Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday, 14th October
Hockey v Cottesmore
1st VII      Lost 0-7 
The 1st Hockey faced a very strong Cottesmore side on Saturday afternoon. Although the girls came out with good determination, Cottesmore managed to squeeze a few goals past our defenders early in the match. With a few adjustments at half time our girls came out ready to fight and really made some super improvements in their play. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to change the outcome.  AG
Under 11    Lost 0-5
The girls played well today, fighting hard from the start to the end of the match. Cottesmore had one outstanding player, Sophia, who almost single-handedly beat our girls with incredible stick work, tenacity and superb power behind her shots. Without her this would have been a match with a different outcome.

Eva made many incredible saves for which she was voted ‘Girl of the match’ by the other team. Clara and Tara took turns playing in defence as we were missing Amalia, this they did well. Tracy and Mary shared RF whilst the remainder of the team were in their usual positions. It will have been quite an eye-opener for our girls to see how important stick work is in this game.  PMc       
Under 10/9         Won 4-1
Another victory for this wonderful team; undefeated after five matches.  Having won the push back, the girls linked their passes quickly down the pitch to Kitty, who did not disappoint.  She executed her shot with the accuracy that we have come to expect and this early lead shook our opponents.  Some messy play followed, with lots of crowded tackling, and neither team made good use of the width.  By bunching in the middle of the field, Cottesmore left themselves exposed and before half time, Florence found an opportunity to send the ball deep into our half where Bailey was waiting to shoot.  Another super delivery from 'Little Miss Determination'. 

Cottesmore started the second half much more strongly and we found ourselves having to fiercely defend.  Strong clearances from Mimosa really helped us to regain possession and Tabitha did well to intimidate players in the circle.  Ana and Florence tracked back brilliantly to support our defenders. Without these tireless midfielders, we would have struggled to maintain our lead. A second break-away goal for Kitty was followed quickly by a Cottesmore goal from a short corner.  In the final minutes, a powerful slap into the circle by Ana was received by Stephanie.  Her shot at goal struck a Cottesmore foot and Kitty converted the short corner to score her hat-trick.  

Well done to the whole team!  Ana was nominated 'girl of the game' by our opponents.  Her stick work is so very strong. VM


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Thursday 12th October
Hockey v Skipper’s Hill

U10/9     Won 8-2
 The team enjoyed the game this afternoon. It was the first match for some of our newer team members who have been learning how to play hockey. Stephanie played a fantastic game, she made some strong tackles and scored three goals. Isabella was really focused and played very well in defence. Belle improved her understanding of the game and made some great tackles when she was in defence. Daisy was very keen to do her best and really enjoyed playing in the match. Bea was a strong player in both attack and defence and scored 2 goals. Mimosa defended well, set up some good goals and scored one too. Tabitha really enjoyed playing in attack this week and she made some good tackles. Lily was the captain of the team, had a fantastic game and played to a good standard making some great tackles. Bailey, Kitty and Florence played for a short time each. Florence was in defence and made some strong hits back out of the defending half. Kitty played in attack and scored two lovely goals. Bailey got stuck in from the first whistle and was quick with the ball.
Even though we had a successful game there are still many points we talked about for the future. Skipper’s Hill picked up their play as the game went on and made some strong tackles against our team.
It was a good game and a great opportunity for those new to the game to play. LP and VM

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wednesday, 11th October

Hockey v Skippers Hill
Under 11         Won 10-0

This hugely talented group of girls really showed their potential today. Within 30 seconds Cristina had slotted away the first goal. At 4 minutes Tara put away our second goal. Ana our super-sub put one away shortly afterwards. Seeing that this was rather a mis-match I suggested that Skippers have an extra player and the Ashdown team moved round several times so that every girl played in defence and attack. Putting Giada up front for a few minutes proved to be a good move from our perspective and a disaster from the opposition’s point of view as she nailed 4 goals in quick succession. I punished Ashdown for every small violation and allowed Skippers free rein but all this was to no avail. We ended the first half 7-0 up.
In the second half Giada went into goal to curb her scoring potential and this allowed Eva to play up front.  Clara, Ana and Tara each put another goal away this half. It was lovely to be able to play these girls in every outfield position to give them an opportunity to hone their hockey skills further. During the second half Skippers began to play some cohesive hockey which was lovely to see.

