Gowerton vs Swansea 3rd – Captain’s Report

A good win for the ladies this week.

Swansea won the toss, which saw them take the first push back. Despite Swansea having the advantage it wasn’t long before the ladies dominated the game. Putting pressure on Swansea and securing strong tackles meant that the ladies could press forward putting pressure on the Swansea defence. After multiple attempts from Jessica Williams and Lilly Jones, the ladies were struggling to secure the first goal. This struggle wasn’t because of the incapability of scoring but as a result of Swansea flooding the D. 

Despite this the ladies were still determined to score. Constructive team work from the midfield, feeding the ball up to the forwards meant that the majority of the first half play was with the ladies attacking half. On the rare occasion, where Swansea would secure themselves a break, Gowerton defence were hot on their tails and eliminating their chances. 

As play continued, during the first half, the ladies were still unsuccessful in securing themselves a goal, keeping the half time score at 0-0.

With a constructive half time talk the ladies were ready and determined to get a goal and take the win. It was the ladies restart, which instantly put them as the more dominant team. The ladies continued to play their high standard hockey, which demonstrated fantastic pair work, switching and feeding the ball down the line. This determination and collaboration paid off as Jessica Williams secured the first goal. Spirts were high and the ladies knew they had this but still needed to work for it. 

After the restart Swansea continued to press soon to be shut down but Gowerton defence. We were off again feeding the ball through midfield up to the forwards, enabled the ladies to put pressure on the Swansea keeper resulting in Jessica Williams securing the second goal. As the play continued Swansea managed to gain more time within their attacking half which resulted in them pressing and securing a short corner. But Gowerton defence was too strong, and the ball was cleared. It was long after the threat did Jessica Williams change the score board making it 3-0.

Play continued and the ladies continued to work hard and solidly as a team. Outstanding team work in the D from Jessica Williams and Nicola Tucker, saw Nicola secure an awesome diving final goal for the ladies. 

I would just like to say how outstanding Swansea’s young Goal keeper was despite the multiple shots against her during the whole duration of the game she managed to hold most of them off, only allowing the ladies to secure 4. A keeper with a bright hockey future ahead of her.

This week’s captain’s player cannot just go to a single player as there were 3 players who stood out above the rest. Two of which were outfield players, whose confidence has grown and are really starting to shine within the team, they fought a hard game and put pressure on their opponents. Their positioning have improved massively and really made a difference on the pitch. The other Captain’s player goes to the our goalie, at the age of 14 stepping into goal for the first time to play in a ladies league, didn’t seem to faze her. The opportunities she had to save potential goals, were awesome she kept her composure and oozed confidence. For these reasons my captain’s players are Lilly Murphy, Lilly Jones and Sally Hopkins. Well done girls keep progressing and you will go far.
 

Final score Gowerton 4-0 Swansea 3rd

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Pembroke vs Gowerton – Captain’s Report

Unfortunate loss for the ladies this weekend, but the score doesn’t reflect the standard of play from the ladies throughout the whole match.

The first half started off really well the ladies were able to hold Pembroke off and picked up the key players early giving us the advantage. The standard of play was high, the game was fast and the pitch was bouncy! Making this a different game to the one we are used to.

Pembroke attacked hard and were able to get into our defending D early into the game but our outstanding defensive play managed to hold them off. As the ladies settled into the standard of play, they began to push forward. Clearing out wide and running it wide meant they were able to get the ball up to the forwards. However, despite showing excellent team work and passing ability, Pembroke were hot on our tails and strong in their defensive play. Flooding the area made it difficult for our forwards to secure a goal. Despite Pembroke’s effort and because of the collaborative work of our ladies, they were unable to secure themselves a goal within the first half.

A constructive half time talk prepared the ladies to go back out fighting for the win. Tactical play and strategies were in place, they were ready to go. The second half’s standard of play was pretty similar to the first, the ladies were pushing the ball wide, defending hard and work collaboratively. This half showed more play within our attacking half. Opportunities came for the ladies to secure themselves goals from short corners and penalties from just outside the D but despite a variety of plays and opportunities, the ladies didn’t get to hear the clatter of the backboard.

