Last weekend both our U18 and U16 Indoor Hockey teams competed at the Midlands Indoor Finals.
The U18s travelled to Repton on Friday the 3rd, whilst the U16s played at Aldersley on Sunday the 5th. This is the first time in the history of the school both age groups have qualified in the same year.
The U18s were excited about the tournament and were well prepared, having played in a warm-up tournament a few weeks prior. In their first game, they faced Bromsgrove School who they had previously beaten in an earlier tournament. It was a fast-paced game with opportunities for both teams, with Bromsgrove winning 2-1 with the help of some excellent saves from their keeper. Next, we played Trent, who fielded a team with International players, again this was a tight game with some decisions not going our way, with Trent finishing the game in front 2-1. The last game in our pool was Oakham and we knew we needed to win in order to have the chance of progressing through the tournament and out of the pool. The game finished 2-1 to Oakham, after some great scoring opportunities created by the girls but unable to convert. The other three teams in our pool finished joint first, and so a three-way penalty flick competition took place.
The U16s had a strong chance of achieving highly in this tournament having won their County Indoor Tournament on the 11th of November. Playing in the first game of the tournament against Rugby, the girls got off to a fantastic start and put out an excellent performance winning 5-1. Next, the girls faced Repton, arguably the strongest team in the tournament, and started the game well creating some scoring opportunities as well as having a disciplined defence. Going into halftime 0-0 the girls knew they needed to maintain their composure and discipline, the game ended 2-0 to Repton however the girls put out a fantastic performance. Oakham were up next, this being their first game of the tournament and our third, we got off to a frantic start and conceded a cheap early goal. Desperate to score, we panicked and rushed so were unable to execute any scoring opportunities, meaning the game ended 1-0. In the last game in the pool, we faced Oundle, like the U18s in order to have a chance of progressing through the tournament we had to win. Conceding an early goal, the girls did brilliantly maintain composure and belief and finish the game 2-1 ahead. This meant the U16s had won 2 games and lost 2, so had to wait for the Oakham and Oundle to play each other to determine who went through.
Unfortunately, neither teams were able to progress through their pool and go further in the Midlands Indoor Finals tournament, however it was a fantastic opportunity for both teams to play against some top opposition and improve their knowledge and understanding of the game.
Director of Sport, Mrs Miller-Symonds adds “It was brilliant to return to Indoor Hockey, after being unable to play due to COVID over the last 18 months. It is the first time that both the U18 and U16 teams have qualified for Regional Finals, which shows the depth of talent across the age groups.”