Women’s Hockey returned at the weekend and the first National League game for our firsts was a local derby at ASV against Merlins Gordonians. The girls were missing a couple of players but newcomer to the squad Maris Cawthorne would get her debut.
The early stages of the game were probably marginally in favour of the GCW girls but soon this was to change as what appeared a more hungry Merlins outfit started to pass the ball better and exert pressure on the home side. The period of pressure told when in the 18th minute a Mo Hardie run at the top of the circle evaded a few ineffective challenges and somehow the ball found it’s way into the net for a lead to the Merlins side.
The rest of the half was a lot of the same but the GCW girls did have their chances and a Millie Skidmore drag flick was saved on the stretch by Siobhan Cowie to keep the score at 1-0 going in to half time.
A tactical switch and a bit more urgency saw the second half momentum change and it was mainly GCW pressure beginning to tell. Some good chances in the Merlins area produced the best from keeper Cowie and her defence as they held out. In the final ten minutes a break into the circle by Hannah Lawrie looked like securing the equaliser as she sensibly chose to flick and not hit the ball however keeper Cowie brought off a fine save and as the ball looped around it was the defence who got the clearance in and not the GCW forwards. The game finished 1-0 to Merlins and although GCW possibly deserved more, it’s goals that count.
Elsewhere the big news was the debut of our Ladies 5s at Countesswells on the Sunday morning. The side was a mixture of new youngsters and more social players plus a guest appearance from Eilidh Campbell back form her Geography trip. The game finished 3-1 to Merlins 3s but was a close affair throughout. Our Ladies 2s narrowly lost out 2-1 to Bon Accord at Cults on Saturday whilst the Ladies 4s took full advantage of their lucky peg to win 11-0 against newcomers Ellon 2s at ASV.