Nomads started the season brightly with an impressive opening 5 minutes forcing the opposition into a few saves and created 2 short corner opportunities.
Unfortunately for them the 2nd of which was well defending by the boys who used their pace and skill to counter attack quickly and despite the best efforts of the defence and keeper Nomads feel behind against the run of play.
This start set the scene for the rest of the 1st half, with Nomads having the better of possession and territory but looking vulnerable when the Dragons pushed forward.
Nomads drew level midway through the half with Steph Edge striking well from the top of the D to beat the Dragons keeper. However the lead lasted only a short time before a quick passing move by the boys broke through the Nomads Midfield and Defence to leave Bronte Kellett with no chance.
After a short break for half time the 2nd half was a complete reverse with the boys increasing pressure but Nomads regularly breaking on counter attacks as the heat took its toll.
Despite good strikes from the edge of the D by Lilly Wysmuller, Lisa Grant-Phillips and Janoun Dunleavy it took a moment of luck to bring Nomads level, with a deflection off a Nomads foot not spotted by the umpires drawing the side level. A short time later it took a fantastic diving save by Bronte Kellett to prevent the side falling behind again.
With stand-in Captain Janet Hall having to go off injured after a nasty fall it wasn't looking good for the team but they managed to find a goal after a good pass to Joni Gorman, despite a good 1st save she reacted fastest to put away the rebound for her 2nd goal.
Despite a tough final 10 minutes under pressure where Jess Watling made a number of saving tackles Nomads somehow held on to win.
While there are a number of areas to work at in training all players can be incredibly proud of their work rate which brought them back into the game.
From the records that I have kept so far this season the Nomads goal scoring charts(excluding Herve Shield and Channel Island Ladies Tournament) are as follows.
Joni Gorman 8
Lisa Grant-Phillips 5
Steph Edge 2
Ciara Mcquaid 1
Pat Fior 1
Tiff Newbald 1
Emily Genee 4
Erin Moffett 4
Abbie Le Marquand 2
Ella Brennand 2
Jess Watling 1
Lilly Wysmuller 1
Lucy O'Connor 1
Triona Danaher 1
Zara Norem 1
With the 2s having their final game before Christmas this Sunday and the 1s having only 3 more games left in their league cycle please see a quick summary before of the sessions left before the New Year
November 20th - 11:30-13:00 - Nomads 2nd XI v DB Falcons
November 20th - 13:00-14:30 - Nomads 1st XI v Caesarean Blues
December 3rd - 19:30-20:30 - Nomads training
December 3rd - 20:30-21:30 - Nomads/RWB v Island Vets
December 7th - 11:30 - Nomads 1st XI v Quackers 1st XI
December 10th - 20:30-21:30 - Final Nomads training session of the year
December 14th - 13:00-14:30 - Nomads 1st XI v RWB
Where possible can people please let me know of their availability for the training session on December 3rd, as it will be the final training session of the year for a number of players we will look to split into teams and have some fun.
Similarly to the 2s game Nomads got off to a good start having the best of the territory in the opening 10 minutes. Some good runs and pressure on the defence by Joni Gorman also helped create a few short corners.
This initial pressure led to a number of shots and Nomads eventually taking the lead through a well struck effort by Lisa Grant-Phillips. This seemed to wake up Jersey Ladies and the game became very even with Nomads struggling to retain the ball but looking dangerous when getting the ball forward quickly.
Midway through the 1st half Jersey Ladies managed to scramble an equaliser and almost took the lead a short time later only for the goal to be disallowed due to a foul on the keeper.
The game continued to be competitive in the 2nd half with Nomads improving the passing through the midfield but struggling to create any clear chances in the opposition D and they fell behind to a well struck short corner.
Despite their best efforts Nomads could not create a clear opportunity to equalise and eventually lost 2-1.
Finally well done to Jess Watling and Lucy O'Connor in their 1st appearances for the 1s, we are seeing the benefit of this with the improvement in play and results for the 2s
With no teams from Guernsey travelling this year it was decided to make the CI tournament more fun and have each team play in fancy dress.
Nomads theme was Cops and Robbers and each match of the tournament started in a different way.
Due to illness and injury Nomads were missing a large amount of players but managed to get out a full side with help some of the young players from the 2nd XI
The 1st match started with a Zulu start, the video can be downloaded below.
with everyone also looking to have enjoyed themselves.
A number of pictures have been added to the gallery but if anyone else has some please pass them on so we can add more.
Finally the next training session is Wednesday 19th from 7:30-8:30
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.
Following on from the 2nd team victory Nomads 1st's also played Jersey Ladies helped by a few 2nd team players with some 1st team regulars unavailable.
