U8’s Shine in Salisbury
On a sunny but wintry day 19 hardy Under 8’s played in the first tournament of the year at Salisbury on Sunday. Cobwebs were firmly dusted off after the recent weather had put the kybosh on training, so all were fit and raring to go. The clubhouse offered a great refuge between games, and parents and players both took advantage of the cakes and coffees. Oh for a Winchester clubhouse!
The squad was split into the usual mix of players, with the Apples coached by Emma and Bananas by Andy, helped by Ashley and Rob. Dan and Rich followed on after a successful training session at Kings where encouragingly over 20 kids turned up.
After unluckily drawing the first game, where play often got stuck in the middle of the pitch, the Apples won their next three games with some solid passing and attacking play. They were unlucky not to score more goals, always looking the most convincing team. In the draw against Southampton three shots narrowly missed the goal, and only a breakaway stopped the winning streak. Joe certainly had his scoring boots on, but there were notable contributions from Anna, Ed and Tommy in attack, with Mimi solid in defence. Hamish and Tobey enjoyed their first tournament outings, with Cecilia and Charlotte really improving as the tournament went on. The last game against Salisbury, who played their strongest team, was just a game too many and ended in a slightly disappointing loss, despite having chances. Overall the team improved in their play throughout the day, with some really good inter-passing, and a great effort by all. With a bit more patience in front of goal the scorelines would have better reflected most of the matches, as the Apples dominated possession and territory and played some good hockey.
|Trojans||W||4-1||Max 3, Angus|
|Salisbury||W||4-0||Honor, Ollie, Max 2|
After a slow start, with a solid win, the Bananas played some really good hockey to record a great victory against Trojans. Max was in fine goalscoring form, helped out by Angus, with some really good quality passing from Milo and Charlie. Another win against Southampton saw the same scorers, again assisted by solid play by Lilly in defence and Ben with some rugged midfield work. The comfortable win against Salisbury, where playing 9 a side did not lead to a usual midfield scramble was testament to the improvement the kids have made with their understanding of passing and spreading the play. Some strong play by Honor and Ollie saw them onto the score-sheet, aided by another Max brace. The winning streak was brought to an abrupt end by a strong (suspiciously so with a couple of slightly older kids?) Bournemouth side, but ironically this last game showed the kids in a great light, with no heads going down and continuing to play hard to the end. In particular Jack and Ruby were outstanding in defence in this game with some strong tackles and determined running, and with a bit of luck we could have scored a couple ourselves. Overall a very encouraging performance by the Bananas, taking their chances and playing some excellent passing hockey.
Well played all see you on Sunday at training
The Coaching Team