Training returns on 05/11/2014 from 7:30-8:30.
Next week will be slightly different with training sessions as follows
Monday 10th - 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 12th - 8:30-9:30
Players are welcome to attend both sessions if available.
One of the best ways to score goals in hockey is through short corners, used well they can be incredibly difficult to stop and regularly scoring them creates pressure on the opposition defence who know that any foul in the D is likely to cost a goal. This often means that more space and clearer chances occur in open play.
Regardless of the routines that each team has they will always be reliant on 2 skills.
The short corner injection and subsequent stop.
With the Injection it is important that the ball is both fast and accurate to allow a stick stop to take place with the defensive runner as far away as possible. Equally important is that the ball out is kept along the ground to make it as easy as possible to stop.
Without the 2 skills above it will be almost impossible for any short corner routines to be run successfully
Although you can use any outfield skill for the injection the method shown below is generally the best option. This gives some deception as to when the ball will take place as well as being both quick and accurate as well as near impossible to lift.
Although not mentioned in the video, extra power can and should be gained by also driving the right foot towards the target.
The 2nd skill is often known as either the stop or trap.
There are multiple methods for the trap but the 2 most common are shown on the video below, a successfully stopped ball can be rolled into the D for a 1st time hit or left stationery for a drag flick. Often this choice is down to player who is looking to take the straight strike.
Nomads 1, Quackers 2
Half time score 1:0 Quackers.
Nomads goal scorer was Tiff Newbald.
Quackers quick to the ball and gave nomads no time on the ball. This pressure created a stray ball to be picked up in the centre of the D and was struck confidently into the corner of the goal.
Nomads applied sustained pressure after this forcing penalty corners and free play attempts on goal. Quackers managed to soak up this pressure and create a fast break counter attack past the high defensive line and 1 on 1 with the keeper managed to get their 2nd goal.
Nomads finally were rewarded with a goal after Janet Hall had a driving run up the right wing passing behind the defence to Tiff Newbald who hit the ball into the roof of the goal.
No full write up this week as other commitments meant that i could not be present for the matches. However below are the individual results for the Nomads matches in the Herve Shield
Nomads 1 - 2 Jersey Ladies
Nomads 0 - 0 RWB
Nomads 0 - 0 Quackers
Nomads 0 - 1 Feagles
With 2 draws and 2 defeats by a single goal all players involved can be proud of their efforts and hopefully enjoyed the experience of playing against some 1st division players.
Training this week is at 7:30pm
With the Jersey 1st team away next week in the HA trophy no league matches are scheduled.
In its place is the return of the Herve shield a competition where each team includes a mix of 1st and 2nd team players. With 15 1st division regulars away and interesting dimension has been added to the competition.
With the 2nd team starting the season well playing good quality hockey the club are in a strong position. As we continue to grow our squad and more young players get a chance for the 1s, competitions like the Herve Shield can only benefit the whole squad.
In a top of the table clash Nomads 2s took on a DB Falcons team who had yet to concede a goal in the division having played 2 games.
The match started at a frantic pace and Falcons soon took the lead with a well worked penalty corner and repeated it midway through the 1st half to extend the lead. However despite the scoreline Nomads had looked dangerous on the counter attack and had been unfortunate not to score themselves.
The half time break seemed to energise the Nomads side and led by Captain Sarah Mutimer tackled and intercepted the ball well and started the pressure the boys defence. Although struggling to get off shots a number of short corners were won and a well taken deflection goal by Emily Genee brought the score back to 2-1.
However with Nomads pushing for an equaliser the boys continued to look dangerous on the counter and a well worked attack extended the score to 3-1, Emily Genee then struck with a 2nd goal a well struck effort from near the top of the D to give Nomads hope once more. But 1 further goal for Falcons decided the game.
Despite the defeat alot of positives can be taken for the young Nomads side against a boys team who had previously not been challenged. With passing and movement improving each game and players learning their position results should continue to improve throughout the season.
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