Hockey - Girls (Issue 4 2017)
Written on the 29 June 2017
Girl's Hockey on the improve
After a stellar performance from the Sacred Heart First XI Hockey team last year, the SHC Hockey side was put up to A grade for 2017. With only four players returning from the 2016 side, the recruitment process this year was tough. After a few trainings for new players to learn positions and rules, our girls took to the field in their new modern uniforms. For their first game SHC managed to take the win 4-2 against St Peters, although the season soon began to take a turn for the worst after an extremely tough game against Scotch with a loss of 13-3. The score does not reflect this game however, as our girls took to the field with only 10 players against the full and experienced Scotch side. The girls played extremely well with our tough defence growing every minute. With strong players such as Emma De Broughe, Ellen Wauchope and Eliza Nicholls not being able to play, it saw a lot of the inexperienced girls stepping up to the challenge and work hard as our experienced players, Josie Byrne and Reegan Pretorius, constantly encouraged and supported them.
Our third game for the season also took a turn for the worst playing St Dominic's and losing 6-3. With a few quick goals against us in the first five minutes, our defence stepped up for the rest of the game. Short corners against us were endless with our girls constantly working to get the ball to our offence where we can be quick on the lead to score. It was a tough battle and unfortunately those early goals against us cost us the game, although with every loss, our girls are improving dramatically, figuring out strategies and structures to work the ball from defence to offence.
The toughest game to watch yet would be our most recent game against Walford, where our girls went down 4-2. Although we didn't take the win, our skills have improved dramatically with our ability to pass quickly and efficiently to other players developing every week. The girls have all stepped up and are more confident to manoeuvre the ball around the opposition as well as tackling them to build the pressure. A big shout out goes to Chloe Baldwin for stepping up as goalie at the beginning of the season and constantly being put under the firing line each game. I look forward to seeing where this season takes us as the girls continue to develop their skills and game knowledge. Also a big thanks to Mrs Vessali for her support and also her delicious and nutritious oranges at halftime of every game.
STICKS DOWN, HEARTS UP!