The Juniors played their first fixtures mid- week against Ipswich School. It was always going to be tough, but all the RHS players gave their best and despite heavy losses remained motivated throughout; Izzy Durrant worked hard in goal and Serena Brown in the mid-field.
In their first game the U12’s beat an U13C Ipswich team with excellent team work, and players of the match were Millie Salter and Tilly Arulampalam.
The U15A team played Newhall on Thursday. The opposition’s string defence stopped RHS from having scoring chances and despite losing they showed great skills and set plays at times. Charlie Baldwin Cole was player of the match, displaying determination throughout the game. On Saturday they continued their determined approach against Kings Ely in quite a disjointed match, the girls’ really tried hard to play flowing hockey, but the game finished 1-1. Players of the game were Simone Rossouw and Sarah Murrison.
The U15B’s had a great game against Kings despite being on grass. Kate Tinsley- Bassett put RHS ahead but unfortunately Kings scored twice in the 2nd half to clinch the game.
The U14A’s thoroughly deserved to win their fixture, with many players excelling; however despite dominating large parts of the game we could not manage to stop King’s Ely scoring one. However, Sophie Rennison did score a wonderful goal with a driving and determined run. The final score ended 1-1 with Charlene Tait winning player of the match, showing remarkable determination and effort.
The U14B’s also played on grass and won with 2 well executed goals from Hope Moonan and newcomer Martha Torrington. Taylor Godfrey in defence was player of the match.
The 2nd XI played with great momentum against King’s Ely and persisted with offensive pressure until Natasha Jones slotted in a goal from a cross by Lizzie Leaver late in the first half. An unfortunate defensive slip up in the last minute of the half allowed Ely to tie the score; player of the match was Becky Anstey, never giving up.
The 1st XI travelled to Ipswich High on Tuesday and started positively and dominated for most of the first half however, Ipswich High looked threatening through their midfield and indeed scored a goal that RHS knew they should have dealt with. At the re-start RHS looked the brighter and more focused of the two sides but after several defensive errors Ipswich High were able to run too easily at RHS goalkeeper also player of the match, Flo Gould. The final score was 3-0 to Ipswich.
The 1st then played King’s Ely on Thurs, captained by Flo Gould. The team played positive hockey, understanding the need for high ball pace and work rate however they could not find the finishing touches needed to secure them the win they deserved, losing 2-0. Player of the match was Emily Sweeney for her excellent intensity throughout the match and aggressive attacking play.
Good luck for matches this week.
The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org