Saturday 12th October 2019
Oxford Hawks Ladies 3s vs South Berkshire Ladies 1s
- 47.2 miles away from Banbury Road North, 48 if you include the walk to the pitch.
- 15:00 – Originally greeted with a ‘delay’ that turned out to be misinformed
- Weather: Wet and Miserable
- Warm Up: Included a muddy and wet country trail, abruptly cut short by the final whistle of the previous game which turned out to be a Hawks Men’s team.
Quick Statistical Analysis
8.7% Conversion Rate on attacking short corners
98% Fail rate at reading the umpires signals (we are not telepathic)
A 1-1 draw at full time left us feeling a sense of achievement as we’d worked so hard and were so focused on continuing to remain a strong and consistent unit throughout the entirety of the game.
The game started strongly with a large focus on attacking from Hawks, lovely passages of play and competency in linking from player to player to penetrate the circle over and over.
South Berkshire were focused and quick on the break, with the first goal of the game coming in after around 10 minutes. Hawks missed the opportunity to re-group on their counterattack and a ‘trickling’ goal was scored from a free hit taken within 0.379 seconds. Some say this was a world record.
Hawks fought back hard with strong, forward-moving connections and consistent communication waves coming from the back all the way up the pitch. The pre-discussed focus points pondered our minds as we worked for each other and didn’t let the weather, or the score dampen our spirits. Patience and persistence paid off before half time and after many attempts, the 8.7% conversion rate finally became apparent, the score was 1-1.
The second half was greeted with frustration but overruled by determination and willingness to succeed. Hawks managed to fight right till the end with lovely textbook play and the occasional drag flick to attempt to improve that conversion rate.
Overall, a soggy but well fought battle. Lots to learn and take away, but with the aid of focus points and a positive attitude, Hawks walked away knowing that the standard of hockey played was excellent and with an excitement to keep on working for those points to help our table position.