Under 10s away at Harleston for season opener!
Of Storms, Sickness and treasured hockey skills to behold! |
On a windswept, sickness-affected November Sunday morning, two keen hearted crews of Under 10 Norwich City Hockey Club boys took to the field, away at Magpies for their first, long awaited matches of the season. The two teams, Jets, (in their traditional yellow and green) and the Dolphins , in their newly adapted kit of yellow and green with orange socks) put the weeks of gruelling training and preparation to good effect, competing well in all games against a Magpies A, Magpies B and Ipswich side.
What was really impressive and great to see, was the way in which the two Norwich City teams took the time to watch, applaud and cheer for one another, promoting a real club ethos. Of course the gloves were off when facing each other in the head to head fixture. Special team thanks go out for stepping in to the shoes of those not able to play due to last minute sickness….Josie Miller who kept an impressive 6 out of 7 clean sheets, keeping goal for both the Jets and Dolphins, Lucas Hay anchoring the defence and ‘parking the boat’ for both teams and Harry Ford, stepping in to brother Ollie’s (not a monk) shoes - well, goal keeping kit to be more accurate, to keep goal for the Dolphins in the head to head.
Dolphins Team - Jets - Josie Miller (Harry Ford), Lucas Hay, Ellis Byland-Brookes, Louis Miller, Freddie Miller, Charlie Hutchinson, Jurian Meijer
Result Summary - Drew 2, Lost 2, (Two clean sheets)
Game 1 - Dolphins 0-0 Magpies ‘Simon’
A positive start with an early goal attempt from debutant Charlie H
We did show a little naivety, or nerves as we didn’t seem to be quite out fluid selves in defence, passing the ball across the ‘d’ and bringing pressure back on ourselves. (one for the training field)
Once we did get the ball out of defence we looked a threat with some good distribution from the back from Ellis, Freddie and Lucas, with Jurian and Charlie able to find space and move forward with pace. Added to this was some clever controlled reverse stick hitting down the line from Louis, finding his team mates in wider positions to attack down the flanks.
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through.
Game 2 - Dolphins 0-0 Ipswich
Some more good counter attacking hockey with pace. Early action saw a great attempt on goal by debutante Jurian with more fast attacking hockey from Charlie who was a constant nuisance to the Ipswich defence.
Again, our defence was at times a little disorganised, with some of our players so eager to win the ball, they ended up tackling each other. More solid work in the middle of the park by Freddie helped break up attacks early and kept pressure away from the defence.
Another clean sheet, with a couple of opportunities that on another day, could have seen us win the game.
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through.
Game 3 - Dolphins 0-3 Jets
Some encouraging forward play from the Dolphins against their club mates. A Jurian shot forced Josie Miller into a great save. It was also good to see Charlie continue in his positive running with the ball taking on the Jets and getting down the outside right on a number of occasions, balanced nicely with good play on the left by Ellis. Harry Ford, standing in for brother Ollie as goalkeeper kept a number of great shots out and although the score may suggest otherwise, the Dolphins put up a really great fight and had the Jets worried at times. Not quite as one way as the score may suggest
Game 4 - Dolphins 0-2 Magpies ‘Blake'
Some great keeping with Josie making a number of saves keeping the Dolphins in this games with the defence coming under lots of pressure. When the opportunity to look up came about it was encouraging to see Lucas getting the ball away, finding Charlie to hit them on the break. As in previous matches, we looked a little nervous when defending, but against the more senior of the Magpies team, this was a great effort and one the boys should be proud of.
