In what has been a bumper week of County Hockey Tournaments, all the girls involved have shown an excellent work rate and team work, which has led to brilliant performances. In the U14A competition, the girls started with a 0-0 draw against Malvern College and then increased their intensity of play against RGS to win 2-0. There final match was against Bromsgrove and everything they had learnt in the previous matches was on display; unfortunately, they had two goals disallowed but a 0-0 draw was enough to see them through to the next round.
The U14B tournament saw our girls come up against strong opposition with seven teams entered. The girls won their opening two fixtures 1-0 against The Chantry and 3-0 against Prince Henry’s, next up was a strong Tudor Grange team and despite their fantastic pressing the girls lost 1-0. This didn’t dampen their spirits and despite going a goal down against The Chase in their semi-final they fought back and scored a good goal to take it to penalty strokes. With some excellent saves and some composed finishes, the girls won to earn themselves a place in the final and another match against Tudor Grange. In another end to end match with great chances for both teams, King’s lost 1-0 but can be very proud of their performances throughout the tournament. They will progress to the next round of the tournament after half term.
The U16 team, which despite being a new team of both FF and UR girls, worked very well together. The girls had four matches and it was a testament to their hard work, excellent defending and ability to put into action their training principles, that they kept clean sheets in every game. Every game was close but they came away with 1-0 victories against RGS, The Chase and Hanley Castle and a 3-0 win against Prince Henry’s. They also qualify for the Midlands Round after half term and are looking forward to progressing further as team.
It is great to see these three teams joining the 2nd team in qualifying through to the Midlands Rounds and shows the excellent strength in depth with King’s Hockey.