Tuesday saw a busy afternoon of sport for our Lower Years, with our U12A and U12B hockey teams competing in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 County Tournaments respectively, and our U13A netball team competing in their District Tournament.
The U12A hockey team faced Bromsgrove in their first game. The first half proved challenging, with Bromsgrove starting the game with great intent, producing some threatening attacking play. The game concluded 2-0, however King’s were the stronger team in the second half of the game, putting pressure to the ball and producing several counter attacks, unfortunately unable to convert them into goals. The second game was against RGS, which, with a competitive first half, was 0-0 at half time. Scoring early after the half, catching King’s off guard, RGS were up 1-0. Looking for the equaliser, the girls were caught on the counter, meaning the game finished 2-0. It was a promising afternoon of hockey, with plenty of areas to improve upon for the remainder of the season. It was great to see the girls display what they’ve been working on over the season, and to see them implement this in their games.
The U12B hockey team were up against MSJ, RGS and The Chase in their County Tournament. The girls lost to MSJ 4-3 in an exciting game, but then put in fantastic performances to beat The Chase and RGS. It proved to be an extremely close tournament, with three of the teams winning two games and losing one. Narrowly missing out on goal difference to MSJ and The Chase, we came away from the tournament in third place, with The Chase becoming County Champions. Chloe F stepped up to play in goal for the team, performing with fantastic enthusiasm and playing outstandingly. The team played brilliantly, producing their best play all season, with plenty of attacking opportunities and balls played across the front of goal. Having practised their short corners during training, the team executed them well, with Velvet B scoring off of the top.
The U13As have qualified through their District Tournament into the County Tournament, coming second in the tournament. Having won against Blessed Edward’s, Nunnery Wood and Christopher Whitehead, they faced a tight game against RGS. In what was an even game, RGS won 3-0, the only difference being we were unable to shoot our chances. The next round is due to be played on the 8th March at home. Director of Netball, Mrs McGinley adds, ‘This squad is improving each week under the watchful eye of Miss Herdman, who is an excellent role model for them. Each week they have worked on a different aspect of their game and it was evident to see they are thinking tactically.’
Information has been sent home to all netball club players with regards to watching Severn Stars in their VSNL game against Celtic Dragons on the 7th March. This will be an excellent opportunity for pupils to support their local team, as well as to see U13 Coach Miss Herdman playing for Severn Stars.
Congratulations to all the girls involved on Tuesday! It is great to see the improvements of all the teams across this year.