U14 Hockey Team Makes Queen Margaret’s History
In a School steeped in history that has stood proud since 1901, Queen Margaret’s U14 Hockey Team have made their own mark in the School’s heritage by securing their place in the Tier 2 national Hockey finals. As one of only two Yorkshire schools to reach the finals of this prestigious tournament the girls certainly have something to celebrate.
Sue Baillie, Head said “We are a small School with big ambitions. Built upon a firm foundation of tradition, Queen Margaret’s has a long, established background of nurturing girls into independent confident young ladies equipped with the mindset that they can achieve anything. Our girls take full advantage of all the many opportunities available to them – whether that be inside or outside of the classroom. We are immensely proud of how well the girls have done in this tournament, which demonstrates great teamwork and is credit to their sheer grit and determination to succeed. I wish them the very best of luck for the finals in March.”
The girls will compete against eight schools in the national finals in March 2020.
Here’s the full match report by our Head of Hockey, Jake Read:
The U14 Hockey Team went into the north finals having finished 3rd in the previous round behind Bradford and Dame Allen’s. First up was Stockport Grammar. The girls started well and immediately put Stockport under pressure through countless opportunities at goals, resulting in a 2-1 win. Hoping to continue their winning streak, next up was Withington. The game saw the girls taking the lead through some fantastic attacking play. The game finished with a 2-0 win, securing the team’s place in the semi-finals. The final pool game was against Bradford. Both sides were on form but it was Bradford who broke the deadlock with a minute remaining in the game. This result saw QM go through to the semi-finals in 2nd place behind an equally deserving Bradford team.
In the semi-finals, QM played King William’s. It was a tense game and King William’s took an early lead. In a challenging game, the girls pushed hard and through a fantastic break in play QM scored an equaliser. The final whistle blew and as it was a draw, on this occasion shuffles would be the decider. It was a close and tense call but thanks to the girls’ steely determination, and fantastic work by our goalkeeper, a critical save was made that would see the girls sent through to the final to secure their place at their first ever national finals. As the final whistle blew, the girls began to celebrate their fantastic achievement.
The girls had given everything in the semi-finals but it was soon time to refocus and face a familiar Bradford in the final for the number one north place. The girls gave it everything they had but with a smaller number of substitutes and a large number of exhausted girls, it was Bradford who finished top with a 2-0 win. The girls now head to the national finals in March where they will represent one of two northern teams at the Tier 2 national finals. The girls should all be extremely proud of themselves as they have achieved something that no one in QM’s history has ever done before them. Well done to all and good luck for the finals.