Today marked the start of the 2017/2018 hockey season with a friendly away to Wallingford 2's. A team we will face twice in our new league - Premier 2.
The Ladies 4s welcomed some new faces to this season. Sue Clarke commented how quiet we all were and asked if this was normal... Err No! On the flip side Dizzy was pacing around the changing rooms as half her family were turning out to watch her play! You could say she was a little nervous!
The game started with Wallingford strong on the attack. They had some fast forwards and seemed to be a lot quicker on the ball than we were. After a two goal lead by them our heads dropped a little but we then settled down and began to move the ball around, with some good linking play by everyone. It wasn't long before Wallingford increased their lead to make it 3-0 before Hawks pulled one back with a smashing goal from Grace. This lifted our spirits and the play started to even out. Having said that Wallingford scored again and at half time the score was 4-1.
In all fairness the score didn't reflect the game. The half time team talk encouraged us to forget the score and just focus on working together as a team, supporting each other and staying tight with our player. Great advice because we came out stronger and more determined in the second half. A great through ball by Chloe to Alice saw the opposition kick it in the 'D', Alice played on and the umpire allowed advantage. Alice then cross along the backline to Dizzy who made it count! 4-2.
Hawks improved as the game went on with lots of linking passes and supporting play, particularly from Sue Clark, Alice and Chloe. Becky and Jacqui worked very hard to defend the circle and with Emily, stopped the Wallingford attack from a number of scoring opportunities. Unfortunately Wallingford scored again, a really weak goal but a goal nevertheless. It was now 5-2.
In the final few minutes Hawks were rewarded with a short corner. We decided on the ping pong routine, which has caused much amusement in the changing room earlier. The first attempt didn't come off but we were given another chance and this time it worked a treat! Goal! Final score 5-3.
Today was the first time we had played as a team so overall a fantastic performance -Well done everyone