Moday 9 October
Suffolk Schools Girls’ County Hockey Finals
Culford U11’s had a positive day at the U11 County Finals on Monday at, ISSC, Rushmore.
They were in a tough group with Framlingham Prep, St Joesph’s, Finborough and Ipswich High School.
Results were as follows:
1-0 win vs Framlingham Prep
1-0 win vs IHS
4-0 win vs Finborough
Win vs St Joseph’s (match forfeited)
Culford vs Ipswich - 1 - 0 Loss
3rd/4th place play off - Culford vs Banardiston - 1-0 loss
Player of tournament for Culford: GK Olivia Edwards.
Wednesday 27 September
Culford v Town Close
U13C - Drew 0-0 Player of the Match - Yazmin Celik
Culford’s U13C team moved the ball about with more confidence this week and were able to make several quick breaks to challenge the home team’s goal. It was end to end play but unfortunately they couldn’t get the ball into the goal and hit the posts twice, had shots skim the front of the goal line and forced the opposition goalie to make some instinctive saves.
U13D - Drew 0-0 Player of the Match - Madison Parish
Culford’s U13D team played with tenacity and perseverance and showed a turn of pace that was missing in their opening game. They were unlucky not to score in a game that was played in all areas of the pitch. Both goalkeepers made some excellent saves and the goalposts got in the way to deny both teams the winning score.
U11A - Won 3-2 Player of the Match - Imogen Callaghan and Millie Hansgate
Despite going 0-2 down in a short space of time, the Culford U11A team battled back to regain control. A super strike by Imogen, brought the scoreline back to 1 - 2 at half time, and the Culford girls continued to up their level of effort in the second half. Milllie and Imogen have started to work well together and are developing a good partnership in attack. Olivia Dearman made a difference when playing in midfied, and a well placed pass from her, allowed Millie through to score to level with Town CLose. A penalty corner towards the end of the match allowed Culford to put into practice their routine, and Millie slotted the ball into the goal at the near post, to see Culford win 3-2.
U11B - Drew 1-1 Player of the Match - Erica Blanchard and Elizabeth Gawthorpe
A closely matched contest, which saw Town Close take the lead before Lucy Taylor managed to work her way through a crowded penalty area to level to score at a deserved 1 -1.
U11C - Won 4-0 Player of the Match - Daniella Pam, Caitlin Kent and Eliza Westcott
U11D - Won 5-0 Player of the Match - Imogen Frankland, Ivy Woolley, Maria Rodriguez Andrev
Culford v Fairstead House
U9 - Won 7-0 Player of the Match - The whole team
The focus of this game was to play a nice passing game, using the available space and working as a team. Everyone played exceptionally well and tried to apply the coaching tips they received and created opportunities for themselves but more importantly for their team mates to score. Our goal scorers this week were; Rocco Richardson (X3), William Brown (X2), Scott Watson and Oliver Drake.
Wednesday 20 September
Culford v St Faith's
U11A - Lost 0 - 6 Player of the match: Olivia Edwards
U11B - Lost 0 - 2 Player of the match: Sharma Green
U11C - Lost 0 - 1 Player's of the match: Caitlin Kent, Eliza Westcott and Erin Hall
The U11C team will have benefitted enormously from their match against St Faiths. Although some of the girls had not played in a school match before, they quickly settled into the spirit of the game and they played with determination and commitment.
Libby Hart made some great saves as goalkeeper, and was helped in defence by Erin Hall and Evie Hollingsworth in particular. Caitlin Kent worked tirelessly in midfield, chasing for every ball and tackling with confidence. Eliza Westcott was a whirlwind in the middle, driving forward in attack and supporting the defence as needed.
The team had a number of chances to score, but were denied by the St Faiths goalkeeper. With a minute to go, the score remained at 0 - 0, when the Culford team ran out of steam, enabling the St Faiths attackers to run past them and score a goal. However, they should not be too downheartened, as they should all be proud of the contribution they made and should soon be on the winning side.
U11D - Drew 1 - 1 Player's of the match: Daniella Pam & Emily Bridges (with special mention for Addie Hafermann in goal).
The U11D team had a great match against St Faiths. Still learning the basics of the game of hockey, these girls quickly picked up on the idea of moving away into space to receive a pass, and when to run with the ball and when to make a pass. Daniella Pam showed how fast she is when in possession of the ball, and with a bit more skill practice, will be leaving defenders in her wake.
Emily Bridges worked constantly in the middle of the field, supporting Daniella and pushing forward whenever she got a chance. Special mention to Addie Hafermann, a last minute call up to goalkeeper, who did some super saves and clearances, despite never having played in that role before.
Daniella scored the goal for Culford - a super strike which finally beat the St Faiths goalkekper, to level the scores at 1-1, and so allow the D team to leave the field knowing they had been rewarded for their efforts.
U11E: Lost 0-5
U11F: Drew 0-0
The girls of the E and F teams combined into a single team for both matches, allowing each girl to play at least two halves. They worked well to organise themselves, utilising their strengths and preferences to organise the teams and assign positions. Calla Richeda took on the role of team captain, heading up this organisation and providing pep talks and tactical advice for the rest of the team.
Matilda Mills did a great job as goalie in two difficult games and both Eden and Amelia should be commended for their efforts and skills in play, each being chosen by the opposition as MVP. I feel Ruby Harris and Sara also deserve a mention for their improvement within the game, both displaying much more attack and accuracy as the time progressed. I was amazed at just how much progress the whole team made across the course of the two matches and, although we lost both, they were playing at a very different standard by the end of the afternoon. Their behaviour and effort were a credit to the school.
The C team made a valiant start to their U13 matches but were outplayed by a very well drilled St Faith’s side. There were notable performances from Emma Chapman in defence who improved dramatically as the game went on and blocked many an attack from the opposition and from Freya Williams in goal for the first time; she played bravely and made some great saves keeping the final result to 4-0.
The D team played their first match of the season against a well-rehearsed St Faith’s side. The girls improved as the game progressed and ended the game moving the ball around the pitch and making challenges on the opposition goal. Yazmin Celik had an outstanding game and thoroughly deserved the accolade of MVP.
Wednesday 13 September
U11A v Barnardiston Hall Lost 1 - 4
Most Valuable Player - Millie Hansgate
Despite some atrocious weather, the U11A team worked well to drive the ball forward. Whilst they need to work on maintaining their width across the pitch, the battling element and desire within the team to work hard was pleasing to see. The score line was not a true reflection of a match, in which both teams had an equal amount of play.
U11B v Barnardiston Hall Won 1-0
Most Valuable Player - Kate Gibbs and Olivia Dearman
The U11B team had a great match against Barnardiston. With all players wanting to work hard and win the ball, play became a little congested at times, but it was great to see the girls all encouraging each other. The goal was scored by Olivia after some persistent attacking and she was unlucky not to add a second later in the match. Kate showed good vision in defence, with her distribution of the ball, whilst Olivia worked tirelessly in midfield to tackle the opposition and gain possession of the ball.
U13A v Barnardiston Hall Lost 2-0
Most Valuable Player - Isobel Melville Ross.
U13B v Barnadiston Hall Won 2-1
Most Valuable Player Grace Baxter