Boys' A & B teams
The approach to the Festival involved Bear and Russell looking at the excellent squad at their disposal and resigned to some very difficult selection decisions given the level of talent available.
It was tough but after 3 selection meetings the squads were finalised.
The quirky age qualification does throw some anomalies but the younger players who missed out this year will have an opportunity to do battle for the U12’s as the Senior players next year.
The objective was to get both the A and B teams competing in the final and a slight blow was delivered on Sunday morning when Finn, the B team goal keeper was taken ill.
This was disappointing for him as he had been practicing at both the Sunday and Monday sessions for 2 weeks leading up to the Festival.
Matt Dunn agreed to step in at the last minute from the U10’s-the Dark Destroyer was to face a baptism of fire-we were delighted.
The group stage saw games against Bicester and Oxford.
Hawks Boys' B Team
Hawks B dominated possession against Oxford and played pass and move hockey with the midfield of Krishan, Laurie and Amar linking well.
Theo opened the Hawks account with a cool finish and the team pressed for more. As often happens the chances did not go in and on a rare hit into the Hawks half an equaliser was scored on the break.
Score 1-1 goal scorer Theo Zamani
The team then watched as Oxford came back from 2-0 down to beat Bicester 3-2. The maths was simple, based on goals scored they had to beat Bicester by 4 goals or more.
Immediately the game was played in the Bicester half, and mostly in their D!
Incredibly the ball was again released to the Hawks half and they were 1-0 down!
Character was now required. Sure enough the team clicked into gear with Charlie and Roly pushing from the high position, the midfield and forwards found their shooting heads.
2 goals from Whitey and goals from Laurie, Theo, Roly and Krishan gave a 6-1 win and Wallingford in the semi final.
The team battled hard and it was an even contest. At times the play could have been switched but everyone played with heart and determination. Again though the goals would not come and the set piece specialist of Wallingford scored 2.
Hawks were not down and grabbed an excellent goal from Theo, who scored in every game, with Laurie, Roly and Whitey coming close.
In the end Wallingford held firm and went on to play the Hawks A team in the final.
Every player did the Hawks shirt proud and they will have all learned from the experience.
Squad Matt Dunn, Charlie Warner, Roly Belton, Theo Zamani, Tom Bradley, Amar Madar, Simon White, Laurie Cooke, Krishan Badiani, Lucas Davis
Boys' A Team
What an afternoon!!
I do not think that I have ever witnessed such an exhibition of superb hockey at this age group .
In summary here were the results:
Beat Wallingford 5:1
Beat Banbury 10:0
Beat Oxford HC 8:0
Beat Wallingford 5:0
Freddie Smith 8
James Edmiston 4
Aiden Benger 4
OJ Webb 6
Dom Monroe 1
Ollie Dunn 2
Johnnie Sunderland 2
Philip Barnett 1
What pleased me the most was the unselfish way that we played all through the tournament. We passed, moved and kept our shape brilliantly. We never looked like conceding all day and it was only really bad luck that poor old Hamish deflected one under the Salmon diving Foxy.
Our finishing was sublime and a joy to behold.
I hope that we can maintain this level of intensity and performance at the regionals and I will send some details as soon as I have them.
I really believe and hope that this team can go from strength to strength but our journey has only just begun as the Carpenters would say
Well done to the supporting parents in horrid conditions.
Watch this space
Girls' A & B Teams
I’ve dried out now and feel a bit more relaxed as I sip my mint tea and reflect on a dramatic day’s hockey.
Hawks took 2 girls sides to Banbury. The ‘A’ team ended up taking 2nd spot in the finals whilst the ‘B’ team took a creditable 5th = spot after unfortunately drawing Hawks ‘A’ team in the quarterfinals.
