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.
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