Over the past few weeks, both our U18 and U16 Indoor Hockey teams have enjoyed great success!
Both teams have qualified for the Regional Tournaments to be played at the beginning of December in their respective age groups, with the U18s playing at Repton School and the U16s playing at Aldersley, Wolverhampton.
It is great to see so much success and enjoyment from the girls after a long absence due to the pandemic. Both teams have been regularly attending training in our Keyes Hall, providing strong preparation for their tournaments.
Last Thursday the U16 team played in their qualifying tournament at Malvern College. Having comfortably beaten RGS 5-0, playing some superb hockey, the team went on to beat Malvern College 3-1 and to draw to Bromsgrove 1-1, meaning King’s won the tournament and have become the county champions! The girls’ achievement was a testament to their ability to maintain their defensive discipline and their ability to execute their attacking short corners. It is fantastic to see some U14s playing in this team, making it a team consisting of three year groups.
The U18 girls travelled to Repton School on Monday to compete in the Midlands Indoor Hockey Qualifiers. Having competed in a warm-up tournament the week before, the girls were well prepared and had confidence going into their games against Repton School and Ratcliffe College. They anticipated a strong and challenging game against Repton, who fielded a team with multiple international players. It was a difficult game, but the girls maintained their composure and played with their heads held high, losing 9-0. In order to progress through the competition, the team knew they needed to beat Ratcliffe. A well-worked passage of play in the first half led to a short corner, which was scored by Lucy S (L6, Os). The game ended 1-0; the girls did exceedingly well to remain calm and nullify any attacking opportunities from Ratcliffe.
Director of Sport, Mrs Miller-Symonds, commented, “It has been fantastic to return to indoor competitions after a long break with COVID. It is the first time in King’s history that both the U18 and U16 teams have qualified for Regional Finals, an achievement of which all the girls should be very proud. We look forward to the challenge of playing the best teams in the Midlands.”
Congratulations to both teams in progressing to their next round of tournaments! We wish all involved the best of luck!