : Please note, the Committee has granted a second claim request for Souleyman Toure of Manchester to play in goal for Plymouth RHC.


NCRHA U15's LEAGUE : Spen Valley have had to change the date for their home tournament. This now takes place at TLG on Saturday 19th May, start time 10:00am. All Clubs have been advised, fixtures here on the site have been amended and the pdf download updated.


U11's CHAMPIONS : Congratulations to Manchester RHC winning the u11s league today at the Rainbow Centre! All results, player stats and the table updated. 


EGM MINUTES : Minutes of the EGM held on Feb 26th have been sent to all Club Secretaries and are available to download from the 'Meeting Minutes' Folder under the 'Documents' tab in the green menu bar above. 


NCRHA U11's & U13's WEEKEND : Results & Tables for the tournaments this weekend at Grimsby (U13) & Sheffield (U11) have been updated. Drama at Sheffield with a kitchen fire evacuating the building! No one harmed and everyone allowed back in shortly afterwards. Many thanks to the Redhawks & Wildcats for their hospitality over the weekend! Player Stats will be updated over the next 48hrs.

REFEREE UPGRADES : CONGRATULATIONS!!! Are very much due to PAUL CROAD & ANDY THOMAS of Sheffield Wildcats Rink Hockey Club!! Both have successfully completed their Provisional term as Referees having refereed for almost 18 months, and both have been assessed and regarded to Grade 4! Well done guys! International Refereeing one day? Go for it!


REMINDER ! ! !   YOUR REGIONAL TEAM NEEDS YOU ! ! !    All Clubs and Coaches have been asked by the NCRHA Committee to supply names of players (from their own club and other clubs) who they feel should be considered for the NCRHA Regional Teams to represent us at the upcoming Inter-Regional Competitions! We will be entering U11 U13  U15  U17  U20 & Ladies teams. SO GET YOUR NAMES IN!! The closing date for names to be submitted will be announced by the Committee shortly.

EGM UPDATE: NCRHA held an EGM on Monday 26th February @ Castleford and NCRHA are pleased to announce new and returning members to the Executive Committee: Committee Member details have been updated here on the site (see 'committee' on the green menu bar above).

NCRHA President: Firstly please welcome Robert Goddard of Grimsby Redhawks RHC who has been voted as our President. Robert will be calling round all clubs and the Committee to introduce himself and get a feel for what we are about.

NCRHA Child Protection Officer: Also welcome Peter Lonsdale of Middlesbrough RHC as our new CPO, who will be looking initially at DBS compliance.

NCRHA Referees Officer: Please welcome back Jason Oldroyd of Halifax RHC who was voted into the role.

NCRHA Treasurer: Andrew Kneeshaw of Middlesbrough RHC remains in place as our Treasurer.

NCRHA Competitions Secretary: Paul Colton of Manchester RHC remains in place as our Comps Sec.

NCRHA General Secretary: Tony Czifra of Middlesbrough RHC has been voted in as our Gen Sec but remains NNT Organiser for this season.

Detailed Minutes of the EGM have been drafted (draft sent to Club Secs) and is being reviewed by the attendees. Once validated by FRI 2nd March, these will be sent out to all Clubs and uploaded to this site.


NNT REMINDER : NEXT SESSION : Sunday 4th March @ Manchester : L1/2 : 09:00.   L2+ : 11:30

NCRHA U11's : Tournament completed today at Grimsby. Results, League Table & Player Stats all updated.


TOP 20 NCRHA SCORERS 2017/18 (ALL COMPETITIONS) : New Page created. See 'New Pages' or CLICK HERE

NCRHA U17's : Second Tournament Completed. Results, Table & Player Stats Updated.


ELITES : Final League tournament @ Middlesbrough : Date Changed (at the request of 3 of the 4 clubs in the league). This is now detailed here on the site as taking place on Sunday 3rd June at the Rainbow Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough.


NCRHA U17's : A further amendment to the start time has been made for this event on 17/2/18/ Start time is now 10:30am. Clubs have been informed. The Order of play remains the same.


NCRHA U17's: Please note the start time for the tournament at Spen Valley has been changed by the hosts from 14:30 to 10:00. Clubs have been informed and the Match Schedule here on the site has been amended.

NNT : Another successful session with Carlos at Manchester on Saturday 3rd Feb.

