Items filtered by date: January 2020

GCW North Girls Head to Perth

This Saturday the North District will send 11 youngsters to Perth to take part in the Inter District tournament. It will be a full day of Indoor Hockey with 4 games for North against South, South West, East and West.

North have not gone to the tournament for a couple of years so this is a great return to the event and they are to be led by GCW 's Jen Tait. There are 8 Granite City girls in the squad who have all played this season. The girls involved are :

Eleanor Barr

Jess Barr

Zoe Bradford

Connie Hatfield

Kassidy Mathers

Eilidh Seedhouse

Jen Tait

Katy Thomson

In addition to these girls there will be Jess Freeland and Ailsa Phimster (Merlins) and Amber Deady (Grammar).

As always we wish the girls well.

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Ladies Indoor Firsts finish 4th

It was the final indoor Sunday for the National League girls on Sunday with a trip to Perth. The girls needed 4 points to secure 3rd and 3 points  to secure 4th in the table.

First up was the game versus Bon Accord. This game went exactly as it did in on the previous match but on this occasion GCW went 1-0 up. The girls were in control of the game although ha couple of breaks by Bon Accord through the middle tested Jess Walker. However in the second quarter Bon Accord got an equaliser from a turnover ball and some confusion in the GCW defence. The game from this point was about GCW attacking and creating opportunities and the Bon Accord goalkeeper / defence performing stoutly. The game moved into its final phase at 2-2. The game then changed significantly when a lifted ball into the circle over a stick was not spotted by the umpire and Bon Accord scored. The girls came straight back but could not find the final touch their play deserved. Then with 10 seconds to go GCW got a penalty Corner. The umpire let the clock run down GCW took the corner and scored and to everyone’s surprise the goal was not given as the umpire had not dropped his hand. The retaken corner was saved and Bon Accord ran out 3-2 winners.

Game 2 looked more straight forward when Jess Barr fired home the GCW first corner and then in period 2 GCW extended their lead to 2-0. Late in period 2 Western got a gaol back and in the third period Western got an equaliser. Chances were being missed and the feeling of “here we go again” was prevalent. However with two minutes remaining a move through the middle found a pass to the back side of the goal for Eilidh Seedhouse to net the winner from all of a yard. The girls finished 4th but for a few strange moments in the season could have finished 3rd.

Saturday saw the GCW 2s take on Ellon and run out 6-0 winners which featured the 2s first appearance with a keeper all season. The girls were solid and made Brogan Wilson’s game as keeper very easy. Sunday the GCW 3s kept their results going with 7-2 and 8-2 victories.

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Everyone Loves Indoor

The Ladies 1s continued their National 2 programme in Dundee on Sunday and a smaller squad than the previous weekend set about three games in the day from 9am to 4.20pm. A long day but a reasonably successful day.

I will choose to omit the middle game against champions Western Wildcats. A defeat was anticipated but we did not play well and as the youngsters say “nuff said”. However the good news occurred either side of the Western game with two wins which were more comfortable than expected. The first up was a 4-1 win against Dundee Wanderers where a 0-0 first period was quickly turned around by a Jen Tait goal in the second period. Jess Barr added a further two goals rounding the keeper in surprisingly similar style. The final goal was a peach. Jess Barr fired the ball off the inside of the nearside upright across the goal into the opposite side net. In this case we can legitimately call it “straight off the training ground”.

The final game of the day was against a young Grove side where the girls ran out 8-2 winners. The score could have been greater but for some ambitious shooting and over running the ball but it was a pleasant way to finish the day. Abby Miller even having time to explain to her opposite number that she can beat her several times using the same skill.

Saturday was not so successful for the girls 2s with two defeats. It is however fair to say the performances were better and had they got a goalkeeper the scores would have been different. On Sunday the girls 3s took on Ellon in District 2 and ran out 6-0 winners with a hat trick from Esther Walterson.

In the morning on Sunday we had 16 youngsters out playing in the U14s looked after by Fay Bruce and Esther Walterson. The two sides played 3 games each side won 2 and lost 1. Not a bad weekend all round for the GCW Indoor Ladies.

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Future Looks Bright

Saturday saw the girls 2s continue their campaign against Grammar in the Indoor District lLeague. The game finished 5-3 to Grammar (the less said about the quality the better). There were debuts for Katy Thomson and Ava Airnes to add to other youngsters Jess and Eleanor Barr, Heather Hunter and Kassidy Mathers.

Sunday was the day for the U12s at the Gordon Centre and a very sound GCW side proved invicible with 4 wins. Winning is not the issue at thsi level but the attention to detail and high stck skills shown, the youngsters can be very proud of themselves. Led by coaches Esther Walterson and Fay Bruce they improved as the day went on. We are not sure if thsi was good coach input or the marshmallows supplied between games. 

 

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Hatfield Settles It

A New Year brought an energised GCW Ladies 1s to their first National Indoor Weekend of the decade. Two debutants (Eleanor Barr and Connie Hatfield) in the squad also enforced the “new” attitude to the squad. 11 Players travelled and all were used on a consistent rolling basis irrespective of form.

The first game up was Edinburgh who the girls drew 4-4 with on day one. This turned out to be another tight game. In the early stages it was nip and tuck and it was a question of who would  force a lead. As it turned out in 5 minutes it was Edinburgh through a lucky deflection or two. GCW tried to force it back but a counter by Edinburgh met with another deflection wrong footing the defence and it was 2-0 Edinburgh. There was a nervousness about the GCW side and a bit of familiarisation with the constant rotation. However this began to clear and suddenly the game swung. A long ball from the back found Eildih Seedhouse who spun the keeper and netted. This was soon followed by a replica but this time from Jess Barr. 2-2 and it looked set for an even first half but a piece of indecisive defending allowed Edinburgh to take the lead just before half time.

The second half was a ding dong affair 2-3 soon was 3-3, then 3-4, then 4-4 until finally Edinburgh netted the final goal to win out 5-4. A tight and enjoyable game to blow the New Year cobwebs away.

Game 2 was against Inverleith, the first game finished 3-3, and the girls were determined to get a positive result to go home with. A game dominated by GCW was 0-0 at half time. The game was still 0-0 at the end of the third quarter. The nerves were beginning to jangle a bit at this point as Inverleith won their first corners of the game. Then Jess Barr spun the keeper and was brought down for a penalty flick, a solid flick was well saved by the keeper. Was this to be a 0-0 result ?.

With three minutes left the ball was switched to Jen Tait on the left she looked up and saw Connie Hatfield heading to the back post. A disguised sweep across the defence looked just out of Connie’s reach but she reached forward to get a stick on it and score the decisive goal and the crowd and GCW bench were up in delight. The final two minutes saw a newly invigorated GCW side push for more and a corner switch to Heather Curry was netted with a minute to play to make everything seem easier than it actually was. Possible improvements might be shooting off the ground as several shots were defended well on the line by the Inverleith defence. Fourth in the table is a good way to start the decade.

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