After a fighting 3-1 loss against Keswick, Ambleside bounced straight back with a 7-1 victory against Dalston in the Cumbria League.
The Greens enjoyed the majority of the play in the first half, but struggled to find their best form against a Dalston side who defended with great resolve, their Goalkeeper putting in an impressive display. However, Ambleside's perseverance paid off, securing the breakthrough with two first half goals from Maddie and Donna.
A few tweaks to the system in the second half proved more lucrative, as more expansive play enabled the team to break through the stubborn defence. The midfield in particular shone, with player of the match Rio ably supported by Donna and Jess. Chances came at regular intervals, and Maddie soon added her second before Ailsa topped off a great personal performance with a goal.
Ambleside's goalkeeper of the day was Janet, who showed she had not lost her skills even though she has not played for some time! When called upon she made some excellent saves and was unlucky with the goal against her.
Despite the setback, Rio then scored a well-deserved goal, number five of the afternoon for Ambleside, before Amanda added the 6th and Jess scored goal 7 with a great strike after one of her individual forays into the ‘D’.
A fine performance by the whole squad, having two substitutes really helped maintain the momentum, as this clearly showed with the result.
Ambleside started the new Cumbria League season with a bang, recording a magnificent 14-1 win against local rivals Kendal’s second team.Read more
The Club has made great strides this season at all levels, confidence and belief that they can accomplish great things is growing, the players have the talent to make this club successful.
We finished a creditable 6th in the Cumbria League and 3rd in the Netherwood league this season, each and every player involved should be congratulated on this achievement. Special thanks to Polly, Caroline, Lucy, Holly and Jill for leading the teams so well.
For some reason our membership has dropped, certainly not what we or England Hockey expected following last summer’s Olympics, so we had to reduce our training time to 1 hour on a Tuesday! We were unsure as to how this would work with all teams together, but I think some players have definitely benefitted, but it is not ideal.
Minis continues to prove successful with large numbers attending Friday night practice, and competing in the festivals
It is very important that we all have fun, but we must put in the work to bring about the success we strive for, players benefit from playing alongside the same people each week as they learn to gel together! and so it would be great to have a more settled 1st team squad next season.
If anyone would like to assist on a Tuesday, please feel free to come down and lend a hand, I would really appreciate it.
Or if your talents lie, in umpiring, admin or fundraising, we would welcome your help to lighten the load on the few, we really do need you!
And so, onto the awards!
The captains, vice captains and myself put names in the frame, with so many talented players at all levels, it’s been very difficult to choose!
Our first awards are for the minis chosen by Claire
This young man has only started playing hockey with us this season. He has great timing on the ball and shows awareness of others around the pitch. In training, he always puts in 100% and isn’t afraid to try something new. He has been a solid defender on the pitch, the award goes to
This young lady has developed her skills and confidence this season, wanting to learn and improve her game all the time….! I can’t keep up! She is hockey crazy, I think driving her parents mad at times with how much she loves the game!
New this season, she has shown she has the right attitude to become an excellent hockey player.
She has benefitted from playing 1st team hockey and is our own ‘pocket rocket’
She tackles well and with more work next season on her distribution skills, she will be able to take her game to the next level
Full of energy, she reads the game beautifully, a superstar in the making.
1st team JESS YOUNG
2nd team APRIL BARCLAY
1st team JESS YOUNG
2nd team LUCY DIXON
This player has stepped up at the end of the season to show us that she has the talent and potential to be an excellent hockey player, and I hope this will give her the confidence needed to progress next season.
Well liked in both 1st and 2nd teams, over flowing with potential, she can and should be a major player in the club for many seasons to come
An integral part of the 1st team for a few seasons now, always reliable and willing to learn, a true team player.
Her boundless energy, willingness to run, and excellent ball control has made this player invaluable this season.
An exceptional talent.
A big thank you to the organisers, Katie, Emma, Val and Anne for making the event go ahead, a fantastic way to end the season.
Ambleside 1 vs 1 Keswick 2s
Missing several players, Ambleside came up against tough opponents in Keswick's second team but were left ruing missed chances.
Beaten 7-0 last time out against league leaders Carlisle, Ambleside were keen to bounce back with a good showing against Keswick. A much changed team started brightly, with the back four of Emma Houlihan, Amanda Faulkner, Ailsa Richardson and Megan Carradus solid at the back and giving Ambleside a strong base to play the ball forward from.
The Greens continued to build momentum throughout the first half, creating several chances. Both Polly and Roisin were unlucky to be thwarted by some excellent play by the Keswick goalkeeper.
Half time arguably came at a bad time for Ambleside and they were caught out soon after the break when Keswick bundled the ball pass the reach of Caroline Cropper in the Ambleside goal.
Despite the setback, the Greens continued to push for a equaliser, finally finding the breakthrough with a sensational goal by Lucy Dixon, who coolly lifted the ball high over the keeper and into the net.
Both teams continued to push forward and create opportunities, but ultimately the draw was a fair result.
Megan Carradus was voted player of the match for another strong performance, keeping
Ambleside continue to improve, playing good hockey and creating chances. They will be keen to make the most of them in their next match as they take on Keswick's first team at home next Saturday.
Despite an opening day loss against Kirkby Stephen, Ambleside showed a lot of promise and will be looking to build on that for the remainder of the year.Read more