LADIES DAY: A very successful day that saw 50 ladies from around our region and ECRHA attending a full day of Ladies Hockey "It was the best day of roller hockey ever!" A young Bedford girl was heard to say about the day. NCRHA Hopes to work with Carlos to make this a more regular thing next season.

EGM : 26th February 2018 : 7:00pm @ Castlford : All Clubs have been infrmed that the NCRHA Acting President Andrew Kneeshaw has on behalf of the NCRHA Committee called an EGM. This will be to elect vacant positions on the Committee as follows:

General Secretary

DBS Officer

Referees Officer



All Cups & Leagues Updated. See the relevant news page for your age group! Select your League for results, fixtures & Player Stats!


NCRHA U13's: Tournament two completed. Middlesbrough RHC top the league recording 3 wins from 3. Great to see Grimsby back in NCRHA U13's who had a great return to NCRHA with 2 wins from 3. 


NCRHA CUPS : Acting President Andrew Kneeshaw has emailed all clubs inviting entries for Cups at all levels : U9, U11, U13. U15, U17, U20, LADIES & SENIORS. He has also asked for preferences/comments from for qualifying matches to be either 'one off matches' or a 'round robin' tournament where qualification is more than 1 match to get to two finalists for Cup Finals Day. Cup Finals Day is on Saturday 7th July. Andrew has also invited Clubs to host Cup Finals Day if they can source a suitable venue (ie, seating/viewing for plenty of spectators). Responses to Andrew must be in by 22nd December.

NCRHA U13's : The next tournament is at SPEN VALLEY on Saturday 16th December. Referees Schedule & Order of Play has been posted to facebook and emailed to Clubs/Refs.

REMINDER : NCRHA U17's AMENDMENT: Please note, the U17's tournament at Grimsby originally on 11th Feb has been brought forward to 28th Jan. Fixtures here on the site have been changed and the pdf download in the 'documents' section has been updated to version 2 - now including summary page amendment which had not been changed previously. Referees will be allocated 2/3 weeks prior to the event.


NCRHA ELITES: Middlesbrough sit top of the league by a slender thread having lost 2 of 3 matches this weekend fielding a young side. Spen Valley Flyers had a great weekend recording 3 wins from 3 on the day. So it's all to play for!

****REMINDER***  NNT EVENT TWO takes place at Ardwick Centre, Manchester from 9am on Saturday 11th Nov. £5 per player. All players must wear the white 'England Roller Hockey' T Shirt. 

Level 1 Registration 08:45 - on the rink at 09:00

L2+ Registration at 11:15 - on the rink at 11:30

NCRHA U17's AMENDMENT: Please note, the U17's tournament at Grimsby originally on 11th Feb has been brought forward to 28th Jan. Fixtures here on the site have been changed and the pdf download in the 'documents' section has been updated to version 2. 

WEARING GLASSES WHEN PLAYING RINK HOCKEY IN NCRHA: This message has been sent to all NCRHA Referees today with the approval of the NCRHA Executive Committee : 

"In agreement with the NCRHA Committee, this message goes out to all Referees in NCRHA to be mindful of our duty of care when officiating matches in regard to players wearing glasses (Copied to NCRHA Committee Members). Please note, it is NOT against the rules to wear glasses, but as the Referee is there to referee the game and look towards player safety, we must also make sure when players do take to the rink wearing normal glasses, we ensure the player, parent (if U18), and coach are aware of the potential danger of this.

Therefore in the event that you are preparing to Referee a match and you notice a player is wearing glasses, yourself and your partner Referee (if Dual Refereeing) need to discuss this as above, prior to the start of the match pointing out the danger of a ball / stick rising and injuring the player. If the Player, Coach & the parent - or in the absence of the parent, the player’s guardian on the day – agree for the player to play, then that is their choice to do so."

For info, Sports Glasses are readily available for children from all Opticians. We are aware of 1 boy (NNT L5) who got his sports glasses from Onspec for under £100. A girl (NNT L5 & England U17's) wears glasses but uses soft gel disposable contact lenses for Roller Hockey (costs £8 per month for 10 pairs, £30 per month for 30 pairs – Specsavers). She has been wearing these since she was 11. Opticians will prescribe to kids for good reasons such as this. NCRHA fully understand this is costly, so currently this is not compulsory, but we really do recommend players who need to wear glasses, look to do so in the safest way possible.

