In a change from the annual March fixture we held the Ladies OP Hockey in September to allow for an OP netball match in March.
On Sunday 21st September the OPs got together for the match against the School 1st XI. With a very strong OP side hopes were high to gain a win after narrowly losing out in the last minute in March. Some of the regular OP hockey players returned including Laura Horne, Georgina Booth (nee Chapman), Olivia Byas, Lydia Edwards & Francesca Marsh, but we also had plenty of new players as well (see below for the full team list)
A strong first half from both sides saw some fantastic hockey and end to end play. The defense on both teams was excellent, Joan Gough made her hockey debut in goal for the OPs and she was supported by the very strong defensive line of Charlotte Flint, Vicky Hodgson, Beth Bunce (nee Harrison) and Lydia Edwards. Lydia Ford (GK for School) made it impossible for the OPs to get a goal in the back of the net after multiple chances. At half time the score was 1-0 to School.
The second half saw a quick goal from the School side and after such a close game the OPs were trailing by 2 goals to nil. The second half continued to be end to end and Laura Horne and Sophia Eggleston made some good breaks up the centre only to be stopped by Schools Jess Pidgeon.
The final score remained at 2-0 but it was a fantastic game and many thanks go to Peter Horne and Jan Danby for umpiring.
After the matches everyone enjoyed refreshments in the pavilion and a catch up with friends. Thank you to everyone who turned out to play and we hope to see you all back for next year when hopefully we can turn the scores around.
OP Ladies team 2014
Olivia Byas (99-08), Charlotte Flint (97-08), Ellie Stephenson (06-14), Lydia Edwards (99-10), Georgina Booth (96-06), Beth Bunce (00-06), Emma Hessay (02-12), Jenny Owen (97-08), Laura Horne (01-08), Vicky Hodgson (04-13), Francesca Marsh (06-13), Joan Gough (75-77), Sophia Eggleston (04-12), Amy Kendall (01-12), Serena Leach (05-12).