Ladies 1s

About our Ladies 1st Team

Our Ladies 1s currently play in the North Premier Division after gaining double promotion in 2013/14 & 2014/15 seasons. Our team and club has grown from strength to strength and the team are now holding their own in the North Premier Division, the highest league the club has ever reached making this one of the strongest ladies hockey teams in Cumbria. We strive to keep looking forward and being the best team we can be, and we are extremely proud to be a high achieving small town club in a top flight league. A lot of our players have come through our junior programme but we always welcome new players who are looking at playing a higher level of hockey. 

Training Times

  • We train on a Wednesday night 7-8.30pm at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.
  • Thursday 8-9pm - GET BACK TO HOCKEY. This session is open to all ages, ability and genders and is all about enjoying hockey! We tend to play an informal match which you can take as seriously as you want. Not played hockey for a while? Then this is the session for you!

Ladies 1s 26.10.19 & 02.11.19

On Saturday 26th October, Kirkby Stephen faced the young Leeds uni side; fierce, fit and determined. 
They finally broke their losing streak, after beating the uni side 2-1 on their home ground.  KS bagged the first goal, from open play throughout the whole team, where Anna Pigney slipped the ball to Lucy Potter, and Lucy slotted it beautifully around the keeper.  Leeds Uni fought back for an equaliser, and more, but Abi Birkbeck had a tremendous game in goal; her communication and teamwork with the defence (Lucy Ewbank, Becca Ewbank, Emma Thorpe, Jenny Coates and Rach Gowing), and some superb clearances by all.  
KS gained a short corner against Leeds Uni, Anthea Bowman injected the ball out to Julie Hope at the top of the D, Julie slipped it to the right to Lucy Potter, Lucy struck the ball, where it deflected off Anna Pigney and Nicole Clegg managed to clean it up into the backboard.
Man of the match was given to Abi Birkbeck for her awesome debut back in KSHC.

This week, Kirkby Stephen had an unfortunate 2-1 loss away at Brooklands Poynton 2s.  The man-to-man marking and the support of the umpires decisions, Brooklands managed to break down KS and on two occasions including a green card (sin bin) and followed by a yellow for unfortunate Lucy Potter.  The decisions of the umpire then got to KS, and the frustration overtook the concentration, with their normal fight for the result just not coming.  Amy Potter was voted man of match, after a tremendous game of giving 110%, and netting KS’s only goal.

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Ladies 1s face some tough opponents

KSHC have felt the pressure and stepped up to the mark the previous two weeks, playing top of the league, Durham University 2nds, and second in the league, Didsbury Northern 1s. 

Despite the fast-paced strategical hockey played by Durham, Kirkby Stephen managed to create many chances but did not manage to convert any, and conceded 2.  Man of the match was given to Becca Ewbank for her tremendous debut game back after university, playing against her uni teammates, cleaning up many breaks from the opposition in centre back.

The following week, Kirkby Stephen faced Didsbury away.  Didsbury set off to an intense start, creating a goal from a penalty corner drag flick into the top right of the net.  Kirkby Stephen fought on, and Julie Hope defeated 3 defenders, and, at the right edge of the D, Julie struck the ball from a half-volley, powerfully smashing it past the defenders, attackers and goalkeeper into the top left of the net.  Unfortunately, Didsbury managed to claim their second goal, gaining their 2-1 win at home.  Man of the match was given to Rachael Gowing, at centre back, for her superb effort to clearing & protecting the KS goal, and distributing perfectly up to midfield and upfront.  

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