Last Saturday Brecon Ladies Hockey Team played their final game of the season against Radnor Ladies at their home pitch of Penlan Brecon. Both teams had all to play for with each side needing a win to secure their place in the South Wales Division 1 League for the 2017/18 season. The match drew in a sideline full of spectators offering support to both teams, and with the game being close throughout its duration, the spectators were given 70 minutes of tense and exciting hockey to enjoy.
Brecon Ladies scored a goal in the first half of the game, which came from a strike at goal from the edge of the circle from Hanna Kingsmill. Keen to score again to ensure a more comfortable second half, Brecon were strong in attack, but despite being awarded many short corners for their efforts, Radnor’s solid defence ensured Brecon did not increase the score line.
Radnor continued to fight hard throughout the game, and were rewarded in the last 15 minutes when they were awarded three consecutive short corners. A very nervous Brecon team remained solid in defence and were relieved when the final whistle blew leaving the score at 1-0 to the home team. Man of the match for Brecon was awarded to Hanna Kingsmill in midfield, and Man of the Match for Radnor was given to the goal keeper Esme Doherty.
This season has been particularly challenging for the Brecon Ladies, having lost 6 of their regular players to university at the start of season. However the ladies team have remained strong and determined throughout the season, with a commitment to maintaining their position in the Division 1 league. A key factor to the ladies success has been the support of an enthusiastic and talented youth section, with players from the Under 15’s and Badgers teams often stepping up to play for the ladies. Young players such as Hannah Williams, Carys Bufton, Jade Newton-Perry and Olivia Mills have played with confidence and enthusiasm – the club has a bright future ahead of it with such talent coming through.
Another factor to the ladies success is the support of their dedicated coach and umpire. The ladies would like to express special thanks to Tracy Wood who has supported the team tirelessly throughout the season as both coach and umpire. Her dedication and enthusiasm is appreciated throughout all the age groups within the club.