PHC Chiswick faced a tough opposition in league leaders Teddington. Teddington put a lot of pressure in the first half and had a goal disallowed from a short corner (for not hitting the backboard with the 1st shot on goal). They eventually managed to crack the PHC Chiswick defense and went into half time a goal up.
Chiswick put on a much stronger 2nd half performance and managed to play better, more fluid hockey. Unfortunately, they conceded the second goal just before full time.
Jodi Reddell played like a Westie rock star up front; her work rate combined with fantastic lines, determination, solo break always and an amazing touch to put herself on the score sheet, saw her as the clear favourite for Man of the Match.
In the famous words of Bon Jovi PHC Chiswick Ladies 1’s went down in a blaze of glory, or so to speak. In rather subtropical conditions, both PHC Chiswick and H/W had come ready to play. Chiswick opened the scoring with some beautiful slick passing through the middle and a lovely touch from Ceilidh Walker. Within minutes a well-constructed attack saw Tee Barrack ever so coolly teach us all “How to beat a goal keeper,” with the grace and poise of a ballerina and a simple drag and push into the goal. Not satisfied with that, Bex Smith wanted in on the action more importantly score sheet and after countless penetrations, her time to shine came in the form of a penalty corner. With everything going to plan, Bex Smith with her weapons of mass destruction unleashed a power drive- bottom right corner. 3-0 sitting pretty, but just before half-time H/W slotted one into the net. Half time: 3-1. After Chiswick having much of the ascendancy in the first, the second half the pendulum began to swing, but not before our Man of the Match Jodi Reddell (who some may know her as Rosie) snuck in behind the defenders like the Pink Panther and deflected a cracking ball from Bex Smith into the circle. So 4-1, you would have thought the game done and dusted, not at all with 15 minutes Chiswick unraveled and H/W made a comeback, making the most of their opportunities and set pieces, scoring from penalty corners. The full time score 4 apiece. So while the heroics of a great first half and a pretty good game, the lesson learned children- is hockey is a 70 minute game and not 55 minutes, you should always play to the final whistle.
Live and Learn and Let be.
After 2 losses in row Chiswick were feeling a bit down, and playing West Hampstead 3s was always going to be difficult. Possession for Chiswick was good though and after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, Moose fed Ellie a pass which she tried with all her might not to kick. Obviously she did try hard enough, and Ellie hit a stonking strike from the edge of the D which beat the keeper and made a lovely noise on the back board. A little victory dance followed.
At half time, the score was 1:0 to Chiswick.
In the second half, the match could have gone either way - a West Hampstead penalty corner narrowly missed the goal (knocking drinks bottles over though), much to the relief of Chiswick and the spectators. There were several missed chances from both teams. The Moo dived to save a cross (that's my specialty) to West Hampstead's player on the post, and the Chiswick defence picked up the ball for a clearance. Nice to have Angela back doing her usual ninja moves too!
Chiswick kept plugging away though and a flicked lob from Beth left everyone speechless as it sailed through the air, over the West Hampstead GK and into the back of the goal.
DoD: Beth for leaving her stick at home, and having to go back to fetch it.
MoM: Tabea for totally accessorizing in Chiswick blue.
Special mention to Heather for being an awesome umps.
Man of the Match: Kat Powell for excellent play in defence
Chiswick came out strong in the first half and quickly scored their first goal after Kate Jackson and Mel Ryan made a great run down the pitch, but Hampstead were able to equalise not long after. Despite being unable to capitalise on their short corners, before the half was over Chiswick had re-established the lead. Coming into the second half Chiswick were feeling confident, but were disheartened when Hampstead were awarded a highly contested penalty flick. The goal keeper made a valiant effort but unfortunately was unable to save the goal, and they equalised again. Chiswick’s heads went down and before the half was through Hampstead had scored again, and the ladies were unable to answer with a goal of their own. It was a disappointing loss for the girls
After four consecutive wins Chiswick Ladies' 2s suffered their first loss of the season this Saturday in their home match against Winchmore & Enfield Ladies' 1s. Winchmore & Enfield were on the attack right from the starting whistle putting Chiswick under pressure straight away. Two goals secured Winchmore & Enfield an early lead. Whilst Chiswick tightened up their defence and goalie, Matilda Lang, made several strong saves they struggled to create opportunities to score for the remainder of the first half. After the half time talk from captain Kerry Bloxham Chiswick came out fighting and a goal from Vicky Lorimer soon followed. Although Chiswick played a far stronger half they failed to convert any of their attacks into another goal leading to the final score being Winchmore & Enfield - 2 Chiswick -1.
