Hooray - we had a team, the weather was fabulous and we played!
Squad: Izzy Montgomery (Capt), Elina Bjorheim, Anna Halliwerll, Lucy Byatt, Rachel Horner, Danielle Dean, Lydia Ray, Sophie Wrathall, Megan Griffiths, Phoebe Cave (GK).
Cheltenham Hockey Club 0 – 0
Dursley 0 – 0
East Glos 0 – 3 (Lost)
Cirencester 0 – 2 (Lost)
East Glos 3rds 4 - 1 (WE WON!!!)
First match against Cheltenham witnessed two excellent saves by Phoebe in goal. There was one very good strike on goal, which decided not to go in between the posts!
Second match against Dursley, Lansdown had four attempts on goal versus Dursley’s one. Lansdown had the higher percentage possession. Some good clearance in defence and strong pace in attack creating many corners hence the majority of play remained in Lansdown’s attacking half.
Third match against East Glos was considerably faster pace match covering all corners of the pitch fairly evenly. A tough fought match despite the score line. Within seconds of the start of the match Izzy sprinted off from the centre field and steamed down to the D to take a strike, which was saved by the East Glos goalie – unfortunately!! East Glos were a strong side, which went on to win the tournament! Some very strong defending from Lansdown, including four splendid saves by Phoebe. Some of Lansdown’s best play of the tournament in this match!
The fourth match was against Cirencester and once again Izzy made a F1 style break for the D and sadly a goal was denied her by centimetres!! Lansdown had good possession and kept the pressure on with a further three attempts on goal but Cirencester defence, bad luck and foot-foul-faults were working hard against the Lansdown girls. The score-line does not depict a game dominated by Cirencester but a game in which Lansdown could have taken greater advantage of their opportunities and skills.
Finally the day ended for Lansdown with a play-off against East Glos 3rds. With a change of Astro, Lansdown found their Mojo and began to put the ball between the posts. Two goals came from Izzy followed by another two from Dani securing 9th place for the Lansdowne U12 girls.
We look forward to next season where the girls can capitalise on the match-play experience they have gathered in today’s tournament.
Huge thanks go to Phoebe for stepping at short notice with her goalie skills today. Also thanks to the girls who did not play but came and supported the Lansdown team, giving up their spare time!
Report by: Joss Bjorheim