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Fancy having a go in goal?
20 Nov 2017
 
Do you want to try your hand at playing in goal? Are you already playing hockey outfield and fancy seeing what it's like to be a goalie - but when there's no match-day pressure? Maybe, you've never played hockey before and just fancy taking up a new sport? 
 
Whether you are a complete hockey novice - or haven't played since school - or have been playing for a while, now is your chance to have a go in goal.  
 
Norwich City Hockey Club is holding a goalie taster session on Monday 27 November from 6.30pm to 8pm at their home ground in Taverham. We'd love you to come along. 
 
You don't need any experience or kit. Just wear comfy clothes and trainers and come along and try on the goalie kit and try stopping a few balls. You'll be under no pressure and the session will be friendly, fun and supportive. You never know you might discover a whole new sporting hobby.  
 
Just turn up on the night or contact Sue Tomlinson at sue.tomlinson@tiscali.co.uk for more information or to let us know you're coming along.  
 
Norwich City Hockey Club ground is at Beech Avenue, Taverham NR8 6HP. 
Pic by Simon Tasker

City Boys win the U16 and U18s Indoor County Championships
12 Nov 2017
 
The Norwich City Boys teams had an excellent morning at the County Indoor Tournament at UEA today, winning both the U16 and the U18 County Championships and qualifying for the East Region Finals next month. 
 
In the first match against Dragons, the U18s dominated, but it wasn't until the final play that City got past the excellent Dragons keeper to score the sole goal of the game, courtesy of Rob Duffy. However, against Harleston Magpies, City stepped up several gears, played some scintillating hockey and won convincingly 5-1, with four goals to Dan Phillips and one to Josh Bailey. 
 
The U16s Tournament was a straight shoot-out between Norwich City and Harleston. City's team was too strong and pulled away to win 3-1 with two goals from Cameron Cooke and one from Ben Chapman. City have now been County Champions for the last three years, which is an impressive achievement.  
 
Congratulations to all the boys involved U18 Boys: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Sam Bingham. U16 Boys: Eddie Darley, Cameron Cooke, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Ben Chapman, Harry Bassett and Louis Hart.

Women goalkeepers needed
6 Nov 2017
 
The club is short of regular goalkeepers for the Ladies teams at present and are urgently looking to fill these vacancies. If club members know of anyone that is either an experienced goalkeeper, current or lapsed, that maybe interested in joining us or is someone that would like to have a go in goal then please contact our  
Ladies Club Captain Sue Tomlinson sue.tomlinson@tiscali.co.uk

New Clothing Stock Available
5 Nov 2017
 
Following a number of issues with clothing last season which resulted in both the club and individual members not receiving orders, the club has decided to change supplier and from 2017/2018 we will be using Samurai Sportswear, based in Long Stratton, to provide playing kit for the both the adults and the minis section and tracksuits/hoodies for the adults section. 
 
There will be a number of changes to the process of ordering kit, which have been made to make ordering items easier and to help keep better track of stock, so please read the below information carefully. 
 
- All kit must be purchased on the shop page of the club website prior to any kit being handed out, so if you need socks or shorts/skorts at the weekend please make sure you order these in advance or you may not be able to pick them up when you need them. 
- The club has invested in some new cabinets to store all the stock in and these will not be easily accessible by any one. Ordered items will be picked out by the clothing coordinator once a week to be collected at a following training session or match day. 
- In order to reduce waiting times on personalised items the club has purchased stock of hoodies, tracksuit jacket and tracksuit bottoms in adult sizes. Once ordered these will be returned to Samurai for printing before being available for you to collect from the clubhouse. Please note that items will be collected from stock and taken to Samurai once per week so whilst we aim to get your order back to you as quickly as possible please be aware that you may have to wait a couple of weeks for this to be completed. 
- The shirts we have in stock are currently unnumbered so current members are now able to purchase replacement shirts and retain their club number. New senior club members should be automatically allocated a number when they sign up so please make sure you are entering the correct number. Mini hockey players should speak to their coach/team manager or Sarah Anthony to check which number they have been allocated, senior club members will have their number displayed on the top right of the home page. 
- Please note there is a new size chart on the website however if you would like to try any items on before purchasing them please email clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk to arrange a convenient time for this - either around training changeovers or on match days. 
 