Player of the match – Mary Gamble – composed in centre midfield and an excellent goal line clearance.
DOD: Cath Day
Still unbeaten this season and in winning form, PHC Chiswick Ladies 1s were keen to secure another 3 points against a well organised Witney side.
Chiswick enjoyed the benefits of a high tempo warm up and took that into the game from the start. The aim was to score a goal within the first 10 minutes and sure enough, this happened when Mary Gamble found Becky Smith unmarked in the attacking 25. Smith fired the ball into the D which saw Tee Barrack get the perfect touch to send the ball into the roof of the net and give Chiswick the early lead.
Possession was fairly even between the two sides as Witney pressed the ball very well and forced Chiswick to give the ball away under pressure. With Chiswick on the attack, Witney began to break down play which resulted in a short corner. Chiswick came very close to extending their lead when three shots in succession were kept out by the Witney goalkeeper. Just before half time, Mary Gamble made a crucial goal line clearance from a short corner rebound when the ball was surely goal-bound to keep the score at 1-0 Chiswick at half time.
Chiswick started the second half determined to extend their lead but found the well organised Witney unit difficult to break down. However, Chiswick’s second goal came when Cath Day switched the ball to Becky Smith on the right who dribbled the ball through several Witney defenders before squaring the ball for an unmarked Ceilidh Walker to slot into the goal.
Whitney fought back and came close to scoring when their young forward broke through against the run of play and found herself faced with Chiswick Goalkeeper Jenny Capp who shadowed the ball off the back line. Minutes later, a mistimed tackle from a Chiswick defender led to a short corner for Whitney. Capp made the first save but the rebound was put into the back of the net from close range.
With the score now 2-1 to Chiswick, it became crucial to keep possession and see the game out. Chiswick did this incredibly well with excellent composure on the ball and sensible play down the wings to ensure that the 3 points were claimed.
Chiswick Ladies' 2s had a convincing win in their home match against Ashford Ladies' 1s this weekend. Within the first 10 minutes Chiswick went 2-0 up with goals from Carol Egan and Danni Petticrew. Vicky Lorimer got the third goal for Chiswick at the start of the second half before Ashford 1s came back fighting with two goals from a quick break and a penalty corner. However, a final goal from Vicky Lorimer secured a 4-2 victory for Chiswick. Man of the match went to Sophie Kirk for her solid performance in midfield
PHC ladies Kate Jackson, Is Double Hat Trick Hero In Her Last Game
The fearsome 4s struck again! The Goal Keeper Matilda Lang’s, presence in this match was superfluous, but at least got to touch the ball. The goals flowed, but still Staines played with smiles on their faces. And the umpiring was amazing in comparison to the last match. That always helps. The dream team of Kate Jackson and Cat Jackman performed their usual magic, helping Chiswick rack up 7 goals by half time.
In the second half however, Staines woke up and the pressure was on, as they were awarded several penalty corners. Unfortunately for them they failed to convert, and a brilliant stop by Toni Russell just in front of the line cut short Staines' celebrations. Chiswick added 4 more goals to the half time tally, final score 11:0 to Chiswick. Special mention to Player of the match Kate Jackson, who scored 6 goals in possibly her last match for Chiswick before emigrating.
NPL have only just been promoted but this didn't stop them from playing their usual physical and mouthy game. Chiswick opened strongly, and scored the first goal, courtesy of Moose (you've got to go round the keeper!) but NPL replied soon after some messy defence. Coupled with, and because of some appalling umpiring from Susan Boyle, there were too many missed chances for Chiswick and the first half ended 1:1.
The second half was equally as frustrating, but whilst Chiswick failed to score, NPL dinked their second in over the line. Susan Boyle's umpiring remained terrible and inconsistent, rewarding a penalty corner off an invisible foot which thankfully wasn't converted. In the mean time, the pressure and abuse (from them not us!) might have got to the other umpire, who might have burst into tears. *Must grow thicker skin*. But the good thing is, she was better than Susan Boyle.
Once again, the 6s were short, but this time only 1 man down. Nevertheless, the 6s managed to somehow keep it together despite the mids warring with the forwards, and the sweeper losing her temper. At half-time, the score was 0:0 and the team talk was fractious (there's no one to pass to!). A WH goal in the second half was inevitable, coming off a penalty corner but reliable performances from the back line prevented further damage. Final score 1:0 to West Hampstead.