The Junior 1st team finished their season on a high with a third consecutive win. The last match of the season was against Langley, and provided many reasons to celebrate. Frustrated by illness, regular GK Ruby was not available, and Lily stepped up to be rewarded for some good displays of goalkeeping, particularly over the last few weeks. Maggie and Charlotte also got their call ups from the second team after some consistently good performances in matches and trainings. A somewhat new look team didn’t take long to settle and played flowing passing hockey.
Maddy put the team ahead with a sharp finish after the goalkeeper made the initial save, and then quickly scored a second, before Georgie added a third. Meanwhile in defence Ada and Isabel were up to any challenge, showing great vigilance over any counterattacks.
Early in the second half, Lexie scored one of the goals of the season. Maddy drew the Langley defence to her, and with a sharp move beat one player and quickly played an excellent reverse stick shot towards the goal. Lexie at far post didn’t stand around and wait for the ball to arrive, but moved forward like any good forward to meet the ball early and do a perfect deflection past the unsuspecting goalkeeper. It was just brilliant! Then Libbie and Lexie scored one more goal each to make the final score 6-1: the perfect end to the season for this talented and committed group. As ever, picking a single player of the match was hard. A four way tie was the result of the team vote: Maggie, Maddy, Georgie and Ada sharing the honour.
Well done to every player for their efforts this term. Thanks to parents for their support. And well done to Steph and Maddy who were brilliant co-captains for the team.