Annual General Meeting
Thursday 21st June 2012
The Red Lion Hotel,
The Meeting reflected in silence in memory of Alan Cogdell and Arthur Gibson.
1. Attendance : Norman Hart, Mike Trett, Mary Baker, Sheila George, David Roberts, Stuart Birkett, Robert
Lockhart, James Colley, Eddie Harmer, Alan Baker, John Hendy, Lucy Barlow, Paul Hewitt, Barry Smith,
Andy Meacher, Barrie Pollard, Ann Hopkins, Trevor Norman, Chris Row, Ray Allum, Allan Holliwell, Jack
Warner, Dave Hill, Peter Lemon, Dave Charles, Paul Watts, Jake Charles, Matt McMahon, Philip Everett.
Apologies: Ros Marsh, Carolina Parkes, Sarah Chapman, Liz Pelling, Steve Bristow, Mac Dowdall, Bud
Carthy, Julie Spice, Brian Palfrey, Peter Williams, Sonia Allen, Rachel Davids, Andrew Kennedy, Debbie
Garner, Tim Martin, Rod Larwood, Keith Boddy, Mark Townsend, Bev Budd, Emma Dodd, Paul Gallop,
Richard Munns, Alan Budd, Simon Gillett, Peter Divall.
2. Minutes of AGM 23rd June 2011.
3. Matters Arising. There were no matters arising, and the minutes were signed as a true record of the
This is my final report, I would like to offer my personal thanks to the membership for all that you do, also
to all of the Officers of the Association who do a very good job. I am pleased that we now have 4 Umpires
whose ages add up to 80! This is thanks to ERYUAG who are producing lots of quality Umpires. I am not
so pleased about our failure to recruit female Umpires, although this is through from County level, and that
we only cover one Ladies league. Overall I am leaving a happy man.
Treasurer & Adoption of Accounts :
Mens Prem A 270 appointments at a cost of £25.77 each.
Mens Prem B 267 £25.26 each
Ladies Prem 360 £27.52 each
Ladies Prem had 14 teams
During the season we increased the mileage allowance from 24p to 26p, a recent softening of fuel prices
may see us looking to budget at 25p but this will go to the first meeting.
I still find it hard to get people to enter and claim money owed to them!
The debtor of £198 relates to cup invoices but all are now paid.
I have just paid £1,250 for 5 sets of radio mikes.
The meeting looked at the detailed accounts, and some queries were raised, Mike Trett agreed to go back toTim for
Assessment & Appointments Sub-Committee;
Assessments and Appointments Sub –Committee Report to the ERHUA AGM 2012
1. The sub-committee has met 4 times since the last AGM.
2. Assessors have carried out 246 Assessments this season.
3. Outdoor 7 umpires have been promoted to higher panels, Peter Lemon and Mark Townsend have been
nominated to NPUA for possible upgrading to Level 3 and we are hopeful that they will be successful in
the new season. Colin Burton has also asked to go back to NPUA. David Wignall and Trevor Norman have
been moved to the A panel,Philip Everett, Tony Bond, Grant Douglas , ,Paul Hewitt , Chris Row and to
Panel B* while Sonia Allen, Jason Davies, Tim Eyton-Jones,Jake Charles, Martin Hannant ,Robert
Lockhart, Cliff Lockwood ,Matt McMahon and Paul Watts have all gained membership, Sanjay Batra
returned to County.
4. Indoor, Julie Spice, Adam Greaves and Andy Poulain were nominated to NPUA and earned their level 3.
The rest of the indoor season for the first time in three years went according to the timetable with the East
region providing umpires for the junior and adult Tournaments.
5. We are undertaking a major overhaul of the modus operandi for the new committee and any changes which
are ratified will come into operation at the start of next season.
6. We are mindful of a need for consistency among assessors and with this in mind we shall be conducting an
assessor’s marking exercise at Holcombe on the Saturday at PLUM and at Chelmsford on the Sunday... All
non-Selector Assessors are asked to attend if possible.
7. We are pleased that after several years where membership levels have declined and our average
membership age has risen that recruitment is on the increase. A new group of young umpires with potential
have gained membership and the hard work of our RYUAG mentors seems to be bearing fruit.
8. We were disappointed that the Region did not have a County Championship round in the last season. This
left a huge gap in our training schedule. Traditionally this competition is a springboard for promotion to our
top panels and beyond.
9. May I take this opportunity to thank all my fellow Selectors for their diligent work traveling many miles for
meetings ,and to my group of Assessors who give freely of their time to ensure that others progress and to
all the members for their support . Finally no appointments or assessments would take place were it not for
the hard work and patience of our Appointments Committee Secretary; our Neutral pool Secretary and her
assistants. Thank you, Chris, Beverley, Mary and Alan.
Ray Allum. Chairman Assessments & Appointments sub-committee.
