Wednesday, 21st October
Hockey v St Andrew's
1st VII Drew 3-3
May I start this report by apologising to my loyal readers for it's lateness. Such was the excitement of our tussle with St Andrew's, it has taken me three days to recover!
What a game it was. As opening fixtures go, this was a tough one. A long journey, a blazing hot day and up against a big school - not easy. The girls were sensational. Despite going a goal down early on, we fought back and played most of the hockey. After huffing and puffing for a good while, a super pass from Fleming unleashed the speedy Perez Pera, who finished expertly. Could we hold on until half time? Sadly not. We were caught on the counter attack and conceded with seconds left in the half.
Coach de Moraville produced a rallying half time team talk. The girls, clearly inspired, had fire in their eyes as they returned to the pitch to renew battle. We conceded a third goal moments later - great team talk!
At 1-3 down and lacking experience, our heads could have dropped; not these girls. We fired back and had chance after chance. Perez Pera slotted another and we were right back in it. A surging run from Moore down the right unleashed Munoz-Rojas, making her debut on a hockey pitch. She kept her composure and levelled the contest. We had chances to snatch it late on, but in truth, a draw was a fair result.
What a performance! Heath was an unsung hero in goal, making crucial saves at crucial times. Bland was resolute and immovable in defence. Moore was like a whippet down the right. Captain Burgoyne was a titan in the midfield, making important intervention after important intervention. Munoz-Rojas played brilliantly, especially considering she'd never played hockey before this term. On the left flank, Fleming was like a Jack Russell- constantly pestering. Perez Pera was lethal in front of goal.
This side has the potential to be very exciting this season. The first step of our journey was a positive one. Roll on Wednesday! GdeM
Under 11 Lost 0-10
This game was rather a mismatch. However, our girls each gave of their very best at all times. Ines, our goalie, had plenty of practice. As the game continued her skills grew and she became braver and made a few good saves. Alisa defended as if her life depended on it and foiled several of St Andrew's attacking moves. Tabitha and Issy slowly grew in confidence and began to make some good defensive moves. Annabel made huge strides in her understanding of the game and managed to tackle and pass effectively when time allowed. Kaoruko worked well to defend from the attacking end, but did wander off her line in attack. Chloe, our captain and my girl of the match was tireless and played with good skills and intelligent attacking prowess. We only managed to get into St Andrew's half on three or four occasions, but did have two shots at goal. PMc