vs Yeovil and Sherborne 3s Away 24/09/2016

We travelled to Yeovil and Sherborne on the fun bus and on arrival we quickly started our warm up on the practice pitch. The game commenced with Casey coordinating our substitute bench and providing bellowing support with Lauren from the side line. It took us 20 minutes to find our game but then did we find it! Helena put us 1-0 up, then there was a beautifully placed lifted ball for Tanya to slot it in the net. AJ scored a corker from a tight angle and Tanya took us to 4-0! It wasn’t without difficulties at our goal end though with Yeovil and Sherborne bringing the ball regularly into our defending 23m area. However, the whole defensive line helped the keeper to stop the ball from crossing the line with good communication, coordination and sweeping the line!


Thank you to Yeovil and Sherborne for being lovely hosts and we look forward to playing again. Man of the match = Helena & Hazel; DoD = TJ

vs Gillingham 2s Away 17/09/2016

On Saturday the Poole ladies took on Gillingham for a home match providing an exciting, high paced start to the season. Initially, play seemed to be of an even nature and Poole’s attacking players made many quick breaks showing they meant business. However, as the match progressed the Gillingham team proved their hunger to win scoring some rather unimpressive but successful shots at goal putting them in the lead. Nevertheless, Poole’s defensive players soldiered on with tight marking showing they would not give up easily. The Poole goal keeper performed well from constant pounding by the Gillingham strikers and assisted the defence throughout. The Poole team dealt well with the conceded short corners calmly and efficiently moving the ball back to the attacking end. Great team work was demonstrated by the midfield and attacking players who took advantage of interceptions and weak passes from their opponents. Notably there were some admirable attempts at goals from Poole’s strikers however the Gillingham goal keeper was on fine form and prevented their success. Overall, Poole fought well and put constant pressure on Gillingham throughout both halves utilising fast breaks and supportive plays to break down attempts on goal. Unfortunately the final seven nil loss for the Poole ladies doesn’t reflect the commendable level of play and amount of effort they put in but as their opponents are top of the league they should feel proud of their performance non the less.  

vs Trojans 3 Away 10/09/2016

A grey morning with fine drizzle heralded the start of the hockey season for Poole Ladies, however the damp weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as we trekked across the New Forest for the season’s inaugural hockey match.  A special mention should go to Katy and Lewis who were also making their first trip across the New Forest...although they did start their journey on Wednesday.

After a rusty first twenty minutes we settled into our game, our attacking play down the wing and quick ‘one-twos’ becoming more fluid as the game wore on.  The opposition were also enjoying the friendly, pre-season environment, working on set plays and team building.  The umpires it would appear did not get this memo, giving two of our new recruits controversial green cards in the first 35 minutes.  

Despite our best efforts and two cracking goals from Danni and AJ the final whistle saw us trailing by 3 with a final score of 5-2 to the home team.  (The scoreline potentially could have been 4-2 had Hazel not made a slightly ill-timed and very minor tackle in the D that resulted in a penalty flick...but whatever).  The 7 hours we waited whilst they remembered that they had forgotten to cook our teas saw us vote Ruth MOM for her superb debut in the centre midfield and Hazel DOD for some minor thing that no one really remembers.

We eventually headed back to Poole, pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sausage and chips and excited for the start of the season proper in 7 days time.

Poole V Beaminster - 05/12/2015

We played away this week against for our last game of 2015. The weather stayed dry for a change, although the wind tried to give us a hard time! Not long after the whistle blew, Nickie’s forehead was attacked by the ball. After a brief time off the pitch with an ice pack, she returned to the game like the pro that she is. We had a strong defence in the first half, with Poole ladies playing brilliantly and working as a unit. By the end of the first half, the score was 0-0. With praise from our captain for our performance in the first half, we started the second half with determination to put an end to Beaminster’s streak of winning every home game this season so far. Beaminster snuck a goal past our defence, which took the score to 1-0 to Beaminster, although that didn’t last long. In comes Tanya! Tanya scored a wicked woowoo goal, which took the score to 1-1. A Beaminster player injured her knee not long after Tanya’s goal and could no longer participate, which gave us an advantage (although we hope she is alright). From then until the end of the game, tensions were very high as we really wanted a win. The ball spent most of the remainder of the game up their end of the pitch as we worked their defence. Lauren very nearly scored her first ever goal, which would have won Poole the game, but Beaminster’s keeper was in the way! The game concluded with a 1-1 result and Poole ladies were in high spirits. Overall it was a brilliant game and everyone played really well. We ended Beaminster’s home game winning streak and we were pumped for our Poole Hockey Club Christmas social (which was awesome, by the way).

Final score-1-1

MoM – Danni

DoD - Lucie

Poole V Bournemout 4ths -16/01/2016

After last week’s close defeat against Bournemouth 3s Poole Ladies were ready to show Bournemouth 4s our great determination and winning attitude.  The match started with Poole playing Bournemouth off the pitch, great passing and movement of the ball meant the pressure was kept on Bournemouth.  A lucky goal for Bournemouth meant we were on the back foot but that didn’t deter us and within minutes Poole pulled it back to 1-1 after a fantastic team built goal finished by Tanya finding the bottom left hand corner.  Despite play being mainly in Poole’s half Bournemouth’s defence wouldn’t allow us to find the back of the goal and the score line finished 1-1.  We were very unlucky not to get at least another goal to win but a well fought game means that we can all be proud of our performance (particularly Deb who managed to avoid using her awesome football skills... well, only the once!).

Every week we come out with a positive and fighting attitude and we have developed loads as a team this season! Winning games doesn’t make you the best team in the league, team spirit, being a unit and taking pride in the club you play for does and we definitely have that in bucket loads!  Well played ladies, hats off to you all now let bring home a win next week!

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Founded in 1893, Poole Hockey Club has been in existence for well over 100 years and is one of the oldest sports clubs in the country. We run three mens and two ladies teams in various leagues across the Hampshire and Dorset region. We are also very fortunate to be able to run Junior teams offering regular fixtures throughout the season for U10, U12 and U14 mixed squads.


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