Barrie Pollard asked if the A & A Committee could make a request to John Hendy, East President to make
sure that the County Championship’s take place. Ray Allum suggested that Club’s could be helped
financially to make sure the Championship’s go ahead. Mike Trett will raise this at the East AGM.
Norman Hart thanked Ray and all the Assessors for their hard work.
Coaching & Development Sub-Committee;
ERHUA AGM June 21st 2012 - Chief Coach Report
Firstly, my apologies for not attending this meeting, as I’m out of the Country.
Firstly my thanks go to the Coaching Committee for their work and support over the last year. It hasn’t been
possible to hold any meetings since PLUM, but I know that they have been working hard as coaches and as links
with the Counties. Especially huge thanks should go to Barrie Pollard for his help and advice over the last year. He
has thankfully agreed to remain part of the coaching team, and also to retain the job of arranging umpire exchanges
which are so valuable to all involved. Without him, I really wouldn’t have been able to manage. Thanks also go to
Mary Baker, who has indicated that she is to stand down from the Coaching Committee. Tony Sharp and Stephen
Bristow from Kent have agreed to be more involved in East Coaching as their other umpiring duties allow. Thanks
should also go to all the coaches for making themselves available. In the main, umpires have been appreciative of
the coachings. Thanks should also go to those senior umpires, who have been invaluable in mentoring other, less
There have been over 250 coachings arranged over the season, with a much greater proportion for mens’ games.
I’m hoping that can be addressed next season for a more even distribution between the mens’ and womens’ panels.
It would be good if umpires could be encouraged to request coaching too, and if assessors/selectors could be more
proactive on where coaches can be best be deployed. The coach pairings on some games were successful and well
received by both coaches and most umpires. This seems to me to be a good way to achieve coach development and
consensus without having to get everyone together. A few documents were posted on the website to try and
explain the approach this season and looking to the long term.
I feel that we need more coaches, as with umpires, to come through from Counties. This could enable us to move
forwards to have separate coaching and assessment teams. I also feel that it would be good to progress eventually to
developing, assessing and grading coaches in a similar way to umpires to fit in with the National structure. The
coach feedback system from umpires was introduced this season – I hope that coaches have found this useful in
developing their own coaching skills. Several umpires, including from the Mens’ National League, qualified this
season as L2 umpire coaches; their expertise and experience I feel will be invaluable. I hope that more experienced
umpires can be encouraged to take up coaching on a more formal basis.
When there is fuller match schedule for the PLUM weekend, the coaching can be set up to around it. I feel it
would be better this year to have fewer formal appointments, with more time set aside again for development
groups and presentations. I understand that Chris Todd (North RHUA), has been invited to the event. One
suggestion is to have presentations about umpiring at tournaments and working with umpire managers/coaches.
However, provision of this type of programme depends on the venue used being able to offer a separate
room/marquee for the coaches and umpires; last year it was very difficult to hold any sessions/match reviews in the
noisy clubroom at Holcombe HC. If invitations are sent out to Counties I suggest that L1 or candidate coaches are
also included for experience, as well as young umpires.
I feel that the emphasis at PLUM could go back to concentrating on developing Regional umpires by giving more
umpiring opportunities with senior Regional and L3 colleagues on fewer matches. I understand the history of why
it’s now become a much larger tournament with pre-season preparation for teams and umpires of all levels.
However, I feel those Regional umpires who should be benefitting may be missing out .
Regarding fitness testing. As I indicated last year, I don’t feel that this needs to be organised by the coaching side.
My suggestion is that this could be done by the panel leader(s) before the start of the tournament (depending on
pitch availability) and offered to those who need/wish to do a fitness test.
Future of Chief Coach
If ERHUA wish me to continue in the role, then I’m prepared to do so, but would still need substantial support from
others. As planned, I’ve managed to return to National League umpiring, have work commitments on the South
Coast and family health issues to support. So my availability has been (and would continue to be) limited in the
short term. My initial concerns before accepting the role of Chief Coach were not unfounded. I have not been
as available as might have been expected and feel that the Association has not had the input it deserves from me. I
remain unable to attend most meetings, and I am aware that some have expressed concerns that progress, visibility,
availability and decisions made have been limited also. I shall understand if the Association feels that someone else
is required in post at this time, and would support fully any new appointee.
Sarah Chapman, ERHUA Chief Coach.
Barrie Pollard commented that the North Umpires that were part of the exchange did not get to Umpire due
to bad weather, but it is hoped to do this again next season. The Ulster exchange will take place in August
with 3 Umpires and Simon Gillett.
How do I start? My first year as Chair of ERYUAG, kicked off during the summer of 2011, when I invited the
committee and a group of young umpires to actually play in the Boston 6's, we also used this opportunity to have
our first meeting. A similar opportunity was seized, when we combined indoor umpiring at Brentwood with a
Our first appointments of the season were made at the two venues for the JRPCs, which saw 3 successful NYUPL
assessments for Joe Allen, Conor Carmody and Will Davey. A level 2 assessment for Matt McMahon was also held.
