Poole V Blandford - 23/01/2016

Poole hosted Blandford on Saturday the 23rd and fortunately we had a dry day, unlike the last time we met them in the torrential rain and come away with a 4-1 loss.

From the start Poole went out with a positive attitude and clearly all the training was working, as slick passing and strong tackles were evident.

 First 20 minutes into the game Poole were looking strong especially at the back with a solid defence of Lucie, TeeBag, Hazel and Nickie, weeks playing together has sealed this defending line tight. With some great connecting play the ball found its way into the attacking D and we gained a penalty corner of which Tanya converted into a goal. 1-0 up and Poole sat back a little and paid the price with Blandford getting a goal straight back. So not wanting this to go unanswered Poole responded with another goal within 45 seconds of their goal, which Tanya scored on the volley from a glorious weighted pass from Ruth. Poole would have been happy going into the half time with a 2-1 lead, but Blandford piled on the pressure and managed to put away a good shot past Jo.

So into the halftime and with a 2-2 scoreline everyone wanted a win from this game and so with some wise words from Coach Casey, we were psyched and hungry than ever for goals.

So 2nd half Poole’s passing was the best it’s been all season, consecutive one touch passes between, Sarah, Spaniel, Danni and Ruth. Poole achieved another short corner and after a long chat between Ruth and AJ – Ruth pushed the ball out to AJ, AJ shoots and scores!!! That’s how its done!

Blandford answered this with another equaliser 3-3. Blandford were tiring and Poole were using their subs effectively, it was clear teamwork was essential for a win here. Teebag put a long pass out wide to Sarah down the right, then a quick ball into the D found AJ- 1 on 1 the keeper….goal!!

4-3 Poole had to keep the momentum and keep pushing, the ladies hard work paid off as another long ball went out to Spaniel in midfield and swept the ball out to Ruth on the left hand side, Ruth saw Sarah sprinting far post and placed the ball perfectly so Wilko could score the 5th for Poole.

Poole held the 5-3 scoreline for the last 10 minutes, defending and communicating well. This sealed the victory. Well Done Ladies!! 

Poole V Yeovil and Sherborne 3s


Home game for Poole ladies this week and we went out hard right from the start, we wanted a big win. It was by far the most physical game we had played so far this season, but us ladies gave as good as we got.

A fairly even matched game throughout, and so many opportunities for Poole up to 10 penalty corners none of which were converted, I guess penalty corners will being practised at training this week, but Y & S keeper did have a great game.

Unfortunately Yeovil put a goal away just after half time so Poole increased the pressure going for every opportunity but just unable to get a break.

Some great defence work by Teebag, Lucie and Hazel and Jo in goal, kept Poole in the game and Yeovil continued to use their weight shoving players off the ball, but we kept our cool and it paid off when we were awarded a penalty stroke, Tanya stepped up but unfortunately their keeper managed to keep it out. The team was gutted not as much as Tanya though, 4 minutes til the end of the game and Poole was awarded another penalty stroke this time Teebag Tetley took this one and converted it, so 1-1 with minutes to go. This is how the game finished, lots to take away and work on at training.

Halfway through our games and lying 5th in a league we have just been promoted into, so not bad so far – UNIT!!!

MoM Teebag and Hazel

DoD Tanya L

Poole V Sturminster Newton 2nds

So this Saturday the ladies had an early morning meet. P.j’s, sailing footwear, umbrella’s and various breakfast products arrived at Ashdown and we then should of set sail to deepest darkest Dorset (Clayesmore) to be honest, but a car convoy had to do as no boats were available. We arrived at the pitch to basically monsoon weather conditions, we quickly warmed up and got straight to it playing against Blandford and Sturminister Newton 2nd’s (really…no comment!!!).

The game started strong, some nice plays and use of the width of the pitch from our ladies. Blandford went ahead first with a well placed on the post tap in, but we battled back through our midfield ending up with some good chances in their ‘D’. 