It wasn’t long before the ladies were under threat of the Pembroke forwards. A penalty in the D saw Pembroke secure themselves a short corner. A well-structured short corner was made it nearly impossible to save the great goal. Pembroke were 0-1 up.

Despite being a little dis-heartened the ladies still continued to work hard and try and hold Pembroke off, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke were back in the ladies defending D and securing themselves a fantastic second goal from the reverse stick. Both goals were superb and we can’t take that from them.

As play continued the ladies, in true Gowerton style, continued to keep the spirits high and fought for a goal but were sadly unsuccessful. The final whistle went; Pembroke took the win and guaranteed their promotion to the premiership. Congratulations Pembroke!

My captain’s player goes to a player who, like everyone else on the team, worked their socks off. However, they put everything into their tackles and attacking play, taking a battering from some questionable standard of play from Pembroke. This player oozes confidence when on the ball and skilfully drives the ball forward, gaining yards as they go. For these reasons my captain’s player this week is Victoria Vaughan. Well done.

Final score Gowerton 0-2 Pembroke.

Gowerton v Aberystwyth Uni – Captains Report 

Wow! The atmosphere for this game was phenomenal.

The guts and determination to win started off in the changing room. Taking on Victoria Vaughan cheerleading experiences the ladies chanted “be aggressive B…. E…. aggressive”, deep down I think this actually worked, as it lifted the spirits of the girls which transferred onto the pitch.

The ladies started off with their usual fight and gave Aberystwyth what for. Putting pressure on them from our starting push back gave them a massive advantage in play. Yes Aber had some good players but the ladies took no mercy and eliminated these players from the start. It was obvious that they didn’t like this and reverted to become the defensive team while the ladies pushed the attack.

After some awesome team work, positive communication and outstanding collaboration from all. It wasn’t long before Nicola tucker secured the first goal. A roar of pride filled the pitch as we went 1-0 up. The usual restart chant of “nil – nil ladies” echoed across the pitch. The ladies went back out with a punch. Eliminating most of Abers attacking play kept us on the front foot for most of the first half. The standard of play and collaboration between the ladies didn’t drop. We were on fire! As play continued it was time to make a change to that score board. Our second goal came from Nicola Tucker in open play taking us 2-0 up. The half time whistle went and I think all the ladies were pleased to have a well-deserved break.

After a well praised half time talk, the ladies were ready to take on Aber again. They knew Aber were going to come out fighting and were ready for it. Taking full advantage of our subs meant that the level of fitness maintained on the pitch, which had a positive effect on the standard of play. The ladies were not ready to give up the fight. Despite their efforts Aber were only able to secure themselves an unsuccessful shot at goal throughout the whole second half. Sorry Amy not much play for you this week.

It wasn’t long before we were treading on Abers toes and in there defending circle. A foul in the D meant we were able to secure a short corner, after having opportunities previously in the match to play around with our short corners we decided to scarp on that and just go for straight strike. A solid injection from Jessica Williams, seen a good strike on goal from top of the D which was then secured by Ria Cannon with a tap on the line. The ladies were 3-0 and ecstatic about it. I’m sorry Aber you may have beat us on your own turf but we were claiming this clean sheet victory.

There were a few players who were potential candidates for captain’s player this week as their graft on the pitch was awesome. Lauren Humphries held strong in defence and track down any open play from Aber forwards eliminating the potential for attack. She also helped keep the ball out of danger through clearing the ball wide (that girl loves a side line). Nicola Tucker was able to put Aber under pressure with good movement up front, which resulted in her securing the first two goals.

However this week I would like to give my captain’s player to a player who had developed so much over the reason and was evident in the way in which she played. She used awesome skill to dodge the Aber players, accurate passing to her team mates and guts and drive in tackles. For these reasons I would like to give my captain’s player to Kellie Melbourne. Well done!

Final score Gowerton 3 – 0 Aberystwyth Uni 1st