Hockey Update

19 Oct 2017

1st VII v Worksop 1st VII

Witham – 7
Worksop – 0

This was certainly a full squad fixture as every member contributed to this impressive performance.  It wasn’t just the win that was pleasing but the way in which the girls put their hard work in practice into the match and heeded the advice they had been given. Poppy and Bella were constant pests and worked tirelessly throughout the game. Well done to all the girls on their performance and thank you to Worksop for hosting us.

1st VII v Framlingham College 1st VII

Witham – 1
Framlingham – 0

After playing Framlingham in a pre-season tournament earlier in the term, the girls knew this would be an exceptionally tough test, especially after losing 2-0 in 10 minutes! Witham started brightly and managed to score on the break through a training ground routine. Katie to Bonnie to Ella – goal! Framlingham responded with a barrage of attacks but the Witham team stood strong, clearing their lines well with Tilly making some top saves with Lulie and Mia in support. Wave after wave of attack came Witham’s way and the girls fought with all their might to win the game. It wasn’t entertaining hockey but it was certainly some of the most resilient and dogged hockey I have seen – just what the girls needed!

1st VII to Oakham Tournament

The 1st VII started the day in their tough group against the unbeaten hosts, Oakham who capitalised on some sloppy Witham defending to score two quick goals. This immediately woke the girls up and in the final minutes, it was a barrage of Witham attacks. Eager to put the result behind them, the girls then went on to beat both Bilton and Foremarke B convincingly without conceding. Tilly and her defence thwarted any opposition attack with Bonnie and Katie combining superbly down the wing to provide for Ella. After reaching the Cup competition, the girls played superbly against Regional Champions Foremarke Hall A and were so unlucky to lose out 2-1. After a tired Witham team were beaten by a slick Framlingham College the girls certainly left with their heads held high - some big improvements over the week. Thank you to all the parents for their continued support and to Oakham for hosting us.

2nd VII v Worksop VII

Witham – 1
Worksop – 0

The 2nd VII Hockey team played some super hockey, both individually and as a team against Worksop College. During the first half of the match the possession of the ball was pretty even between both teams. Both our Witham and Worksop’s defence were tested but both teams calmly cleared the ball from the circle. It was super to see, with a half time score of 0 – 0, our Witham girls work incredibly hard to create a number of attacking pieces of play against our opponents. A fantastic pass from Gigi into the circle for Ffion to strike into their goal was a beautiful moment! Worksop to their credit, also set up some attacking play but our defence of Sophie, Maddie and Charlotte cleared many of these attempts. However, a few loose balls did get past them and Jemima (who was voted player of the match) sprung into action clearing them safely away. Rose, Izzy and Matilda did a splendid job rotating around in midfield supporting the defence and pushing up into the attacking half of the pitch. A well deserved 1 – 0 win. Very well done girls.

3rd VII v Worksop VII

Witham Hall – 7
Worksop College  - 1

The 3rd VII Hockey travelled away to Worksop College to play their 3rd Team. It was drizzling with rain, but it didn’t dampen our play. Witham were on fire and scored within the first two minutes. Daisy, Eleanor, Holly and Isabella were amazing up front and really worked on their channels.  Defensively, Arabella, Hera and Kitty also worked hard to keep the ball out of our D. Goal keeper Eliza really gained confidence throughout the match and really started to manoeuvre well within the goal and under pressure. Witham scored a further four goals by half time and Worksop College popped a goal in just before the half time whistle. The second half was tighter, but Witham’s passing and tackling was consistent and strong. Witham had 80% of the ball and fought hard to keep it. The final score was Witham 7, Worksop College 1.  Goal scorers : Daisy 2, Isabella 3, Holly 1 and Hera 1. Thank you to all our supporters who have travelled both home and away to support the Dream Team 3rd’s.  Your support is very much appreciated!

U11A v Framlingham U11A

Witham – 6
Framlingham – 0

The U11A team welcomed Rachel to the team for their Friday afternoon match against Framlingham College, who were touring here. The girls had a wonderful game of hockey, moving around in different positions and working together well. Framlingham are a notoriously strong hockey school so our U11A team did well to win with such conviction. We look forward to welcoming Framlingham back again soon.

U9A v Stamford U9A

Witham – 8
Stamford – 0

The U9A team had a brilliant match against Stamford Junior School, with all Year 3 and 4 girls playing and no subs across the three teams, it wasn’t going to be easy. What we lacked in numbers though, we made up for in skills and enthusiasm! The girls kept their space and worked together as a team, demonstrating some excellent passing. It was 4-0 after 10 minutes and the Witham girls had all of the possession and territory. A couple of changes during the break to even up the playing meant that Stamford had a little more possession but despite this Witham still scored another 4 goals. For the final third the Witham team were restricted to certain areas of the pitch to encourage them to play the ball wide and also even the play further, this resulted in some really impressive play and positioning from the Witham team, but meant no more goals were scored in the final third. Well done U9 girls!

U9 Stars v Stamford U9 mixed

Witham – 0
Stamford – 0

This was a game of end-to-end play with both teams having moments when it looked as if they might score, but it was not to be! Witham perhaps came closest when Eloise made a dynamic move down the pitch and then passed the ball to a well-positioned Maddie who managed to control the ball and get a strong shot into the goal – sadly, her final touch was just outside of the small shooting ‘D’ so it was disallowed. Nevertheless, a fine attempt.

Jemima was a star all game, calm and tireless in defence; Imogen at CM would have been the player of the match for her energy and commitment throughout, foiling endless attacking moves from Stamford. For Jessica, Flora and Liberty, this was their first match – and they did well to get over their nerves and improve their play and understanding all game. In the first third Scarlett played for the team and showed some really good speed up the middle of the pitch. Well done U9 Stars – you kept up your spirit and commitment all game!

U9 Stripes v Stamford U9 mixed

Witham – 1
Stamford – 0

The Under 9 Stripes team played against a mixed Under 9 Stamford team, away.  The girls were ready for action and eager to play their first game! The first half was a little bit scrappy as both teams were finding their feet and perhaps too eager to all follow the ball.  After five minutes, play started to improve and the ball was passed into space. Katie, Olivia, Violet and Flora, worked hard in the midfield and attack and really communicated well with each other. There were times, where the channel play started to happen, by passing and running into space. Defensively, Hetti, Elizabeth and Jessica really tackled with enthusiasm and were eager to win the ball for Witham. Witham scored just before the half time whistle, which was a great confidence boost to go into the second half with. The second half was much more even and Stamford started to improve their passing and had a little bit more possession.  Witham marked, tackled and were really keen not to let Stamford into the D to try and score a goal. A game of improvement, confidence and belief and all the team listened well to coaching advice and put it into practice. Well done Under 9 Stripes.  Huge thanks to all our sideline supporters – a great team off the pitch too!