‘Man’ of the match The Ashdown U11 team, but Giada in particular!   PMc

Saturday, 07 October 2017

Saturday, 7th October
Hockey v Holmewood House

1st VII             Lost 2-5    
On Saturdy afternoon, Ashdown 1st Hockey travelled to Holmwood House. Building on a solid performance at the Worth Tournament earlier in the week, the girls looked to make a big impact in the match. Unfortunately, Holmwood jumped to an early lead with two quick goals in the first five minutes. From that point on, the Ashdown girls woke up and started fighting for the ball. Felicity and Chloe both had an absolute stormer, working hard all over the pitch and creating several opportunities for their teammates. Patricia also had a great game, making multiple saves, particularly in the second half. Ashdown capatialized on two beautiful goals but unfortunately it wasn't enough to overcome the strong performance by Homewood House, resulting in a final score 5-2 to the opposition. Good effort girls and better luck next time!  AG          
U11    Won 2-0
Our talented U11s played a really positive match today. We had worked hard on getting back to defend free passes and this they did superbly well. The practices that we had done on not watching our shot, but continuing in after the ball, also paid dividends!
Amalia and Felicity have really got to grips with working as a team in defence, one slightly in advance of the other so giving us another line of defence. Giada tackled incredibly well and passed the ball accurately and with good force. The attack, Tara, Clara and Cristina still need to keep further apart in order to give more passing options, but it is certainly improving. Eva made several well timed and beautifully executed saves to deny Holmewood. Super-Sub Mary played in all three attacking positions and both defending positions. She tried extremely hard in defence, but seemed more at home in attack.  Today’s goals were both scored by Cristina with good stick work and great determination, but both were whole team efforts.  ‘Man’ of the Match Cristina    PMc
Under 10/9       Won 5-0 
We were delighted with this afternoon's result as the U10/9/8 girls have been working hard to improve their positioning, especially in the circle. With her competitive spirit and superb stamina, Bailey can drift across the pitch in pursuit of the ball.  Today, however, she managed to reign in her enthusiasm to execute the centre forward position with precision, slotting away two goals in the first five minutes.  She really understood the importance of waiting by the posts and, with superbly accurate passes from Ana and Flo, she was able to focus on her final delivery.  Stephanie and Beatrice also played centre forward later in the game and Beatrice was able to repeat Bailey's earlier successes with two goals of her own.  . It was this understanding of how to control play in the circle, that led to such a convincing victory.
So, two goals from Bailey, one from Flo, two from Bea and two superb saves from Tabitha.  Well done, everyone!  Girl of the game: Ana.   VM



Wednesday, 4th October

Worth Under 13 Hockey Tournament
1st VII           
Hockey v St Ronan's
Under 11            Won 4-1    
After the long journey to St. Ronan’s, the girls warmed up in preparation for the game. Miss Aimée kindly spent that time preparing Eva, our goalie, with some shots and advice.
We came out of the blocks well at the start of the game, securing a goal within the first five minutes. We had the majority of the play for the initial 15 minutes, passing well and backing up. During this time we slotted away another goal. Things then turned against us and the girls were on the back foot when St  Ronan’s put together a good run of play to pull back a goal. At half time we were 2-1 up
During the second half we consolidated and scored two more goals although we had to work much harder as St. Ronan’s were battling hard.
Felicity and Amalia were solid in defence; Giada worked the centre beautifully; Tara, Clara and Cristina performed with skill in attack and Eva made 3 or 4 super saves. Lucy our ‘Super-Sub’ came on in defence and attack making some good passes.
Goal scorers today were Giada 1, Cristina 2 and Tara 1.   ‘Man’ of the match Tara  PMc
Under 10/9         Won 2-0 
The under 10/9 girls played very well today. Being early in the season there are still areas for improvement, however they really put into practice what they have learnt over the past few weeks. The girls were always wanting the ball which proved to be a key part of their success. They were not afraid to make a tackle and took the ball a good distance each time it was in their possession.

Indya, Bailey, Florence, Ana, and Kitty worked really well as an attacking team. There were times when they were trying to take the ball from each other which often meant they lost possession, however after talking at half time they realised they were a better support to each other if they found a free space to receive the ball. The two goals were set up by the attacking team as a whole then scored by Florence and Kitty. Mimosa and Bea were a great team in defence. They covered their areas of the pitch well, hit some powerful balls and showed a lot of determination. The opposing team had two shots at the goal, both of which were beautifully saved by Tabitha who had a great game as the goal keeper.

