1st XI v Clifton College 1st XI
Result: 4-1 (Win)
Scorers: Tonia Worrallo, Jasmine Ellis, Millie Kold and Hannah Atkinson
Player of the match: Hannah Atkinson
It was a scrappy start to the game with both teams struggling to keep possession. Clifton took the lead through a short corner drag flick which was finished well. This seemed to kick Malvern into gear and they pulled level through a solo run by Tonia Worrallo rounding the goalkeeper to score. In the second half Malvern started to control the game and moved the ball around with pace and purpose and we soon were rewarded with a great passing move was finished off by Jasmine Ellis. Malvern shortly extended the lead through Millie Kold and the game was finished off by a fantastic strike by player of the match Hannah Atkinson. This is a wonderful victory against a very strong hockey side.
1st XI v Clifton College U16s
Result: 3-1 (Loss)
Scorer: Poppy Underwood
Player of the match: Ellie Calderwood
Malvern started the game brightly and soon had a number of very good chances on the Clifton goal with Malvern coming close hitting the side netting. Clifton had a strong midfield and started to get a foot hold in the match and took the lead on the counter attack. Malvern pulled a goal back through a great finish by Poppy Underwood. All credit to Clifton in the second half as they stopped the flow of Malvern and capitalised on two defensive errors to win the match 3-1.
Result: 5-0 (Win)
Scorers: Imo Cole, Anne Doroshenko, Ester Woods and 2 from Izzy Crossland. There were strong performances from Antonia Kuhr, Imo Cole, Annie Slator and Sassy Anderson
Player of the match: Lexie Clark.
With a large number of Upper Sixth players unavailable the 2nd XI were a much younger team for the home game against Clifton. The girls demonstrated the strength in depth that Malvern possesses by producing an excellent performance in beating Clifton 5-0.
Throughout the game the girls produced some slick passing moves and showed both composure and clinical finishing in the ‘D’. Early in the game Ester Woods opened the scoring with a good finish into the bottom corner. Malvern were mainly on top in the first half but had to guard against Clifton’s brisk counter attacks, luckily Georgina Wood and Antonia Kuhr were able to regularly snuff out the attacks through a combination of good interceptions and tackling. Anne Doroshenko and Izzy Crossland each added a goal before half time to leave Malvern well in control of the game. In the second half Malvern’s dominance continued and the impressive Imo Cole scored and then calmly rolled the ball around the goalkeeper to allow Izzy Crossland to tap in after some fine build up play. Throughout the game Malvern’s midfielders, Sassy Anderson, Hélène Vansteenbrugghe, Lexie Clarke, Ester Woods showed a high work rate and excellent ability to eliminate the oppositions players through their strong ball carrying skills. Lexie Clarke was particularly impressive in her player of the match display, regularly winning the ball back, carrying the ball with purpose and linking passes and creating chances for the forwards.
Result: 3 -0 (Win)
Goalscorers: Freya Saxton, Nikki Stonham, Valentina Samadani
Player of the match: Siima Rukandema
Banita Dodhia was given the captaincy duties this week, and expertly the team through a slick warm-up and a focused, organised team took to the field. Practices this week focused on transferring the ball and improving ball speed, both of which were in used to great effect. The girls moved the ball around, steadily building up an attack, while in defence, Siima Rukandema and Laura Browne, in particular, offered outstanding cover. With 17 circle entries in total, 3 goals may seem a paltry return, but the Clifton keeper kept us honest. Congratulations to the girls on another outstanding team effort – they really are a pleasure to coach.
Player of the match: Eliza
The 4th team played their best match of the season against Clifton on Saturday. With only 11 players available every member of the team gave 100% and played with determination and drive, not giving up at any point. The final score was a no goal draw but the forwards had many shots at goal that were saved by a very experienced goal-keeper. Eliza was nominated “man-of-the-match” as she showed her skill and aggression in the attacking circle area but special mention goes to Missy who dominated the mid-field and Alice in defence.
