Hockey Summary – Week Beginning Monday 28 September

Under 12s A | Won 4-0
This was an excellent performance from the team, Grace made her mark in goal not allowing the Mount Kelly attack to get passed her and made strong, confident clearances out to the wing. Polly, Elizabeth and Nancy worked effectively in the attack, ensuring a speedily drive down the wing followed by a positive charge onto goal to put pressure on the defense if a shot at goal was deflected. The girls worked tirelessly throughout and were a pleasure to coach.
Under 12s B | Lost 3-1
The girls impressed in this, their first fixture of the season. Mount Kelly, as expected, fielded a strong outfit. The girls worked tirelessly from the first whistle and were thrilled to go one goal ahead early on in the first half when captain Ellie’s shot on target beat the goal keeper. Mount Kelly rallied and responded quickly though, scoring twice before the half time break. After a quick half time pep talk the girls began the second half positively and put the Mount Kelly defence under a lot of pressure winning three short corners in quick succession. It was not to be their day though and despite some brave a proactive goal keeping from Grace the final score saw Mount Kelly win 3-1.
Under 13s A | Drew 1-1
With one or two missing due to illness and other commitments the usual outfit was reduced in number and the girls worked incredibly hard in the absence of any subs. The first five minutes were shaky to say the least but the girls pulled together and reminded me just how talented they are. Mount Kelly were impressive and well oiled too which made for a fierce and hard fought game. Elinor opened the scoring, mid way through the first half, with a superbly composed strike on goal following some truly beautiful hockey from the entire team. Mount Kelly also found the back of the net just seconds before the half time whistle. This set up a high tempo second half with neither team prepared to give away another goal. It was end to end stuff and some great hockey skills were on display from both teams. Captain Laura, who was elected ‘man of the match’ by the Mount Kelly girls, worked tirelessly in the centre of the field, attacking and tracking back to assist in defence. Her never give up attitude was certainly deserving of this acknowledgement. The final score of 1-1 was a fitting score line, both teams had their chances and were evenly matched in ability. It has been great to be back on the Astro with this incredibly talented group of girls who seem destined for great things once again this season.
Under 13s B | Won 4-0
This was a closely contested match, Truro took the lead initially after a number of attempts at goal saw Mount Kelly unable to effectively clear the ball due to the substantial pressure being put on them by the Truro attack. Mount Kelly went on to equalize just before half time meaning all was to play for in the second half. Truro began to appreciate that any movement down the wings would enable a greater opportunity to score and their determination saw them have most of the possession for the second half and as a result gain the win. Well done to Zoe who was awarded player of the match and was the top goal scorer.
Under 18 Girls | Won 3-1
A lovely summers day for a game of hockey! The girls went out strong and powerful, they piled on the pressure right from the start against Mount Kelly. The opposition wasn’t giving up without a fight though, they were battling to be first to the ball and had some extremely powerful players. Our girls put up a good strong fight and came out on top, gaining the first goal in the first few minutes gave them the positive start they needed and it looked hopeful from then, the girls got the result they deserved in the end, ending with a convincing win.
Under 18 Girls (Game 2) | Won 5-0
Later in the week the Under 18 Girls played Truro High School. Going out strong and powerful right from the start put Truro High School on the back foot. Our girls made the game look easy, making the ball do the work using the simple skills, triangles, wall passes and communication with each other. The team worked together well, attacking and defending as a unit! The girls should of got double figures as they dominated the game, and following the ball up when having a shot at goal is definitely something we need to work on. Overall a cracking performance, with a great game to end on in preparation for the tournament.