first team squad

Welcome to the first team squad

1st team 2018-19

player profiles

Matt burton-bowen  capt  age 34  defence

Second season as captain Matt  leads from the back. Will give his all for the team for  a full 70 minutes .
Nickname Matty/BB.

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jack balsdon                        age 24  def/mid

Jack returns to the club after a year away finding himself in the South American wilderness.  Versatile defence/midfielder.

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sam barrett                      age 20 forward

Joined at age 8, he is now an up and coming forward with a reputation for scoring goals. Nickname Baz.

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LEAGUE  : England Hockey Premier League

CAPTAIN  : Matt Burton-Bowen

COACH    : Craig Boyne

MANAGER    : Gary Wyver

League table and fixtures 2018/19

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tom bean

Ex- Loughborough University "Beano" is a powerhouse in midfield and a short corner specialist.

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craig boyne     age 30 forward+coach

Player-coach forward & former captain. 2nd season at the helm - looking for a promotion year. Nickname Linus.

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paddy brookson               age 20 forward

Studying at Kent Uni,  looking to improve on his first season in the Premier League last year. Nickname Paddy.

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BJ Bruton

Australian goalkeeper  "BJ"  joins the club this season and brings a wealth of experience both out and indoor.

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Martin Twyman

Hugo Creaney-birch

Hugo is currently looking to break into the squad, works hard always keen to learn.

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matthew carney

Matt is another teenager looking to break into the first team, one to watch for the future.

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James Henderson

"Hendo"  has previous league experience with Cannock and joins after a year out of hockey.

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Graham Brown

Thomas Degiovanni

Tom hails from Malta and is currently at Christchurch Uni.  Hard working midfielder first season in the senior squad.

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Joshua Izzard

Josh currently making his mark with the 2's gaining experience and looking to progress into national league hockey.

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Adam Lee-Browne

Adam a solid defender and another youngster making his mark in the first team this season.

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william mead

Will joins from Folkestone . A member of the U16 England squad, feisty forward looking to make his mark in senior hockey.

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Charlie Michael

Charlie comes into the squad off the back of a year playing in Australia and previous experience with Brighton.

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Teague Marcano

Teague comes in as our second overseas player and brings T&T international level experience. Exciting goalscoring prospect.

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nathan redman (gK)                  age 20  GK

Nathan in his second year at Kent University studying Chemistry,  growing in confidence this season and a great clubman.

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Louis Ridge

Louis is another youngster, joining from Marden for the step up to national league.  Another prospect for the future.

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Spencer Smith               age 19 midfield

Spencer  improves from year to year still only 19, is looking to break into the squad, great attitude, one for the future.

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Harrison Smith              age 18 midfield

Has cemented his place in the first team this season, looking for him to push on and show us what he can do.

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gary Wyver - manager

Current 1st Team Manager and occasional club goalkeeper,  in second year as Manager, living the dream!!

2018/19 season

2017/18 season

We start this year with a new Head Player/coach Craig Boyne. Craig is again assisted by David Bunyan and new team skipper Matt Burton-Bowen.

Our playing squad, as with most seasons, sees a number of last year’s squad, for various reasons,  moving away from the club however we are pleased to welcome back  Craig, new skipper Matt Burton-Bowen, James Oates, Max Liebenschutz-Jones, Harry Roberts, Sam Barrett and Andrew Sutherland.  We also look forward to seeing Tom “Beano” Bean back with us later in the year.

A Number of former Junior Canterbury players have re-joined us.  Conor Annand , Tom Moore, Luke Smithard and Connor Poulain will know their way around Polo Farm and we also have a number of new players to the club (and country).

Michal Nowakowski a former Poland international and penalty corner specialist joins at the heart of the defence,  German twins and UKC students Daniel and Christian Schellinger join from Münchner SC.  Adam Price joins us from Hertfordshire via Sheffield Hallam Uni  and Goalkeeper Nathan Redman also a Student at UKC arrives from Preston. Finally we welcome Nathan McGuire from Australian club Greensborough

The squad is completed with a number of Canterbury juniors who are looking stake a claim for a place in the team with Harrison Smith, Paddy Brookson, Hugo Creaney-Birch, Mike Eastman and Jamie Tritton amongst them.

Once again we start the new season with a new team,  Sevenoaks will provide another local derby and with pre-season complete we are looking forward to the season and the challenges ahead.

We are grateful to St Edmunds School, Canterbury for their ongoing support as club and 1st team sponsors.


Table & fixtures


Canterbury Men's Hockey Club - a section of Polo Farm Sports Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury CT3 4AF - 01227 769159