St John's School, Leatherhead Girls 1st XI vs Churcher's College
On: Saturday, 26 Nov 2016
There was always likely to be a hangover after the disappointment of missing out on a spot in the national finals on Wednesday and so it proved on Saturday. With a few changes in personnel and position, St John's failed to find the verve that has marked their play this season. To their credit, Churcher's threatened with some pacy forwards and their penalty corner routines were well-rehearsed but St John's should have won this game easily.
As it was, they were drawn into a battle with Churcher's scoring three goals from set plays to leave the game in the balance going into the dying seconds. What cannot be taken away from the St John's girls, though, is their desire to win and, when the Churcher's left-back gifted the ball to Chrissie Georgiou, she was not going to snub her chance: she raced through, rounded the keeper and sealed both the game and her hat-trick. It was a devastating blow for the hosts but just reward for Chrissie's endeavour in recent weeks. In amongst this lacklustre performance she - and strike partner Emily Roe - showed touches of class and their goal threat is going to be key to St John's ongoing success.
Jodie Brine, in goal, also showed the future is bright with several strong saves and Ruby Breakspear and Kirstin Hume gained more valuable 1st-team experience. So, another victory to add to the long line of successes so far this term and some positives to take into the final couple of weeks where a full-strength side will look to end the season on a high with wins against Epsom and St George's.