Let’s hear it for the Ladies 2nd Team!

February 1, 2017

The Ladies 2nd Team has not had the rub of the green this year and needs total love and support from all Ladies at Southgate Hockey Club!…and from the Men too. A really tough and unlucky loss to West Hampstead on Saturday puts us in a relegation scrap which we WILL survive!! No comment on the officiating!

Ladies 3s were victorious against Hampstead and Westminster at home. After drawing 3-all in our previous fixture we were determined not to let this game go the same way. Starting with fire, we showed off some lovey passing hockey with urgency. Goals came in the first half from Caroline (although her cheerleaders missed it!), Caitlin and Hannah, each slotted past the goalie after some cracking runs and feeds in from the middle of the pitch. At half time the score was 3-2, a lead we managed to keep with some great goalkeeping from Charlotte Marshall and a save on the line by one of our defenders. Hannah was voted MoM for her great work on and off the ball and her superb positioning upfront.

Ladies 4’s lost 3-2 to W Hampstead 6s; we went 1-0 down in first half before pulling it back to 1-1 and then going 2-1 up in 2nd half thanks to 2 Alice Ward goals on the left post.We had a blip for 4mins which cost us 2 goals late in the game.

L5s put in their (now) typical gutsy performance to draw 1-1 with a strong Hendon & Mill Hill 2s.

With a few injuries and unavailability we started on 12 and had to be creative with positions. Cat filled in at RB as if she’d owned it all her life and Megan, Annette, Mach and Julie rotated in midfield: like the Praetorian Guard they allowed very little through. Izzy G had a fantastic game in goal which drew praise from the oppo as we wearily shook hands. Defenders Phillipa and Heather shared MOM for their solid defending.

With just a gnats whisker in it and 0-0 at half time, it took a short corner and a HMH arch-whacker to shell in a goal to take the lead first. But Hendon had their hands full with Emily, Rhianna and Matty, our buccaneering forwards who were creating carnage upfront. As one of the many attacks bubbled up from central midfield the ball fell to Road Runner Rhianna (“Beep Beep”) who showed her immense speed and tenacity to equalise. It’s a real lesson in never giving up as Rhianna pulled it out from under the goalie’s feet and pushed it goalwards…and well done to the umps for playing advantage.

Ladies 1’s had a heartening win 2-0 v Hampstead and Westminster before their League fixtures re-start.

Southgate Hockey Club. Great fun, great hockey, great facilities.