U9A Hockey Team impress at Barlborough Hall Festival and v Bedford U10s

24 Sep 2015

Last Saturday the U9A girls played against Bedford Girls’ School U10B team. The girls were rather daunted in the first quarter and it was almost as if they had never played a hockey game! All the play went up the left and got stuck on the left! After the first piece of play and a little team talk the girls realised that there was no reason to be playing this way and that they were indeed better than this. It was then back to business with the ball being distributed wide up the right wing and then crossed in to the ‘D’. The Witham girls came away with a 3-0 victory and can be pleased with the way they turned this game around after a rather shaky start! (Lilia 1; Matilda 2)

On Tuesday the U9A travelled to Barlborough Hall Prep for their annual early season Hockey Festival. This year five schools took part and every school played a ten minute match against every other school. The Witham girls played increasingly well as the afternoon progressed.

U9A v Barlborough Hall: 0-0

This match was slightly tentative with some good mid pitch play but not nearly enough determination in front of the goal when it really mattered. Nevertheless the girls came close with a long range shot from Matilda, that unfortunately was struck just outside the ‘D’ and another shot that was helped by some football from the opposition defence resulting in the whistle blowing and the goal not allowed.

U9A v St Hugh’s: 6-0

The girls came onto the pitch with much more determination for this game. Bunny proved to have real focus on the back of the goal and her positioning at left forward was spot on – she converted four well-worked opportunities provided by Rose and Lilia who tirelessly worked the ball up the right wing. Millie and Matilda also scored. Isabelle made some thoughtful passes forward into space in this game.

U9A v St Peter and St Paul: 1-0

The girls had all the possession in this game and the ball spent most of the time in the Witham attacking half. Unfortunately the girls became so keen on converting their chances that they tended to be too flat in the ‘D’ and the ball was constantly played into defenders legs and then constantly re-started by the Witham girls from 5m outside the ‘D’. There were many shots at goal and many misses…..which became almost comical! In the end Matilda saved the day and converted.

U9A v Westbourne: 1-0

This was probably the best match of the afternoon with the play down both ends of the pitch and some particularly skilful stick work on show from some of the opposition. Charlotte and Rosie battled well in this game winning us back ball on the left; Rose and Lilia continued to impress on the right with Molly making timely defensive tackles when needed. In the end it was another cross to Bunny that made the difference and she found the back of the goal with some style.

Well done girls!