The website has been updated with new images and prices of the new stock so please head over to the shop to place your order. 
 
For those members that ordered items from Aquila last year and have not received them please be advised that the executive committee are looking into recovering funds and not leaving people out of pocket. 
 
If you have any questions please contact the clothing coordinator at clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Gallery pages have been updated with recent ladies action shots
3 Nov 2017
 
Our club photographer Simon Tasker has been catching up on some recent ladies fixtures and has published some excellent action shots from our Ladies 1s and Ladies 4s games within our online gallery. 
 
As always we thank Simon for giving up his time to take such great action shots. If anybody else manages to take any action photos then please email them to us via gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll get them published.

Harry Paterson selected for elite England Hockey programme
2 Nov 2017
 
City player Harry Paterson is one of just 65 boys from across the country to be selected for England Hockey's Advanced Award in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme for 2017-18.  
 
Harry is a lower sixth pupil at Norwich School and has been a member of Norwich City Hockey Club since the beginning of primary school. He now plays in the Norwich City men's first team.  
 
Team captain Nick Jones said: 'After putting in the hours during pre-season training and impressing in pre-season friendlies Harry was selected for the 1st XI squad this season." 
 
According to England Hockey the programme is "a government funded apprenticeship scheme designed to directly measure the athletes' ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of hockey. " 
 
Modules include: strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition, media and communications skills, career development and lifestyle management.  
 
Nick Jones added: "Of particular note during preseason was Harry's equaliser against local rivals Harleston Magpies in the last five minutes. He has integrated with the team well and has grown in confidence game after game over the first five matches of the season.  
 
"It shows the strength of the club's junior section as he is one of four players under the age of 18 who have all made their league debut for the Men's 1st XI this season. It is always good to hear of the success of our young players in regional and national programs. Well done Harry."

***REMINDER*** QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER
31 Oct 2017
 
Make sure you click attending, prize for the winning team and also the chance to win 2 free tickets to The End of Season Dinner Dance!! For every social you attend, your name will be put into a raffle, the more socials you attend, the more chance you have of winning free tickets!!

Congratulations to SEPTEMBER Lottery winners - P. Ayers, M. Brighton and R. Gay
31 Oct 2017
 
Congratulations to our September 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Paul Ayers  
Runner-up: Mark Brighton  
Third Place: Robert Gay  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC Round-Up: October 21st
23 Oct 2017
 
