Women’s Hockey: Melville solid in defence but inability to score sees them lose 1-0 to UWA


Melville City was solid in defence but could not impact the scoreboard. PICTURE: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics
Melville City was solid in defence but could not impact the scoreboard. PICTURE: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics

MELVILLE City’s women remain winless after the opening three rounds of the League following a spirited 1-0 loss to a UWA side known for its physicality all over the pitch.

The game began at an intense pace, with both teams trying to move the ball quickly to negate each other’s aggressive presses.

UWA was able to earn an early penalty corner, which was well executed by Shelley Liddelow, and gave UWA what would prove to be a decisive lead after eight minutes.

Despite the early goal, Melville continued to work itself into the game and match UWA for effort and skill.

With the midfield from each team working hard to set their strikers up, it was UWA that gained the ascendancy and earned numerous short corners.

Once again Melville goalkeeper Erin Judd was equal to the challenge, keeping the ball out and the score at 1-0 going in to halftime.

Early in the second half, it was evident that neither team would give up.

Unfortunately for Melville, the experience of UWA started to come into play and it was able to control the game a bit better than the youthful and energetic Melville girls.

This provided UWA more scoring opportunities from both field play and penalty corners while Melville struggled to transfer its good midfield play into the attacking circle.

To Melville’s credit it defended with plenty of heart and did not allow UWA to score again, however it could not apply the same amount of pressure to the UWA defence.

Melville travels to Old Aquinians in search of its first win in round four.