HockeyThe U16A and U15A Teams had been looking forward to their first Hockey matches of the season, after a long lay-off.

The U16A Team had worked hard leading up to their first match of the season against Marlborough College; a tough match with lots of pressure placed on our defences meant that we had to play a deep, defensive formation, which is not natural for our girls. The attack did try to seize opportunities with some fast attacking breaks down the wing and some quick play around the D. Although these opportunities didn't produce the goals we wanted, it showed that the girls have really developed their skill set over the last few weeks. Defence worked tirelessly, saving goals on the line and attempting to break a strong Marlborough press. There were some great efforts for our first match, and, although we lost 0-3, lots of positives to take forward.

U15A Team: Undaunted by the biblical weather conditions, and after an unheralded break from competitive matches, the LV (Year 10) Hockey Team played Marlborough College in the first of hopefully several games this season. Both sides showed some signs of rust in their control of the ball, but the fixture was equally balanced, highly competitive, and full of exciting attacking to the end – an ideal match after a long lay-off. Both sides were able to counter at will in an end-to-end encounter that made the most of the strong-running forward lines. St Mary’s took the lead through Daisy's well taken goal. Marlborough then had the lion’s share of the play as they pressed for an equaliser, creating a number of chances, thwarted by some excellent defending, some fine saves from India in goal, and some creative distribution from Eloise and Poppy. In the second half, Marlborough equalised, forcing the ball over the line from a frenetic goal-mouth scramble. Undaunted, St Mary’s were able to regain the lead soon after from a penalty by Eva. An exciting end-to-end finale ensued with numerous chances for both teams. Marlborough were able to capitalise on one of their chances and earn a well-deserved draw. It was an excellent display from the LV, with some strong individual performances all round, and a healthy team spirit and desire to play well as a team. (Result: 2-2. Goals: Daisy and Eva-Rose).