Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Girls Hockey 2nd v Cargilfield
The mighty 2nds’ second match in five days was against Cargilfield, at Hallhill.

Cargi always muster strong hockey teams and today was no different. I’d explained beforehand to the girls that it wasn’t the result that I was too interested in, rather their character and how they played.

The bad news is that we didn’t get off to a great start, shipping two goals in the first 5 minutes, especially annoying for the coach as I’d specifically asked the defenders to watch out for Cargi putting a player right onto our post – and that was where the goals came from! Anyway, after that, the girls seemed to wake up a bit and realise that they needed to work harder.

The good news, however, is that the girls really did wake up, grit their teeth, roll up their sleeves (and a variety of other metaphors) and play some very good hockey for large parts of the next 30 minutes or so.

Alice T’s work-rate at the back was spectacular as was her distribution, helped by, in turns, Ishbel, Carmen and Emelia & Alma all of whom worked hard, were resolute in defence, making some brave tackles, improved their positional play and managed to get the ball into the wider channels on a number of occasions.

And it was in the wide channels that we made some good progress, moving the ball forwards through Alice R., Izzy, Olivia and Carmen. Izzy carried well (though could offload the ball a bit quicker), Alice R. made some effective leads that saw her receiving the ball in good areas (she can still pick up her work-rate a bit) and Olivia, towards the latter stages of the match, began finding some space further up the field and worked hard at then getting it into the circle and Willow kept running up front and fell back to support the midfield well (still work to be done on shooting skills).

We must have made at least 15 forays into the Cargi circle and got a few shots away but do still lack that killer instinct and power in front of goal – certainly something to work on.

The score-line doesn’t flatter us but I don’t believe it is an accurate reflection of the balance of play. Apart from one or two moments, I was pleased with how the girls played; indeed, I think it is there best performance to date and that shows progress which is what it is all about. Well done girls.

Final Score:      Belhaven Hill  0 - 6  Cargilfield
Player of the Match: Alice T for her phenomenal work-rate and excellent clearances.

Girls' Hockey: 2nd v Cargilfield