1st Hockey v Loretto 

Wednesday 30th October
St. Mary’s 5, Loretto 6

1st Hockey 30 October 2019
Well, you’d be forgiven for looking that today’s scores and surmising that it must have been a cracking game. You wouldn’t be wrong! If ever there was a game that was end to end then back again, this was it. Frustrating at times from a coaches point of you, but fabulous at others, watching some super hockey played by both sides.
Despite our rigorous warmup, it was our visitors who started the stronger side. They took the lead within the first couple of minutes and then scored a second about five minutes later. We then managed to settle and started to make inroads of our own. From the restart, Tiggy, supplied by a super pass from Freyja, set off on one of her dazzling runs, past most of the Loretto team, drew the last defender and off loaded to Iona, who calmly passed the ball into the goal. This rallied the troops, so it was slightly against the run of play that Loretto edged further ahead with a third goal. Freyja’s team continued to pass the ball around really well and they thoroughly deserved their next two goals, both from short corners, which levelled the scores at half time.
We took the lead in the second half, this time it was Tiggy who cropped up at the right place at the right time and it was deserved. Having started slowly, the girls by now were playing really well and looked threatening with every attack. However, Loretto were also strong on the ball, capable of capitalising on any sniff of a chance which they did. Having taken the lead 4-3, Loretto equalised 4-4, they then edged ahead, only for us to score our 5th, to level the scores. We went behind again a few minutes before the final whistle and weren’t able to find the equaliser.
Despite the narrow defeat, as mentioned there was much to be proud of today. Offensively, we were as strong, if not stronger than Loretto. Tiggy, Iona, Freyja, Daisy and Elena linked superbly at times and were individually very strong too. Skye, Kiki and Emma were up against it and had much to cope with. They handled most of what was thrown at them well, but the pace of the Loretto attack was impressive and tricky to get to grips with. They needed help at times, which was perhaps slow at arriving, but I was delighted to see them learn as the game went on and become wise to where the threats lay and how to cope with them.
All in all, this was a great game of hockey but I was disappointed to come away from without a win. However, as ever, I couldn’t have asked any more of the girls, who threw their hearts and souls into their performance. Next week we travel to Fettes for their U13 tournament, always a highlight of the calendar. It starts at 1300 and all support is very welcome.

Mr P

Jules Birdsall, 01/11/2019

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