It was an exciting game to watch and one the girls will have learnt a lot from. LP

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Wednesday, 27th September

Hockey v Rose Hill

1st VII               Lost 0-5

The 1st Hockey team suffered a tough defeat on Wednesday afternoon against Rose Hill. The girls struggled initially, with Rose Hill going head after two quick goals. Although the girls fought back, Rose Hill managed to put in another two goals before the half time whistle. Going into the second half, Ashdown knew they needed to battle hard and, although we didn't come away with the win, the girls should be proud of the way they stepped up and raised their level of play.    AMG

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wednesday, 20th September

Hockey v St Andrew's

1st VII            Lost 0-4

Under 11         Won 1-0

This was a superb match played in absolutely the right spirit. St. Andrew’s kindly offered to umpire, which they did superbly explaining each decision to the girls, allowing both teams’ coaches to coach from the sideline. As a result, the U11’s learned much from their first match of the season. 

Our forwards, Cristina, Tara and Clara all passed well making good use of space on the wings and defended with determination. Giada linked attack and defence beautifully. She was our goal scorer. Felicity and Amalia played with great intelligence and skill in defence never allowing the ball through. Eva bravely waited in goal and was ready to do her stuff if required. However, as we had 80% of the ball she had a very light work load. Elsa was our sub; she played in all three attacking positions and both defending positions during the course of the match.  A superb first outing!

‘Man’ of the match Giada.



Hockey v Cumnor House

Under 10/9

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Saturday, 12th November

Hockey v Cumnor House
1st VII             Lost 0-6     
The girls arrived at Cumnor expecting a tough opposition, and they definitely weren't wrong. The weather didn't make things any easier, with rain persisting throughout the match. Martha and Sonia were presented with very few attacking opportunities due to the solidity of our opposition's defence. Lily didn't stop running all day, having to defend alongside Jemima, and Airlie whilst we were pinned inside our own half for the majority of the match. Lexi did her best to dribble her way into the opposition's half, but all of our efforts were futile. The responsibility therefore fell to Esme in goal, who made a number  of terrific saves, preventing the scoreline from getting out of hand. Esme was named player of the match, and the final score was 6-0 to Cumnor.  WT  
2nd VII            Lost 0-6       
The 2nd VII came onto the pitch straight after the 1st VII were finished, and with the rain continuing to fall, it was much the same story for Ashdown. Cumnor's strength in depth resulted in our keeper, Maria, being tested throughout the match; again making a number of excellent saves. Alice and Eloise were forced to defend deep inside their own half from the word go. Once the ball got to the midfield, it was up to Felicity H, Georgie and Coro to try and provide Annabel with a decent chance upfront. The girls were slightly more successful than the 1st VII had been in terms of  creating chances; but we weren't able to convert any into goals. The midfield persisted until the final whistle, and Annabel came mightily close on a couple of occasions. As we had feared, the opposition were just too strong for us.  WT          

Under 11          Lost 0-5
The girls began rather slowly and lacking in their usual enthusiasm today. Rather than going for the tackle we backed off and we did not pass into space. Luckily Ines was on superb form and she saved and cleared many shots at goal. Alisa was also solid and determined in defence. We let in four goals in the first half at 7, 11, 15 and 19 minutes.
After a lively team talk we retook the field. In the second innings we were a different side. Precise in our passing, determined in our defence and willing to help each other out. We held Cumnor to a 0-0 draw until the dying seconds of the half when we were unlucky to concede a goal.  A good final half to our hockey season!
'Man' of the match Ines Morrison     PMc        
Under 10/9       Lost 0-11
It was a difficult match today for the under 10/9 team and one that was a challenge right from the start, having played a Colts team. The girls didn't give up even though the game was the hardest yet. They worked well in attack but just couldn't push through the defending players when they got in to the shooting circle. I would like to commend the whole team for not giving up and finishing with high-spirits! LP

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

Wednesday, 9th November

Ardingly U13 Hockey Tournament
1st VII           4th in group         

Saturday, 05 November 2016

Saturday, 5th November
Hockey v Christ's Hospital
1st VII              Won 6-1   
Today we played Christ's Hospital B team - we were superb! I suspect we would have given their A team a run for their money. With only 90 seconds on the clock Sonia slotted away our first goal in efficient and deadly fashion. For the next few minutes we were constantly putting pressure on the opposition. So much so that we had two short corners in quick succession. Sadly we failed to capitalise on these two opportunities. Christ's took heart from this and made their attack off the back of the second one. We scrambled to regain our shape but too little, too late and Christ's had scored to equal in the 6th minute. However a great deep pass from Lily out wide to Sonia, with Lexi positioned in the perfect place to outwit the goalie, brought us our second goal in the 9th minute. Our pressure continued and in the 12th minute Sonia put away our third goal. In the dying seconds of the first half the combination of Lily and Lexi brought the ball near the D, Marta made a superb pass to Lexi who used a good turn of speed to race into the D and make the final and deadly shot. We went into half time 4-1 up.

