Hockey v Wycliffe College 2018

Hockey v Wycliffe College 2018

1st XI 
Result: 4-1 (win)
Goal Scorers: Poppy Underwood x2, Georgie Hartley and Millie Kold
Player of the Match: Poppy Underwood
 
The 1st XI started brightly, taking an early lead in the first five minutes through Millie Kold. Poppy Underwood later doubled the advantage with an extremely well-taken volley (one of the best school goals we have seen!). Malvern dropped the tempo a little which allowed Wycliffe a few chances, but Poppy got her 2nd just after the break to allow some breathing space. Wycliffe got one back from a short corner, but Georgie Hartley finished off a well-taken team move to restore the three-goal advantage and give Malvern a well- deserved to win in the last game before the Christmas break.
 
2nd XI 
Result: 5-0 (win)
Goal Scorers: Amber Anderson x2, Helene Vansteenbrugge x2 and Lexi Clarke x1
Players’ player: Amber Anderson
Player of the match: Esther Woods
 
From the first push-back, Malvern played with a high-tempo with good passing hockey but found it difficult to capitalise against a tight Wycliffe defence. 
 
Too many direct attempts on goal, rather than making connections in the 25, meant that several attacking moves broke down. The deadlock was finally broken when Amber squeezed one past the keeper the second coming soon after. Helene made it 3-0 before half-time. 
 
The second half was characterized by far more patient, passing play; however, the Wycliffe defence continued to stay strong - not even allowing a short corner to be earned. It took a moment of brilliance from Helene with a reserve-stick chip to the top right-hand corner to get past the Wycliffe ‘wall’.  With moments to go before full-time, Lexi made it five. 
 
What looks like an easy victory was only made possible by the outstanding defence of Ariana and Emily and particularly a player of the match Esther.
 
U15A 
Result: 4-0 (win)
Goal Scorers: Lara Davidson, Jemima Martyn- Smith, Sophie Roberts and Pia Flynn- Jones
Player of the match: Jemima Martyn- Smith
 
Wycliffe started strongly minimising Malvern's attacks, but the U15s worked well together, linked passes well and created chances. The first goal was built up from no fewer than 10 passes before Lara Davidson scored with a half-volley. Wycliffe defended well for the rest of the half with their forwards causing all kinds of problems. 
 
In the second half, the girls were keen to create more chances. Linking passes well and using the whole pitch incredibly well, the pressure started to become too tough for Wycliffe and Malvern scored two more goals through Jemima and Sophie. The final goal again was a fantastic team goal, with a fantastic turn-over in defence from Catherine Horn, lots of linking passes going up the pitch finished off by Pia Flynn-Jones at the back post. 
 
A great team performance to finish the season on a high! 
 
U15B 
Result: 7-0 (win)
Goal scorers: Boo Forbes x2, Bea Barnes x2, Tish Watt x1, Emily Elgar x1 and Kim Shafer x1
Player of the match: Bea Barnes
 
The girls finished their season with a tremendous win against Wycliffe. They dominated from start to finish, playing some very clinical hockey. Bea Barnes received player of the match for her excellent contributions on the pitch, scoring two goals and creating opportunities for her teammates. Special mention goes to Louisa Marsden-Smedley for her excellent leadership in defence. Louisa is an excellent defender and with the support from Molly Battersby and Coco Anderson, Wycliffe were unable to score. 
 
Two other good performances came from Kim Shafer and Tish Watt, both scoring and both who worked well alongside one another in central midfield. The energy they created spread throughout the team, resulting in an excellent performance.
 
U14A
Result: 3-2 (win)
Goal Scorers: Lucy Underwood x2 and Lily Hutton
Players player of the match: Kinvara Clarke (who played back to back matches)
Player of the match: Gia Neath
 
The girls were keen to finish their near-perfect season with a good performance and they did, in what was a very exciting game of hockey. From the first whistle, the game was end to end, with both teams being very attacking. 
 
Within the first 10 minutes, Malvern took the lead through Lucy Underwood, who finished off a brilliant team build up with a goal. Wycliffe reacted positively scoring a goal of their own to take the game to 1-1 going into halftime. In the team talk we were able to establish, with the girls, three key elements to address and they put strategies in to play early on in the second half. 
 
Wycliffe came out of the blocks a little quicker and scored a very good second goal. But undeterred the Malvern girls continue to play well, looking to make good passes and linking well together, player of the match Gia, worked exceptionally hard throughout linking with the forwards and defence to ensure we maintained possession. A second goal came from Lucy Underwood bursting through the defence from an excellent through ball from Georgie Balfry. At two all the game became more frantic and was end to end. But with less than three minutes to go Lily Hutton scored and then Malvern hung on defending well to finish winners. A great game of hockey and a wonderful way to end a brilliant first season of hockey for Malvern from the U14s, we look forward to seeing them develop in the years to come. 
 
U14B 
Result: 1-1 (draw)
Goal Scorers:  Georgie Clarke
Player of the match: Mary Needham, Libby Merritt and Georgie Clarke
 
For our last game of term, the girls were positive and full of energy. From the off, Malvern College looked to be a threat, moving the ball out wide to create space. Within the first couple of minutes, Malvern was on great form, causing all sorts of problems for the Wycliffe defence. Some very close chances from Georgie Kenyon on the back post and Mary Needham who caused chaos around the goal mouth, Wycliffe’s keeper did everything she could to keep us out. Some fantastic link-up play between Izzy Montague-Fuller and Mary Needham on the counter-attack, followed by a cracking strike from Georgie Clarke, took Malvern 1-0 at halftime. 
 
A quick break by the Wycliffe’s attack caught Malvern off guard allowing them to score the equaliser with a couple of minutes left to play. We continued to dig deep using our technical skill and ability to beat players, we looked calm and confident moving the ball around the pitch to create opportunities, but unfortunately, we were unable to sneak any more goals past the Wycliffe’s keeper who undoubtedly kept them in the game. 
 
The players gave it their all, a great team performance and a lovely end to the hockey term!
 

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