The 1st XI had a frustrating game against Kings Ely last week. The team started brightly and created several opportunities but were unable to convert their chances. This gave Kings Ely confidence and RHS began to feel the pressure. Despite further attempts to score, the game finished 0-3 leaving the 1st’s to contemplate what could have been in a fixture they should have got something from.
The 2nd XI bounced back from a tough defeat to Gresham’s with a 4-0 victory over Norwich High. Despite never hitting top gear, RHS always looked comfortable due to another solid display from TJ Sunuwar at the back. Some great attacking moves down both sides of the pitch created numerous opportunities from which the four goals were scored.
The U15 A team played a truly well-matched game of hockey against Norwich High on Thursday. A lot of the elements of possession and team formation which they had been working on showed great improvement in this match which provided nail-biting, end-to-end hockey. Millie Orr and Charlene Tait worked well as they adjusted to positional changes, and Millie Ainsworth rounded out the midfield’s performance with some good transitional play. Despite their strengths in the middle 50 meters, the team had a few lapses of judgement in their defensive end which resulted in two Norwich goals. Several RHS attempts to level the score went just wide of the post and the only attacking penalty corner was saved by the Norwich goalie. Wo(man) of the match: Millie Orr.
The U15Bs played against St Felix A team on Thursday away on a rather tricky grass pitch, not helped by the rain storm that came down towards the end of the game. Although RHS had chances they were outplayed in the middle of the park and this meant our defence were under ever increasing pressure. In the end, the opposition scored three goals despite a noble attempt by Goal Keeper Gracie Tindale to keep the score down.
The U12A team had a very competitive game against Norwich High School on Wednesday. With both teams having missed converting chances in the first half, it was Yasmin Gradwick–Light who broke the stalemate with a well-taken strike after receiving a superb pass down the line from Ruby Parker. RHS held on with excellent saves from Katie Bennett until the last 30 secs of the game when Norwich finally slotted home an equaliser. Player of the match was defender Charlotte Stenning, who had a great game.
The U12s continued their determined play against Ipswich School on Saturday. A squad of 12 players rotated around over three 15 minute sessions. With both sides showing real competitive hockey, the final score was Ipswich 2 RHS 1 with Eliza Tribe finishing off a good run of play to slot the ball in past the Goal Keeper. In our goal Katie Bagnall played superbly, even stopping one shot off her chest-pad! Yasmin Gradwick-Light was very unlucky not to score towards the final minute when her strong strike from the right hand corner just went wide of the post.
On Wednesday the U12Bs also played Norwich High. The girls really showed how much they have improved over the last few weeks and, with the help of a particularly supportive parental contingent, the girls ended the tense game 3-3 thanks to a last minute penalty corner.