U9A hockey v Abbotsholme – 3rd October
Abbotsholme 0 – DCPS 1
The Under 9A’s played a terrific game of hockey against a combined girls and boys Abbotsholme team. The Abbotsholme team made up of 5 girls and 2 boys started with the ball, but as soon as the whistle went and Abbotsholme started the game, Captain Charlotte pounced to win the ball from the opposition and immediately headed towards goal. On entering the D she took an early chance as she swiftly pushed the ball forwards towards goal and pleasingly continued to follow her shot. Her follow up run was gladly not needed though as Abbotsholme failed to co-ordinate their sticks with the ball and Charlotte’s shot passed 2 defenders to end up in the goal. Abbotsholme restarted the game and again DCPS were swift to tackle and try to retain possession. Charlotte continued her excellent effort and despite Abbotsholme making some successful attacks towards Denstone Prep’s goal the combined excellent effort of Evie and Tilly who remained calm throughout ensured their goal was never troubled. Imogen maintained her position expertly well in this match and Katie was always available to try and receive the ball. Emily and Lydia continued to run from the very start with Lydia in particular really starting to understand about movement off of the ball to drag opposition markers out of the way to open up the pitch for passes to go through players. A wonderful and deserved win finally for the Under 9A’s who have worked so hard so far this term!
Girl of the Game: Charlotte for her quick start to the match and match winning goal.
U9B hockey v Abbotsholme
Abbotsholme 3 – DCPS 0
The Under 9Bs were unlucky to lose Abbotsholme’s mixed girls and boys hockey team. Despite impressive performances from Ellen on the wing and Evie terrific in tackling and defence, Abbotsholme were just quicker to the ball than Denstone Prep and took their chances well. Rosie was starting to look more assured in defence and making tackles, and Josephine learning to turn her head towards our attacking goal will hopefully ensure in the future that we are stronger and more solid in defence. Isabella also made good progress overcoming her fear and making some terrific tackles and Holly was full of running as she strived to send the ball towards our attacking D. Heidi also contributed well with some good touches to get the ball moving forward. However, given this was the team’s first foray into astro hockey they did incredibly well to adjust to the quicker, smoother surface. From this, we have also realised the importance of moving our feet on a hockey pitch which will undoubtedly help us progress swiftly in the future.
Girl of the Game: Ellen for her skilful wing play and effort towards goal.