From the Pitches
After the warm up gala last week our Junior Swim Squad hosted Saint Ronan’s in the first gala of the year. There was some very strong swimming that resulted in a comfortable win for Vinehall. Well done everyone.
Football v Rose Hill
2nd XI: Won 10-0
The 2nds played Rose Hill on a beautiful wide pitch that really suited the way we wanted to play. We were comfortable 10-0 winners and at times played some lovely football, very professional and took our chances.
All of the boys played their part. Charlie P & Royce C both scored two, with the other goals shared out amongst the team. Oliver B scored a fantastic individual goal and two minutes later Arty L scored the goal of the day which involved 12 passes and a very stylish finish from Arty.
Colts A: Drew 2-2
It was very encouraging to to see the team play with such zest and enthusiasm. Up against a team with more experienced players, they competed brilliantly all afternoon and nearly pulled off a surprise win.
Rupert S and Arthur P both scored really well taken goals as we dominated the first half. It took excellent goalkeeping to thwart Rory R from extending our lead further as Vinehall peppered the Rose Hill goal.
Playing uphill after the break made life much tougher and the pressure on our goal eventually allowing Rose Hill to get back on level terms. William G had a great afternoon in goal and looked to be a real find for the future. Bertie T also had a fine game in the centre of defence and denied Rose Hill lots of possession with his assured tackling.
Well done everybody for a great performance.
Colts B: Lost 3-1
The second match of the season highlighted the teams resilience as they bounced back from defeat last week to give Rose Hill a tough match right until the final whistle. Leo F finished off a beautiful team play starting from our goalkeeper to score the first goal of the season. Some unfortunate goals put the Colts down to another strong opposition but all players should be proud of their performance. The teams improvement in only a week gives great potential for the rest of the season.
In a mini triangular tournament, Vinehall drew 1-1 with Rose Hill’s D team and lost 0-1 to their C team. George S was our goal scorer, captain and man of the match. Heathcliff G made some good saves when in goal in the second match. We had pizza for match tea!
Year 3 and 4 Festival
An entertaining afternoon of football was dished up by the U8/U9 boys against Rose Hill. The score lines may have not gone our way, but is was so pleasing to see the progress the boys have made after two weeks of football. The message for the afternoon was to have fun and to give your all, and every boy did just that. Well done and I look forward to seeing their continued progress next week.
Hockey v Holmewood House
Saturday 15th September
1sts: Drew 2-2 PoM: Isabella F
Under beautiful blue skies the girls played their second game of the season. The game saw the girls snatch a draw from the jaws of victory, conceding the equaliser right on the full-time whistle, in a game of two halves. It would be fair to say the Vinehall girls dominated the first half, with some incisive and accurate play, keeping hold of the ball, playing with speed and constantly putting the opposition D under siege. With 2 goals from Isabella F the girls went into to half-time break feeling buoyant but knowing they needed to keep their shape more. Holmewood, following their team talk, came out for the second half, as a different team. They harried and hassled, forcing Vinehall into mistakes. At 2-1 with less than a minute to go, it would have been easy to have thought the job had been done. However, a penalty corner right on full time led to the equaliser. Disappointing as it was, there were so many positives to take from the game. This week we will look at how we can look after the ball for longer periods of time and the places where we want to be playing the game.
2nds Won 2-1 PoM: Charlotte W
Another classic 2nd VII encounter against Holmewood on Saturday in sweltering conditions. The game ebbed and flowed, in a game that represented tennis more than hockey at time, as neither team managed to take a foothold in the game. The workrate and commitment of the Vinehall girls was evident for all to see all over the field. I was particularly pleased with the way the girls tried to keep their shape, as this creates support for the team as well as a defensive structure. A wonderful result in tough conditions.
3rd Team Drew 1-1 PoM Connie S
The opposition started strongly, managing to score a goal almost immediately from their first centre pass. Our girls regrouped quickly and kept the pressure on with many shots at goal, though it was only half way through the second half that Isabel D L L found her target to equalise to earn a well-deserved draw.
