Hawks entered three teams in the U12 Witney festival. 17 teams had entered and each team played 4 ten minute matches.
Hawks A Festival Report
Hawks A faced Witney first and after taking a few minutes to settle down played really well securing a 1-0 win in the closing minutes with a pass from Emily into Iris who put the ball into the back of the net. The midfield team of Archie, Imogen, Emily, Luke and Samuel worked really well to create several chances so we were able to get that vital goal in. We even saw a transfer round the back !
Next was Oxford who despite having no goalkeeper showed some excellent skills all over the pitch. Carys and Effie in defence were kept busy but worked effectively , making some excellent clearances to the rest of team together whilst goalkeeper Damon did a great job. We were 2-1 ahead with goals by Iris and Emilia assisted by Imogen and Carys - until the last minute when Oxford secured the equaliser. Straight after we met Wallingford. The team at this stage had really settled down and were confident in their positions; we won the match 3-2 with goals from Archie, Emilia and Iris.
Our last match was important as we were in joint first place with two other teams. We were playing another Oxford team and knew it was going to be another tougher match. A great pass from Emily allowed Archie to score the first goal and it was quickly followed by a cross pass from Archie which Samuel - in his first ever hockey match along with his brother Luke, managed to pop the ball into the goal. 2-0 and a little of our focus went. Oxford quickly got a first goal despite excellent movement from Damon and literally 10 seconds from the horn they secured a second.
The team did amazingly to finish undefeated as did the other Hawks teams, and finished third in the tournament. All in all a rather successful, if wet, day!
Hawks B (white) Festival report
Hawks B had a great tournament, winning three, losing one and finishing joint [fifth?]. We rotated players through most positions, but Ben had a particularly strong performance in the centre of midfield, scoring several goals. He was ably supported in midfield, principally by Anna, Jemima and Annabel who tracked back energetically to pick balls up in defence when needed. Kitty and Imogen added to the goal tally up front, whilst at the back we kept three clean sheets, not least thanks to the organised and spirited defending of William, Alex and Isabelle. Alice, in goal, was for the most part a barrier impermeable to the best efforts of the opposition attack.
Hawks C (magenta) Festival report