The coaches have been so impressed by this team who showed great spirit and competitive edge all afternoon whilst also thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The pool games were as follows…
v Wallingford ‘A’ Draw 0-0
The first test which we knew would be the hardest of the afternoon. The girls played fantastically to neutralise the Wallingford attack with Dila and Amelia do a fantastic man marking job
v Banbury Win 4-0 (Dila, Imogen, Tanya, Gemma)
v Witney Win 1-0 (Nicola)
Quarterfinals v Hawks B Win 2-0 (Jessica. Isabel)
Semi final v Wallingford B Win 5-4 on penalty flicks following 0-0 in normal time
The semi finished in dramatic style following a gripping match in which Hawks had the better of the game and could have won in normal time if it wasn’t for a number of great saves by the Wallingford keeper. Hawks first penalty flick was adjudged to be a slap and disallowed. We then dug deep and Ruby in goal pulled out two great saves to put us through on sudden death
Final v Wallingford A Lost 4-3 on penalty flicks following 1-1 in normal time
Another nail bitter. End to end stuff with Hawks defending solidly and going ahead 1-0 following a short corner from Nicola. With 15 seconds to go Wallingford ended up with a long corner which somehow rebounded off the posts and dribbled into the goal to give the equaliser at full time and the dreaded penalty shoot out. The Wallingford keeper was nimble and managed 2 good saves to end 4-3 but a great performance by Hawks who go through to the Southern Regional Finals as runners up.
This was a real team performance and it is not possible to select a man of the match as they all deserve this.
The team was…..
Ruby Smith – despite finding someone else have taken her kit she adapted well to her new equipment. Relatively untroubled until the later stages when she performed fantastically in the semis with two great saves to takes us to the finals.
Amelia Leondiou - awesome in defence with commanding clearances and excellent man to man marking.
Annabel Asher- one of our two younger players who was energetic throughout and deserved a goal for sheer determination. Incredibly calm when taking her penalty flick in the semis having had her first effort disallowed.
Dila Muldur - industrious in midfield and man marked her opposite number out of the game in both our Wallingford games.
Gemma Taylor - Our other younger player with silky stick skills and distributed the ball from midfield with some sublime reverse sweeps. Stepped forward for penalty flick duty with confidence.
Isabel Gibson –played some of the best ‘v’ drags seen in a Hawks shirt. Steely determination and ran her socks off all the time.
Jessica Madden White - what’s happened here? The surprise package. Slicing through defences with superb stick skills. Selfless in the first game by agreeing not to come on to keep team consistency. States she isn’t a centre forward yet slots a great goal. I just wondered how much better she could play without Mum shouting at her (only joking Becky…)
Madeline Dale – centre forward…defender…centre forward….definitely a defender. Great performance and impressive partnership with Amelia at the back.
Nicola Green…..storming runs down both sides of midfield and with a powerful hit and slap which scored 2 goals….and she ran no. 1 at short corners to save us several times from the well worked Wallingford routines.
Tanya Scott….you don’t want to get in the way of Tanya’s tackling. Great determination all afternoon. Full of confidence and first to come forward for penalty flicks.
It is great this team will play together again in the Regional Finals as they deserved it…Well done
Wow what a day and what a great bunch of U12 girls we have :)
Our First game V. Oxford, we lost 2-0
Second game V. Bicester won 2:1
Third game V. Wallingford lost 2-0
Fourth game V. Witney won 2-0
Then made it to the quarter final and played our friends Hawks A! and lost 2-0
Today I saw some great running with the ball and some lovely passing on the
move too which is great. A few of you took the opportunity to pass back
when necessary and generally our hit-outs were good and quick. We must
remember to follow our pass and when we have passed the ball get into a good
position to receive again or mark an opposition player so they can't get the
ball! Our short corners were well executed and it's nice to see many of you
wanting to inject when attacking and be first runner when defending.
The team was …
Alexia Zamani – who ran around chasing the ball and when was in position was very strong. Don’t give up on the tackles. Hope the ankle is OK?
Delphine Little GK – cool, calm and collected and starting to direct her defenses when necessary too, great goal keeping, well done.
Frankie Powell – very determined player who loves to run around in search of the ball, well played. Keep two hands on the stick!
Georgia Johnson – a quiet member and a bit of a dark horse. An excellent game as right forward. Run into the spaces…
Holly Senior – played really well up front having a few shots at goal and even scoring one within 2 mins of push back, get your feet around early – well done!
Imogen Flint – played very well as left half and began to find the space ready to receive the ball remember not to hide behind the defender.
India Buckland – a great defender but likes to run too. Positioning on the pitch was great, well played
Izzy Rees – such a keen player, learnt that she found it a bit difficult on the left but played well especially at center half.
Madeleine Prior – had some strong runs and hits well too, must go searching for the ball, hope your knee is OK
Susie Brooke – always smiling and played very well in the mid-field but a very capable defender too.
I know most of you have a preferred position and I hope you got to play that
today but it was great to see you all have a go at different positions which
makes it easier for me - thank you Well done with the penalty flicks girls!
See you Sunday when the sun will shine:) Ruth