Sport 

1st VIII Hockey v Ardvreck

Wednesday 26th October
St. Mary’s 6, Ardvreck 3
 
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In a last minute change, today’s fixture with Ardvreck was moved to Glenalmond College and The High School of Dundee withdrew from the triangular, so we just played just one match, against Ardvreck. The good news was that the girls were privileged to play on Glenalmond’s new water based astro, which was every bit as good as it looked and Mr Simpson, father of Miss Simpson, hearing we had arrived in Perthshire, came to offer his very welcome support. In order to get all the girls optimum playing time, we decided to play a full pitch, nine aside. The girls were thrilled! We previously met Ardvrek at the Loretto tournament where their standard of play suggested they weren’t going to be a push over. We arrived in time for a quick warm up and then got started just after 2pm.

In the first half we played some fantastic hockey. Individually we were strong on the ball and collectively we supported each other well. Before long we were awarded a short corner from which we scored, courtesy of an excellent move involving Lucy, Abbie, Jessica and Chloe. I was particularly pleased with goals two and three. Both were the result of some lovely passing, enticing crosses and superbly times strikes from Lucy and Jessica respectively. Anna managed to get on the end of a goal mouth scramble to score our fourth goal of the half, much to her and her team’s delight. Given our dominance I had started to rotate the girls out of position, so I was thrilled that our continuity remained intact.

The second half continued in similar vein. Jessica got on the end of two more superb crosses to smash home her second and third goals of the afternoon, so at 6-0, we decided to switch things around a bit. For the final 10 minutes of the game, we decided to put everyone on the pitch, therefore playing ten aside, with Lucy doing the honourable duty of offering to play for our hosts to balance out numbers. The final 10 minutes were great fun and allowed some of the girls to experience playing out of position.

I was thrilled with our efforts today. Offensively we looked very threatening and I was delighted to see the girls cope so admirably with playing on such a large pitch. Georgia, Eloise and Chloe were vigilant at the back and made many timely tackles and Jess, in goal, once again made some superb saves. Millie and Naesi, playing out wide, made some great runs and supplied some excellent crosses and support for the strikers. Abbie, Anna and Louisa supported admirably and showed some nifty stick work, so it was a very satisfying all round performance. Thank you also to Glenalmond for hosting us today.

Today was perfect preparation for next week’s visit to Fettes College for their U13 tournament, which starts at 1pm. All support most welcome.

Mr P
 
 


Jules Birdsall, 27/10/2016