Sure-shot Georgie Coote happy to chip in the goals for Cambridge City Hockey Club
Georgie Coote could be described as the reluctant goalscorer.
The 25-year-old forward has scored 11 goals in her past five games for Cambridge City II, but it is only the glut that makes it easy to recall.
Asked how many she had scored pre-Christmas, it was a totting up exercise. It was not something that trotted off the tongue, which is so unusual in the domain of goal-getters in any sport – most can probably even remember the minute they struck.
Coote stresses that she does love getting goals – which is lucky given that she scored three hat-tricks in a row to earn a place in the national England Hockey team of the week – but enjoys the team winning more.
“I’ve only kept a track of it this half because I’ve actually scored quite a few and everyone keeps banging on about it,” she says.
“I haven’t set a target, I’m not like that. Obviously it was great to get three hat-tricks in three weeks but I’m a team player and it’s just nice to get three points and for the team to win.
“I love to score a goal, but I’m not the sort of person to say ‘I’ve got this many or that many’. If you score a goal it’s a bonus.
“I was annoyed about my first half of the season, I had three to five goals and thought it was a bit rubbish, but I’ve made up for it now.”
City are fifth in their table, and it is a transformation from the first half of the campaign for both the team and Coote, who only got a handful of goals.
“I don’t really know why I’m scoring more,” she said. “I had one game where I scored three and my confidence got up.
“We had quite a new team at the start of the season, with lots of new players in so we were all adjusting to each other. This half of the season we’ve clicked a bit more and are playing a lot better.”
It is important to put into context the level that Coote is playing at, which makes her current scoring run all the more impressive.
City II are in East Women’s League, Premier A, just one below the England Hockey set-up and so it is a high standard of opposition.
“It’s a good level,” she says. “It is quite rare to have that many goals in that many games at that sort of level.
“You might occasionally get two or three in one game, but to get that many I thought ‘oh, I’m doing quite well here’.”
Coote is in her fourth season at City, and third in a row, having played her junior hockey at Saffron Walden before going off to university in Bristol, where she once scored eight in a game which they won 27-0.
“It’s good coaching, good vibe, good location, it’s just a good club all-round to be honest,” she said of City. “The girls in the team all get on very well, we’re all very close.”
And it is that camaraderie that saw her decline the possibility of training with City’s first team, who play in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Division One, with Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh as head coach.
“The coach of the twos said to me ‘you’re playing very well, scoring lots of goals, do you want me to talk to Helen?’. But I actually said no because I really enjoy playing in the twos and I like that team,” explained Coote. “I pay to play hockey, I just want to enjoy it and I enjoy playing in that team as it’s fun, sociable and still a good standard. People say to me ‘why don’t you want to go to play higher?’, but it’s just what I enjoy.”