"So to conclude, when Refereeing in NCRHA matches, please be mindful of players wearing glasses, and have the conversation please."

NCRHA U11's: All U11's fixtures now updated on the site. pdf download number 4 available in the 'documents' section. Venue for 14th Jan changed from Manchester to Spectrum.


NCRHA U11's: The Venue for the tournament on 12/11/17 has been changed from Spectrum to Manchester. All Clubs have been informed. Tournament start time has also changed from 10am to 9am. Changes for 14/1/18 to reflect this date now being held at Spectrum, will be finalised here on the site shortly.

NCRHA ELITES : The second tournament has taken place. All results & player stats have been uploaded to the system.

24th OCTOBER 2017:

OVERAGE LICENSES: The page here on the site has been updated. 

REFEREE ASSESSMENTS: These will take place at U15's at Manchester on 29th October. Also at Elites on 5th November at Spen Valley. Any Referee wishing to be prepared for Referee Upgrade Assessment should contact Referees Executive (Acting) Tony Czifra :

23RD OCTOBER 2017:

ROLLER HOCKEY VIDEOS: These will now be added on a regular basis. If you would like videos adding here of match clips, great penalties (or penalty saves!) etc then upload them to YouTube, and send us the link via the 'contact us' button and we will upload them. Please note - we will NOT upload contentious fouls etc or anything that would be a negative for our region or our sport. First new video added : The first NNT training at MSV on 14/10/17 - a brief clip showing some of the kids doing a Carlos training drill.

20TH OCTOBER 2017:

SPECTRUM LOGO: New Logo added to the site. Great artwork Robbo and the Spartans!

U15's LEAGUE: Fixtures amended to balance 'back to back' fixtures across the league. All teams have 2 back to back fixtures now. ALSO Manchester & Plymouth have swapped their home fixture. This doesn't affect any team except Middlesbrough, who were due to miss the 1st event on 29th October, but now attend. Fixtures on the site amended. PLEASE NOTE: Only version 3 of the pdf order of play sheets is valid. This is available as a download here on the site in the 'documents' section.

16TH OCT 2017:

U13's LEAGUE : Tournament 1 : Completed and all results stats are uploaded here. Many thanks to Manchester RHC for hosting. Middlesbrough top the league at this early stage with 3 wins from 3.

NNT SESSION ONE : AN AMAZING SUCCESS! : 45 kids from all but 2 NCRHA Clubs attended the Northern National Training at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Saturday 14th Oct. We hope players from Spen Valley & any new players at Halifax will join in next time. All Players received an initial Certificate & assessment level which will be reviewed at the next session (Saturday 11th November - times to be finalised). A report from Carlos Amaral will be published soon.

12TH OCT 2017:

OVERAGE LICENSES: Page Updated here on the site. The Head Referee at each tournament is provided with the most up to date list of OA Licenses allocated to clubs for reference.

8TH OCTOBER 2017: 

U15's LEAGUE:  Fixtures have been finalised and uploaded here (version2). pdf download available on the 'documents/current leagues' page on the menu.

U11's LEAGUE : Tournament 1 : Completed and all results stats are uploaded here. A great day by all accounts, with lots of new players joining the sport in our Clubs. Manchester top the league at this early stage with 3 wins from 3.

7TH OCT 2017:

U13's LEAGUE : Version 4 has been uploaded and fixtures amended here on the site to reflect that the Sheffield home tournament is now on 17th June, and Grimsby have kindly changed their home event to 10th March (Thanks Tracy!). Download available here in 'documents'

4TH OCT 2017:

U11's LEAGUE : Referee Schedule now complete and sent to all Clubs (and detailed on the 'fixtures' page here on the site). A fantastic (record?) number of provisional referees will be attending, with 3 more experienced referees to work with. Paul Williams is Head Referee on the day.

ELITES RESULTS: All results & player stats have been uploaded from the 1st tournament @ Manchester on 1st October. Middlesbrough sit top, with 3 wins from 3.

29TH SEPT 2017 :

U17's LEAGUE FIXTURES : Are now fully uploaded to the site. PDF Summary/Order of play version one available in 'documents' as a download.

