We all had a long trek down to Millfield School near Glastonbury for the Area finals. The weather was sunny, Robbie had his woolly hat and we were raring to go! Amelia even had time to check out the nearest shopping opportunities before the game in search of some trainers – her own pair being left behind in Oxford!
There was a one group of four teams with the top team qualifying for the National Finals with matches 15 minutes each way.
Our first match was against Cirencester. Hawks started well pushing forward with Harri, Lili, Gemma, Lucia, Bea and Maisie in attack with Harri scoring a goal on the break – 1-0. Unfortunately Cirencester pushed straight back and managed to catch Hawks on the break with a goal – 1-1. The second half saw several short corners for both teams, a green card for a Cirencester player but no more goals. An attack by Hawks in the last minute led to a good chance on goal but was kept out – another 20 seconds and who knows…..
The second match was versus Isca with their pink socks! The hockey was end to end stuff with several runs forward from Gemma, Bea and Lucia, unfortunately Hawks were caught on the break and went into the half time talk 1-0 down. Encouraging words from Robbie meant the team really focused into the second half. There was more structure and Emily, Hannah, Charlotte S and Charlotte G working hard in the middle. Our first goal came from a short corner with Harri getting the ball across the line. More end to end play and then with one minute to go another goal from Lili. Our first win of the day.
Finally all to play for in the last match against the favourites and unbeaten Clifton Robinson. Hawks started well with several attacks on goal but no reward. Freya and Lucy with Amelia in goal (with her nice new trainers) worked hard to keep Clifton out until 10 minutes in when they scored their first goal. Amelia was almost knocked off her feet by an opposition player running into her but half time was 1-0.
Hawks needed to come back quickly and Molly had a good chance which unfortunately was saved and then Hawks continually pushed forward with some good passes down the side. Clifton had some strong, quick attackers and managed to get through Hawks defence a further 3 times to end at 4-0.
A really good day of challenging hockey – well done team! Thanks to Robbie and Scraggy.