22 Jan BHC U18 girls
Bridgend U18 girls faced Whitchurch Saints, Carmarthen and Gwent in a round robin pool of the Welsh U18 Clubs championship.
A nervy start in the first game allowed Saints to dominate much of the play but the defence Megan Hooper in goal, Carys Sheard (captain), Aimee Fitzgerald, Lauren Hancock and Poppy Jenkins held firm. This solid platform allowed the midfield to get into the game with good link up play from Georgia Catton, Megan Hutchinson and Seren Burgum. The rotational subbing saw Catrin Stephens, Lauren Light, Lottie Tudor and Jess Allen take the field, all contributing to a determined squad performance. Despite the best efforts of the ever running forwards Eve Mordecai, Molly Lloyd and Ffion Williams the young ravens were held to a goalless draw earning the team a precious point.
Some changes were made for the next fixture v Carmarthen and the Bridgend girls spotted an opportunity to bag three points especially with forward Eve Mordecai getting into her stride. Great individual performances from the skipper Sheard and particularly Lauren Hancock set up a brace of chances for the forward line. Unfortunately the chances were not capitalised on and the end result matched that of the first game.
The third and final game was against the toughest opposition, last year’s champions Gwent. Brimming with confidence from the previous two games Bridgend put in a fantastic effort in the first half despite being under constant pressure from the superbly well drilled Gwent team. A series of fine saves from Hooper kept the half time score line a respectable 0-1. Playing in central midfield Georgia Catton tried to orchestrate a revival with determined drives and searching passes and forward Molly Lloyd had the Gwent defence worried after a surging run down the right wing. However, the orange army proved too overwhelming for the young ravens side, final score 0-4.
Bridgend finished 2nd on points in the pool but 3rd overall on goal difference. This was an outstanding display of teamwork and squad unity which bodes well for the future of Bridgend youth hockey. Bring on the U15s in March!