Saturday, 11 November 2017
An Olympic Gold Medal and Hockey Legend!
U13s @ Cheltenham Ladies Tournament
The U13s played the best hockey I have seen them play all season. They had an equal if not larger share of possession in each of their four pool matches and definitely had more opportunities to score. The girls played so much better as a team and their passing was cleaner; allowing them to look after the ball for longer. Evelyn made many great saves, Imogen and Isabella defended well and tackled hard, Rachel and Poppy connected well with lots of lovely passes and they distributed wide out to Grace, Charlée and Julia as well. Despite these efforts we only managed to score once – thanks to some individual flair from Isabella. We drew against the Elms 0-0 even though we frustratingly had lots of shots on goal. The Elms then went through to win the group and play against RGS in the final, which shows how close the girls were from achieving success. I really felt for them because I truly believed they had showed they deserved a place in the final but the goalie gods were against us!
However, spirits did not drop as at the end of the tournament we had the opportunity to meet Kate Richardson-Walsh with her Gold medal from that amazing Olympic final in Rio. Kate is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history and was captain of GB and England’s women’s hockey teams for 13 years. She was an absolute inspiration and took her time to speak to every girl and sign endless autographs. Including, two for Mrs Eynon who was possible even more excited than the girls!