On a very wet day, the ladies took to the pitch to take on Olton & West Warwicks in the Womens Over 35s Cup Competition. Hawks took a bit of time to settle into the game as the squad hadn’t played since November due to a bye and a walkover – not ideal preparations. So Hawks found themselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes as Olton came out the blocks quickly, pressing high up the field and over-loading the attack. As the game progressed Hawks found their rhythm and had a strong 10 minute spell but were unable to convert their chances. Olton took a 3-0 lead after converting a penalty corner but Hawks continued to play some attractive hockey and pulled a goal back in open play through Sam Jacobs. The game was very competitive with a number of players spilling blood for the cause, a normal match day for Odders, but Helen got taken out in the D and was accused of diving!!! [Definition of dive – to lose or fail intentionally]. The battle field was set. It remained 1-3 at half time with all to play for.
Sleeves rolled up, Hawks took the game to Olton pressing and winning a lot of the duals. A break down the right, a ball hit in to the D and the smallest of touches (or was there?) saw Hawks pull the game back to just one goal (2-3). Both teams battled hard but it was Olton who grabbed the final goal of the game to win the battle and go though to the quarter finals of the cup competition. Hawks will have to try again next year.
And finally ………
We can’t all play a winning game, someone is sure to lose.
But we can play so that our name, no one may dare accuse,
That when the scores are submitted against our name.
It won’t be whether we won or lost, but how we played the game.
Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the great photos on a very wet day.