U10 Girls win down in Folkestone The HC Knole Park U10 Girls had a great morning of hockey down at the U10 Girls festival. In their first match they played against Sevenoaks and despite a number of chances for both teams the game was scoreless. The girls then played Canterbury Foxes and Bears and the girls won 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. The goalscorers were Lila Hughes (2), Emily Bingham (2) & Liliya Dale. Against the hosts, Folkestone, the girls were on fire as they scored five unanswered goals through Lila Hughes (2), Elisa Hippe, Emily Bingham & Bea Foster.
In the final match of the festival Knole Park played Sevenoaks B-team and won by 3 goals to nil with goals from Liliya Dale (2) and Emily Bingham. An enjoyable morning of hockey for all, including goalkeeping debutant, Charlotte Parker, and the defensive pair of Olivia Walker and Tash Stinson. Player of the Tournament, Farrah Hilden was superb in every match! Well done to all the girls!
Coach Ruth Bingham said “The girls were fantastic! Their technical skills were great and it was lovely to see that all the training is helping them to play with so much confidence. Plus it helps that they’re all desperate to score!!”
U12 Girls learn from some excellent displays against Surbiton HC Knole Park’s U12 Girls travelled to Surbiton to play a small tournament against their U12 Girls. During an excellent morning of hockey the girls very well in each match as they drew 1-1 against Surbiton C-Team, before losing 3-1 to their B-Team and 4-0 against their A-Team. Whilst the girls were disappointed to lose the matches, they were very pleased with how well they had played, their tempo and carrying, as well as their tackling. Player of the Tournament was Lettie Hughes who showed some great maturity in how she played and led the team. The goal scorers were Lettie and Celia Foster. Well done to all that played. 2020 will be a superb year!
U14 Girls win in the First Round of the Cup! The Knole Park U14 Girls made a great start to their EH Cup campaign on Sunday against Guildford. This was the debut Cup match of the season after a three Home Counties league matches and the indoor.
The girls made an excellent start to the match and were soon camped out at the top of the Guildford D. It wasn’t too long until the Knole Park pressure started to tell and the team won their first corner of the match. A superb routine saw Anna Faulstich slot the ball into an empty net. The second goal soon followed, also from a penalty corner. Another routine saw the team combine several passes before Phoebe Gough-Cooper deflected Olivia Breed’s shot into the goal.
A half-time lead of 2-0 was a great start of the match and the girls were even more dominant in the second half. However some last ditch defending and some great goalkeeping by the Guildford GK kept the Knole Park attack at bay. Mid-way through the half, Guildford had their best chance of the game, however some superb goalkeeping from Pascale Pottier and a save off the line by Camille Poracchia stopped Knole Park from conceding.
On the final whistle Phoebe won another penalty corner which Lottie Bingham slotted away to give the Knole Park girls a deserved 3-0 win! Player of the Match Jessica Lewis was superb throughout the match. Her passing was fast and accurate, she was composed on the ball and tackled incredibly well. Well done to all the girls! The next Cup match is on 12th January against Bournemouth.