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This Week in Sports
Friday 11 December 2015
U13 Hockey Squad
The U13 squad finished their season on a high last week in their final match against Battle Abbey. In what was an end to end game, the girls played some of their best Hockey and did themselves and the school proud. Two mixed teams worked extremely hard throughout and, despite missing their vice-captain Maddy Baldwin-Charles, went on to achieve a good result: Team 1 lost by a close 3-1 and Team 2 drew 1-1. In goal Maisie Gibbs and Taliah Maidens made some fine saves and kept motivating the team from the back. In defence Poppy Moore, Bronwen Trowhill and Jessica Frisby made some well-timed tackles to steal the ball away from Battle Abbey. Jemima Richenberg and Grace Russell worked exceptionally well to clear the back line and feed some lovely balls through to the Moira House attack. Tianlu Wang, Jemima Soars, Megan Lee and Amy Cowderoy worked hard in midfield to chase down the opposing attackers and work the ball up field. Pippa Carrington and Alexandra O’Brien both fought hard in the middle to control the game and make some good solid attacking runs. Bethany Cook and Lana Harffey-Burkhill were unlucky not to convert more attempts at goal and were a constant threat to the Battle Abbey defence.
U15 Hockey Squad
It has been such a pleasure to watch the Year 9 and 10 players go from strength to strength this season. With so many new recruits to the squad the girls ended the season with their toughest match to date, in a cup match against Sussex Schools’ winners Eastbourne College. Esther Palanca Romualdo played her first season in goal showing great reactions and making some fine saves against the best of Eastbourne College’s attacks. Vice-Captain Lucy Nottage kept the defence in line and was a constant voice from the back to support the team. Both Lucy and Tahlia Winn made some well-timed crucial tackles to prevent the onslaught of the opposition and put some fine balls through to our attack. Despite missing two key defenders, Jessica Brialey and Leah Hallinon, Hannah Rich, Katy-Anne Burr and Georgia Harris-Moss continued to work hard and chase their opponents putting in some key touches in our defending circle. Isabelle Barlow and Caitlin Corbett showed how far they had come in chasing down the flanks and did their best to prevent Eastbourne College’s fast breaks. In the Central Midfield, Vice-Captain, Millie Garner showed her experience and eye for the ball putting pressure on the opposing team to force them wide and back into their own half. Vice-Captain Emily Davison too showed her experience and determination winning back many of the 50-50 balls and turning these into well worked Moira House attacks, teaming up with forwards Amelia Carrington and Hope Parish. Amelia and Hope made many well-timed runs and attacking moves to put the ball into our attacking circle with a number of well-deserved short corners. The girls were unlucky not to score on numerous occasions and the score line does not reflect their continued hard work and commitment in the match. The girls have come such a long way this season individually and as a team, well done ladies and we look forward to seeing you build on this next season.
U18 Hockey Squad
The U18 squad saved their best Hockey and team performance for the final two matches of the season. Goalkeeper Sorrel Jordan continued to show her talent with lightening reaction time and creative saves keeping many of the powerful and menacing shots from Mayfield and Hurst at bay. In defence, Vice-Captain Lizzie Garner swept the backline showing immense strength, determination and skill as she dispossessed attack after attack from the opposing strikers. Her composure under pressure enabled Lizzie to re-distribute the ball to a well-positioned and eager defence and midfield, with Chloe Cory and Chloe Hughes ready to capitalise on the counter-attack. Lauren Davison playing in her new position as centre back was able to provide the midfield with much needed support as well as chasing down the opposition when they broke through our defence. Chloe Cory worked closely with centre midfield and captain Frankie Head to network the ball up into our attacking half. Frankie was kept busy switching from pick pocketing the ball to feeding some excellent balls through to the attack, showing pace and vision. Vice-Captain Annie Smith and Jade Buck continually chased down the ball causing all sorts of problems for the midfield and forced both Hurst and Mayfield to play the backdoor option. Both players continued their efforts into our defensive half and must be commended for their continued pressure to support our defence which on a number of occasions led to potential goal scoring opportunities. Imogen worked extremely hard in the midfield to chase down the opposing flanks and delay any through balls. Millie Garner, Amelia Carrington, Emily Davison and Lucy Nottage from Year 10 stepped in to complete the team and add an additional strength in all areas of the pitch. They all stepped up to the challenge and worked hard to fit into the U18 squad offering their experience and commitment. The Senior girls have shown such dedication and commitment to their training and matches and we look forward to seeing them build on this next season. Well done ladies!
U13 Netball v St Andrew’s
The U13A, B and C squads played some strong matches against St Andrew’s. All teams showed great effort and presence on court. The C team lost 11-2 but strong centre court play by Grace Russell and good circle skills by Bethany Cook and Jemima Richenberg kept spirits high. The B team played a very strong game with Lana Harffey-Burkhill and Megan Lee showing great awareness and timing on court. However, St Andrew’s pipped them to the post with a 6-5 win. The highly contested U13 A team match was a real nail biter, with St Andrew’s and Moira House neck and neck most of the game. Some outstanding shooting from Bronwen Trowhill and Pippa Carrington kept the match close, with Natalya Chance and Maisie Gibbs making great defensive moves. Moira House came back from two goals down in the last quarter to beat St Andrew’s 13-12. Well done girls –we are looking forward to an amazing Netball season in the Spring term!