After last week’s Saturday netball it was back to hockey this week for AKS with an action packed week seeing teams play in the Lancashire U19 Tournament on Wednesday, the Yr 7 playing Lytham High on Friday and 5 teams making the long journey across the country to play Wakefield Girls on Saturday.
The U12A and B hockey teams played matches on Friday against Lytham St Annes High school. The A team played some very attacking hockey and as the more experienced team dictated play to win the game 6-0, despite Lytham players improving their skills as the game progressed. Player of the match was Gabriella F who adapted well to playing in a more defensive position.
The B team game was more even and AKS capitalised on their goalscoring opportunities to win the game 3-0. Annabella K was named as player of the match for her strong performance throughout the match.
On Saturday Wakefield was the venue for our hockey matches and the U12A team played in their most competitive game of the season. The team started superbly and within 7 minutes the AKS team were 2-0 up with goals coming from Ziv W after superb play from Prisha R on the right. Wakefield struggled to cope with the quick counter attacks made from defence which created overloads and free players in attack. However, Wakefield slowly gained their composure and started to take control of the game and scored a goal just before half time. AKS started the second half the brighter of the two teams and again Wakefield were forced to be on the back foot although AKS failed to improve on the 2-1 lead despite creating a number of chances. With 5 minutes to go, Wakefield attacked strongly and scored an equaliser. With a minute to go the match looked like it was going to be a fair 2-2 draw but Wakefield struck well at a short corner and scored the winner in what was a highly competitive match. Player of the match was Prisha R for her driving runs on the right that set up a number of goalscoring opportunities.
Te U12 B team enjoyed a great game which saw both teams attack and defend well. With little between the teams it was AKS who found the net to earn the slender victory 1 – 0 with Millie B and Abigail F both having great games and sharing the player of the match accolade.
The U13 A team had great preparation for the Lancashire Tournament with a great game against a strong Wakefield team. Good play from Hannah T saw her link well with Ruby Wildish up front but good defending by the strong Wakefield team thwarted our best efforts. Wakefield tested our defence with their fast direct play and eventually went ahead with a well taken goal. We continued to work hard and play some good hockey but despite the best efforts of player of the match Tara W in goal Wakefield scored again to make the final score 0 – 2.
From the start this U13B team game was always going to be tough for our girls as Wakefield were clearly a strong, skilful and experienced side. Undeterred by this the AKS team worked hard to thwart the constant attacks. Keira B, Amy S, Charlotte A and Jade B in particular worked hard to win possession back and never stopped chasing back to win the tackles made. Despite the score line of a 6-0 loss the team created a number of attacks but were unable to convert the shots into goals. Lily P in goal was made player of the match as she was kept busy and made some exceptional saves.
AKS combined U14/U15 team made an early start to play a very strong Wakefield U15 squad. From the whistle AKS were on the back foot and were put under waves of pressure defensively. Wakefield were able to convert this pressure to score their first goal. A high drag flick at a penalty corner took them into the lead 2-0. However, AKS battled hard to take back control of the game and had the majority of attacking play as half time approached. This continued into the second half, but a break away goal by Wakefield allowed them back into the game. Some excellent running by Georgia C meant that AKS were able to link well moving down the right hand side of the pitch. The final score did not truly reflect the score with a solid performance from AKS and Georgia C was awarded the player of the match award for her non stop running throughout the match.
Overall a very competitive and hard fought morning against a strong hockey school in Wakefield Girls Grammar.