1st Hockey v Dollar Academy
Wednesday 5th October
St. Marys 1, Dollar 4
This time last year we were on the receiving end of a bit of a hiding from Dollar and we knew again this year that they would be a feisty bunch; they didn’t disappoint!
Another glorious day paved the way for a great afternoon of hockey. Upon reflection, this Dollar side was by far the strongest team we have met this season and despite our loss, I was pleased with many aspects of our game today. From the outset we were slightly taken aback by the pace, skill and physicality of the Dollar girls and although we worked hard, we took time to raise our intensity and level to that of our visitors. Unfortunately, during those initial 20 minutes, Dollar scored three and looked to be in the driving seat.
A couple of words from your truly during the half time break highlighted areas where I thought improvements could be made and the girls set out for the second half with the bit between their teeth, determined to make amends. And they most certainly did! Their second half performance saw the best hockey I’ve seen them play this season. They matched the Dollar girls for pace and physicality, worked tirelessly and thoroughly deserved to get themselves back into the game. We were so much more composed on the ball. Our vision and accuracy improved tenfold, our speed on the ball was better and as a result, we created many chances. Had it not been for some superb saves from the Dollar keeper, we would have possibly taken the lead, such was the improvement in the second period.
As it was, Dollar held on to the win and probably deserved to do so. However, if the girls can maintain that level of hockey for the remainder of their season, there will be much to look forward to. So, well done today, girls. I thought you played some fantastic hockey today and I saw a level of grit and determination from you all that made me very proud.
Next Wednesday we are away to Belhaven, playing at the Hallhill astro, starting at 2.30pm.
photographs by Marnie Harvey