Hockey v Brambletye
1st V11 Lost 0-11 (GdM)
2nd V11 Lost 0-10 (VM)
This was a tough match for the 2nd VII. The girls spent the forty minutes defending tirelessly but with so many players behind the ball, it was difficult to create chances moving forward. Once exhaustion set it, it was increasingly hard to maintain pressure in the circle and Brambletye seized the opportunity to stretch the lead from 4-0 at half time.
Eva, Amalia, Zadie and Florence were particularly impressive this afternoon. In goal, Eva cleared a number of shots and she maintained absolute focus throughout. Amalia was extremely solid in defence. All of her clearances were strong and well placed. Her physicality in the D really limited Brambletye's chances. Zadie and Florence were outstanding in midfield. They linked their passes skilfully and they tackled confidently.
It was no surprise to me that the 2nd team left the pitch smiling. Ashdown girls always do, regardless of the result, and that is why we are always so very proud of them. "I think we lost" said the Head Girl, as she walked off the pitch, surrounded by her friends, having had a wonderful time.
U11 V11 Lost 0-4 (PMc)
Eva kindly agreed to stand in for our missing goalie and Tabitha took up the CF slot for today’s match. The team was superb today. We passed well, attacked with purpose and defended as if our lives depended on it. We held a very slick group of girls to a draw for the first ten minutes of the match. For some reason we lost form in the last five minutes and Brambletye capitalised on this slotting 3 or maybe 4 goals past us in rapid succession.
We regrouped at half time and came back fighting. We gave our all in the second half and only allowed Brambletye to score once more after five minutes. A truly great performance by the entire side
Most Valuable Players - The U11 Girls!
U10/9/8 V11 Lost 2-6 (LP)
We arrived on a wonderfully sunny but cold afternoon, to a warm welcome from the Brambletye team. The girls got under way fairly quickly getting stuck straight in to what turned out to be a tough match. The Brambletye team were strong in defence, so even though we could get it into our attacking half and in the D , it was often intercepted and passed back out. Our two goals were scored by Stephanie, who had a super game despite being injured half way through, coming back on to score her second and the final goal. The whole team improved their play as the game went on, with Brambletye scoring most of their goals in the first half. Although an unlucky loss, the girls enjoyed their final hockey match. LP