A Busy Week of Hockey

29 Nov 2017

1st XI v Wisbech Grammar School

Witham – 3
Wisbech – 0

The Witham 1st XI came together for only their second eleven a-side match of the season and they did not disappoint with their progress from the Oundle fixture. The first fifteen minutes proved to be a scrappy affair but Witham soon woke up and started to play some scintillating hockey. Bonnie opened the scoring with a strong strike before she cracked a second in, which was truly sublime; beating two players outside of the ‘D’, she opened her shoulders and smashed a shot that clipped the top of the backboard in the bottom corner. In the second half Witham continued to dominate and a special team goal followed. Bella and Katie fed Bonnie who drove down the right hand side and slipped the ball to Ella who swept the ball home first time. This really was a massive improvement from the last match and credit should go to the girls for their hard work. Thank you to Wisbech for their hospitality and to all the parents for their continued support.

2nd VII v Wisbech Grammar School

Witham – 1
Wisbech – 1

The 2nd VII Hockey team had a good match against Wisbech U12As. The first half ended 0-0 with both teams unable to penetrate through their opposition’s defence.  The second half was very exciting with the ball being skilfully moved about the pitch by both teams. Witham were able to score from a short corner and had further opportunities but were unable to increase their score. With a slight blip in defence, our opponents were also able to convert a short corner bringing the final score to 1-1.

2nd VII v Spratton Hall 2nd VII

Witham – 1
Spratton – 2

On a very cold Saturday afternoon the 2nd VII Hockey team played against Spratton Hall. Both teams worked extremely hard but it was Witham who were able to score first from a superb pass out from the defence up to Matilda. Shortly afterwards Spratton scored from a short corner. Witham displayed great team work moving the ball around the pitch trying to create attacking opportunities. We unfortunately were unable to extend out score from these opportunities. Our opponents on the other hand had a number of short corners awarded to them and a super strike from the top of the circle gave them the lead that both teams had worked hard to achieve. Credit must go to Sophie who had her debut performance as GK as she saved numerous shots at goal, therefore keeping the score down. Well done girls for all your hard work and enthusiasm despite the cold!

3rd VII v Wisbech Grammar School

Witham Hall – 7
Wisbech GS – 0

The 3rd VII Hockey team travelled away to Wisbech GS.  The team were in good spirits following a good win against Oundle the week before. The team were really motivated for this fixture and they wanted to win. The first five minutes were slow, but as soon as they got going the goals started to flood in. Jemima dominated the attack, with support from Daisy, Eleanor and Isabella. After ten minutes, Witham were winning 4-0, with some superb goals scored. Defensively, Witham were strong with Kitty at GK clearing the ball regularly to help her defensive team of Eliza, Hera and Millie. By half time, the score was Witham 5, Wisbech 0. 

The second half was just as good as the first, with the 3rd team displaying lovely channel play, excellent tackling and fantastic accuracy of shot at goal. The closing moments of the game were a particular highlight; changing Eleanor to the striker for our final short corner. Isabella slipped it out to Eleanor who took the ball and shot straight into the far right hand corner at great speed. This was the best 3rd VII team’s performance of the season; they displayed quality hockey and outstanding team work. Well done girls, I am very proud of all you have achieved to date. Thank you to all our supporters who came to support the mighty 3rd VII.

3rd VII v Spratton Hall 3rd VII

Witham Hall – 1
Spratton Hall – 7

After the game against Wisbech GS, the 3rd VII were ready to conquer Spratton Hall.  Before the game, Witham lost Hera due to a ball hitting her knee cap and therefore couldn’t play in the game. Witham had to fight on though! Spratton were unbeaten and they were very strong across every position. Within the first five minutes, Witham were slow to get into the game and gave away silly passes, which unfortunately led to three goals being scored by Spratton. Witham started to panic and were outplayed by some strong passing and tactical manoeuvres. Witham had quite a few opportunities, but couldn’t find the goal! The half time score was Witham 0, Spratton 6. After a strong team talk at half time, Witham had to work harder and be determined not to let Spratton score. After two minutes, Spratton scored again, bringing their total to 7. Witham had to step it up and believe! After ten minutes in the second half, Witham scored their first goal, which lifted the team. The last ten minutes, Witham fought hard, Jemima, Holly, Isabella and Eleanor really started to pass the ball and attack the Spratton defence. Millie, Arabella, Eliza worked hard in defence and tackled well, stopping Spratton scoring any more. Kitty kicked with confidence at GK and stopped any further goals. Well done, a very hard game against a skilful side. Thank you to all our supporters who came to watch on a very cold afternoon at Witham.

