St John's School, Leatherhead Girls-U12B vs Cranleigh School
On: Saturday, 12 Nov 2016
U12B’s Hockey Vs. Cranleigh
It seems a brief change in focus from hockey to netball, alongside a well-earnt half term break has served the team well. The girls came back even more energetic and enthusiastic with a new drive for hockey and this was certainly visible on the field. In one of the best displays I have seen from these young Eagles, the girls got off to a fantastic start. In the first half, Cranleigh scored early but with some incredible saves from our safe-hands keeper Jaimee, and with the return of Hannah Coutts, we were solid in defence, keeping our opponents away from our danger zones and even allowing some great turn overs. Having spent the last few fixtures focusing on moving forward as a cohesive unit it was brilliant to see how well the girls came together and utilised our strengths, with some great dribbling from Elizabeth and a good finish by Kennedy, we were neck and neck with Cranleigh. Although our opponents were putting some great pressure on the team, St.John’s dug deep and came together to hold them out until unfortunately another great shot from Cranleigh just before the half time whistle. A break to re-cap on our focus points – creating space and communication and some time to reward an impressive first half with some Haribo, the girls stepped into the second half ready to step up their game even more. However, as the clock kept ticking, it was clear that the team were working hard and legs were becoming tired yet we continued to work well as a defensive unit. Cranleigh played to their strengths and used a number of short corners to up their score with a final result of 5-1. Once again, a score line which really does not reflect what an outstanding performance the girls displayed and how much we have developed as a team, we are no longer a group of individuals but a strong, cohesive team who are determined and will continue to fight till the final whistle. Jaimee was once again (for the 5th consecutive match) awarded Player of the Match and whilst all the girls played brilliantly, I would like to highlight Hannah Coutts as the Coach’s Player of the Match with some great defensive play and strong tackles.