Norwich City Ladies 1st team continued their excellent start to their league season by thumping Watton 1s 9-3 at Taverham to maintain their 100% start in Division 1 to top the table after 5 games. They started off well with Felicity Williams opening the scoring after 60 seconds, before setting up her sister Olivia Williams for 2-0. F Williams wasn't quite down there as she added a 3rd before Watton pulled a goal back, this was a small highlight for Watton as Emily Francis and Krystal Bishop gave the score line a rather one sided look to it at the break. After the break Watton scored again but it was again short lived as Krystal Bishop knocked in another couple of goals, Ange Hindle made it 8-2 before Watton scrambled home another, however player of the match Abbie Ingham had the last laugh as she notched in City's ninth and firmly place City top of the pile in Division 1. The Ladies face a massive game next Saturday as they take on 2nd placed Harleston Magpies 2 at Taverham.  
The Mens 1st team had an equally good day as they notched up a routine 3-0 win away to West Herts, bouncing back from last week's disappointing draw at home to local rivals Dereham. City dominated the first half and it was only a matter of time before Luke Corden finished a good move with a death finish at the far post. City began to win a number of short corners and it was only a matter of time before Raunaq Rai converted his 4th goal of the season. City continued to play with Dan Cheesman setting up Luke Corden for his 2nd of the game as City lead 3-0 at half time. In the 2nd half City continued to create many chances leaving Ali Cooke in goal with very little to do all game. Despite City's best efforts they couldn't score a 4th and had to settle for a 3-0 win. City move up to 3rd in the table and are now 1 point of top in a tightly contested Prem B.  
The Ladies 2s had a tough pill to swallow as they lost out 2-1 at home to North Norfolk, City created numerous good chances as the forward line of Hannah Bush, Rosie Humphrey, Hannah Jarvis, Milly Brown and Alice Gill all played really well. It was a bit of shock when North Norfolk took the lead before Alice Gill won a penalty flick and Danni Garwood duly converted it. City continued to play well and where really unlucky not to be leading at half time. City continued their good play into the 2nd half and it was once again against the run of play as North Norfolk scored again. City 2s rallied in the final few minutes but some good saves and some near misses meant it just wasn't City's day. The Mens 2s were also left equally frustrated as they took on a strong and experienced Dereham side, goals from Stuart Wardle and Jeremy Elliot weren't enough for City as they were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw.  
The Ladies 3s picked up one of the results of the day as they beat local rivals Broadland 1s 4-2 at Taverham. In what was a tight first half City were left frustrated with missed changes however were relieved when Emily Spencer converted an excellent PC strike for a 1-0 half time lead. Broadland equalised however after half time from a PC of their own before Sophia Bassett and Emily Greenway managed to knock in goals to regain City's lead. Broadland scrambled home another goal to make it a nervy finish however Sophia Basset was taken down on goal and was awarded a penalty flick, she converted her 14th goal of the season and City's Ladies went on to win 4-2. The Mens 3s had similar success as they won 5-2 away to Norwich Dragons 3s. City created plenty of chances in the first half and scored two well taken goals from Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb, Dragons managed to pull one goal back just before the break from a PC (Despite the umpire forgetting you can only use one side of the stick!) After the break City continued to create numerous chances and were rewarded with three further goals from Toby Leonard, Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb as they ran home comfortable winners.  
The Ladies 4s and Mens 4s both had tough defeats to swallow as the Ladies lost 3-0 at home to Loddon meanwhile the Mens 4s lost 5-2 at home to Sudbury 2s despite leading 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Jamie Higginbotham. The 5s however both picked up victories, the Ladies 5s had a fantastic result as they picked up their 2nd league win of the season as they beat top of the league Broadland 2s 2-1, thanks to goals from Ellie Hobden and Maria Marsh, meanwhile the Mens 5s now top Division 4NE as they picked up a victory away to local rivals Norwich Dragons 4s, Dragons led at half time 1-0 before Ady Marr converted a PC and Haren Patel converted a PS as the 5s turned it around in the 2nd half and sealed out another hard worked win.  
The Mens 6s picked up a romping 4-0 win at home to local rivals Norwich Dragons 6s, they led 3-0 at half time thanks to two clinical finishes from Charles Anderson and a well-placed strike from Dave Woodward. The 6s tired a little in the 2nd half but still managed to rack up another goal as Charles Anderson completed his hatrick. The Ladies 6s also managed to score 4 goals as they picked up an excellent and exciting 4-4 draw against Broadland 3s. There were goals from Abigail Flatt, Frances Underhill, Julia Marchant and a goal in the last minute of the game to equalise from Emily Williams. The Mens 7s were unlucky to lose their first game of the season as they lost 4-3 away to Pelicans 4s, despite taking the lead from Saverio Iaccarino, they went on to being 4-1 down at half time. City fought back though hard in the 2nd half and brought the score back to 4-3 thanks to goals from Luke Keeley and a 2nd from Saverio Iaccarino but there wasn't quite enough in the tank as City couldn't quite find the equaliser.

Norwich City HC Quiz Night
19 Oct 2017
 
On Saturday 4th November we'll be hosting a Quiz and Chips evening at the clubhouse in Taverham. All members, family, friends and guests are welcome to come along, either come alone and make a team on the night or sort yourself a team (teams are up to 6 people!).  
Prices are £5 adults and £3 juniors, payable on the night.  
Doors open from 6.30pm, the quiz will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Congratulations to the August 2017 Lottery winners - D. Taylor, P. Wright & J. Stanghan
29 Sep 2017
 
Congratulations to our August 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Dan Taylor  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: Jenni Stanghan  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC 2017/2018 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
25 Sep 2017
 
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2017/2018 season has opened and you can now create your very own mixed team from players throughout the club. 
 
Visit the fantasy page on the website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and begin to pick a player from each team across the club, one player maximum from each team (excluding the GK) and start to see how your team compares with others as the season progresses. 
 
Points are awarded to each player based upon games they play in, appearances, the results of those games, the goals they are scoring (more so for defenders and midfielders than forwards), their attendance at training, plus whether they are involved in coaching and umpiring. 
 