U11A v Spratton Hall U11A

Witham – 4
Spratton – 2

The Spratton fixture clashed with the National Biathlon finals which took away two of our usual recruits. This gave two other U11 girls the opportunity to represent the school in the U11A team! Isabelle and Rachel did a sterling job of rising to the challenge and certainly did themselves proud. The game was end to end throughout, with some great attacking play from both teams. We knew it would be a tough match as Spratton also competed at the IAPS National Hockey finals, and ended up ranked 16th compared to Witham’s 19th position. Lilia was voted ‘Player of the Match’ by Spratton and Rose certainly shone on the left. To come away with a 4-2 win was testament to the Witham girls’ grit and team work – well done!

U11A v Magdalene House U11A

Witham – 6
Magdalene – 0

The U11A team had an extended squad for this fixture, giving 5 other Year 6 girls the opportunity to show how they have progressed. The girls started really strong with Eliza scoring within the first minute! Despite the constantly changing team and structure the girls played really well, moving the ball out wide and attacking as a team. Magdalene had a fantastic goal keeper and also had several attacks on our goal. Witham came out on top though with a convincing 6-0 win – well done all!

U11B v Magdalene House U11B

Witham – 2
Magdalene – 1

The U11B team had an end to end match of hockey, with both teams having attacking play. The first half gave our Witham girls a slight shock as Magdalene were much more physical than we have been used to. After coming to terms with this the girls knuckled down and worked together. Magdalene scored first putting the home side on the back foot. Luckily Witham snuck a goal before half time! The second half was very close again and thanks to some excellent pressure from Witham they finally clinched a 2-1 win.

U11B v Spratton Hall U11B

Witham – 5
Spratton – 1

Witham travelled to Spratton on a very cold Saturday afternoon. Spratton only had five players so Witham lent them two in each half so that the game could go ahead. Both teams started sprightly scoring a goal each within the first few minutes. Then Witham got into their stride, very effectively they moved the ball wide to the wingers, who in turn dribbled the ball quickly down the side-line before crossing into the circle for the attackers to convert. All of the team played extremely well and the Witham quests were probably the best players on the Spratton team - a great all round performance.

U11C v Spratton Hall U11C

Witham – 1
Spratton – 1

The U11C team had a very close game against Spratton Hall’s U11C team, despite them having some U11B girls playing. Witham scored first thanks to an excellent interception from Millie, putting Spratton on the back foot and giving our girls a confidence boost. We had many more attempts on goal but their GK had a brilliant game. Spratton scored in the second half to equalise with a well worked goal. Clara was outstanding in goal, saving a number of attacks. Well done to all of the girls, it wasn’t easy in freezing conditions!

U9A/U10B v Magdalene House U9A

Witham Hall – 4
Magdalene House – 3

The A team had a wobbly first few minutes allowing a goal against them early on, mainly due to carelessness. However, they reacted strongly pulling back with determination and focus which was a fantastic response. There was some really good team work on show with excellent goals scored by Chiara (2) and Katie (1) in the first period of play. In the second period of play the Witham girls struggled to find their form and found it tough to stick to their positions that they had managed so admirably during the first half. However Chiara managed to slot another goal in past their keeper. The team were captained well by Sammy and Olivia. Matilda put in yet another mature performance.

U9B v Magdalene House U9A

Witham Hall – 0
Magdalene House – 4

The B team reacted with some shock to a few of the key players in the Magdalene House team. However, having a few quick goals scored against them, woke them up and soon they began to battle harder. There were some good runs down the wing by Hetti whose control of the ball is improving weekly; Maddie was determined in the middle and Olivia moved the ball well down the pitch. Nevertheless after the first period of play the girls were 0-3 down. Their response was much more gritty in the second period and Olivia G in defence was very positive, re-distributed the ball with power and energy. Elizabeth, Jemima and Olivia S all added positive contributions and although losing this half 0-1, it was a much better period of play. Well done!

U9 mixed v Stamford mixed

Stamford arrived at Witham for a lovely afternoon of friendly hockey against all of our Year 3 and 4 girls. The three mixed ability teams all demonstrated how much progress they have made since the beginning of the term, with their passing looking particularly good. Witham didn’t lose any of their many matches against Stamford and everyone thoroughly enjoyed playing plenty of hockey!