Ladies 1st team make it three wins in a row! HC Knole Park Ladies 1st team remain top of the league after an outstanding performance against Gore Court on Saturday. In some pretty miserable conditions the 1st team started the game on the front foot and took the game to Gore Court. First half goals from Lottie Bingham (2), Cara Gould (2), Phoebe Gough-Cooper and an excellent penalty corner move from Anna Faulstich made the half time score 6-0. The second half followed a similar pattern with more goals from Cara Gould (to complete her first hat-trick for the club), Lottie (2 more, to take her tally to 4 for the match), Player of the Match Anna (scoring 2 more for her hat-trick), and singles from Grace Reeve and Josefina Hippe to make the final score 13-1 to Knole Park.
A special mention to the Gore Court goalkeeper who was absolutely brilliant throughout the match. The HCKP goal of the match was Lottie Bingham's incredible backhand strike into the top corner in the second half! Well done to all involved.
The next match is on Saturday 26th October against K Sports (Cobdown).
Men’s 1st team start with a win! HC Knole Park’s Men’s 1st team got their league campaign underway on Saturday against London Royals. Twelve of the sixteen players were playing their first ever league hockey match so there were a lot of unknowns before we started! The first half reflected a team new to one another and 11 a-side hockey, however as the half progressed the team started stringing some passes together and playing some better KP style hockey. The breakthrough came when an outletting error by London Royals was capitalised on by Robin Docherty whose thunderbolt shot beat the GK at the near post. The second goal came 5 minutes later as Duncan Parnis scored from a penalty corner. As the half progressed London Royals came into the match more and a few great saves from Mark Webster in goal kept the opposition at bay. On the stroke of half time however, the pressure started to tell, and London Royals scored their first goal of the season making it 2-1 to HC Knole Park at half time. In a significantly better second half, the team really started to play well. Player of the Match Fin Webster was involved in everything positive for the team, picking up 6 assists for the match! Parnis grabbed a further 5 goals from a mixture of penalty corners and open play goals for an opening day double hat-trick! Robin Docherty added his second and Matt Hedben scored a well taken goal from a fine angle to complete the scoring. Full time and the team had won their first ever match 9-1! What a fantastic way to start the season. Next week the team travel to Clapham Common for Round 2.