Several of our umpires received NYUPL appointments throughout the season, with Jake Charles, James Colley,
Conor, Will and Matt all featuring regularly.
ERYUAG umpires received several appointments for various schools competitions and some JACs. Thanks must go
to the many senior umpires, on whom we had to call, particularly for the JAC events; as most of these clashed with
when our young umpires were playing in their age groups.
A team of 18 young umpires, 4 young umpire leaders, 4 umpire coaches joined myself and Norman Hart at
Harleston for the East In2Hockey Regional finals, which saw selection of 3 young umpires to go to the National
finals. Stephen Harrison, Brett Friskney and Amy Middleton were selected, Isaac Charles was nominated as a
reserve and also got called up. Jake Charles went as a member of NYUPL. Stephen and Brett were appointed to both
the boys u12 club and u13 school finals, Isaac also performed very well. We also welcomed Adam Greaves as our
newest County representative, working with Cambridgeshire.
Wattignies trip, this year we took two cars full of umpires to France totalling 9 umpires. The umpires were a credit
to the East and to their Counties. One club from the Netherlands was so impressed that they have invited us to their
Thanks also to all of the committee, umpire coaches, managers and providers of transport.
5. Membership Subscription:
To remain the same. Proposed Barry Smith, seconded James Colley.
6. Election of Officers :
President – Mike Trett. Proposed Norman Hart, seconded Barry Smith. All in favour.
Chairman – Barry Smith. Proposed Mike Trett, seconded Allan Holliwell. All in favour.
Secretary – Mary Baker. Proposed Norman Hart, seconded Stuart Birkett. All in favour.
Treasurer – Tim Martin. Proposed Mike Trett, seconded Peter Lemon. All in favour.
Independent Examiner – The current auditor to remain.
8. Election of four committee members :
Alan Baker – Existing member.
Alan Budd - Existing member.
Dave Charles – Existing member.
Trevor Norman – Proposed Paul Watts, seconded Chris Row. Voted En bloc, All in favour.
8.Presentation of Awards & Honours :
John Davey Award – Andy Meacher.
Barbara Weir Memorial Trophy – Grant Douglas..
Steve Trounce Award – Rachel Davids.
Peter Moore/ ERYUAG Award – Matt McMahon.
When we decided that Matt should be our ERYUAG Young umpire of the year for 2012, I suddenly realised how
little we knew about his hockey history. I asked Will Davey of Essex CYUAG and he didn't have much more than I
already knew. Subterfuge and cunning seemed to be the answer, so I asked Matt to provide me with a history of
himself and told him not to ask why. Hopefully he has forgotten, and this may come as a small surprise. This is what
'I love hockey! I started playing at Redbridge & Ilford Hockey Club in Essex when I was 10, and I just wanted to be
involved. If there was a game of hockey going on I wanted to be playing in it, if not I wanted to be coaching one of
the teams or umpiring the game, I even ball boyed a national tournament at Redbridge once.
So in October 2006 I decided to go on a Level 1 Umpires course, with the intention of helping my club out on a
Saturday, but also to get myself more involved - and there it started in a dark dingy room at Essex University! I
passed my theory test and did my practice games on adult games at Redbridge and passed my assessment the
A couple of months later, I attended the Essex Round of the National Minis competition, just to watch my younger
brother play, however, when I got down there it transpired they were short of umpires and Liz Pelling got a sniff of a
relatively young (17) Level 1 umpire who fancied giving it a go and helping out. The rest as they say is history :P
So I was whisked off and squeezed into a cerise Essex umpires jumper that didn’t even come close to fitting. I must
have done OK, because I was asked to come back for the second day of the competition and was then nominated to
umpire at the East finals of the competition. This was my first taste of an important competition, with a night
away....I loved it and I was sold. I started umpiring youth tournaments, 7 aside competitions whenever I could fit it
in around my playing commitments.
In September 2008 I was appointed to the very first JRPC tournament at Old Loughtonians Hockey club, this was, in
my opinion the biggest thing I had ever been appointed too, I couldn't begin to explain how nervous I was. I knew it
was an important competition and I didn't think I was anywhere near good enough to be umpiring such a high
standard hockey competition, I even considered pulling out! But I turned up in my Primark Blue Polo T-Shirt and
tracksuit bottoms and just went with the sole intention of not coming across as out of my depth. After a couple of
games I began to realise that I was at the very least up to the younger age groups and started to relax and enjoy
myself. At the second round of the competition, I umpired an under 18 game and after lots of positive
encouragement from the coaches I even gave my first ever yellow card!!! I went home buzzing!
