The second XI continued their ever improving start to the season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over King’s Ely on Tuesday 17 September. The team dominated from start to finish as the game was played mostly in the Ely half. Another strong performance from Chloe Tribe stood out for RHS whose only disappointment came from the fact they did not score more goals.
With a week of hockey now under their belts, the U15A team had a much better showing away at New Hall on Thursday. They made an immediate impression with quick ball pace and strong pressure on the opposition. The defensive unit showed much better organisation and composure; Sophie Atkinson at center back was a great anchor and Natasha Scott in goal was quick to stifle any New Hall scoring opportunities. An early penalty corner for RHS gave them the lead when Millie Orr took a hard strike from the top right of the D. Sophie Rennison and Millie Ainsworth led several other attempts to score throughout the match but one goal was all that was needed to secure the win. The final score was 1-0 and the (Wo)man of the match was Sophie Rennison.
Spirits were high following the win at New Hall, but there was much yet to be learned and improved upon. A classroom video session prior to the match on Saturday urged the girls to tighten their individual skills such as deceptive passing and defensive body positioning, in addition to a continued focus on using space to their advantage as a team. The RHS side made good use of transfers through the middle, with Millie Orr and Lucy Watson playing well under high pressure. A scuffle in the D led to Sophie Rennison’s timely slap into the goal, putting RHS ahead for several minutes. King’s Ely responded by stepping up their attacking intensity and a mishap in our defensive end led to the tying goal. After the half, the defensive line showed renewed determination: Brittany Shrestha and Sophie Atkinson working hard to cover any potential threat in the defensive D and Natasha Scott made several excellent saves in goal, earning (Wo)man of the Match. It was an evenly matched second half and the score remained tied 1-1 until the final whistle.
The Under 15B team started strongly against King’s Ely and dominated possession in the first half. Several chances at goal were missed and the team had a much debated goal disallowed. Undeterred, the girls came out fighting in the second half, and managed to hammer home two goals, winning 2-0. Player of the match was Hope Moonan with a special mention to Jade Ridge for a solid performance at Centre Half.
The U14B team played King’s Ely on Saturday at home on grass. It took a little while to adjust to playing on this surface and RHS were unfortunate to concede a goal in the first ten minutes when King’s caught us off guard. The team spent most of the first half trying to keep the ball out of the goal but battled hard with excellent defending from all. The second half was much improved and the tables were turned with RHS constantly on the attack but with a determined drive towards goal from Holly Parsons Atkinson, Auriol Symons and new comers to the team Imi Hobart and Emily Burgess RHS equalised. The final score was 1-1 and the player of the match was Emily Burgess.