U11 As: Lost 0-3 PoM: Honor G
This was a much improved performance from the team since last Wednesday’s match. It was more organised at the back through good communication from Clemmie D. The girls still need to be aware of players moving into goal post but they were shifting with the ball play with greater confidence. They were unfortunate not to score at times, but they should take confidence from the match that they played well and at times brilliantly as a team.
U11 Bs: Won 3-0 PoM: Honor F
Wow, for a second match they looked like they had been playing for weeks. They worked together has a team and were the dominant side often in possession. Sofia E was very determined and scored two convincing goals. Ottoline G made a break through defence and also scored. However, these goals were achieved from a whole team effort. The defence were solid at the back, turning over the ball and creating an attack again. Well done all!
U10A: Won 1-0
This was a lovely exciting match, with determined play from both sides. Molly P managed to pop in the winning goal for Vinehall but all the girls did their bit – Well done all!
U10B: Won 3-0
A hat-trick from Imogen W gave Vinehall the win but all the girls played very well in another close match which could have gone either way. An excellent first match!
Hockey v Saint Ronan’s
Saturday 15th September
1sts: Won 5-0 PoM: Isabella F
What an afternoon! The girls are making excellent progress and listening to the advice and coaching points being given. There are still times when we follow the ball a little too much and need to trust each other to make the tackle, but all in all Wednesday afternoon was an excellent afternoon and a huge confidence booster. Player of the match went to Isabella F, but a special mention must go to Willow A for her 4 goals – quite an achievement. I am sure the girls will not rest on their laurels after this victory but will look at ways to improve again. Well done girls. A good win, but an even better game that was played in great spirit against a super bunch of girls from St Ronan’s.
2nds Won 2-1 PoM: Mary K-B
Hot on the heels of Saturday’s victory, it was more of the same from the girls in the 2nds this week. No one can criticise the work ethic and effort from the girls, as they never stop running and never stop tackling. Margot F was evidence of this for the full 30 minutes. She was always there in support, but never neglected her defensive duties for a moment. The girls seemed to be playing with a hot potato at times and need to trust themselves in possession of the ball. Mary K-B was imperious in goal AGAIN and made some vital saves. It was a well-deserved win, but more pleasing was the way they are trying play their hockey. A super afternoon girls.
3rd Team Lost 1-2 PoM Sofiia R
The squad of nine girls are all eager to play a full game which is not possible and means little reshuffles as and when possible, which is sometimes quite difficult for those just learning the game. However, every member of the team is giving her best and learning a little each week about positional play and picking up players and all seem to be enjoying the experience. The opposition scored their goals in the first half and we held them well in the second half to stop them from scoring. We also managed a lovely goal, with several good attempts to equalise. We will continue working on our individual skills and keeping our width in the game to avoid overcrowding on the ball.
U11 As: Lost 0-1 PoM: Francesca F
If ever there were a result that was an injustice this was the match. Vinehall dominated the match and had 90% of the possession. They pressed the opposition and were constantly attacking in St Ronans half. Attempt after attempt was made at goal but the ball would not cross that line. This was down to some excellent goal keeping or the ball hitting the post. The second half saw Vinehall play with even more pressure and determination, but it seemed luck fell on St Ronans when 1 ball slipped through our defence and the 1 shot they had at goal went in. The girls were so unlucky but they should be pleased at how they played.
U11 Bs: Won 2-1 PoM: Honor F
This week’s Wednesday fixture saw the U11B girls take on the B and C teams of St Ronan’s School. The first half started well with some fantastic turns and passes by Honor and some solid defending by Efe. The girls really warmed up in the second half, with a beautiful goal by Isabel within the first few minutes and a second from Ottoline shortly after. A well-deserved victory and another smashing show of team work and determination!
U10A: Won 1-0 PoM: Imogen W
May A scored the goal in a close, exciting match against competitive opposition. Well done all!
U10B: Drew 0-0
All the girls played very well and had lots of possession but couldn’t quite get the ball over the line. An excellent match!