HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV Report - 28 May 2014

Author -  Shannon Sager

HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV

Wednesday afternoon (28th May 2014) was as an extremely pleasant warm Autumnal day. The Pinehurst boys looked dazzling as they warmed up and confidently struck the ball from player to player. Their opposition were generally smaller and looked far less intimidating as they were, after all, a junior team. The sun cast long slender shadows across the pitch and fortunately the dipping disc of flames did not obscure the vision of the goal keepers or the rest of the frantic players.
Pinehurst were warned that the opposition would be well drilled and that if needs be some ‘ugly hockey’ might be needed to quell the boys in red and green. The first twenty minutes were literally hit and miss, but as the game developed Westlake drew upon their diverse skill set. The smaller and less impressive looking team gained in their confidence and soon were keeping possession for most of the time and moving the ball accurately between team members.
By half time the score was two; nil. Pinehurst trailed.
In the second half Pinehurst failed to capitalize on their limited possession and Westlake realized that they could win. The men in white were on the back foot and their chances diminished by the minute. The smaller, younger team increased the pressure and showed flair and guile as their full repertoire was exhibited. Lake switched the ball from wing to wing and crossed the ball accurately into the circle. Eventually a third goal was added to the score and a deflated Pinehurst team struggled to keep up.
There were many lessons to be learnt for Pinehurst. Sometimes pushing rather than swiping at the ball will help. Possession will usually result in victory, whilst whacking the ball just ends up with the opposition keeping control. Finally do not under estimate the younger fella’s and during exam week when only three players turn up for team practice then the outcome for the toughest match of the season will not be good.
In the now famous words of Fred Charnock …. “Keep low, move fast and never reveal your true position, and above all stay sharp!”

Final score: Pinehurst 0 WBHS 3. 
 
 
 
Words: George Monk
Image: Jonathan Ogborne 

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HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV Report - 28 May 2014

HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV Report

HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV

Wednesday afternoon (28th May 2014) was as an extremely pleasant warm Autumnal day. The Pinehurst boys looked dazzling as they warmed up and confidently struck the ball from player to player. Their opposition were generally smaller and looked far less intimidating as they were, after all, a junior team. The sun cast long slender shadows across the pitch and fortunately the dipping disc of flames did not obscure the vision of the goal keepers or the rest of the frantic players.
Pinehurst were warned that the opposition would be well drilled and that if needs be some ‘ugly hockey’ might be needed to quell the boys in red and green. The first twenty minutes were literally hit and miss, but as the game developed Westlake drew upon their diverse skill set. The smaller and less impressive looking team gained in their confidence and soon were keeping possession for most of the time and moving the ball accurately between team members.
By half time the score was two; nil. Pinehurst trailed.
In the second half Pinehurst failed to capitalize on their limited possession and Westlake realized that they could win. The men in white were on the back foot and their chances diminished by the minute. The smaller, younger team increased the pressure and showed flair and guile as their full repertoire was exhibited. Lake switched the ball from wing to wing and crossed the ball accurately into the circle. Eventually a third goal was added to the score and a deflated Pinehurst team struggled to keep up.
There were many lessons to be learnt for Pinehurst. Sometimes pushing rather than swiping at the ball will help. Possession will usually result in victory, whilst whacking the ball just ends up with the opposition keeping control. Finally do not under estimate the younger fella’s and during exam week when only three players turn up for team practice then the outcome for the toughest match of the season will not be good.
In the now famous words of Fred Charnock …. “Keep low, move fast and never reveal your true position, and above all stay sharp!”

Final score: Pinehurst 0 WBHS 3. 
 
 
 
Words: George Monk
Image: Jonathan Ogborne 

HOCKEY 1ST XI Match IV Report  - 28 May 2014
 
 

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