ELITE LEAGUE, U13's & U11'S LEAGUE FIXTURES: These have been tied up a little with 'Home Team' allocation amended. No order of play or match times have been changed. Please ensure you have VERSION 3 of the schedule. Available to download on the 'documents/current leagues' tab on the menu above. PLEASE NOTE: U13's is incomplete and will have a further version once the date for the Sheffield Home tournament has been agreed.

28TH SEPT 2017:

NORTHERN NATIONAL TRAINING: NCRHA are pleased to announce the 3rd date for NNT has now been confirmed:

1 st Session : SAT 14th Oct @ Middlesbrough Sports Village, Marton Road M’bro – 3pm to 6pm (Free for all players)

2nd Session : SAT 11th Nov @ Ardwick Sports Centre, Stockport Road, Manchester – 11am to 2pm (£5 per player)

***NEW***    3rd Session : SAT 13th Jan @ Spectrum Leisure Centre, Hunwick Lane, Willington, Co.Durham – 12pm – 3pm (£10 per player).

If the sessions are as well supported as it looks like they will be, we will continue the sessions all season and the committee has agreed this will become part of the Inter-Regional team development programme.  National Coaching Director Carlos Amaral will shortly be sending the Player Registration form for distribution to all parents/players. All attendees will receive a Certificate of attendance detailing their level of achievement from the initial assessment by Carlos. Any questions/queries to any member of the committee!



Schedule and order of play have been uploaded here on the site for the first 2 tournaments. Final 2 tournaments of Manchester & Middlesbrough need to sort out who is having 20th May & who is having 8th April. Download v1 available on the 'documents' menu.


Almost all of these have been added now. There is some confusion over the Sheffield home tournament so these have not been added yet until Paul Colton, NCRHA Comps Sec confirms. All other U13's League Fixtures have been uploaded, and a provisional pdf with order of play for all matches (except Sheffield home tourney) is available in the 'documents' tab on the main menu.

20TH SEPT 2017:


Many Thanks to Dawn Owen-Harris of Manchester for pointing out we had the postcode slightly wrong on the site & pdfs. This has now been changed on the site, and pdf's will be updated also.


Venue has now been confirmed and START TIME CHANGED to 10:00. This has been amended on the pdf download on the 'documents' tab (version 2 is the most current version). Many Thanks to Tracy Tasker of GRHC for supplying.

19TH SEPT 2017:


The updated Senior League is now available as a download in the 'documents' tab and fixtures have been amended here on the site.

18TH SEPT 2017:

U13's LEAGUE 2017/18:

Fixtures for this league are now available here on the site for the 1st tournament on SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER. Referees will be announced shortly. A pdf download will be available in the 'downloads' section soon. Still awaiting confirmation of venue & start times for Grimsby & Sheffield home tournaments before a final schedule can be uploaded & published.

17TH SEPT 2017:


On 15th August 2017, Grimsby President Allan Johnson confirmed Grimsby would be entering a scratch team into the NCRHA Elite league this season. They have yesterday withdrawn for the competition after leagues have been created and circulated to all clubs. This message from Andrew Kneeshaw, NCRHA Treasurer & Acting President was today posted on the NCRHA Facebook page :

"It is with regret that we inform you that Grimsby RHC have today withdrawn from the senior league having previously confirming their entry. Reasons given for withdrawal during conversation with President Allan Johnson were :-

a) standard of hockey is beneath Grimsby and not worth them entering. 

b) organisation of Northern Counties is substandard. 

One of the main focuses of the Region and member clubs this year and going forward must to promote positivity and a shared interest in developing the sport that we all love.

Amended senior league will be issued as soon as possible. 

Here’s looking forward to a great season."


These have been uploaded with all changes in place. The pdf download for clubs is available in the 'documents' tab above in the main menu.

16TH SEPT 2017:

U11's LEAGUE 2017/18:

Fixtures for this league are now available here on the site. Referees will be announced shortly. A pdf download is also available in the 'downloads' section on the menu bar above. The Grimsby home tournament date is to be confirmed.


Elite Fixtures for tournament one at Manchester are uploaded here on the site. Referees will be announced shortly. Full fixtures wil be on the site in a few days however the Grimsby home tournament is still awaiting a date. A pdf download is also available in the 'downloads' section on the menu bar above.


Committee contact details are available on the 'Committee' tab on the menu bar.

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