The second half was more challenging and the goals seemed to have dried up. The ball made its way up and down the field. Felicity began to make some great defensive moves, Airlie began to show her hand and Esme made some good saves. Eventually the cream rose to the top and Sonia almost single handedly put away our 5th goal in the 15th minute. More pressure was applied and in the final minute a text book clearance by Lily, followed by a superb pass out wide from Lexi and a superb square pass across the D by Sonia allowed Marta to take her place on the score sheet for the day.
A superb afternoon's hockey from a talented bunch!
'Man' of the match Sonia   PMc     

2nd VII              Lost 0-5 
The girls played their hardest for their first game together as a team. With strong play in the middle of the field between Coro, Annabel  and kitty we had many attempts at goal however the ball just got away from us. At the other end our goal keeper Maria played exceptionally well saving many goals hit towards here with only the tricky and complicated ones passing through. Georgie and Adel helped a lot in defence. Also Alice who blocked the ball multiple times then bringing the ball down the field for the attackers. Overall the team worked together being their first game. With training and more games we will see the team improve over time.  AR             

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday, 19th October

Hockey v Lancing Prep Hove

1st VII Drew 1-1  

Under 11 Lost 0-3 
We worked hard in mid-field and defended very well. The problem was that when we got the ball forward, we held back and allowed a counter-attack. We still play in the middle and should try to work in pairs and send the ball wider. I would like to give Ines a mention for excellent goal-keepingand Annabel for relentless defence in the mid-field area  Well done ladies FN


Hockey v Vinehall
Under 10/9 Lost 0-1

I thought, overall, the girls played well today and Vinehall were a well matched opposition. For the majority of the game play was in the Ashdown attacking half, however the attacking team just couldn’t quite strike past a strong Vinehall defence. Vinehall scored their goal just before the end of the first half. They saw a gap in the Ashdown defence and managed to score with very little opposition. It was unlucky for the Ashdown team as they were very strong in defence for the rest of the match. All of the girls put their all into the match and have learnt that much more spreading out to use the whole pitch is vital to succeed in a game. This is something we will work on for up-coming matches. I thought Giada and Florence were particularly strong together in attack this week. They were always looking out for each other to pass to. In defence Tabitha, Mary and Felicity played very well as a team. Tara received girl of the match for her fantastic efforts which was well deserved. It was an unlucky result for Ashdown and one that the girls have certainly learnt from. LP


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Saturday, 15th October

Hockey v Brambletye

1st VII          Lost 2-14
Under 11       Won 4-2
After a superb practice session yesterday the girls were totally focused and ready for a tough indoor match. The penalty shuffle practice really gave us an insight into how to beat a goalie and gave Ines really paid off - thank you Elizabeth for your hard work with these talented girls!  The practice on width meant that we used the entire sports hall to our advantage. We kept our feet away from the ball ensuring very few free or penalty passes to Brambletye and our heads over the ball.  Chloe and Kaoruko worked tirelessly in attack, Alisa and Tabitha cleared the ball superbly well in defence and Annabel and Issy linked the play beautifully in midfield. A superb and well-deserved result! Our goals were put away by Chloe 2, Annabel and Kaoruko 1 apiece.
'Man' of the match Chloe and Alisa.   PMc


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wednesday, 12th October

Hockey 5-Team Tournament at Skippers Hill
1st VII             Winners                            

Hockey v Skippers Hill
Under 11          Won 7-1      
We played at home on grass against Skippers Hill B team today. It was a superb afternoon. Our girls were electric! We passed well, found space, kept our sticks down and our heads over the ball.  We played without goalies which allowed Ines a chance to play in the field. During the match every girl had a chance to play in defence, midfield and attack. Tabitha scored twice and Chloe and Coro once each in the first half. Skippers also slotted away a lovely goal.    In the second half our scorers were Chloe, Kitty and Alisa.
'Man' of the match The U11 Ashdown team!    PMc
Under 10/9       Won 3-0

