Match Reports: Thursday 8 February 2018 - Amesbury School
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U8 B Girl’s Hockey v Cranleigh
Lost: 1-3
Players Player: Alice M
Player of the Match: Hebe

The U8 B match was hard going right from the start with both teams playing a feisty game. The Amesbury midfield of Honor, Ella, Ottilie & Charlotte had a difficult time pushing through the Cranleigh wall of players to get the ball to Emilia and Hebe to score but finally Honor managed a break away run with the ball and passed it to Ottilie in the D and she managed to score a beautiful goal. The Amesbury defenders of Emily, Elodie & Alice M were strong and managed to sweep away many shots. Alice M in particular was very strong making sure her stick was flat on the ground and she saved at least 4 goals. When the Amesbury team were able to get the ball wide and make some runs they were able to demonstrate their dribbling and passing skills but unfortunately it was not enough to win the match.

Miss Godet


U8A Girls Hockey vs Cranleigh
Result: Drew 3-3
Lady: Anya
Player: Annie

Despite the cold weather, the U8A girls were excited to play Cranleigh. From the first whistle it was evident that it was going to be a close game with each side scoring within the first couple of minutes. After this fast start, the game settled and each team started to play some lovely hockey.

Amesbury worked hard to turn the ball over in defence and then to launch attacks, passing the ball well and looking to find space. Despite some crowding, there has been real progress made in the girls’ understanding of space and how to use it effectively. By the end of the third quarter the score stood 3-1 in Amesbury’s favour.

The fourth quarter saw Cranleigh come back strong and some excellent attacking moves meant that the score became 3-3. What followed was a fantastic display of 14 girls who really wanted to win and were prepared to give everything to try and make it happen. The Amesbury defence managed to keep out wave after wave of Cranleigh attack and even had a chance to score their own just before the final whistle, but it went just wide. Some excellent clearances from the Amesbury defence meant that the game finished 3-3; a fair reflection of a very exciting and close game.

Miss Toynton


Under 9A Hockey v Cranleigh
Won 1-0

Lady of the match: Emily
Player’s Player: Chloe

The girls put in a really wonderful performance today against a strong Cranleigh side. From the outset the girls played with great heart; they fought for every ball and tackled with strength and success. Yssy really impressed today as she made some lovely runs up the pitch, evading a number of players thanks to her skilful stick work. She was aided in this by Milly and Florence who tackled well and sent some lovely balls upfront. Yssy took advantage of one of these balls early on to send a lovely ball onto the backboard to give us the lead.
The second half saw Cranleigh fighting back admirably. Their passing was so impressive; as they linked numerous accurate and strong passes across the back to switch sides with ease; certainly something that we can learn from. Despite some lovely chances from Cranleigh, we were lucky enough to have Chloe on fine form in defence. She closed down incoming players and cleared the ball superbly wide. She was supported well here by Emily, who persevered with some fantastic tackling at RB. Claudia also defended well and gained in confidence on her strong side. Yssy had two other lovely chances and
was really unlucky not to put those away to give us a greater lead.

Well done girls, on a great match (and now to work on our passing).
Mrs Dover


Under 9B Girls Hockey
Amesbury v Cranleigh
Score: 0-2
Players Player: Sophie S

The U9B team had a great game today! Up against the very strong Cranleigh team, Amesbury’s Under 9B team did themselves proud. The game started quickly with Cranleigh scoring two goals early in the first half. To our team’s credit we settled and came together to stop them scoring anymore. Amesbury girls dominated the second half with more possession and control and came so close to scoring twice. Amesbury was tackling with great energy and determination. Keep up the focus and work together as a team and your love of the game and success will follow. The U9B girls worked very hard in today’s game, great effort girls!

Miss Phillips


Amesbury U9 (rugby) at Alton Festival

Amesbury played 4 won 4

The final rugby fixtures of the season for the whole school fell to the U9 boys who took part in the Alton rugby festival. Although it was a smaller event than expected, we were back to our best compared to the previous match v Pennthorpe. The conditions were superb and we worked hard to impose ourselves on the opposition with and without the ball. When attacking we ran forward and made ground and by developing our offloading, the opposition could not cope with the next wave of runners coming on to the ball. Our black defensive line smothered the opposition and prevented them from breaking our tackles. A great way to finish the season off.

Mr Alesbrook

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