After blemish, field hockey team comes out swinging

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 11, 2012
Glastonbury's Leah Gourley (right) plays the ball down field in the Tomahawks' match vs. Newington on Oct. 9. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Leah Gourley (right) plays the ball down field in the Tomahawks' match vs. Newington on Oct. 9. Photos by Steve Smith.

After a minor hiccup, the Glastonbury High School varsity field hockey team is proceeding with its plans to play a dominating season and head to the playoffs. The Tomahawks gave up perfection by giving up their first goal of the season to South Windsor on Oct. 5, and lost that game 1-0, but wasted no time getting back to their winning ways with a 5-0 rout of Newington on Oct. 9 to improve to 8-1.

“We had some issues last Friday against South Windsor,” said coach Maureen Perkins, after the win at Newington, “but hopefully, we’ve learned a couple of things and we’re going to move forward from there.” Perkins said it was clear in the Newington game that her players had fixed some things they hadn’t done well in the previous game.

With many new players, and players in new positions this season, Perkins said finding exactly the right role for each player has worked so far, but is still at least partly a work in progress. “Clearly we’ve got some of the pieces,” she said, “but we’re always tinkering with stuff. We feel like we’re getting there. We’re still finding the right combinations of kids for certain situations, and just knowing where certain people are going to be on the field at certain times, and what they are going to do. It’s getting that sense of where people are going to be, and then finishing.”

Winning, the coach said, has been because of a good combination of athleticism and skill in her players, and making a statement in the post-season will depend on the mental pieces of the game that the team will develop as it faces several tests in the upcoming schedule.
“It’s getting them much more comfortable working together,” Perkins said, adding that Simsbury, Farmington, Hall and Longmeadow (Mass.) are among the strong teams they will face in the toughest part of the schedule. “It’s going to get us ready for the tournament,”  she said. “We’re going to be tournament ready because of how the schedule works.”

Glastonbury faces Conard on Oct. 19 and Avon on Oct. 20. For a complete schedule, visit

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