It is FREE to take part, pick your team now and make tweaks during September and October, and after that you will be permitted to make one player change per month. Just login to the NCHC and go to http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and start to have some fun exploring the 100s of players we have playing in our 16 teams across the club.

Membership sign up deadline
19 Sep 2017
 
We are contacting all members as an executive committee to remind you all that everyone must have subscribed to a membership package by the end of this month (30th September 2017). The window will then close and only standard subs (as per previous seasons) will apply.  
 
It is also the deadline to sign up for standard subs, anyone signing up after 30 September 2017 will have to pay an increased subscription fee. Please see the INFORMATION > FEES/SUBS section of the website for exact fee details. 
 
Furthermore we want to note that given the introduction of new packages there will be less cash sums collected each weekend, therefore if you don't have enough cash on a match day to reimburse umpires or travel expenses please contact me (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk ) to organise for reimbursement. Ideally the reimbursement will take place to one member of the team, or be used from previous weeks fees collected where viable.  
 
I think it would be useful if each team could allocate a person to be responsible for money collection, and let me know who the individual responsible is as soon as possible, this will make the process a little easier via one method of contact and reimbursement.

Graham Britton
16 Sep 2017
 
Several of you will have heard by now that our Goalkeeper Coach and former Club Coach Graham Britton unfortunately collapsed and suffered a brain haemorrhage whilst in Corfu 3 weeks ago. Graham has been in an induced coma as they waited for him to stabilise sufficiently so that he could be flown home. He is now sufficiently stable to allow that to happen but they are now awaiting a bed at the Norfolk & Norwich to become available. We send our best wishes to Liz, Andrew and Alice who have now returned home ahead of Grahams expected return.

New membership packages are already proving to be very popular amongst members this season
23 Aug 2017
 
With the new 2017 season starting to get under way you may have noticed that following discussions with members at the end last season we've now launched some new packages "in addition" to what we had before in terms of membership options. 
 
Have you ever wanted to pay a fixed fee and not have to pay for training, or bring cash to matches (or for parents not have to send your children to games with their match fees), then the new PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE) package might be the one for you. If you play and train quite regularly throughout the season then you'll probably want to take a look at PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE), many are saying it is much cheaper than the traditional methods from last season. But if you do your own sums from what you paid last season and compare you'll be able to see whether this is also the package for you. 
 
If you train less but play frequently then the DIAMOND package might be a consideration for you, again paying for all your matches in a fixed regular payment approach means you just turn up and play, or for parents you just send the children along and they don't need to stick their match fees in their socks or bottom of their stick bag where it might be lost. 
 
Those that play infrequently or just want to be a member of the club then we have a membership option for you, allowing you to play a limited number of games for a reduced membership rate which might suit those players that want to part of the club but just can't play as often as they would like. 
 
The new packages will suit some of our members but not all, many are just doing the sums and finding it is a very efficient and easy way to pay for their hockey throughout the season, but for many they are also finding it is much cheaper than what they paid across all of last season. 
 
Don't forget that whilst we have some great new membership choice options available to suit such a wide range of members' needs, we still have the traditional options available, so you may elect to stick with exactly what you've already been doing, pay your annual membership and pay each time you play or train, not a problem, but if you visit our membership page (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/membership) you'll find lots more details of what options you have to choose from or simply click to renew in the same way as you did last year. 
 
If you are not sure or need advice in making a decision then please drop us an email via membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll let you know more and help you make a decision on what might work for you. If you know which is best and the website explains enough to make a decision then just sign up for direct debit or pay online via credit/debit card via our fully secure website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk).

Congratulations to July 2017 Lottery winners: A. Colman, A. Paterson and N. Hales
22 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our July 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Andrew Colman  
Runner-up: Alistair Paterson  
Third Place: Nick Hales  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Club Members participate in European Masters
21 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to club members Sally Rose, Debs Painter and Jon Painter who have just competed in the European Masters Championships held in Tilburg, Netherlands. 
Sally represented England in the Womens O45's who finished as Runners-up to The Netherlands. 
Debs and Jon Painter represented Wales and both had the honour of captaining the Womens O40's and Mens O45's respectively. The Welsh Womens O40's finished 6th and the Welsh Mens O45's finished 7th.