U15A v Clifton College
Result: 6-0 (Win)
Goal Scorers: Mouse Broughton, Bella Cole, Otty Thomas, Lara Davidson, Jemima Martyn-Smith and Kitty Holroyd
Player of the match: Otty Thomas with special mention of Kitty Holroyd and Mouse Broughton
A great performance from the U15As, despite the rain the girls played some brilliant hockey. They passed the ball around well, with Sophie Roberts and Otty Thomas controlling the pace of the game. In the first half the girls scored three great team goals with Mouse, Bella and Otty scoring. Malvern improved in the second half as the girls decided to start moving the ball around the back. This created more space and they scored another three goals through Lara and Kitty and a lovely reverse stick strike from Jemima.
Result: 3-0 (Win)
Player of the match: Tish Watt
Goal scorers: Tish Watt x1 and Emily Elgar x2
A wonderful win for the girls today! The u15bs have worked extremely hard to better themselves over the past three weeks and today rewarded them for their efforts.
Although everybody played significant roles within get team, Tish Watt was pick of the players winning Player of the match. The skills she demonstrated on the pitch were outstanding. She carried the ball beautifully, passed the ball well and created goal scoring opportunities, as well as scoring a goal herself. She most rightfully deserved player of the match. Emily Elgar also had a strong game scoring two goals, helped by injections from Lara Wilson and Coco Anderson.
The girls were outstanding today and are going from strength to strength.
Result: 12- 1 (Loss)
Goal Scorer: Amelia Scott
Player of the match: Vicky Monllor
A game to learn from for the U14As. Clifton were a very strong and well-rounded team who applied a lot of pressure quickly and were ruthless in the attaching D. Malvern improved their defending towards the end of the game but it was a tough day at the office. We will learn lots from the game and continue to move forward.
Result: 4-0 (Loss)
Players of the match: Mary Needham and Grace Coady
Malvern faced Clifton in very wet and windy conditions. Despite the weather the girls were determined to put in a good team performance.
Clifton were quick to attack, pressing high up the pitch forcing Malvern back into a compact defence, with some great saves by Evelyn Kenwick, Georgina Clarke and Issy Montague-Fuller Malvern were desperate to clear the ball away from goal, unfortunately three early goals, two of which came from short corners left us trailing behind 3-0 going into the second half.
Malvern started the second half positively, looking to attack creating some lovely triangles between Mary Needham and Grace Coady working down the left-hand channel heading towards goal however, Clifton were quick to recover and we were unable to make anything of it. The girls continued to apply pressure forcing errors and allowing us to regain possession. With only minutes to go and a quick counter attack from Clifton, Malvern found themselves in a 4v2 heading towards goal, a fantastic save by Libby Merritt off the line kept Clifton hungry in attack, they continued to press and unfortunately, Malvern were unable to keep the ball out.
A much better second half performance from Malvern and lots more to come.
Girls Development Team
Result: 5-0 (Loss)
Player of the match: Nayanna Sira
Malvern started the game slow with Clifton on the front foot for most of the first half. However there where some good spells for Malvern during the game with Nyanna Sira and Saffy Wickes linking up well down the left-hand side to push Malvern up the pitch. Half way through the first half Clifton scored and then followed it up with a second goal moments later. However, this didn’t bring the girls down and they started to get stronger towards the end of the half with again some good play from Lucy Leicher and Siena van Dam in the middle of the park.
In the first 10 mins of the second half Malvern started the stronger side with some good link up play. This time around the girls started to get their heads up and pass the ball more effectively. Half way through the second half Clifton College scored three back to back goals making it 5-0. After the goals went in the girl’s heads went down but only briefly as they encouraged each other “to keep playing and did so showing great fight and determination to get something out the game. They again finished strong with the front three of Lucy, Nyanna and Saffy linking up well and almost scoring for Malvern.
Given the weather conditions the girls played well and should be happy with the second half performance when they got their heads up and started passing the ball around more effectively.