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Monday 6th August 201819:30HUA
DHUA Management Committee Meeting
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Saturday 1st September 201809:00HUA
The Devon Pre-Season Tournament 2018
University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth
The 2018 Tournament will take place over the weekend of Saturday 1st (Ladies) and Sunday 2nd September (Men). Entry details will be with all Clubs asap.

Latest News

7th JunAppearance of "Umpires will be provided by DHUA" in fixtures/appointments

Sadly not, this phrase has appeared alongside fixtures in leagues to which we try to appoint. Unless named umpires are indicated please ignore. This is a function of the system update which will be addressed as soon as is possible.

24th MayThe 2018 Devon Pre-Season Tournament at University of St Mark and St John,Plymouth

The Ladies Tournament takes place on Saturday 1st September and the Mens Tournament on Sunday 2nd September 2018.
Entry forms have been distributed to Club officers.
Act soon in order to avoid disappointment, thank you.

8th MayDevon Umpires at EH Finals Day

Huge congratulations to Pete Hammond and Martyn Harvey who were appointed to officiate the EH Cup Final (Over 60s) at Lee Valley yesterday.
It is a credit to them and to Devon to have them appointed as a team to umpire a final on this prestigious day in the hockey calendar.
Well done to them both... a worthy reward for their achievements and services to umpiring in Devon, the West and in the National League this season!
Thank you Martyn and Peter!

Bob Whitell
President DHUA

27th AprKIngsbridge And Salcombe HC: Team Astro row the Atlantic

Spectacular news!
Four members of Kingsbridge and Salcombe Ladies HC are building up to meet a fantastic challenge in a bid to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance.
As "Team Astro to Atlantic", four hockey players from Kingsbridge and Salcombe Hockey Club, Devon are set to swap their hockey sticks for oars to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2018.
In order to get to the start line they are seeking both product and financial sponsorship.
Can the hockey community of Devon help them to meet the challenge?
Please read on!
As part of the challenge, the ladies aim to break the world record for a female 4 crossing which currently stands at 34 days. They wish to empower women and prove that women are capable of anything, especially being 4 hockey players with no rowing experience!
The 2017 race has now reached its conclusion and of the 27 teams entered, only 3 were female. A scary statistic which they would love to challenge and inspire more women to step outside their comfort zones.
To cross the Atlantic is a huge physical and mental feat and requires significant preparation and training. The team will be charting it's training on social media platforms so would love any promotional support the hockey family in Devon and beyond can offer.
The team's chosen charity for the challenge is Devon Air Ambulance and once they have secured funds to reach the start line the team hopes to raise a significant amount of money for this very worthy cause.

Further details on the link below.

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26th AprDevon Hockey Development Centres in association with South West Rotary Youth Games - Players require

Devon Hockey Development Centres in association with South West Rotary Youth Games - Players required

DHA are looking for players for each of the following areas:

Mid Devon
East Devon
South Hams
West Devon
North Devon and Torridge (combined)

Each area will have 4 sessions during the month of June
You need to either live or go to school in the region
You HAVE to be in school years 5,6 or 7

If you want to get involved, go to and find the sign up form through the Development centre image on the homescreen

Please contact for further info

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26th AprDevon Hockey Development Centres in association with South West Rotary Youth Games

Devon Hockey Development Centres in association with South West Rotary Youth Games - Coaches Required

DHA are looking for Lead and Assistant coaches for each of the following areas:

Mid Devon
East Devon
South Hams
West Devon
North Devon and Torridge (combined)

Each area will have 4 sessions during the month of June
Lead coaches will receive £20 per session, Assistant coaches £10 per session

If you want to get involved, please contact

17th AprDevon Pre-Season Tournament 2018

The date and venue for this years Tournament is now confirmed.
The 2018 Tournament will be held over the weekend of Saturday 1st September (Ladies) and Sunday 2nd September (Men). It will be based at the University of Marjon,Plymouth.
Please look out for your Club Entry details coming soon!
Bob Whitell

8th AprProblems with personal areas

I have had reports from newer members of issues with their personal areas, a blank page has been reported. This issue is being investigated and will hopefully be resolved soon. Please bear with us as we move toward system changes required to meet the new data regulations.

1st AprJohn Franklin

We are very sad to report the passing of John Franklin.
John was a stalwart of Torbay Hockey Club for many years.
As well as playing for Torbay, John was an integral member of Devon Dumplings, Hesperians, Devon and Somerset. He was also a Devon Selector for many years.
A very fine ,skilful and uncomplicated player, he has been described as "one of the best players never to play for England".
He was a larger than life character , a gentleman on and off the pitch and he will be sadly missed.

5th Nov (2017) Outstanding Club Appointments 11 November 2017

Could all of those clubs who have not updated their club appointments please do it as soon as possible - its unfair on the home clubs to leave it with less than 7 days to go. Any issues please contact Graham Woolcock as soon as possible.

1st Nov (2017) England Hockey Cup Matches

Could you please review you availability for 12 November as a number of England Hockey Cup games are being announced and currently we do not have enough umpires available to cover all of the games

22nd Oct (2017)Annual South West Colleges Tournament : Weds 8th and Weds 22nd November 2017

We have been asked to supply a small team of umpires for the 2 dates above.
The Tournament takes place at University of St Mark and St John.
Likely timings are 9/9.30am through to 2/2.30pm
Can you help? Please put your availability on to the website asap ( with any relevant notes ) and/or e mail Bob Whitell ( asap.
We are also looking for more umpires in Plymouth area to make themselves available on Weds afternoons to support appointments for the Plymouth BUCS games...every little helps!!
Many thanks
Bob Whitell

3rd Oct (2017)Umpires availability for Cup Matches

Could all umpires look at their future availability for evening cup matches. Early rounds of the Devon Cup's are being made and umpires need to review their availability on a regular basis.

Many thanks
Graham Woolcock DHUA Appointments Secretary

1st Oct (2017)Orders from Silver FX

Message from Silver FX
Unfortunately, back in August, we had some issues with our computer systems which has caused our orders to be up to 2 weeks late. We were hoping that by now it would have all been caught up but unfortunately because of the delays caused by our computer systems, it has now delayed the factory too. Orders are being completed as soon as possible but there is a chance that this could affect October orders too, but not to the same extent. You may also have received part orders, as we are sending items out as soon as we’re getting them in as to get the items out to you all as soon as possible.
We are hoping that all orders will be caught up by the end of the month, but any questions, please let Silver FX know direct and they will look into it for you asap.

20th Sep (2014)Devon Hockey Code of Contact for Players, Team Officials, Umpires and Spectators.

Devon Hockey Association and Devon Hockey Umpires Association have jointly produced a Code of Contact for all involved in hockey within Devon.

The complete document is available form the Downloads area of this web site or by following the link.

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10th Feb (2010)Claiming Expenses for Cancelled Fixtures

If a game is cancelled and your have been appointed to it by DHUA please DO NOT enter any Match Feedback, including any transport costs incurred for the fixture in question as it causes all sorts of problems when we try an reappoint to the fixture in the future.

If you do incur any transport costs (e.g. because you travelled to the game and it was then abandoned before it was completed, cancelled before you got there, etc.) then please email the DHUA Treasurer with details of your transport costs (if applicable).

Also copy me in the DHUA Appointments Secretary so that your appointment for this game can be removed.

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