Items filtered by date: November 2019

Perfect Weekend .......Nearly

The weather tried it’s best to put the damper on last weekend but it failed to succeed. A busy weekend with four girls teams out, U14s at Countesswells, two players trialling for the women’s masters squad and three plaeyrs away in the Academy series. Oh and I nearly forgot the Xmas lights parade organised and led by Kevin Goodbrand, “Spotless” as we know him.

First up was the Saturday match between the 3s and Aberdeen University 3s. The 3s started off at pace and were fully in control early on. Ellen Clow, Ava Airnes and Molly Gammie were intent on getting an opener but 25 minutes in and no goals but plenty of corners. Then the unexpected a long ball found it’s way past the GCW defence who then were a little indecisive and suddenly somehow Uni were ahead. Captain Martha Sheal was clearly unhappy about this as two minutes later she strode forward and fired the ball from the top of the circle to hear the lovely thud of the ball hitting the back board.

This set the tone for the rest of the game with all GCW attacks and stout defending by Uni but GCW were not to be denied and two further goals made the game safe and secure at 3-1.The 2s were up next against Aberdeen Uni 2s. A bit of a struggle to get everyone available but the 2s set about putting the game to bed and this they did as they led 2-0 at half time. Never in doubt they played some fine passing hockey despite the patchwork nature of the team.The girls went on to win 5-1.

Sunday mornign at noon the girls 4s took on (yes you guessed it ) Aberdeen Unis 4s. Ella Moyes made her debut for the 4s and did not look out of place as they stormed to a 3-1 victory.

The disappointing part of the weekend was the first team losing 5-1 at home to Borders where a goal from Connie Hatfield was the only bright spot on a dull afternoon.

As a final note the Dundee Devils featuring Jen Tait, Jess Barr and Holly Miller won their game on Sunday after a shoutout followin ga 2-2 draw. The first Devils goal was all GCW with Jess Barr cearting the opportunity and Jen Tait finishing soilidly.

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3s Win in the Sun

There was no ladies league game for the firsts this weekend as the game was rescheduled to accommodate Borders visit to Aberdeen. So it was the cup that would be their focus on Sunday when a trip to Glasgow was on the cards to play GHK. Sunday morning was bright and chilly in Aberdeen and a good spirit was evident. However just before setting off a call from GHK saved a long  trip as the game was postponed due to frozen pitch.

The ladies 3s therefore took top billing this weekend when they played Merlins 2s at ASV on Saturday. With no adults on the pitch for the 3s it was very encouraging to watch both their style of play and their control of the game.it took two excellent corner strikes from Zoe Bradford to put the 3s 2-0 up at half time and to keep a smile on coach Esther’s face. They dominated the second half and passed up a few chances but ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.

On Sunday the Ladies 5s got a chance to play in an entertaining game which produced no fewer than 9 goals. The 5s lost out 6-3 with the GCW goals coming from Esther Walterson (two) and a reverse stick flick from Elena Eguiagaray

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Fours Top Table

The Ladies first were one of three teams in action this weekend. Sadly the Ladies 1s travelled to Edinburgh to take on ESM who finished second in the table last season. Always a tough game away from home but the sun was out and the players were looking tanned. This may however had more to do with a dance on that evening.

The idea was to start strong and give no space but within two minutes the plan was in the bin. An ESM side-line ball in the GCW 23yard area was passed and not pressured and the resultant ball into the circle found a forward who took advantage of confusion to net an early opener. Ten minutes later and a second came when a ball fired into the circle was deflected ( or miscontrolled ) into the pass of an ESM  forward and it was 2-0. GCW went up the other end and had two good chances but a mixture of imprecise finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score at 2-0. Just before half time however ESM took full advantage of a breakaway to net a third.

GCW improved in the second half but there followed two more goals to make the score 5-0. Probably not a 5-0 game but the home side were certainly well worthy of their win.

On the Sunday the Ladies 4s took on the Ladies 5s in a game if won would put the 4s top of District Division 2. The 5s played some nice stuff early on and looked threatening but the experience of the 4s told in 10 minutes when they netted to go 1-0 up. The second goal was soon to follow when a long run from Katy Thomson was not stopped by the 5s and she was allowed to step in to the circle and net the second. A third followed before half time.

The strength in the young 5s is their ability to step up their game in the second half and this they did once again. A far more even second period looked like heading to a stalemate but with 5 minutes to play the 4s netted their fourth of the afternoon.

Well done to all in producing an entertaining game and to all of the parents who turned up to cheer them on.

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Girls Draw at "Home"

The Ladies in Black were home this week, but not as we know it. The normal venue of Aberdeen Sports Village was flooded in the morning so Auntie Lorna hastily rearrange the fixture for Rubislaw. The opposition were CALA from Edinburgh and as it turned out the weather was better than anticipated. The girls were 5 senior players down and the original 13 was further reduced due to illness. We were fortunate the ever resolute Martha Sheal stepped up to keep the squad at 13.

The game started very well for the Girls in Black with early shots from Jess Barr and Nicole Duffin nearly putting the girls ahead. In fact in the first 10 minutes the GCW girls had four shots on target. Keeping with the weather theme however and this proved to be the one swallow in summer. In ten minutes a pass across the pitch was intercepted by the CALA girls who strode forward and eventually one a short corner. The initial short corner was deflected high by the solid defence but the rebounded ball was met well by the CALA forward and fired home.

This changed the match as GCW lost control in the midfield and a succession of imprecise passes meant any momentum was lost. Some scrambles across the GCW goal before half time were somehow kept out to go in at half time at 0-1 down.

Half time was all about being better at what we can do. Doing the basics we trained for and not allowing the opposition to dictate. There was a discernible improvement in the second half but still a couple of scares during the half were dealt with by keeper Brogan Wilson. As the half went on however GCW started to get more of an upper hand and a change in press endorsed this. The last ten minutes were spent camped in the CALA half pressing for an equaliser. With 4 minutes remaining a short corner was won after some sterling work from skipper Nicole Duffin. The initial shot from the corner was saved but Eilidh Seedhouse was not sitting around but moving in to get the equaliser. The last few minutes saw a nervous Edinburgh side digging deep to keep the ball out.

When eth final whistle went a draw was as good as GCW could get from a resolute CALA side. With results elsewhere this result may prove to be crucial but the side need to be more on their game in future matches.

Sunday saw the conclusion of the U18 league in Edinburgh where the GCW girls lost the first game 3-2 to Grange. The day finished on a high though with a 3-2 win over Western Wildcats and some fine goals from the youngsters throughout the day.

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