Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ashdown House U11 vs Ardingly

Ashdown House won 7-0

What an incredible start to the season, even though we were not playing Ardingly’s A team! We began with Florence, Elizabeth and Mimosa in the attack; Stephanie and Indya in midfield; Beatrice and Lily in defence and Tabitha in goal. This combination worked really well. Our first goal was scored by Mimosa after less than a minute. The girls were so fired up that we were soon 4 goals ahead.

I then began to move our positions to allow every girl to have more of the ball.

Our stick work was superb and our tackling positive. At half time we were winning 5-0.

Ardingly regrouped and began to understand what was required of them in the second half. We had to work harder but still managed to slot away another two goals.

By full time Mimosa had scored 4, Florence 2 and Elizabeth 1. Plenty to work on and much to work with; I look forward to watching this season unfold.

Player of the Match  - Mimosa

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ashdown House 1st VII vs Ardingly

Ashdown House lost 1 - 2 

On a wet and breezy afternoon, we got our season underway at the East Grinstead Hockey club. With only three sessions under our belt, this was always going to be a steep learning curve. However, we battled hard and made the opening breakthrough courtesy of Nina. We kept fighting hard but a lapse in concentration just before half time saw us conceed an equaliser. Chances came and went in the second half and as often happens, we conceeded against the run of play. Despite huffing and puffing, we just couldn't score again. All in all a frustrating afternoon, but one providing hope for the future and lots to work on.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday, 18th November 

Hockey V Brambletye
1st       Drew 1-1
The 1st hockey team saved their best for last, ending their season with an outstanding match against Brambletye. The girls came out fighting from the first whistle, creating a goal scoring opportunity 30 seconds into the game. Though they didn't score in the first half, they were able to keep up the intensity creating several more opportunities. Player of the game, Patricia was outstanding, making saves and keeping the girls in the game. Brambletye was able to put the first goal in the back of the net just before half time, but Ashdown didn't drop their heads. In fact, they almost seemed more determined to prove themselves! It took us until late in the second half, with under two minutes left to play for Ashdown to capatalise on their chance. After a beautiful cross from captain Felicity  to Andrea that just missed, Felicity was able to make a quick turnover and steer the ball past a defender, creating a 1-on-1 with the goalie. She fired the shot right between the legs of the Brambletye goalie to tie the game, 1-1. There were some excellent individual performance but it was most impressive the way the girls pulled together as a team. Well done for all your hard work this season, girls! We're proud of you!  AG
2nd VII            Lost 0-1

U11     Lost 1-7
The final match of the season did not quite go to plan. Sadly, an efficient Brambletye team with one incredible player was too much for us.
Missing Felicity in defence, Clara stepped into the breach, she was quite superb! Amalia played the game of her life defending with tenacity. Eva (voted by the Brambletye girls their ‘girl of the game’) made copious superb saves. Giada was still slightly off colour and lost her footing on many occasions; however by the second half she was back to her usual dogged best. Lucy, probably our most improved player this season, attacked with purpose and defended really well. Cristina and Tara were fabulous in attack making the most of our few chances and just failing to score on three occasions.
We were 0-3 at half time having gifted Brambletye an own goal. We played with great skill to score our only goal. This was a superb run of play using every player and Tara put the ball into the back of the net. We tried to hold Brambletye to six goals, but they slotted a final one in four seconds before time was up.
Girls, you played superbly all season, it has been a delight to coach you.  PMc

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 15th November

EGHA U13 Hockey Tournament
1st VII    
The 1st played in their last tournament of the season - the EGHA U13 Schools Hockey Tournament. We were placed in a competitive pool but had two particularly exciting games. We held Roedean scoreless in a thrilling first match. We also kept St Christopher's to just one goal, which they managed to sneak past the defence with only 20 seconds left to play in the match. After the pool rounds, we made it through to the plate competition where we faced Skipper's Hill. The team traded shots with Skippers Hill, but unfortunately weren't able to come away with the victory, ending the match 1-0. Good try girls for all your efforts.  AG    

Hockey at EGHC 1st    
Hockey v Handcross Park
Under 11            Won 5-1  
The girls began with a flurry in the first half, looking determined and working hard together as a team. This culminated in a lovely run of play from Clara and Tara and a super goal from Cristina. We then dropped our work load and allowed Handcross to get a foot into the game. Confusion from a whistle blowing meant that our girls stopped, Handcross continued their run into the circle and scored. It was now 1-1.

