THE Henley Academy U8 squad fielded six teams in the latest round of the Thames Valley Mini tournament in
THE Henley Academy U8 squad fielded six teams in the latest round of the Thames Valley Mini tournament in Reading on Sunday at Phoenix and Ranalegh Hockey Club.
The most experienced side, The Antelopes, started strongly with two wins in their first two games and a draw in the third. A couple of lapses in concentration at the back meant a 2-0 defeat in the last game.
Showing good skill up front were Sam Phillips and Mia Moore, ably supported by Lucy Herbert and Anna McLoughlin while Sophie Farquar and Kaia Marston provided solid midfield cover.
The Bears battled well with Henry Roseff, Adam Herbert and Kirsten Botha getting on the score sheet. Alicia Bennett and Maddie Moore showed good skill in midfield and defence as the Bears won three games and drew one.
The Cheetahs struggled with the strength of the opposition as they failed to win any of their four matches but showed determination and resolve. Martha Peach, Bronte Bennett and Harry Boumphrey worked hard in defence and midfield to allow Ben Griffiths and Charlotte Ashby space up front.
The Dolphins picked up a draw and three defeats but pressed their oppositions hard and gained valuable experience across their four games. Elizabeth Hucker, Ruby Pegley and Lilian Graham supported the forward pairing of Leigh Taylor and Isabelle Woolfrey as they pressed for a win.
The Eagles drew two and lost two of their matches but struggled to put together consistent passages of play. Gemma Chidwick and Caitlin Merritt provided the defensive line while Zahra Beagin and Georgie Pike were strong in midfield providing Imogen Elson up front with the scoring opportunities.
The least experienced side, the Foxes, won two, drew one and lost one. Alexia Hordern, Sophie Hucker and Nuala Howard-Jones tackled robustly to negate the oppositions’ attacks, and to set up the chances for new players Lily Clegg and Freya Smith.