After Nickie practiced her chesting down of the ball skills and some good defensive play unfortunately Blandford scored their second with a pretty good strike just inside our ‘D’.  Half time didn't last long, as 26 people looking like drowned rats just wanted to get on with it and get to that pub. So after Hazel and Laura used the outside toilet facilities (leave that to your imagination, but it was mainly green and natural) the second half was under way. 

Yet again we moved the ball around well, sometimes not that well but we put pressure on Blandford and took the ball into their half. A few chances and a short corner opportunity came our way, but the ball just didn't want to cross the goal line for us no matter how hard we tried. A.j’s striking abilities came to light 10 minutes in and in Ruth's eyes and her foot she certainly felt the power of the strike, thus showcasing her amazing and very fancy hopping techniques. A couple of tackles and passes later Blandford’s third came from a dubious deflection on the edge of our ‘D’, Referees a!.

T.j’s awesome keeping skills and a very handy left hand saved a cracking effort midway through the second half and then finally after a lot of hard work, hassling and some handy work all the way up the right hand side, Wilkinson place the ball beautifully in the back of their net and bagged us our first goal.  The following 15 mins involved everybody digging in and trying to get the ball back in their half and pressure their defence….The final goal of the game came yet again from a lucky post tap in for Blandford. Ending the game 4-1 to them, the score line no way reflecting the way we played. A adventurous journey for tea’s involved asking directions from a maybe polish post lady (don't ask), various policemen and police cars and a rural division. At the pub t.j was chosen as our M.O.M and D.O.D., A.J chose not to do D.I.Y S.O.S in the ladies toilet and the ladies on both teams benefited from our LUSH product freebies, thank you to (name cannot be mentioned for fear of fineage). Also Blandford's Captain wanted me to say a big thank you to our team for playing in awful conditions today and commented on the friendly, respectful aura Poole Ladies 1st’s have. Which is not the first time it has been mentioned by teams we have played against, a third of the way through our season. One word Ladies, UNIT.

Poole V Bournemouth 3rd

Spirits were high going into one of our toughest games of the season, Poole started well with everyone working hard. The defence stayed strong throughout but unfortunately Bournemouth got the first couple of goals and went 2-0 up at half time.

After a constructive half time chat from Captain Tanya, we went back out fighting and determined that we would score and goal and not let Bournemouth slip anymore pass us.

Some lovely plays up and down the pitch really working the ball to find the gaps in the strong Bournemouth defence, finally payed off and Poole got some lovely strikes on goal including a couple of short corners but we couldn’t quite find the back of the net on the day and with Bournemouth getting one more goal in the final two minutes the overall score was 3-0 to Bournemouth.

MOM: Sarah Wilkinson

DOD: Sarah Wilkinson

Poole V Bournemouth 4s

Poole v Bournemouth 4s

After this match reporter finally arrived for the game just in time for the 11:30 start…

With five regular players away for this game it was a great opportunity for our new members to prove themselves. The game got underway and it was Poole who controlled a lot of the ball. All too often this was lost by hit outs going straight up the centre of the pitch (sorry coach). After plenty of work Tanya slotted away a field goal for us to take the lead! At this point players started to truly believe we should be winning this game and play continued hard before Bournemouth achieved a cracking field goal, hats off to them that space was tiny! With our keeper less than impressed we continued. Fortunately with Tanya up front it was just a matter of time before she found that net again in another open field goal. 2-1 up and time ticking by we were trying to maintain our control when we gave away a penalty corner. We went out strong but unfortunately it slipped past and the score went to 2-2. Not seeing much time to turn it around Poole swiftly passed the ball looking for goal scoring opportunities. A penalty corner against Bournemouth was awarded in the last moments of the game. Full time was blown and the whole team pushed up desparate to make something of this amazing chance to take the win. Sadly it was not to be!

A great game with two new members achieving MOM: well done to Bex and Winnie.

Obviously this match reporter acquired DOD for her timekeeping skills :/

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