The Under 10/9 team had another very successful match today. Each team played with 8 players on the field and didn't have a goal keeper.
In the first half Skippers Hill were strong in defence. The Ashdown team had many opportunities to score however Skippers Hill would steal the chance when play was in the shooting circle. Florence scored the first goal for Ashdown in the first half supported in attack by Mimosa and Indya. During the second half she scored again and then Kitty set up a brilliant goal with the last short hit into the goal played by Giada. They worked as an excellent attacking team. Felicity and Tara were strong in attack and defence throughout the game. Mary played out on the field today and showed her strengths as a defender alongside Tabitha and Isabella.
It was a well played game however I noted some things the team must work on too, including; keeping knees bent and sticks down, looking up before passing and shooting and spacing out. These are skills the girls will develop through practice and reminders as well as experience in matches.
Very well played today. Well done to the Ashdown Under 10/9 team! LP

Saturday, 08 October 2016

Saturday, 8th October

Hockey v  Holmewood House
1st VII               Drew 1-1  
This was a splendid match that ebbed and flowed. Both sides could rightly claim they 'could' have won- however a draw was probably a fair result.

From our point of view, though effort and passion were in ready supply, we had mental lapses that put us under pressure. Heath in goal made some super saves to keep us in the contest. Perez Pera once again got on the score sheet and was a threat all afternoon. Bland was probably our best player- she was resolute in defence and never took a backward step.

 Three games in and still undefeated. We will have to keep improving but I've no doubt we are capable.   GdeM  
Under 11            Drew 1-1     
This afternoon we had a lovely match in perfect hockey weather. The girls all played their hearts out. In the first half the defending was key as we gaged the run of the ball and the opposition. Tabitha ran the defence with a variety of helpers in the form of Coro, Eloise and Kitty. They only allowed a few balls to reach Ines. She saved all but one of these. Our attack and midfield took time to remember that width is important when passing. Therefore the ball spent the majority of its time travelling up and down the centre of the pitch during this half. Our one chance, a short corner, was sadly saved!
During the second half we played with good width and suddenly we were really in the game! Issy upped her work rate and began to make a difference. Chloe worked very hard as always and made some fabulous passes. Alisa was solid in the centre and Kaoruko received some super crosses one of which she slotted away! We had many chances in this half but the result was certainly the right one. A really positive draw!
'Man' of the match Chloe and Kaoruko    PMc    

Hockey v Brambletye
Under 10/9          Won 2-1
Just as we were about to begin today it suddenly poured heavily with rain! We started the match anyway and the rain soon went away. It did, however, make it trickier for the girls as the pitch became a little slippery. As a first match on grass it was a very impressive performance from both teams. We had a lot of support on the sideline this week which I think really helped boost the performance of some of the players.

Both teams played very well and had some strong players in both attack and defence. Florence and Felicity both scored a great goal each, with the help of Tara and Mimosa, also in attack. Brambletye were close to equalising the score but a swift scoop from Giada, just centimetres before the ball crossed the line, helped us to win the game. Isabella and Tabitha were alongside Giada in defence too. Isabella had a great game and was never afraid to get stuck in or go forward to tackle the opposing players. For me Tabitha has shown the greatest improvement over the season so far. She was so focused in the game today and hit some great passes in defence. Mary saved some great attempts at goals throughout the game, performing very well.
Going forward in training we will practice posture and positioning of the sticks. Quite often in the game the girls were standing straight with their sticks up rather than down and ready to defend. Otherwise a super afternoon and a great match to watch.   LP

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Wednesday, 5th October

Worth U13 Hockey Tournament 1st VII                                          

U11 Hockey v Vinehall    Lost 0-3
The girls seemed a little on the back foot during the first half of this match, perhaps the long journey? We panicked each time we had made an interception and sent it straight back to one of the opposition. The looking up just prior to passing that they had achieved during the last match temporarily forgotten. We also played only down the centre of the pitch. Vinehall efficiently made use of these errors. We were much more efficient and tactically correct during the second half. We do need to up our work rate as we seem to do half the job but don't finish it. Ines made many spectacular saves and thus was my 'Man' of the match today! PMc


Hockey v Ardingly Under 10/9         Lost 0-1           
It was a great afternoon for hockey and we were welcomed back to Ardingly to face their under 10 D team. They were a well organised team and really pushed our girls through a fast pace game. Some of the Ashdown team played in new positions which they thoroughly enjoyed. Ardingly were using the open sides of the pitches well, which meant an exhausting game of running up and down for our attacking team. It was a well played game and Ashdown did all they could throughout. A well deserved win for Ardingly, the slightly stronger team. We learnt lots which can be implemented in future training sessions.  LP


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