Woking U12 boys played a Performance 7s festival against one team from both Wallingford and 2 teams from Old Georgians hockey clubs. Overall aggregate score across the festival was Woking scored 6 goals and conceded 18. Individual results were as follows.
Many thanks to Giorgio Varda and Phil Edwards for managing the teams (and assistants Chris Clayton-Jones and Mark Rohde (umpire?)).
Woking Wolves (by Giorgio Varda)
Team of Haiden (GK), Akhil, Alec, Matteo, Oliver H, Daniel W, Dan Q, Felix
Game 1: v Wallingford A: Lost 1-0. We had a slow start and we felt the pressure of the opposition. However we were able to create a few good opportunities which the opposition keeper brilliantly saved. Then, a few minutes from the end we suffered a counter-attack which we could not block, and Wallingford scored. A very close match overall, which could have gone either way.
Game 2: v Woking B (Wasps): Won 3-0 (3 Daniel Q). A very intense and well fought match, much closer than what the result indicates. We scored 2 goals at the beginning of the match, surprising our friends a bit, and then the match became much more even, with good opportunities and saves on both sides. The third goal was the probably the Wolves' best action of the day: a counter-attack where I think all players touched the ball, ending with a cross from the left, shot on goal by Felix and great save by Jack the Wasps' goalkeeper; too bad for him that Daniel Q was there, ready to tap in the rebound.
Game 3: v Old Georgians B: Lost 2-1 (Alec short corner). A very even game which again could have gone either way. We opened the scoring with a screamer by Alec from Matteo's short corner push. Then some good attacks from OGs (with a bit of "tentative “defending from our side) reversed the result. In the end, we had at least two more shots on goal, but the opposition keeper did his job brilliantly and the game was unfortunately lost.
Game 4: v Old Georgians A: Lost 2-0. This was a good opposition who played with 7 outfield players and no goalkeeper. We were quite tired as this was our fourth match in a row and we suffered against some strong players. But still, there has been some very good team spirit on display and a lot of work put in by the boys in helping each other, so still a lot of positive to take home from this match.
Woking Wasps (By Phil Edwards)
Team of Jack McK (GK), Alex McK, Joe H, Joseph E, Ollie R, Rory M, Will E, Ewan M
A fantastic morning to play hockey, bright blue sky and 4 fun games played. Whilst we lost all four games the team never gave up and improved as the morning went on.
Game 1: v Georgians A: Lost 4-0. Wasps off to a sleepy start and a goal conceded after 15 seconds. The team were poor at marking and pressing in this game against a stronger team, however they got stronger as the game went on.
Game 2: v Woking A (Wolves): Lost 3-0. The team were much better in this game, pressing and passing was much improved. We had chances to score, however Haiden was hard to beat as always and some poor marking and good play by Woking A lead to 3 goals.
Game 3: v Georgians B: Lost 3-1. A change of pitch saw an improvement in the team’s performance and fortunes. Woking were certainly in this game and Joseph E scored a fine goal, dribbling from his own half to beat two players before a hard shot into the corner. Old Georgians however scored two late goals and perhaps just about deserved the win. Lost 3-1.
Game 4: v Wallingford: Lost 3-1. A very close match and another more encouraging performance. Joseph E scored with a fantastic reverse hit shot into the top corner which left coaches, the umpire and spectators a little bit stunned. This game was very close until the opposition scored 2 late goals - felt a little harsh on the team who deserved a draw and worked hard to the end.
All in all a good morning and great effort from everyone involved.