The Junior first team produced a dominating performance against RHS, winning 6-1. It was a physical match from the start with some pushing and shoving but the Woodbridge girls managed to stand their own. Olivia Buchanan was outstanding and made her mark on the match within minutes. RHS could not cope with her power and speed on the ball. Olivia put the Woodbridge team ahead with a great strike at a short corner. Unfortunately the celebration was short lived as RHS took advantage of Woodbridge’s lapse in concentration and defensive disciplines and scored their own goal a minute later. After this Molly Marshall and Ella Walker never gave them another sniff in defence. With outstanding marking, confident stepping up, good tackling and accurate distribution they set the tone for the rest of the match. Woodbridge played great passing hockey as a team and produce excellent hockey to watch. Positional play and decision making were at a very high level. Bea Thomas was brilliant in her work in the press and putting RHS under pressure and then leading well again to attack. Woodbridge peppered the RHS goal with shots and penalty corners, bringing the best out of RHS’ very good goalkeeper.
Olivia scored another goal before half time. This was followed by Clara Simpson scoring from a well-executed penalty corner variation. After a deserved rest at half time, Woodbridge continued their fine form and passing play. Olivia Buchanan scored another 2 goals before Ella Walker scored the final goal after every player having a part to play, transferring and passing well. Clara Simpson received the ball in the D, having assessed her options well, and swiftly moved the ball to Ella at left midfield, who slotted a perfect effort into the far post. Perfection!
Well done to every player: Molly Marshall, Ella Walker, Annabel Nicholass, Jessica Elmer, Olivia Buchanan, Issy Eaton, Katie Norman, Clara Simpson, Bea Thomas and Emily Whyte. Player of the match went to the unstoppable goal scorer of the day, Olivia Buchanan. Thanks to all the parents and staff who supported the match.