I carried on working on my umpiring whenever I got time, doing JAC competitions and a year later I went back to
the JRPC competition, with a proper pair of black trousers! and it following this that Liz decided to nominate me for
the National Young Umpiring Promising List....And In April 2010 I went to the Under 14 National Schools finals in
Cannock for my assessment. I remember standing on the bank watching the first game, with two awesome umpires
saying to myself, what are you doing here?
However, I loved every second of the two days, the people, the coaches, the atmosphere, how much it mattered to
the players - I not only passed I umpired the 3/4 play off!
It wasn't until the following season that I genuinely started to think about umpiring on a more regular basis. My first
proper NYUPL appointment was the girl’s schools Under 16 and Under 18 national finals. This tournament was
again the biggest thing I'd ever done, and I of course loved it, but while I was there, it began to really dawn upon me
that I was better at this than playing, I would never stop playing hockey I love it too much, but umpiring had given
me access to these sorts of tournaments, ones that I would never play in and I didn't want to look back on them as
just a one off fond distant memory! Then, just to further persuade me in my final game of the tournament, pretty
much a semi final, the match was decided with a goal that crossed the line with 1 second left on the clock!!! After
the final whistle, I realised how many people had been watching the game (half of which were now over the fence
on the pitch) and what I had been a part of, and I went back into the changing rooms shaking.....with
adrenaline......... and I think that was the deciding factor! I also in that season went to the National Plate finals where
I umpired an under 18 boys game that can't have been far off a national league game and one of the coaches told me
he thought I had potential to reach national league. I'd just come to the end of a brilliant season, I had been captain
of the men’s 1st xi at my club and I had really loved my umpiring appointments, but I only had one year left on the
NYUPL, I'd just been nominated as a Level 2 umpire and I felt some thinking needed to happen over the
summer....and a lot did.
After a long summer, and lots of mind changing and a decision I had found impossibly difficult I started 2011/12
season umpiring as my main commitment, my first appointment of the season, Essex cup, was difficult, and I
immediately questioned what I'd let myself in for....but after that I haven't looked back. I went back to umpire at the
JRPC tournament in Watford that September, half way through an under 18 game that I had been told to use as a
'Mock level 2 assessment' I glanced around the pitch....and counted 8 Umpire coaches! I'd been given a stealth Level
2 assessment and Allan Holliwell passed me!
I spent a few weeks umpiring Essex appointments, learning every week, the main learning curve being how to
control 22 angry men! and learning just how different umpiring adult games to junior games really are at a higher
level, I passed my East assessment up at Cambridge University. And since then I can't begin to explain the season I
have had, umpiring mostly in Prem B I have umpired games between the teams that finished first and second, first
and third, second and third and so on. To round it all off at the end of the season I was given 2 Prem A games and
that’s not to mention my NYUPL appointments. In February I was appointed to my first ever Junior international, 3
Junior internationals later I still can't believe I was appointed to one!!! I've also done the girls schools national finals
again where this year, where I umpired the Under 16 final! And the boys clubs finals, which was such a good
I've been very lucky to get the opportunities I have, I'm so pleased I made the decision that I did a year ago and I've
had such an amazing year and can't wait for the next one! In the meantime I've been appointed to the Boys National
Schools finals for the first time next week, and most excitingly of all the UK School Games in May!!!!'
To sum up, Matt wrote; 'umpired 2 Divisions higher than I've ever played, done most of the big games in the
division I spent most of the time umpiring in. Umpired the finals of 2 national competitions, and topped it off with 5
international matches! - that really tough decision I made a year ago?? - Think I may have got it right!!!!!'
Matt has had an outstanding year, amongst some outstanding rivals for this award. Not least of whom is Will Davey,
for his outstanding work with Essex Young Umpires.
Life Members & Vice Presidents – Liz Pelling as a Vice President, proposed Mike Trett, seconded James
Colley. All in favour.
9.Any Other Business :
If people would like accommodation for PLUM which is on the 8 th & 9th September 2012 please could
they contact Barrie Pollard, as with the Olympics it is proving quite difficult to get rooms.
We were able to purchase 2 Olympic tickets for the 5 th August 2012 19.00 – 22.45, we have 76 paid up
Members and it was decided to put the names into a draw. The winners were Henry Wanchoo and
John Bingham, with Teresa Jolly and Bill Taylor as reserves if Henry and John did not want to purchase
John Hendy thanked the past President, the new President and Chairman, and the Ladies & Gentlemen
present for their hard work, he noted that we are all volunteers and part of the “hockey family” and that we
cannot exist without each other, but from both sides we are all passionate about hockey and love it. John
extended a massive thank you on behalf of ERHA and was looking forward to us all supporting each other.
With regards to the County Championships John noted our disappointment that these were not held last
season and will be encouraging the Counties to take part as this is part of our Umpire Development, he
wished everyone a great Summer and Olympics.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.50pm