Second placed Swansea made the long journey over to Oxford, where the points were shared after a fascinating and high quality encounter at Banbury Road North. Swansea started well and put the home side under pressure, but it was nothing that Hawks keeper Ria Male couldn’t handle, playing against her former club, with Male made an outstanding double save after ten minutes when Swansea looked favourite to score. Hawks settled and made some chances of their own, and came close from a number of penalty corners, but the Swansea defence coped well. Both teams played some outstanding and well organised hockey, but were not able to break the deadlock.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first – chances at both ends, but player of the match Male pulled off some more outstanding saves to keep the scores level. Briony Hearn, in her last game for Hawks before leaving to travel the world, was on fine form, commanding the back with Caro Harris, but they had to withstand a prolonged period of pressure from the Welsh side and also survived a number of penalty corners with some exceptional defensive blocks. In the last quarter of the game, Hawks began to gain the upper hand and good work from Becky Odlin caused some problems for the Swansea defence. In the last few minutes of the game, Hawks won some penalty corners and hoped to snatch the win at the death, but again strong defending kept the ball out. However the results means Hawks are unbeaten at home in the first half of the season, and look forward to restarting their league campaign in early February.