The game started with some early pressure for Jersey Ladies, as the new Nomads centre midfield partnership took some time to gel but Nomads continued to look dangerous on the break through the pace of Joni Gorman and Abbie Le Marquand. One such break eventually lead to a 3rd goal of the season for Joni scoring from a rebound.
Despite some chances spirited Nomads defence kept it to 1-0 at the break.
With a difficulty finding the same pace on the ball at Claremont and both teams playing in congested areas the match became increasingly scrappy at the beginning of the 2nd half with Jersey Ladies generally controlling the territory.
Despite a number of chances they could not quite find a goal and as both teams tired Nomads started to find some extra space and increase the pressure on the Jersey Ladies defence. With less than 10 minutes remaining a short corner was well converted by Steph Edge and despite a consolation goal from a penalty corner with less than 2 minutes remaining Nomads held on for the victory.
In a rare Saturday game in the Jersey Ladies Division 1 Nomads played RWB having got off to a winning start on the previous weekend.
With a number of players unavailable Nomads again called up some promising young players from the 2nd XI to help fill the gaps. As often happens in matches between these 2 the game had a scrappy start with both teams competing strongly in midfield. Although RWB had the better of the territory good defending by Nomads limited the chances created.
A short time later Nomads almost took the lead when some good passing gave a chance to Lisa Grant-Phillips who shot just wide. Unfortunately this was followed a short time later by a RWB counter attack where a composed finish gave them the lead.
The 2nd half started with a similar way although Nomads slowly began to stretch the game and increase the pressure on the RWB defence. This started to create turnovers in dangerous positions and helped Nomads to equalise with Joni Gorman getting a well timed deflection.
However with less than 10 minutes remaining RWB regained the lead after a short corner broke down and could not be cleared. Nomads almost managed to steal a point when a well struck effort was somehow saved by the stand-in RWB keeper.
Despite the result Nomads can be proud of their performance in a tough game, 13 year old Lilly Wysmuller doing well in an unfamiliar role at right back where her positioning and anticipation stood out. With players to return and the juniors showing their ability to step up everything looks to be in place for a good season.
On a rare sunny day during the hockey season the 1s started with a match against Caesarean Whites.
The 1st real chance of the game came to Nomads as the ball seemed to be going off the backline, however Joni Gorman's tireless running kept it in and managed to get it past the keeper but we were unable to score or capitalise on the resulting short corner.
The whites were looking increasingly dangerous on the break using their pace and skill and exploiting some gaps caused by an unfamiliar formation. One of these breaks lead to them taking the lead after finding a free player in the D. Nomads continued to look threatening and put together nice passages of play but couldn't find a goal from the short corners and chances created. It was a counter attack from a Nomads short that extended the lead to 2-0 just before the half time break.
After a rest and a some minor tactical adjustments Nomads came out with good intent with the cm of Ciara, Janet and Lisa taking charge, this lead to increasing pressure on the Whites defence and chances being created by turnovers in the opposition 25. This eventually led to a goal mouth scramble with Steph Edge getting the final touch.
With Sara and Trudy in central defence anticipating well and intercepting on the rare occasions the Whites got through the midfield we started to dominate both possession and territory. Eventually one of the penalty corners resulted in Joni Gorman getting a far post deflection in between the keeper and post to level the scores.
With around 10 minutes left Lisa found herself time and space in the D and after an initial mishit found space to flick home and beat the keeper who had made a number of good saves. Despite a late rally from Whites the defense held strong and some sensible play ran down the clock for Nomads to complete their 1st victory of the season.
With both basic and advanced skills covered by previous blog posts I thought it was time for a slight change and to instead focus on how you can get the most out of training as an individual.
Over my time playing various sports one of the biggest mistakes I have found that most players make is to fear making mistakes and trying to learn new skills. This can also be seen with players not being willing to experiment with the skills they already know to try and improve.
On many occasions this leads to players who perform the same skills in the same way year after year with minimal improvement. Training instead should be the time where you push the boundaries of your skill to find your limitations, by taking risks in training you also learn what options you can and cannot use in a game situation.
Through the above you build the confidence in your own ability that will help all round.
Another large thing that many players neglect is having a target, a good example is in shooting drills where players will hit shots at random. Although you can build skill and accuracy this way it is far more useful to instead try and pick a spot(bottom corner across goal etc). This allows you to look at the hit after to see if it actually went where planned. This makes it easier to find any technical issues as well as to build up accuracy.
Obviously in the quicker pace drills where you are looking to get a quick shot off looking after receiving the ball is too late so is one area where i would expect players to be pre-scanning before receiving the final pass. This will allow you to work out both where the goal is relative to your current position and also if the keeper has got their angles wrong and left a particular area of the goal free.
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