Great result against one of the stronger teams playing
Jets Team - Josie Miller, Lucas Hay, Krishna Patel, Mattie Roy, Harry Ford, Ed Beake, Corey Rushton
Result Summary - Won 2, Drew 2, didn’t concede a goal
Game 1 - Jets 0-0 Ipswich
A slow start by the Jets, taking their time to feel their way into the game. Early pressure form Ipswich forced Lucas into making some good clearances, backed up with some impressive saves by Goalkeeping debutant Josie ‘The Terminator’ Miller, who worked hard to earn the clean sheet. The team absorbed a lot of early pressure with Krishna and Mattie battling hard in midfield, but looked inventive on the attack with good strikes from Mattie Roy. Corey ‘3D’ Rushton was a constant threat in attack, going close on a number of occasions with his trademark reverse stick hitting and 3d action, the closest attempt seeing him flattened by their keeper. Having had the lions share of the play, we were unlucky not to win…
With more clinical finishing on both sides, 3-1 would have been a fairer result.
Game 2 - Jets 0-0 Magpies ‘Blake'
A stronger start to the match saw a great ball straight out of defence set up Corey for an early shot on goal that just went wide.
Magpies, then went close with narrow miss well covered by Josie in goal. The Jets seemed a little slow in decision making and passing in the centre of the park, (nerves, a sense of occasion, or just no one to pass to in space,??. Always good though to leave with something to take back to the training pitch. On an attaching note it was also good to see Harry ‘Houdini’ Ford appearing in some great forward attacking positions and getting in on some reverse stick hitting action of his own.
A fair result, equal game with possession shared against the stronger of the Magpies teams
Game 3 - Jets 3-0 Dolphins
Although Harry Ford did his best to foil his fellow Jets team mates efforts with some great saves, having appeared in goal for the Dolphins, Corey Rushton eventually got the break through scoring the first goal of the game and Jet’s first goal of the morning. They didn’t have to wait long for their second as a mazy run by Corey drew the keeper allowing the ball to be squared to give Ed a very highly assured finish for his first goal. It was then left to Mattie ‘The Maestro’ Roy, having bossed the midfield, to slot in the third despite the best the desperate efforts of Charlie H who managed to get a stick on the shot, but couldn’t deflect it around the goal
A fair result, not as one sided as the result suggests. Confidence renewed
Game 4 Jets 6-0 Magpies 'Simon'
Building on from their previous win, a quick goal by Corey inside the first min following some great attacking play from Ed and Harry, settle nerves and allowed the boys to turn on the style. Some more brilliant positive right wing work from Ed and then Harry ‘Ford, refreshed from his stint in goal brought about his first goal of the morning and The Jets second of the match. More sustained pressure saw Mattie Roy go close before Harry chipped in with his second goal. More good work out on the right by Harry carved out the opportunity for Corey to score his second (Jets fourth) before a well rehearsed short corner routine saw our 'power hitting specialist’ Krishna ‘The Rocket’ Patel fire an unstoppable shot past a stationary keeper. A quickly taken free hit from Corey later in the game then released Harry to slot in his third to complete his hat-rick and finish the game six goals to the good and with a clean sheet as well.
A thoroughly well deserved and stylish win
Corey 3 Goals
Harry 3 Goals
Ed 1 Goal
Krishna 1 Goal
Mattie 1 Goal
In summary, a great first performance, with both teams equipping themselves well against some good opposition, Lots of highlights with a few development areas to take back to the training pitch. More ’team names’ to be found over the forth coming weeks me thinks :)
PELICANS MINI TOURNAMENT REPORT FOR U10 GIRLS
For the second tournament in a row the U10 girls came away with Gold Medals and again their goalkeeper, Sophia Colman, was barely called into action during the 6 matches. |
v Watton: won 5-0
Playing in glorious February sunshine the girls got off to a fast start in their first match. Despite the games only being 8 minutes long they managed to find the net 5 times with Octavia Udy (4 goals) and Niamh Campbell completing the scoring.
v Magpies II: won 1-0
Their second game again saw the girls dominate with Sabina Baker and Matilda Butterworth combining well to set up Octavia to score the winning goal.
v Dereham: won 4-0
A young Dereham team were next up and constant pressure told as Niamh, Maddie Hallam, Matilda and Sabina scored in a 4-0 win. It was good to see that the girls were beginning to play some excellent hockey with the ball moving quickly down the wings and away from the congested centre of the pitch.
