HC Knole Park’s teams were raining goals on a soggy weekend in Sevenoaks. The Men’s 1s and Women’s teams all picked up three points once again as they continue their league campaigns. The U16A Boys won their crunch playoff match against Sevenoaks, the U14A Girls were back to winning ways against Marden Russets, and the mini teams all played some great hockey in their monthly festivals.
In the crunch game this weekend it was the U16A Boys taking on Sevenoaks for a place in the South East Finals. The winner would have a chance to playoff for the Supra League place after Christmas with the runner-up of the West league.
Against Sevenoaks it was a very well contested first half and it wasn’t until the 30th minute that the Knole Park boys managed to score their first goal as Isaac Dale slotted home. Reggie Edwards doubled the lead for another penalty corner moments later for a 2-0 lead at half-time.
After half-time the Knole Park boys dominated the match, and two quick goals ended the contest: first William Galloni scored from a penalty corner routine and then Dale scored his second. Player of the Match Louis van den Rijse scored a bullet strike for 5-0, before Dale completed his hat-trick in the final seconds. A brilliant 6-1 win and onto Finals Day for Knole Park!
The Women’s 1s beat Burnt Ash 2s 20-1 on Saturday as they continued their 100%-win record so far this season. It didn’t take long for the girls to get up and running as Boadicea Cannon opened the scoring after just 3 minutes. Lottie Bingham and Amelie Allen then scored from penalty corners.
Allen and Bingham (2) then added more goals before Polly Brownlow, Biba Mills, Amy Wakeham-Dawson, and Cannon completed the first half scoring: 10-0. In the second half it was once again Cannon who opened the scoring from a penalty corner. Mills scored two more for her hat-trick.
Wakeham-Dawson scored her second, both Evie Smith and Alessia Turner scored twice, and Mackenzie Ward and Jess Lewis completed the rout for a 20-1 win.
The Women’s 2s also had a very successful match winning 14-0 against Bromley and Beckenham 5s. Cara Gould scored a stunning individual effort to open the scoring, before Matilda Denbow hit home Knole Park’s second. Phoebe Bright scored the first of her four goals from a penalty corner. It was the return of Bright’s rocket forehand that reap the rewards for her as she scored three more either side of half-time which superb strikes.
Lucie Jones and Ellie Sagrott completed the scoring for a 7-0 lead at half-time. Jones scored her second just after half-time, before Sagrott completed her hat-trick. Ruth Bingham scored a superb individual effort for Knole Park’s 12th, and Farrah Hilden scored two late goals for a 14-0 win. The young Bromley and Beckenham goalkeeper was outstanding throughout.
The Men’s 1s moved up to second in the league with a comprehensive 3-0 win over unbeaten Sutton Valence 1s. Defending for large periods of the match it was clear to see why Sutton Valence had made such a good start to the season. The deadlock was finally broken just before half-time as Oscar Osbaldeston netted from close range.
Duncan Parnis scored a penalty stroke just after half-time and from there it was one-way traffic as Knole Park tried to add to their total. Sutton Valence were defensively excellent, and their goalkeeper did very well throughout. It wasn’t however until the final minutes that Moritz Hippe waltz his way through the defence before lobbing the goalkeeper for a 3-0 win.
The U14A Girls returned to winning ways with an excellent performance against Marden Russets. Mali Nicholls opened the scoring from close range, before Marden replied with their open penalty corner routine to make it 1-1 at half-time. The second half was all Knole Park as the girls hammered away at the Marden goalkeeper who was in inspired form.
Goals from Imogen Smith, Emily Bingham and a second from Nicholls did however secure the girls a good 4-2 win. This moves the girls up to 2nd in their league with two exciting fixtures to play later in the month.
In the U12 Boys competition the boys played and lost to Canterbury. Despite a very commendable second half. Goals from Henry Walsh (2), and Ben Wildgoose. In the U12 Girls Knole Park U12A Girls played Marden Russets running out comfortable winners. Goals from Erica Wood (4), Erin Tuffield (3), Olivia Walker (2), Ella Bayliss, Jess Grobler, and Liv Macaskill.
In the B-competition the girls played Sevenoaks and Canterbury. Goals from Sylvie Moseling (4), Amelia Ashton (3) and Eliza Bromley saw the girls enjoy four victories. In the U10 Boys the team also played Canterbury and it was a similar story to the U12 Boys as Canterbury started well and this took the game away from Knole Park. But second half goals from Joshua Moodie (3), Jamie Ching, Noah Price and Oliver Abueita almost gave Knole Park victory.
Finally, in the U10 Girls it was a fantastic tournament as they played teams from Sevenoaks, Canterbury, and Marden Russets. Seven wins with goals from Caroline Jobke (5), Elizabeth Abueita (5), Eva Hiietamm (2), Anna Wood, Rosie Thomson, Pippa Mackenzie, and Amelie Rose Brown.
This weekend HC Knole Park’s Men’s 1s travel to Gore Court 3s, the Women’s 1s host Folkestone 2s and the Women’s 2s have a top of the table clash with Blackheath 4s. Our U16 Boys and U18 Girls contest their respective Indoor Kent Cup Championships, whilst the U14A Boys head to Holcombe and U14B Girls to Canterbury in another action-packed weekend of hockey at Knole Park. Several juniors are also off to their next England junior training camps!