U9 Hockey Update

25 Nov 2016

The U9 Hockey girls have been very busy and have enjoyed some really close matches. Just as we broke for half term they played vs Wellingborough and in the annual Tournament held at Bedford Modern School. Since then it has been a match each week.

v Wellingborough                 Won 3-1

The girls played well in this match displaying plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Poppy was notable in defence keeping out any attacking moves and the girls were also aided by Wellingborough to some degree who were unable to capitalise on a number of excellent opportunities. Lydia and Olivia were dynamic up front.

U9 to Bedford Modern Competition

v Northampton HS               Drew 0-0

v Bedford Modern                 Drew 1-1

v Milton Keynes Prep           Drew 0-0

v Wellingborough Prep         Lost 0-1

Despite beating Wellingborough the day before it proved too much to do it two days in a row! The girls had a challenging day where they were often slow to react to umpiring decisions and it took them until the last game against Milton Keynes before they really showed some fire, decent positional play and skill to move the ball as a team. Although they managed a decent set of results these were not good enough to progress to the semi –final stage. Players of the day were Kitty Forrest in goal for her first ever time and her dynamic save against Milton Keynes; Rosie Pollard, Year 3, who was outstanding all day and defended with a maturity beyond her years and Clara Wilson for her excellent angled goal v Bedford Modern and such a near miss against Milton Keynes. Good try girls!

U9/8 Hockey v Wellow House

Witham U9 Lions                   Won 2-0

Witham U9/8 Cubs                Won 4-1

Witham U9/8 Panthers          Won 3-1

All the Year 3&4 girls turned out for the games versus Wellow U9A and played three matches each in a mini tournament. They all acquitted themselves extremely well. Alexandra Braid, playing for the Cubs, really showed some pace and determination down the right wing and scored a hat-trick! Rosie Pollard also showed she can score goals as well as she can defend! For the Panthers Olivia Scott showed pace in attack and scored two goals and Clara Wilson scored another. Matilda Blythe and Katie Armitage showed real progress through the matches both thinking through their roles and having a positive impact on the game. Olivia (Yr 3) showed what power she has, defending well and propelling the ball with real strength up the pitch. For the Lions Lydia’s drive up through the centre of the pitch paid off and with some help from Katie Selkin she was instrumental in both the goals in that match.

Well done Year 3&4 girls!

v Laxton U9A                        Lost 3-1

The Witham U9A girls had a tough match against Laxton Junior School, with lots of lovely hockey being played. The work rate was relentless, led by Lydia and Rosie, running up and down the pitch non-stop. Laxton had lots of opportunities, but our defence stood strong for the majority of shots. Rosie’s great positioning and persistence final resulted in a goal! Sammie was very close to scoring a second goal but the ball just went wide. It was a hard fought match and the girls all showed just how much progress they have made.

v Laxton U10B           Drew 4-4

This was an exciting game of end to end hockey. Laxton looked time and time again as if they were going to score in the first 5 minutes, but Poppy and Ellie held firm in defence and then the Witham attack started to make their attacking moves really count. Lydia and Alexandra supported each other well and drove the ball down to our end of the pitch – both girls showed much more determination, well done! In fact Lydia scored a fantastic long range goal, very exciting!

The match was played over three thirds; by the end of the second third Witham were 3-1 up and feeling upbeat and positive. Sammie showed in this game what a superb attacking player she can be; she scored two of the Witham goals! However, as part of the rotation of players it was time for Poppy to sub off and what an impact this had – the defence crumbled. In no time at all the girls found themselves at 3-3! Fortunately Clara had a superb run up the right wing with some neat dodging round her defender and scored another. However, our defence was found wanting again and Laxton converted in the dying minutes of the game to draw it 4-4.

v Burton Hathow

Yesterday the Year 4 girls made the long journey to Lincoln and took on Burton Hathow. The game can be described as an ‘uneven playing field’ in every respect. While it was a pleasure to view the level of hockey played by a couple of the outstanding Burton Hathow U10s and to see increased tenacity and bravery from the Witham girls when faced with much more mature athletes, it was nevertheless an uneven contest.