This season England Hockey have organised more junior national competitions so that smaller clubs and second teams of large clubs can also have a chance at progressing to a national final. GHC Under 14 Boys' Tier 2 team had a great day at OGs to progress their EH campaign...
The team was: Oscar D, Ted B, Henry B, David DA, Joe G, Archie I, Barney L, Tom N, Oscar C, Ollie DdW, Cole P, Tommy W, Joe W
- The challenge – Take down the Dragons!
- The result – WE TOOK DOWN THE DRAGONS 11-1!
The boys had a tough practice on Friday night where Sergeant Major Dunleavy put the boys through their paces with some “doggies” and “burpies” for any mistimed passes or missed stops. The aim of Friday night was ball speed, ball speed, ball speed…..
The reason for saying the above was that the boys put this ball speed and focus into the game from the word GO.
The intensity and team shape was the best I have seen this year. I was very proud to see the boys playing as a unit and running the opposition ragged with the speed and accuracy of the passes. They pressed the 16 yard hits well and this gave us the edge, as they could not break the formation we set up.
- Oscar D – had a fairly quiet game but timed his one-on-one with the striker perfectly and saved a certain goal with his helmet.
- Ted B – Played brilliantly down the left side of the pitch and scored the goal of the season with a reverse stick shot to top right corner. Ted – you have set the standard now, so more of this please!
- Henry B – the hunting spider; stealing the ball off their defenders and showing his true pace with some dazzling runs around the keeper. At one point the keeper threw his stick at the ball to try and stop him. Great effort and ran into the spaces perfectly.
- David (the Spaniard) – first time I have coached “the Spaniard” and what a great game to watch. He timed his tackles perfectly at central defence and worked well with Tommy to control the attackers.
- Joe G – another great game from Joe. The reverse stick specialist and also scored a great goal that he was proud to say he had practised at school : how to beat the defender and it worked! It shows, practice makes perfect!
- Archie – great effort from Archie with perfectly timed tackles at the back and also stepped up into the central midfield to put more pressure on the Dragons.
- Barney – the striker played perfectly yesterday with some great little touches to dazzle the defenders. Great special awareness and ran into the gaps perfectly.
- Tom Nicholas – Tom controlled the central defence, when I moved him there from the midfield and he dominated this and showed he is a cool, calm and collected player with great distribution skills to feed the wide players.
- Oscar Cronk – Oscar was sporting his new “streamlined” game and cut the defence with some solid attacks with the ball. Really good strength on the ball and made some great runs into space and showed great composure to pass to a team member, to score.
- Ollie DG – the “engine” in midfield and after a stern talking to about releasing the ball early, he made sure this was done. Great strength on the ball and tracked back when we lost the ball.
- Cole – Strong game from Cole with some great balls threaded through to the midfielders and forwards. Some perfectly timed tackles too.
- Tommy W – Really good strength on the ball from Tommy meant that no-one got past him and if they did, he tracked back to break down the game and allow us to re-shape.
- Joe W – After hearing that his father (Nick the Vic) gave him some words of encouragement around his control of the ball and staying lower in body position; he listened perfectly and was solid as a rock at the back. Really good quick ball out to the players and got his body position perfectly to release the ball and not let the opposition know where the ball was going.
Well done, everyone!