The U13As and Bs had triangular games against South Lee and King’s Ely on Wednesday 6 November. The U13As played King’s Ely first and, despite constant pressure and some excellent shots, the result was a scoreless draw.
Against South Lee, RHS conceded 2 goals early on. They had a very good structure in the attacking circle which kept our defence hard at work. Player of the match was Annie Tavainavesi who played a solid defensive game and cleared the ball really well.
The U13Bs drew 0-0 against Kings Ely in the first game and could have won the game if not for a few squandered chances. In the second game they came up against a strong South Lee side and were well beaten 5-0. Despite the results, two strong performances from Annie Paddon stood out.
On Saturday the senior teams had a block fixture against Framlingham.
The 1st team had a great first half against a weakened Framlingham side. Initial play was end to end with both teams trying to find their rhythm. RHS played some fluent hockey and set pieces such as their transfers around the back worked very well. Framlingham proved too strong in the end having scored one in the first half and adding another three in the second. RHS did not give up and gave their all in a very competitive game. Sophie Opielok worked extremely hard in defence orchestrating the team both in attack and defence. The outstanding RHS player was, however, the Captain and Goalkeeper Hannah Corrie. Her focus and concentration on the ball was superb and she supported her players with real commitment.
The 2nd team were away to Framlingham eager to return to winning ways however the RHS girls gave two goals away in very charitable fashion. A better second half followed but the girls could not break through a stern defensive line from the hosts. The game finished 2-0 but there were strong performances from Cesca Morelli and Bella Murrison along with the ever-reliable back line.
The 3rd XI played a mid-week fixture against St Felix with Tabitha Palmer being player of the match and on Saturday they played an even-sided game against Framlingham. Bethan Davies added spice to her performance with a reverse sweep shot at goal to gain an early lead. The defence worked hard throughout with Charlotte Heley named player of the match. Unfortunately Framlingham made a late goal to equal the score.
The Under 15A team played a great second half against Framlingham after a first half in which the opposition took advantage of a lack of structure in our defence. A late rally by Sophie Rennison and Millie Orr created several close scoring opportunities, but it was too little too late resulting in a final score of 5-0.
The under 15Bs started out well against Framlingham, showing some strong defensive play and aggressive attacks down the left side however, due to a cocktail of errors in the D, RHS conceded several short corners from which Framlingham scored. This resulted in a disappointing 3-2 loss but special mention should go to Captain Sophie Jenkins, Jess Irving, Ellie Brown and Martha Torrington.
The U14As had a good first half but were unable to sustain the pressure in the end from Framlingham and lost heavily. Tiredness showed in the last quarter despite determined efforts in defence by Jorgyella Thorpe and Captain Beth Dwerryhouse.