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School news | Posted 20.02.2020

U14 National Hockey Tournament

After four rounds of Hockey starting way back in September 2019 our U14s made it through to the National finals (Tier 2) at Reading Hockey club organised by England Hockey last weekend.

All 16 girls contributed to the success of the team and the journey to the National T2 Finals. Thank you to our sponsors Ingleby’s Luxury Coaches Ltd, Bel’s Butchers and Spratt’s Game Foods for your generous support.

And a big thank you to all the parents who supported us along the way and who travelled to Reading to see the girls finish 8th in England – an amazing achievement.

Here are the awards presented:

Players Players –
Kitty Denny and Alexandra Cordingley

Coaches Player –
Martha Jones

Most Improved –
Poppy Craven

Captains Award –
Florence Spenceley

Here’s the full match report:

Our first match was against Cranbrock (Kent), a good team and even though we were on top during the game and started to play with confidence we couldn’t sneak the winning goal to put us right in the mix for the medals. So we had to settle with a 0-0 draw. After a one game off and a switch of pitches we were yet again ready for a big challenge against King Edwards (Bath) a very strong outfit. After going down 2- 0 we fought gallantry to get back to 2-1 with a goal from Flossie Forbes and started to really make an impact. Unfortunately a mistake in defence let them in with a silly goal but that did not dampen the effort and we should have scored a couple of goals in the last few minutes. Even though we were disappointed with the end results all Coaches were pleased with the team’s performance. We started well in our 3rd match against Wrekin (Shropshire) with an early goal from Zoe Usher. Unfortunately Wrekin came back and scored the equaliser which resulted in them winning the game.  The last match was against one of the favourite teams in the competition – St John’s Leatherhead (Surrey). We actually played so well in this game and our defence held them all the way until mid way through the second half conceding a scrambled goal; this did not dishearten the squad in anyway and we really fought our way back into the game, and at the death we had a number of penalty corners to get a well deserved draw but the important goal alluded us.

After the match we all got together in a huddle to say well done and a last chant of QM was heard around the stadium and as the girls walked of warm applause came from our travelling supporters. I couldn’t have been any prouder of the staff and the girls as all 16 squad members had a major impact on the rounds before and during their special day. Hopefully this will inspire them to do it all gain in years to come. Well done all.

Anne Davies
Director of Sport