4th XI Round Up | Term 2
Term 2 has been the greatest 2nd half of a season that the 4th team has ever had in UWLHC history. After some great efforts in matches and some close scores, the girls worked so hard in training to develop their skills and match play and finally secured their first ever and well-deserved win!
The fours had their first match on the 20th of January, meaning that we had a lot of time to refresh and improve our match play in our two weekly training sessions in the lead up to the match. Whilst I was sadly unable to attend, my Vice Eloise captained the game. The game was against Nuneaton Ladies 4s who we had previously lost 4-0 to at the very start of the year, which really shows how much the girls have improved since the start of the year, given that some had never even played hockey before. The match was tight and at half time the score was 0-0. However, after a great team talk and the implementation of a new short corner technique from one of our men’s team coaches Jack, the 4s scored their first goals of the game and also the season. Jordan scored one in her naturally speedy fashion as centre-mid and a hattrick was then scored by forward Katie Levey. The final score was 4-3 and thanks to my match manager Dorothy’s filming, I can confirm it was a great match.
In our second term, the 4s have had a big issue maintaining our large squad and whilst we still manage to always make a full team, we have at times, be short on subs and players in training. However, we haven’t let this minor setback hold us back and the girls that did play, tended to play almost every match, which has allowed us to build a strong team dynamic with good communication and highlights their great commitment. Whilst we lost our next two matches against Coventry and Hampton-in-Arden, we still improved greatly on our term one scores. Our final match of the term was at home against Stratford, who we had previously lost 2-0 to. Our team was mainly made up of leavers, who have been a part of UWLHC throughout their degrees, so it was lovely to have a chance to play together for a final time. The game saw some very strong defending and great transitions and use of the pitch from the mids. After the opposition scored, the forwards had a lucky break in the last 10 minutes and a goal from Bethan meant that we drew 1-1. This was a lovely way to end the season as it was also the 4s first draw.
Socially, we continued to bond as a team, and we had a great team dinner at Varsity, despite the cold and frost. We also managed to pull out a big turnout for the final UWLHC circle of second term and had a fab time celebrating our achievements at hockey ball. Congratulations to Jordan as our player of the season and Helen as our most improved, both very well deserved. It has been a pleasure captaining the 4th team in my final year and it has been so lovely to see older girls improve and secure their first win and see others try out a new sport. Best of luck to 4s next year, I’m sure the team will continue grow and secure many more wins!