After a little team talk at half time the girls came back with great stickwork and renewed determination. Within two minutes Lucy had scored her first goal and we were on fire! Tara then slotted away the third goal with great skill and a lovely assist from Cristina. Again we had to defend. Amalia and Felicity worked well together with Felicity making many superb clearances. Lucy played well and held her position on the wing to keep the ball in play; she made some good crosses and in following in scored her second goal. The final goal was neatly executed by Cristina but was a whole team run of play.  Eva had a fabulous game saving several certain goals and Elsa played well at right forward.
‘Man’ of the match Felicity and Cristina  PMc

Hockey v Ardingly
Under 10/9 B       Won 1-0
It was an absolute delight to return to Ardingly for a repeat of last week's fixture. We played ten minute thirds and each was closely fought.

In the first third, we dominated in the centre of the pitch but, despite some determined runs down the line by Tracy, Stephanie found herself without options moving forward and we were a little static in attack. Lily made accurate crosses into the circle, but Ardingly blocked the goal and Daisy's stickwork wasn't quite strong enough to dodge their tenacious sweeper.  Bailey had to make some brave stops at our end, but she wasn't fazed by her prominent role.  In the second quarter, Bailey moved into the midfield where she performed her role brilliantly. Linking passes with Stephanie, she positioned herself at the top of the D before circling wide and delivering a powerful slap into the goal. In the final third, Ardingly picked up and they made some worrying advances but Tracy, Isabella and Lily stood firm. Belle made some well timed tackles and Daisy and was close to scoring twice but the ball went just wide. Ardingly were disappointed to lose by such a narrow margin, but as the final game in a season of victories, the U10/9Bs can feel very proud of their contribution to the match statistics. Girl of the game; Bailey.  VM


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Saturday, 11th November

Hockey v Cumnor House
1st VII                   Lost 0-6   
The 1st Hockey faced a strong Cumnor House side on Saturday afternoon. We got off to a slow start in the first half, unfortunately allowing Cumnor to score a few goals early in the match. Heading into the second half, the girls picked up their effort and determination significantly. Patricia made several big saves and was awarded player of the match.   AG 
Under 11              Won 4-3     
This was a really even and well fought match between two lovely teams. Clara took up the centre half position again and played with skill and great determination. Amalia began at right forward, but she was less effective here so she went back into defence where she played superbly, she foiled every attempt by Cumnor to attack down their right-hand side, definitely her comfort zone! Felicity was totally dependable and played with great intelligence in defence, a super game from her! Eva is becoming adept at goal keeper, she made many great saves. One of the goals she let in I take full responsibility for as she did not understand my instruction.

Lucy and Elsa began in defence where they both made some good tackles. In the second half they both went into attack and played with drive and enthusiasm. Cristina was outstanding at centre forward; she has a great hunger for the ball and lovely stick work once she has it, she scored a goal for us. Tara was electric at left forward, her special awareness is superb and her understanding of the game meant that she was able to score a hat trick.

A superb outing by my talented girls.  ‘Man’ of the match Tara     PMc
Under 10/9 A        Won 15-0
Having had such a successful season, we went into this afternoon's match with nervous anticipation.  Would the 5 vs. 5 formation and the indoor playing surface be the undoing of our dream team? Certainly not! Stephanie, Flo, Ana, Bea and Mimosa played with tireless determination throughout the thirty minutes and rotating around each position, they showed off their skills and game awareness. At half time, they were 6-0 up and we challenged them to double the score. Of course, these feisty little ones went above and beyond, just as they have done all term. The goals were shared around with one by Mimosa, three apiece by Ana and Stephanie and four apiece by Flo and Bea. Ana was nominated 'girl of the game' for her fantastic stick work and accurate deliveries into the circle.

This squad have played their last match of the season. Together, with Kitty, Tabitha, Indya and Bailey, the girls have been undefeated. Played 7. Won 7. What an amazing amazing achievement.    Invictae!  VM

Under 10/9 B        Won 6-0
Buzzing with excitement having watched their team mates compete, our indoor B team did not disappointment. A little crowding and some directionless hits slowed our scoring in the first few minutes but Tabitha's powerful tackling kept Cumnor out of the circle which gave us time to settle in. Great communication between Kitty and Bailey saw the first of the goals and despite positional changes and regular substitutions, the girls managed to maintain their momentum. Isabella worked hard to support the defenders and her confidence grew considerably over the twenty minutes.  Again, the goals were shared around with one by both Tabitha and Indya, two by Bailey and three by Kitty. Daisy nearly added to the total but the ball missed by centimetres. Bailey was nominated girl of the game for her strong clearances and clinical goal scoring.  Our U10/9B team have one hockey match remaining and we are hopeful that they too can finish the season undefeated!     Well done to all of our lovely girls!  VM

Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday, 10th November

EGHA U11 Hockey Tournament
Under 11          3rd in Plate 
Squad: Amalia, Felicity, Eva, Tara, Clara, Cristina, Ana and Florence
We began rather tentatively today allowing Bede’s far too much of the ball. The match should have been a draw but a small defensive error gave them an open goal and they slotted the ball in past Eva. In the second match we lost shape and allowed Lingfield to take the lead.  Although we fought hard in the remainder of the match, we just failed to convert our opportunities into a goal. In the final match in our section, against Brambletye, we had many good opportunities, but did not convert them into goals. The result was a draw 0-0.
Thus we went into the plate quarter final. Here we played superbly. Cristina was our goal scorer, but all played a vital part in the goal and the subsequent defence to ensure a victory against Lancing College. In the semi-final against Rose Hill we were incredible. We just failed to convert our opportunities into goals. This resulted in a draw. In the penalty shuffle Cristina was outwitted by the goalie who came almost to the edge of the circle. Panic ensued and no goal was scored.  Amalia managed to put her shuffle into the goal, but Tara was also outwitted by the goalie. Thus we lost on penalties 1-2. This meant that the girls were equal third in the plate competition.

After our tentative beginnings our girls covered themselves with glory; A great day out with some lovely girls.   PMc

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Wednesday, 8th November

Hockey v Ardingly
U10/9    Won 2-1
For this match we took our B team to play at Ardingly. Ashdown was very well matched with the Ardingly team which made for an exciting game! The Ashdown team was strong in the first half with Isabella, Lily, Daisy, and Belle in attack. They worked well together and Daisy scored their first goal, with four seconds to spare, at the end of the first half!
In the second half the Ardingly team came back stronger and equalised the score with their goal. Ashdown fought hard against the determined team. At times it looked like Ardingly was going to score but Kitty, Stephanie and Tracy made a good defending team and worked hard to get the ball back into the attacking half. The second goal came half way through the final half, scored by Lily. There were improvements to be made by all, and talking through these at half-time made a big difference to their play as a team. It was a fun match for the girls and a great experience for them too. Girl of the game for the Ashdown team went to Isabella, the team captain, which was well deserved.  LP

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday, 18th October
Hockey v Lancing Prep
1st VII              Lost 1-6    
The 1st VII travelled to Lancing College to face a strong Lancing Prep side. We took to the pitch and had a feisty first 10 minutes, having three good shots on goal and lots of aggressive play in defence. We made a few mistakes towards the end of the first half which Lancing was able to capitalise on but we were able to draw the scoreline closer with a stunning breakaway by Felicity and beautiful assist through to Emma who drilled the ball past the keeper just as the halftime buzzer rang.
The second half was again closely contested though, unfortunately, the opposition was able to capitalise on more of their shots. We did have a beautiful connection from Emma to Chloe on the far post but, disappointingly, the goal was disallowed. Patricia was again outstanding in goal, making multiple saves on the day. Though the scoreline didn't fall our way on this occasion, I was particularly impressed with the determination and the amount of shots we had on goal. It was good progress made on previous matches. Well done, girls!    AG
U11                 Drew 1-1
The girls, with the exception of Clara, were a little slow to start today. We had our fair share of the play, but were not running towards the ball or thinking prior to making the pass. Several short corners were attempted by each team, but it was not until the final minute of the first half that Lancing managed to get one past Eva.

After a half-time talk we came out of the blocks for the second half with much more purpose; now we looked dangerous. Our higher work load paid dividends just before the final whistle when, after a full minute of attack around the circle, Giada found the back of the goal.

An extremely fair result although, if we had worked harder in the first half, we could have stolen the win.  ‘Man’ of the match Clara and Eva      PMc
Under 10/9        Won 5-0
Another fantastic game from the under 10/9/8 team who remain undefeated this season!
The first goal came from Mimosa soon after the starting whistle, beautifully set up by Stephanie. Play wasn’t perfect in the first half and the defending was good, however once the girls had stopped the ball they often hit it any way they could without thinking about where it was going or who could receive it. This made the play quite frantic between the two teams. A second goal from Stephanie came later in the second half with the help of Indya, Bea and Bailey playing in attack. Throughout the first half there were also numerous footwork errors meaning possession was passed over to the other team.

Half time bought an opportunity to have a team talk. The girls were made aware of their passing and footwork errors which really helped going into the second half.
With a few changes to the team  positions, a better awareness of the space and who the ball was being passed to, it was a well played second half. One more goal came from Mimosa and two more came from Stephanie with the support of the attacking team. They were a spectacular pairing today and the passage of the ball from Mimosa to Stephanie was accurately passed and received achieving great results. During the game Florence, Ana, Tabitha and Lily all played in defence. They were strong together and made it tricky for the Lancing team to get through.

Player of the match went to today’s captain, Mimosa, which was very well deserved after some superb play. Well done to all of the girls for a well played match. LP

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

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