Year 10 hockey

Year 10 hockey

The Year 10 hockey team have had a very hard end to the season with games against very talented opponents in Shiplake, John Hampden and Eton. Although all three games ended up in losses, the boys have showed a fantastic Uno Animo spirit and have shown improvement game after game even when they had their backs to the wall. Important lessons have been learnt, such as Will ‘the cat’ Smith our A team goalie, now must always check he has ALL of his keeper kit before we get to an away fixture - as we arrived at Shiplake only to find he was missing two vital parts…..Shiplake were very good about the issue, and both teams played a fiercely contested game without keepers that was won by only one goal. The other two games really tested Windsor’s defensive set up, and although we conceded a few goals the boys heads never dropped and their effort was amazing.  Fantastic performances from Kai Ziemkendorf and Freddie Fearnley at the back stopped many attacks and without Will Smith’s amazing saves, Eton could have easily scored 10+ goals.  After some international style umpiring from their umpire, Windsor conceded over 20 short corners but limited Eton to just 2 goals from them.  In midfield Matthew King and Matthew Wellington worked tirelessly in trying to set up counter attacks with the hard working Mason Bell and Fraser Upton up front. We are extremely proud of this great group of lads, the season has been hard work for the them but they have gained great experience as they progress into Senior hockey next year. Pictured – Will...
1st XI Hockey beat Shiplake

1st XI Hockey beat Shiplake

On Wednesday 14th March Windsor Boys’ took on Shiplake in our annual fixture. Windsor started slowly and Shiplake capitalised on this, scoring a tap in by passing the ball around our players. This is exactly what our boys needed, a wakeup call. Our defence positioned themselves excellently with depth and width allowing quick transfers from one side of the pitch to the other. Paddy O’Neill took the game into his control, beat a couple of players just outside the circle and executed a skilful reverse hit into the side of the goal, moments later Mahdi Hosany controlled a bouncing ball and hit it hard into the bottom left corner. Half time 2-1 Windsor. After a brief discussion at half time the boys knew they were firmly in the driving seat and the game was in their hands. Windsor had more possession but Shiplake did have the threat of a quick counter attack, however nothing to worry Zain Zafar between the sticks. Windsor then confirmed the win with two quick goals. One clinical finish from Jack Hall slapped into the bottom corner and then the best team goal of the season – the ball started at the back, passed into our midfield, passed out wide to our winger, slapped across the goal and Louis Maggs slotted the ball home. The entire play took 10 seconds, a proper hockey goal. Well done to all the boys. 4-1 Windsor. Man of the Match: Mahdi Hosany Mr Jeffery and Mr Paul...
Year 9 Hockey success

Year 9 Hockey success

On Saturday our year 9 hockey team played against a year 10 UCS team.  On a cold wet day Windsor started slowly with UCS controlling possession and having wave after wave of attacks but were stopped by the Windsor defence. Windsor struggled to get out of their half and it was near the end of the first half that they finally got their first shot on goal but narrowly missed it. In the second half Windsor came to life and gained a foot hold in the game with a quicker pace of play and some excellent communication. Great work in the centre of the pitch by Dom Richards and Tommy Hill-Parsons gave Windsor more attempts at goal but the UCS keeper was in good form saving these.  As the Windsor confidence grew, lots of players became drawn up the pitch and UCS were unlucky not to score on the counter attack. However, Windsor held on and then finally earned their only short corner of the match. With a well worked routine, Luke Austen composed himself and slotted the ball into the bottom corner to give Windsor a surprise lead. For the rest of the match UCS piled on the pressure but failed to break down Windsor and the game finished 1-0. The match was a real test of character for the boys but they came through with flying colours. Man of the match was Marcus Chute. Mr D...
1st XI at Pangbourne

1st XI at Pangbourne

  The 1st XI fixture was no change to recent years with sides evenly matched.  Both teams looked to play attacking hockey and put defences under pressure.  The deadlock was broken with a Matt Bougourd goal. The year 11 was quickest to react and accurately finished his chance. Windsor continued to bombard the Pangbourne D with some piercing passes.  The visitors went further ahead when skipper Paddy O’Neill scored a wonder goal.  From the top of the D he undercut the ball on his reverse side and roofed the ball. The goalkeeper was powerless to save the strike.  As anybody that has hit a hockey ball will know, this is some skill. Chris Hill and Ant Brayshaw were rocks at the back until the hosts snuck a goal back. Windsor rediscovered their composure and a long and accurate Paddy pass enabled Gus Bowles to spin off his defender, accelerate into space and finish a very well worked goal. Windsor were not content with their advantage and drove towards the Pangbourne goal and earned a penalty corner. Paddy drag flicked on target but it was saved.  The rebound fell to him and he buried a shot on reverse stick from narrow angle. Pangbourne scored with the last play so the score finished 4 - 2. The boys showed admirable work rate and skill to achieve this fantastic result. Combining this with Mr Jeffery’s wizardry hockey knowledge, the side are destined for great things.  There were several excellent individual performances but it was decided that James Matthews won the Man of the match award.  He showed assurance, resilience and maturity at...
1st XI Hockey Seasons Starts

1st XI Hockey Seasons Starts

  On Saturday 6th January Windsor Boys’ School took on Reigate Grammar School with a full block fixture.  The 1st XI started the game positively with confidence and real composure, both teams getting few opportunities on goal.  In the last minute of the first half, Reigate counterattacked quickly, moving the ball at speed and scored: 1-0 Reigate. Windsor really started to find their feet, transferring the ball across the back four nicely.  Louis Maggs and Paddy O’Neill did not stop running and leading the team from central midfield. Defensively our opposition had the answers to our attacking play and direct fast ball into the D. Reigate scored 2 quick goals but Windsor battled on. In the last minute the direct ball finally worked with Matt Bougourd taking a shot, saved by the goalie and Vinnie Pattinson slotted the ball home.  Final score 3-1 to Reigate but the boys were positive with the performance and know where to improve. Man of the Match: Louis Maggs (pictured) Mr R...
U15A Hockey

U15A Hockey

  Last Saturday the U15As played their first hockey match against a very strong Reigate team. The first half was played mainly in the Windsor half with the Windsor defence doing very well to soak up the relentless pressure.  Sadly though they could not hold off the countless short corners and eventually Reigate took the lead with an own goal. The defence collectively had worked really well and were unfortunate to concede so close to half time. In the second half with the help of some fresh legs from the bench, Windsor had more possession and territory. Some excellent play from man of the match Kai Ziemkendorf (pictured), plus Matthew King and Zahin Adib helped create several chances but sadly the boys could not score. Reigate replied and once again camped themselves in the Windsor half for the rest of the game and after more short corners they finally cracked again and Reigate extended their lead. Overall the team played well against a quality side. There were many positives to take from the game but also lots of areas to work on. Mr D...
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