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Sophie shines as under-10 girls represent Sussex at regionals

By David Chappell

Goalkeeper leads spirited display from BHHC youngsters

Brighton and Hove Hockey Club's girls under-10s represented Sussex at the regional championships, where they came up against some strong and experienced teams.

Having done so well to qualify, Claire Hamburger said the regional tournament was a great lesson for BHHC and that all the girls played to the best of their abilities - Beatrix, Polly, Honey, Izzy, Josie, Tess, Sorrel, Livvy and Eliza. However, player of the day went to goalkeeper Sophie for some awesome shot stops, sheer determination and and her selfless attitude for the team.

Here's Claire's account of the day:

Match 1 v Marlow. Lost 3-0

Buckinghamshire champions Marlow attacked hard from the start. It would have been 1-0 in the first minute had Sophie not pulled off a brilliant save. Honey and Polly worked particularly hard in defence as Marlow attacked relentlessly. Marlow had lots of possession as B&H struggled at times to close down the opposition, but the defence worked tirelessly in trying to stop them.

Match 2 v Wallingford. Lost 3-0

After Wallingford scored an early first goal, B&H pressed hard for an equaliser as both teams made the most of their possession. B&H had some good positional play with some good stops and shots from Tess, supported well by Josie, Livvy and Polly. The result flattered Wallingford and the girls were disappointed not to get something from this game.

Match 3 v London Wayfarers. Lost 2-0

London Wayfarers got off to the best possible start, scoring in the first minute. Wayfarers pushed hard and Sophie made a double save with her feet before making a vital stick save. Sorrel and Izzy linked up well together and were unlucky not to score. Sophie then had to make a triple save to stop Wayfarers scoring again. Livvy deserves a special mention for her role in attacking at the short corners and for the sheer amount of work she had to do in midfield.

Plate match v Fleet and Evershot. Lost 1-0

The girls were disappointed not to get something this match; a draw would have been a fair result. They made a good early start with Beatrix, Sorrell and Tess making most of the ball given to them. Livvy forced a short corner and Eliza was unlucky not to score. Tess set up Sorrel whose shot was saved by the keeper. Special mention to Eliza for her energy and efforts on goal.

Updated 09:22 - 14 May 2019 by David Chappell

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