Result: Stoneygate 2 v Grace Dieu 0
Emily, Jessica, Elizabeth, Annabelle, Beatrice.R. (Captain), Beatrice. B., Megan, Ilona, Erin, Rebecca and Jasmine
The U’10s made the long journey to Grace Dieu, on a cold and wet afternoon, but the girls were bursting to play their first hockey match of the season.
It came as a surprise that we were to play on grass! This was a new experience to most and during the warm up the U’10s realised that this changed their game completely. However they adapted very well!
Stoneygate dominated the play of this game and in the times that Grace Dieu had the ball, there always seemed to be a Stoneygate player lurking to win it back! Bea Rhodes, our super fit new Captain, was particularly good at this. Bea covered more of the hockey pitch than anyone and wherever the ball was, Bea was. On several occasions she sprinted from attack to defence, won the ball and sprinted all the way back to attack, with the ball! Brilliant, you had a super game Captain Bea.
Izzy played as a strong centre forward throughout the whole game and ran hard across the large pitch, linking well with players, supporting everywhere and demonstrating some excellent stick work. Another very fit player! Well played Izzy.
Emily (playing in her first ever hockey match!!) settled quickly into this new game and she was a reliable defender/midfielder. She played assertively, using confident stick work and was always aware of players around her. Emily is a hockey player to watch!
Megan, our very alert GK made some important saves at crucial times. She stopped the ball well with ‘V’ feet and kicked with all her effort to send the ball clear. The team felt well supported by such a reliable keeper. Well done Megan.
Our defending was good and Rebecca, Annabelle, Beattie and Erin approached the attacking ball well and were able to progress it towards our attacking end. They learnt when to come away from defence and push up to the half way line, adding support to our attacking players. Hit outs were struck well too.
Jess, Jasmine, Ilona and Rebecca judged their positional play well in midfield. Jasmine used her high level of fitness to cover lots of space and was particularly good at chasing back to regain the ball. Jess, who does need to calm her attacking stick work, is a strong defender who doesn’t give in when trying to win the ball. Ilona’s best part of her game is her dribbling skill where she shows super ball control. Rebecca showed her strong hit and push at free hits and gained some important ground for her team.
Special mention goes to Megan at GK for having a positive attitude, super concentration and skill!
Player of the Match goes to Bea Rhodes for being an excellent Captain, with just the right attitude, and for being the best overall player on the pitch! Wow what a game!
Mrs S. Frisby