vs Basingstoke - 19 Jan 2014

Home Score: 2 - Opposition Score: 1

Match Result: Win

The U12's Girls travelled to Basingstoke on a bright and sunny afternoon having shaken off the wrinkles from the Christmas break and smarting from a tough loss to Aldershot and Farnham 2 weeks previously. With a further training session under the belt, and a match squad of 16 making the trip, the girls took to the pitch full of confidence and hopeful of a positive result.

Playing the usual format of three 20 minute periods, Haslemere started brightly launching several telling attacks down the centre and left wing. Early dominance in the first period was soon rewarded, as Milly pounced on an opportunistic loose ball in the circle and calmly converted to put Haslemere in the lead. Continued pressure meant that Haslemere were able to dominate territory throughout the first period, drawing their opponents into errors inside the circle which gave us the opportunity to hone our penalty corner skills. Haslemere's early superiority soon earned further reward when a well constructed attack down the left flank saw the ball worked into the circle where Jess found herself in space in the perfect position in front of goal and, having received a pin-point pass from Issy, converted with ease, putting Haslemere 2-0 up going into the first break.

With 16 players to rotate through the match, Haslemere made several changes going into the second period, and Basingstoke were able to capitalise as the Blues settled into new positions. Basingstoke also notably switched tactics in the second period, and having placed one of their attackers high up the pitch on the right, were consistently looking to play the long ball and take Haslemere on the break. The Haslemere back line, however, was resolute, and some outstanding defence coupled with some great saves from Emily in goal ensured the 2 goal advantage was maintained. Haslemere built their way back into the second period impressively, with a combination of great individual skill coupled with highly effective inter-passing as the confidence started to grow. The standard of hockey rose throughout this second period, with both teams making good use of the full width of the pitch, but ultimately the two teams cancelled each other out, and the period finished scoreless, so Haslemere were still 2-0 up going into the final period.

The third period started much as the second had ended, with both teams moving the ball effectively up the pitch, and errors in the circle giving penalty corner opportunities to both teams. Basingstoke continued to press, and eventually their efforts were rewarded when one of their forays into the Haslemere circle finally proved an attack too far for our defence, and a goal was clawed back. 2-1 to Haslemere with 10 minutes remaining. The final 10 minutes was, frankly, a little ragged. Tired legs on both sides meant the close passing game which had been so effectively executed in the earlier part of the game was largely abandoned for more speculative long balls. Both teams struggled to get defenders behind the ball, and twice the Haslemere keeper found herself one on one with a Basingstoke attacker, and both times stood strong and managed to win the battle. Ultimately, Haslemere reaped the benefits of having travelled with 16 players, as we had just enough 'puff' to resist the attacks in the final few minutes and secure an excellent 2-1 victory. Congratulations to all the girls for a really excellent performance and thoroughly deserved result. Too many outstanding performances to name individually here, suffice to say all 16 contributed to a great collective effort.

Next stop Havant at home next weekend - we are ready!

vs Trojans - 24 Nov 2013

Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 0

Match Result: Win

U12 Girls
Haslemere v Trojans
1-0 Win

After two early season defeats as the U12 girls adapted to the wider spaces of playing full-pitch hockey for the first time, Sundays match against Trojans provided the opportunity to consolidate some of the individual and collective drills which have been worked on in training in recent weeks. Playing three 20 minute periods, Haslemere immediately asserted their superior distribution skills and dominated the first period in both possession and territory. Time and again Haslemere pressed into the Trojans 'D' but, despite earning several short corners, the all important goal proved elusive. The first period ended 0-0 and, after a brief interval with a few pointers from head coach Elliot, the team took to the pitch for the second period brimming with confidence and looking to continue to dominate the opposition. The second period continued in much the same vein as the first, with some really excellent play throughout the Haslemere team, using our pace and the wide open spaces to great effect. Our vocal supporters were becoming increasingly frustrated as attack after attack poured into the Trojans 'D', but with the away keeper maintaining a stoic defence, Haslemere struggled to find the final finish. At last, however, the constant pressure told, and some excellent play up the left side of the pitch saw Phoebe break into open space and push into the Trojans half. A great through ball found Eliza in space inside the 'D' and the ball was swept decisively into the back of the Trojans goal - 1-0 to Haslemere, and all our hard work was finally getting it's reward. Despite continued pressure from Haslemere, the score remained 1-0 at the second interval, so the team went into the final period looking to consolidate their lead. The team continued to play some excellent hockey, with some tremendous individual contributions throughout the team. To Trojan's credit, they continued to play positive attacking hockey, and as the final period progressed, Trojans began to enjoy some better possession, and looked to threaten on the break. However, Haslemere were not to be denied, as the girls worked back in defence with huge determination, and goalkeeper Emily kept an invaluable 'clean sheet'. And so it was to end 1-0 to Haslemere, a fantastic first victory for the team (which could so easily have been by a far wider margin) and a really valuable base for the girls to build upon for the rest of the season. Trojans voted our team captain for the day, Jess, as most valuable player, but more importantly this was a fantastic team performance, with all the girls working really hard in support of each other, and showing huge promise - well done Haslemere!

vs Aldershot and Farnham U12 Girls - 10 Feb 2013

Home Score: 1 - Opposition Score: 2

Match Result: Loss

lost 1-2