On Easter Monday HC Knole Park ran three mix-in matches. The desire for hockey since the end of the lockdown has been incredible!
First up was the 1st Team match. In a fast paced match it was a very even first half. The only breakthrough coming through a well-taken goal by Duncan.
The second half was more of the same as both teams sought to play some exciting attacking hockey. Having switched allegiances at half time Duncan scored for the Navy team, before assisting Amelie to make it 2-1 to Navy. A broken PCA was then scored by Duncan, before he despatched a ferocious backhand to score his fourth of the match! 4-1 to Navy it finished.
In match 2 it was the U14 Girls. In an ever expanding junior section the U14 girls are really thriving! Joint winners of the Lockdown competition with the U16 Girls, their attitude to being brilliant is really starting to shine through.
In a very competitive first quarter it was the Navy team that took the lead through a Summer Knight-Thompson thunder strike at a PCA. Not to outdone, Evie Smith scored her own PCA strike from a rebound. Whites rounded off the first quarter with their second of the match. From a quickly taken free-hit outside Charlotte Watkins put in Evie whose quality on the baseline gave the returning Bella Muñoz her first goal of the season! 2-1 to Whites.
The rest of the match belonged to the Whites as they scored four more unanswered goals. First it was Talya Harvey who converted a very compose passage of play from Harriet Medlen. 3-1. Evie then pounced on another rebound to make it 4-1.
In the second half Talya scored her second of the match. Rolling the goalkeeper to slot home. Talya showing how much she’s improving every time she plays. Finally Charlotte Watkins capped a fantastic performance with a sublime individual goal and finish! 6-1 it finished. Well done to everyone that played – that was superb!
The final match of the day was the Adults and U14 Boys. In a similar match to the U14 Girls, this was also a brilliant match, but a one sided affair in terms of the goals.
In the first period it was Orissa Welsh, on loan from Oxford Uni, who tapped in after some good play from the Whites. The second period saw Indy Morris convert a beautiful full pitch counter-attack. The sweeping move was pure KP team magic as the ball passed through half the team on its way up the pitch. 2-0. Martha Reeve, on loan from Exeter Uni, then made it 3-0 after a mistake in the Navy defence.
Martha scored her second of the match from close range in the third period. The final period the Navy team finally got their reward for all their hard work. Good play from Adam Ward, put Ruth Bingham in. Her accurate pass meant Louis van den Rijse couldn’t miss and it was 4-1! Was a comeback on…..?
Sadly not. With Martha in goal-scoring form she scored her hat-trick after another full pitch counter-attack. A sublime 40 metres backhand pass from Teddy Cannon dissected the Navy defence and Martha beat the goalkeeper to claim her third of the match. 5-1 it finished and all concurred that it was a great way to spend Easter Monday!
Well done to everyone that played throughout the day.