The 1st XI took on Michaelhouse this weekend and we went down 2-1; considering the score against them last season (11-0) the boys can be extremely proud of the way they performed.
The game started off at a frantic pace as both teams played an attacking (sometimes less structured then both sets of coaches would have liked) brand of hockey. The game swung from end to end and unfortunately for DHS we conceded the first goal due to a defensive lapse which saw our goalkeeper faced with the unenviable task of facing their striker one-on-one. Shortly afterward, Michaelhouse were awarded a questionable penalty stroke, which they converted to go 2-0 up by halftime.
To their credit, the boys came out in the second more determined than ever to make up the deficit; this was extremely pleasing to see as we have previously struggled to recover after going down in matches. We managed to get back a goal through an excellent reverse stick strike from Tiagan Terreblanche after an exciting run from our Captain Liam Green – 2-1! By this time the energy around the field was one of excitement and nerves from the watching parents and guests, this was definitely the best atmosphere I have experienced since joining DHS in 2015. The players responded to the energy from the side of the field and this led to a game that did not disappoint in every aspect except the score line.
Although we ultimately lost the game I feel it was a massive step for the boys because they walked off that field with their heads held high. Hopefully this excellent performance will be a stepping stone to build on. Overall, it was a great day of Hockey in which our 1st XI team showed true blue spirit on the field and all the boys showed true blue values off it. We received lots of compliments from the visiting parents on our manners and conduct off the field and our courage and spirit on the field!