Senior Girls Hockey Update
20 Oct 2016
1st VII vs Stamford High School, won 7-0
The Witham girls continued their development from tour with a dominant win against Stamford. The team certainly battled hard in stifling heat with some superbly worked goals, especially from short corners. The role of each position is still a little rusty but the girls certainly have time to develop this, ready for their next match. A massive thank you must go to all the parents for their support on the side-line as ever.
2nd VII v Wellow U13A, won 5 – 0
The first match of the season for the 2nd VII Hockey team was on a scorching Wednesday afternoon. Given that many of the girls had not played with each other previously it was super to see them quickly settling down and communicating as a team. The girls worked incredibly hard moving the ball around the pitch and when possession was lost, the defence and Captain Izzy Blackman as GK, quickly cleared the ball out of the circle. Witham were able to create a number of scoring opportunities and the final score was a 5 – 0 win to Witham. This was a very impressive first match, well done girls.
2nd VII v Oakham
v Oakham U12A Won 3-1
v Oakham U12B Won 1 -0
The 2nd VII Hockey team played two short matches against Oakham’s U12A and B team. In the first match against our opponent’s U12A team, Witham scored an early opening goal and Oakham quickly attacked and levelled the score. Throughout the match, possession of the ball moved evenly between both teams with excellent stick work demonstrated from both sides. Both teams set up attacking moves but Witham were able to score another two fantastic goals and with superb goal keeping from Izzy Blackman we were able to prevent our opponents from scoring any further goals. The match finished with a 3 – 1 win to Witham. With a quick turn round, the 2nd VII then played Oakham’s U12B team. The match saw the ball moving up and down the pitch, passed from left to right but both teams found it hard to break through each other’s defence. However, in the last 20 seconds of the match an excellent pass from Sienna McAlpine to Pippa Thompson who then hit it into our opponent’s goal narrowly won Witham the match 1 – 0. A great afternoon of hockey girls, well done.
3rd VII v Stamford High School U13C, Lost 1 – 2
The 3rd VII hockey team had their first match of the season on an incredibly hot Wednesday afternoon. They quickly got into position and worked beautifully as a team from the very start. With a number of the girls having not played together before it was lovely to see them working together as a team from the very first whistle. Possession was evenly distributed between Witham and Stamford High School but our opponents were able to score first. Despite a number of the girls having played in a previous match that afternoon in the sweltering heat, they all found extra energy and we were able to score to level the match. In the last quarter Stamford managed to break through our defences and score another goal. The final score 1 – 2 to Stamford. A super match and although not a win, the girls should be very proud of their performance. Well done
U12 VII v Stamford High School, Lost 0-2
The Witham Under 12 team put in a tremendous fight against an experienced Stamford side. After conceding two soft goals in the first few minutes, the Witham girls put the Stamford goal under constant siege throughout the remainder of the game. How Witham didn’t score is quite beyond the coach, as some of their link up play, fight in defence and movement was quite superb. It really was a thrill and a pleasure to watch. The girls should all be extremely proud of themselves! Thank you once again to all the parents who came to support in some quite unbearable heat.
3rd VII v St John’s Cambridge, Lost 3-0
The first away game for the 3rd VII team saw them travel to Cambridge to play St John’s. The game started evenly with both teams having good periods of possession, with the ball travelling quickly from one end of the pitch to the other. Solid defensive work from Witham managed to effectively clear the ball from their D turning defence into attack. Unfortunately the Witham attack were not able to convert any of their chances whereas St John’s scored from three of their attacking positions. This was a good all-round team performance but Witham need to work on their finishing if they are to win future games.