Football v St Andrew’s
1st Won 5-3
The 1st XI started the football season with a victory away at St Andrew’s. Vinehall started the game positively and took the lead early on with a well-taken goal from Milo M, only for St Andrew’s to respond with two quick goals to go 2-1 up. The match was a typical first game, with both teams making errors. Late in the first half Nathan L equalised to get Vinehall back in the game at 2-2, only for St Andrew’s to benefit from an own goal straight from the kick off leaving the score 3-2 at half-time. With a few positional changes, the second half was dominated by Vinehall, with goals from Will H, Nono W and George S.
A good start, but the boys know they need to work on blowing a few cobwebs away as the challenges will become tougher as the season progresses
2nd XI Lost 0-3
The first game of the season is always a difficult one to call and this one proved no different. The game started at 200 miles an hour and, with the surface very slippery, prolonged possession was hard to come by. Early season touches and congestion meant that both teams struggled to find any rhythm, with no real chances being created. The game sparked into life after 20 minutes, when Noah G made a great save to his left. A few minutes later St Andrew’s broke quickly, eluding our defenders to slot home, 0-1 at half time. The second half started at the same frantic pace as the first and, with Vinehall pushing for an equaliser, created a number of close chances. Possession kept changing hands, with St Andrew’s breaking quickly and scoring two well-taken goals in the last 5 minutes.
3rd IX Drew 2-2
On a sloping and uneven pitch the 3rd team did their best to show forward momentum but the slope gave a half time advantage to the home team by two goals. Knowing the slope was in our favour, the second half saw the Vinehall team score twice to level the score, and nearly a third from a free kick brilliantly saved by the opposition goalkeeper. Honours even in the opening match of the season. An unbeaten season is still a possibility for this plucky bunch of players that make up the third team.
Colts A Lost -1-7
The Colts A played a very strong St Andrew’s side. We started the game very slowly and couldn’t get to grips with the pace. During the second half we played so much better; we started to relax on the ball and pass it. Vinehall deserved more goals but the St Andrew’s Keeper made some great saves.
We seemed to get punished for every mistake we made. However the attitude of the boys was fantastic and they never gave up or let their heads drop. Frustrating game for Vinehall but I can see potential and am looking forward to next week’s fixture already.
Colts B Lost 2-8
The Colt Bs were very excited about their first game of the season. Although playing a man down, the boys started well; it was 1-1 early on with a great goal off a goal-kick from Guy F, followed by some great saves. A couple of unlucky goals meant the boys lagged behind; however, Milo P scored a great counter-attacking goal at the beginning of the second half. Special mention goes to Albert G for great passing and Sebastian B for spectacular defending.
Colts C Lost 0-16
On Wednesday, the Colt Cs departed to St Andrews and, despite the poor weather, gave a performance that would not go unnoticed against a very strong team. Strong attacking play was denied by some brilliant St Andrew’s defence and goalkeeping that kept our boys scoreless the whole game. A tough result that did not reflect the effort put in by our boys.
The U8/U9s started their football season with a wonderful afternoon of festival football. With the sun shining and a number of parents in support, the boys can be very proud of their efforts. For some it was their first time playing a competitive game; for the others, battle hardened from last year’s efforts, it made for an entertaining afternoon. Well done to all involved and I look forward to seeing their continued progress over the next few weeks.
Girls’ Hockey v St Andrew’s
1st Lost 2-6 POM: Mary KB
This was a much closer match than the score would suggest. The first half was 0-0 up to the final minute when St Andrew’s scored to take a lead. This was not to last, with Vinehall starting strong in the second half with Freda H scoring straight away. Vinehall had numerous shots on targets, but it was St Andrew’s who scored to take the lead again. A lapse of concentration and losing shape, allowed for St Andrew’s to be dominant, but Willow A managed to score another goal. Izzie S was impressive at the back and helped control the game. Player of the match Mary KB was outstanding in goal, making crucial clearances. The high level of skill performed by both teams made it a pleasure to watch and a very exciting game.
2nd Won 3-2 POM: Francesca F
Another close match, but it was Vinehall that were the more dominant side and attacked the opposition’s half. Three fantastic goals from Francesca F saw her awarded player of the match. Honor G had some opportunities to score. Sofiia R and Azilis DLT were forceful bringing the ball up. Clemmie D kept organised at the back and had great support from Olivia S. Eleanore M made her debut at goal keeper and shows great promise for the rest of the season.
3rds Won 2 -1 POM Efe O and Ottoline G
A good start, although the girls seem a little scared to get in the D and have a go. They showed great drive, keeping the ball in their end, but were not so good at finishing off and getting a goal. We had many opportunities, but they just couldn’t connect. Honor F displayed some great stick work and took control of the ball carefully, managing to score both goals. Eleanor M did a great job in goal, for her first ever hockey match – well done Eleanor. Some great defending, but get shooting girls!
4th Won 3 – 2 POM Kitty RR
A tough game with lots of new players on both sides. The girls were very enthusiastic and did well to hold their ground. Kitty RR showed some great skills and kept the game under control, with the help of Olivia H who managed to pop in all three goals in. Poppy DB was very close to scoring. Well done to all girls.
U11A Won 2-1 POM: Camilla B
An excellent first match with a goal in each half from Imogen W. Vinehall’s defence was strong, and needed to be against a skilful opposition. The whole team played well.
U11B Won 1-0 POM: Kenisha N
Molly P scored a lovely goal early in the first half and Vinehall did very well to keep the score to 1-0. A very good first match from everyone!
U10 1st Game: L 3-1, POM: Harriet W 2nd Game: D 1-1, POM: Harriet W
Good work girls! A great start to the hockey season. Overall, the girls seemed motivated and enthusiastic. They worked well as a team and made a couple of great attempts at goal. Elizabeth OS scored both goals for Vinehall. Matilda G, Harriet W and Elizabeth H are also to be commended for their excellent drive up the field and attacking skills. Particularly in the second game, the girls displayed some great tackles, made some accurate passes and effectively used the wing to get the ball into their goal D. Well Done to India A, Connie M and Elizabeth H who demonstrated an enthusiasm while playing goalie.
Netball v Dulwich
U9 Drew 2-2
A great start to the season. Some lovely passages of play through the court. Grace B scored both goals, but all players worked well for each other. Lexi F played well for her first ever match. It was a fun enjoyable afternoon. Lots to still work on and build up through the season.