v Dragons: won 1-0
Our next game saw us pitted against an improving Dragons team and for the first time in the tournament Talitha Cooke in defence was called into action but alongside Sabina they managed to snuff out any attacks before Sophia in goal was needed, the game was won with a fantastic finish from Ivy Fisher who robbed the goalkeeper before slapping the ball hard into the corner of the goal.
v Magpies I: drew 0-0
What was on paper our toughest test again proved to be the case as a resolute Magpies 1 defence and excellent goalkeeping prevented any goals being scored, the one positive thing being that the girls realised after this game that the closer they get to the goalkeeper the harder it is to score.
v Pelicans: won 1-0
Despite the tournament being won before the final game (the girls weren’t told this) the team saved their best hockey until last with some excellent ball retention from Octavia and Matilda, great distribution from Sabina and some good powerful strikes on goal from Niamh, from one of which saw Octavia pick up a rebound to score the winning goal.
In Summary. What was particularly pleasing was that we had 6 different goal scorers in the tournament, the girls team work and spirit was superb which made it an all round enjoyable day. A big thank you must go to all the parents for supporting throughout the day in the unusually warm sunshine, all the players for their effort and especially to Sophia for being a spectator/goalkeeper for the day.
Coach: Graeme Campbell
U10 Boys take Silver at Dragon's Mini Tournament
Cold it was but happy not to be in King's Lynn this weekend were we. Those that partook of the last hot chocolate can pity the later U12 tournament with narry a cup of tea to be had for the warmth so vital to the efficient working of muscles, and apart from the spectators it can be tough on the players too. |
Game 1 v Watton
It takes a while for teams to gel sometime but not Norwich, the boys pushed on from the start and Watton, who had already had a game to act as warm up, must have felt themselves lucky to escape with a draw by the end.
MOM Edward Beake and Mason Goodall who gave it plenty working together right from the get go, stretching the defence so close to breaking point.
Game 2 v Dragons
Result 0-2 Loss
An unfortunate break from Dragons on the far side of the pitch during our substitution gave them the first followed up rapidly with a short corner that was met by a slow response off the line and allowed them in once more. Disappointment is inevitable from time to time and how players handle this is a key learning point: we handled it with composure and maturity that some beyond the boys' years struggle with; taking comfort from the sharper passing game that we put together and the strikes that just might have been.
MOM Sebastien Kimber for keeping a clear head while chaos briefly reined all around and Matt Roy and Lucas Hay for sheer work rate.
Game 3 v Watton
Plenty of attacks again kept us camped in the opposition half, and the music began to play with Jago making sensible passes upfield to the open stick and Hugh valiantly giving it everything to intercept passes in defence. Will took charge of the midfield position and spread the ball wide and fast, tracking back to help deny Watton a passing game - everything we needed of them.
MOM Hugh Garson, Jago Taylor and Will Hopgood.
Game 4 v Dragons
Result 0-0 Draw
A more balanced game and one in which our Hockey play showcased this young team's talents. Particular note was Alex's determination covering a lot of the pitch, timing his passes and runs perfectly and anticipating the opposition's next move. Dragons didn't seem so threatening somehow, more like Iguanas really.
MOM Alex Illing
In all the games we had more attacks, shots on goal and the majority of possession and the draw against the eventual winners in the final game during which we pinned them in their half for the majority of the 11 minutes should give us satisfaction that we are as strong as we want to be and can play the better Hockey. Further, with determination and certainty of purpose we will take our chances and to this end I look forward to next week's tournament on home ground.
Well done to all and thanks to the parents for their support and encouragement.
Squad: Seb Kimber, Lucas Hay, Alex Illing, Jago Taylor, Matt Roy, Edward Beake, William Hopgood, Hugh Garson and Mason Goodall.
Coach: Paul Roy
Watton HC Mini Tournament 25th January u10 Boys
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