Independent Co-Educational Day School
What a match! With 13 of the hockey squad away on a school trip to Naples, you would think about cancelling the fixture. No, not with this talented bunch of players. They say the score line doesn't tell the whole story, and this was the case here. If all chances had been taken by both teams the final score would have been 12 - 12!
Players of the match:
With Captain Lucy leading the line up and Will at her side, Leehurst Swan took the game to the opposition and caught them napping with a through pass to Tom and Alex up front. Tom had the ball and shot wide.
The first half was a fast, scrappy affair, with both teams trying to find the gap that would lead to the opening goal.
Brodie, who was in goal for the first time ever, had a very good start to his hockey career by keeping the opposition at bay with well-timed kicks and a fantastic 'chase down' of the ball to narrow the angle and force the opposition players to shoot wide.
Adam, Archie Wi, and Andrew defended like demons. Amelia in the Centre Mid role controlled the play and linked beautifully with Lucy to keep the attack going. Jake and Archie Wr. did a sterling job as the wide men.
Close to half time, Leehurst Swan was caught on the counter-attack and the opposition broke into the D. Their striker shot at goal. Brodie saved the first and second shots, but with four attackers 'queuing up' he could not keep the ball out.
Half time, a rousing team talk, and some fresh legs on. Ben took on the duty as goalie – it was his first hockey match as a keeper too. George and Mohib came on up front and Thomas was on the wing.
This was a great half of hockey, with end to end stuff and shots from all angles. Will missed a couple, Tom had chances, and Lucy and Amelia had a go, but to no avail. The opposition also had its chances, but the steadfast defending from the Adam, Archie and Andrew really frustrated the opposition and their supporters. When the opposition had a shot, Ben stepped up - he even charged down a 50/50 and won, with the poor opposition player bouncing of his 'armour'.
With 10 minutes to go, the opposition finally beat the defence and after 2 saves from Ben, they got the all important second goal.
There was nothing to lose, so Leehurst Swan went on an all out attack, throwing caution to the wind. Leehurst Swan went looking for goals, and again shots rained past their keeper but this type of attack has it drawbacks and we were caught on the counter-attack again. Adam and keeper Ben were faced with five opposition players. They passed round Adam and, even with Ben saving the first shot, he could not stop the second.
The final whistle went. What a match!
Many thanks to all the parents, family and friends, who can to watch a support.
By Bru Baker