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