ESM U12 Hockey Tournament Success 

Opponents Score
Craigclowan 1 - 1
George Watson's 5 - 0
ESM 2 - 0
Fettes 2 - 0
Loretto 1 - 0
Goals For 11
Goals Against 1
Goal Scorers:  
Freddie 8
Joe 2
Rob 1

Players of the Tournament:
Max : Henry : Rob : William

The U11s, plus Henry, had high expectations on their shoulders entering a tournament a year ahead of themselves. But, with IAPS looming, this seemed like good practice for the team to gain some experience against players with a bit more playing experience and from bigger schools. So the boys started the tournament with low expectations for the day. This seemed to have a good effect on their play and they relaxed and started very confidently against Craigclowan. The ball was moved around at a good pace and Joe and Thomas were working hard together in the centre. We had the majority of possession in the first 5 but nothing went our way in the ‘D’. A few shots missed in the early stages made Freddie even more determined and eventually his first of the day came; a lovely piece of skill in the ‘D’ as he went round the keeper. A quick break by Craigclowan earned them a goal and the boys started to wobble under a little bit of pressure. But great defending from Max and Oliver kept us in the game to draw 1-1.

Next up we faced an unknown Watson’s side. It quickly became clear that the boys needn’t have worried. Despite a couple of strong players, we were once again on top of things. An early goal from Freddie set the wheels in motion. Henry was playing some great hockey on the wing and using his speed to drive past their midfield. Joe was distributing wide balls from the centre down the right wing to Rob. Joe stole the second goal with a little flick over the keeper after a scrappy bit of play in the  ‘D’ and Freddie weaved his way to a hat trick of goals in the second half of the game. Brilliant play again. Willliam was involved in a couple of saves but the defence had a relatively quiet game.

EMS-Tournament-WGWith a match break before we faced ESM the boys had time to refuel and think about positioning and work hard on and off the ball. ESM were a stronger side and the boys had to get their heads down and fight hard. Archie and Rob were working their socks off on the wings and getting involved in every attack as well as supporting our defence. Freddie scored a brilliant goal but was finding it a bit harder to get his stick on the ball as the ESM defenders were marking him well. There were moments of scrappy play to follow and the boys conceded a short corner. They took their chances for a straight strike which deflected off a stick but thanks to William’s awesome eye for the ball he saved it with an outstretched left hand. A short corner came our way and Henry played a great ball into Archie who moved it quickly to Joe who scored. It didn’t end there though; Max and Oliver still had work to do and Max made a brilliant tackle to make sure we didn’t concede in the final moments of the match. A well deserved 2-0 win.

Fettes were next. There were a few familiar faces from last year to face and the boys knew who to look out for. The team had found their rhythm in the last match and were working the ball very well around the pitch. Oliver was feeding the ball out of defence and Jonty, Rob and Henry were working hard on the wings. Attacking wide was working for us and Fettes struggled to play down the centre with Thomas and Joe always ready to make a tackle. Rob scored an excellent sliding goal that just sneaked past the keeper. Thomas made several block tackles and was improving his distribution with every touch of the ball. A slight change to positions: moving Thomas into defence and Archie to CDM had a good effect and injected some pace to the middle of the pitch. Freddie seized an opportunity to score again – despite shouts from his team mates who were less under pressure. Another win and no goals conceded.

The final game was against Loretto and once again the prospect of winning edged into their performance and they all tensed up. Loretto were putting us under a lot of pressure; Oliver and Max had to work hard. They did brilliantly – not diving in for tackles but steering the players out wide – exactly as they were instructed. William made a number of great saves, punching the ball right away from his defence. As time ticked by the boys settled into the match and a great bit of play from Henry and Freddie won them a short corner. They were playing running penalties (4v3) and finally the plan worked...on the second attempt. A straight run by Joe into their defenders left Freddie and Rob free for a pass either side. He went with Freddie who put us ahead. More work had to be done by all not to concede a goal; Thomas and Oliver did so well, and Joe, Archie and Jonty in midfield kept working right to the final whistle.

A smashing afternoon of hockey and another trophy to engrave! Well played boys.


Alice Du Vivier, 03/03/2017