Over 100 members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club joined us for Club Day 2017
20 Aug 2017
 
It was great to see a good number of members, family and friends turning out at Sunny Taverham on Sunday 20th August to participate and watch our annual mixed inter club hockey festival. Our annual club day helps to celebrate and kick start the new season and brings players and non-players from across many of our 20 teams together to meet and greet and play in some fun spirited, yet sometimes competitive, mixed festival style hockey. Again we had 8 teams participating and it was with great delight that club day organiser Pies was at long last able to crown his own team as winners following a number of years of failed attempts and unsuccessful rigging of the team selections. 
 
Well done to Team Brines / Cookes / Stanghan (and Aaron) on your victory winning the event. 
 
Thank you to everybody who helped with organising during the day, from the team on the BBQ to the helpers behind the bar, the umpiring of the games through to of course all the players and supporters whom turned up. 
 
Also, it was great to welcome Exclusive Hockey and their mobile shop to the club, if you want anything else then don't forget to use your club discount code when visiting their website at https://www.exclusivehockey.co.uk. 
 
Finally, good luck to all of our officials, players and teams as we continue our pre-season preparations and move into playing our friendly fixtures and getting ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.

Congratulations to JUNE 2017 Lottery winners: M. Davey, P. Ayers and D. Dack
9 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our JUNE 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Maurice Davey 
Runner-up: Paul Ayers  
Third Place: Derek Dack  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Women's World Cup 2018 - Public Ballot
8 Aug 2017
 
Pure hockey gold is coming to London in 2018, showcasing the biggest hockey event in the world, the Hockey Women's World Cup! Get behind England's women; be the difference pitchside with Norwich City Hockey Club! Every voice, every cheer, every fan counts as they go for gold and glory! 
 
Your next opportunity to buy tickets is in the Public Ballot, which opens on 19 August. With limited England tickets available, don't miss your opportunity to watch your national team try to create history! 
 
To receive the latest Public Ballot information link below by 15 August. 
 
https://r1.surveysandforms.com/124fue83-bf2hmmc7?club=Norwich City HC&NGNumber=205661  
 
or alternatively go to the England Hockey website and follow the links to register! 
 
To cater for public demand, the Public Ballot will run from the 19 August - 6 September. You'll be able to select multiple tickets for different sessions 
Tickets will be assigned at random to those that have applied and NOT on a first come first serve basis. If you are successful, your payment will automatically be taken.

Have you registered for Club Day on Sunday 20th August?
8 Aug 2017
 
Our Club Day is as always open to all members, families, friends and those just wanting to come along and enjoy the day. It is being run on Sunday 20th August at Taverham starting from 10am, and will as always be a mixed ability hockey festival, inviting all players of all abilities from our vets through to our developments (O13s) and from beginners right through to our first team players.  
 
It will be a 10am meet and please bring a coloured/yellow and white shirt to wear during the day.  
 
Teams are arranged through the website registration process so let us know that you intend to come along, our aim is to create balanced teams so nobody needs to feel like they aren't capable of playing in what is already a fun hockey event.  
 
We will have the usual food on the BBQ and the bar will be open all day for drinks and snack.

Getting ready for the 2017/2018 hockey season...
3 Aug 2017
 
The website has now been reset for the 2017/2018 hockey season so everybody should now be able to login for the new season and firstly make sure that their details are all up to date and accurate.  
 
FIXTURES will be finalised through August and these will be published on the website once they are completed. 
 
Captains are also now starting to plan and organise their squads for this season so it would be really appreciated if players could log on and update their AVAILABILITY for at least the first few months (including September and October), it doesn't take long to do and would really help our captains with their pre-season planning duties! 
 
Our MEMBERSHIP payment services are also now open and you'll have hopefully heard about our additional packages for this season, including the excellent value "all you can play hockey" option which can be paid using direct debit and spread over a number of months. 
 
TRAINING is now under way and we are continuing to run GK sessions on Mondays, mens and boys sessions on Tuesdays and ladies and girls sessions on Wednesdays, with Thursdays now being used to run a number of additional sessions. You can find more about what sessions taken place when by looking at our training page. 
 
The website should hopefully provide all information you require but please do get in touch if you have any question (enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk).


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