Catch up with Senior Boys’ Hockey!
25 Feb 2015
IAPS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT:
Witham Hall 1st VII 0 St Olaves 0
Witham Hall 1st VII 1 S. Anselm’s 1
Witham Hall 1st VII 0 Winchester House 1
Witham Hall 1st VII 1 Bilton Grange 0
Witham Hall 1st VII 0 Dean Close 2
Witham Hall 1st VII 2 Ashfold 0
Witham Hall 1st VII 0 Foremarke Hall 0 (Foremarke Hall won on penalty shuffles)
The Witham boys entered the tournament with high hopes and started well against a strong St Olaves side forcing a goalless draw. Winchester House was next and a sloppy goal mid-way through the match cost the boys a result which they should have gained something from. Against S. Anselm’s, Witham needed points but another sloppy error meant Witham drew a game they were fully in control of after Alex Anthony had hammered home a fine team goal after great work from Henry Saunders Watson and Leo Cox. A fine victory against Ashfold, with great defence from Will Davison and Joe Fox, gave the boys hope and then a gritty performance against the winners of the entire tournament, Dean Close, gave the boys real momentum into their final match against Bilton. The boys needed a win and they played superbly to make the quarter finals with Toby Hanson tormenting the defence. Unfortunately their opponents were favourites, Foremarke Hall. Witham battled with real heart, clearing their lines and counter attacking well. The work rate was clear for all to see and the team did not stop until the final whistle went. Jamie Garvin was simply brilliant in goal showcasing some unbelievable saves and keeping his team in it. Penalty shuffles were the decider and unfortunately, Foremarke’s superior experience tolled and they progressed. I must say that to finish with this performance was a real lift and although not the result we hoped for, it was a great team performance against a very skilled team of hockey players. A big thank you must go to all the parents for their continued support and to Repton School for hosting a great day in tricky circumstances.
2nd XI/3rd/4th VIIs:
Witham Hall 2nd XI Hockey 1-4 Wisbech GS U13A Hockey
On Wednesday the 2nd XI played an incredibly well organised and skilful Wisbech GS U13A team. The boys made a very pleasing start, held their shape well and absorbed wave after wave of Magdalene attacks. Defending so well, we were able to catch Wisbech out a couple of times on the break but couldn’t quite find that clinical finish in front of goal that was required. As the first half progressed we found ourselves chasing the ball for longer periods of time and Wisbech scored a couple of excellent team goals. However, after a firm talking to at half time from Mr Wills, the boys knew that they had to keep pushing forward for that elusive goal and try to play attacking, free flowing hockey which they have done in the past. A nervous start and a couple of near misses by the Magdalene Wisbech forwards was the turning point for the 2nd’s, who started to play some superb hockey down the left and right channels. Getting in behind the Wisbech defence more and more as the half progressed, the boys scored a goal from close range to make it 2-1. Back in the game, Wisbech responded really well, scoring a further two goals to make the final score 4-1. The boys should not be disappointed with this result, I was incredibly pleased to see their true character and resolve shine through in the second half and although chasing the game, they never gave up. A pleasing first half of term!
Witham Hall 2nd VII 2-2 Lincoln Minster 1st VII
Witham Hall 3rd/4th VII 3-2 Lincoln Minster 2nd VII
On a wet and windy afternoon the 2nd VII found themselves in a closely fought contest with Lincoln Minster 1st VII. The boys got off to a very slow start and struggled to maintain possession for any period of time. A lack of shape and rather a lot of panic when in possession of the ball made it hard for the 2nds to really stamp their mark on the game. This led to a very well worked breakaway goal for Lincoln Minster who went in at half time 1-0 to the good. Pleasingly the boys started a lot more brightly in the second half and firing on all cylinders, scored an impressive team goal which was finished with pin point accuracy by Archie Smith-Maxwell. Lincoln Minster responded well and took the lead with an emphatic finish from the top of the ‘D’. However, the 2nd VII never panicked and a well-earned short corner led to a superb slip pass from George Davies which was ably put in to the back of the goal by William Moore. The final score was 2-2. The 3rd/4th VII also found themselves in a closely fought game which was decided by a couple of key moments. With nothing to pick between the two sides, Freddie Arlott’s superb shot off a short corner and Eshan Mehta’s tireless work rate alongside him meant that Witham edged what was a very entertaining game 3-2. What was incredibly pleasing to see during this game was the way in which the boys moved the ball early and never allowed Lincoln Minster time to reorganize. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon had by all.