It’s been another busy week for Girls Hockey. Read on to find out more.
RGS U10 Hockey Tournament – 2nd Place!
On Wednesday, the Year 5 girls hockey team played in the RGS U10 Hockey Tournament. They were a little nervous to start and a little tentative in their running forwards with the ball. They drew their first two matches against HCS and Dodderhill, but had most of the play and had a number of opportunities on goal in both of these games. We then beat Hawford, RGS B and MSJ, with some impressive goals and excellent work from Steph bringing the ball out from defence. Maheen definitely proved herself as a defender with sharp tackling and good marking. Gracie and Heidi both kept wide and traveled down the wings with speed and delivered some hard crosses into the D. Amelia showed some real commitment in her tackles getting low and strong. Izzy scored a text book goal on the far post from a cross. Anna and Florence played in a number of positions but adapted well and both gave a lot to the games. Lucy had her first experience of a Tournament since her arrival at St Alban’s and did well in goal.
The only game we lost was to RGS A team who won the Tournament which meant we finished in a very impressive 2nd place. Brilliant effort, girls!
U8/9 v Hawford
All of our Year 3&4 girls played hockey against Hawford on Tuesday afternoon in the sunshine at Bishop’s. We started with the teams combining and doing some drills. It was great to see the girls mix and enjoy hockey altogether. We then coached them through their matches and it was excellent to see the progress through the afternoon. I was impressed with how the Year 3 girls tried to get their heads up and pass the ball. They also demonstrated some strong block tackles which we have been practising recently in the lessons. All of our teams did well and scored an impressive number of goals throughout the afternoon.
U11 A and B v Hymers college (touring school)
The girls had a lovely afternoon down at Slingpool where they played their first netball match since the spring term. The A team worked well together moving the ball up the court and there was some good defence by Ava and Lily in the D. Hymers were quite strong quickly replying with some good turnovers of the ball off the centre passes and their shooting was on form. However, we never failed in our determination and final score was 1-10 to Hymers. On the B team, the sides were more evenly matched and at quarter time the score was 1-1. Ceri moved the ball well and took many interceptions mid court and Grace was strong in defence as GK. However in the 2nd quarter Hymers fought back and at half time the score was 1-5 to them. Our B team then showed their grit and determination and Hymers only scored 1 goal in the second half, meaning the final score was 1-6 to Hymers. Well done girls you should be very proud of yourselves.
U11 RUGBY FESTIVAL AT MILLFIELD SCHOOL
On Saturday, the U11A rugby squad travelled to Millfield for a prestigious tournament played on the famous Gareth Edwards 1st XV pitch. This was a fantastic opportunity for our boys to play against some different rugby schools and continue their rugby education. On such occasions, the worry is that 10 year old boys might be daunted by the occasion, ‘freeze’ and not produce their A game. Nothing could have been further from the truth on Saturday and all eleven boys rose to this memorable occasion and played their best rugby of the year. During the first game, against Truro, the boys played with gusto, enthusiasm and without fear from the first whistle. Arthur D scored a sparkling individual try on debut and six other boys got on the scoresheet. Millfield, unsurprisingly, offered a sterner test in the second match as two good teams ‘left nothing in the changing room.’ Despite heavy first half territory, we were unable to cross the line and our defence stayed strong as Millfield tried to break the deadlock. Constant pressure eventually led to a Millfield try but desperate, relentless, last-minute pressure led to a late try from James and a well-deserved draw. Our final match was a real humdinger as we sought to reverse the result of last week against the touring St Mary’s, Sedbergh. In a game of resolute defence, sensible kicking, good depth and opportunistic scoring, the boys played out of their skins. A length of the pitch run by Oscar proved pivotable, Peter made good decisions whilst George looked dangerous throughout. In the end, the boys fully deserved a 2-1 victory to end an enjoyable, rewarding and memorable afternoon at Millfield. Very well done, boys!
U11A v Hymers College
After the euphoria of Millfield on Saturday, Wednesday’s match was a good opportunity for the boys to continue their forwards momentum. Hymers proved to be a tough opponent and, full of chocolate and energy from a morning at Cadbury World, they started the more strongly. Their fly half was quick, had a low centre of gravity and gave outrageous dummies. And we kept buying them! Our defence was committed and resolute but the value of a successful first up tackle became clear. Having gone one try down, we then got two back, both interceptions by the opportunistic George. We kicked well, defended as a team and competed well at the tackle but perhaps struggled with timing of the pass and depth. Indeed, our attacking play relied on the brilliance of individuals rather than letting the ball do the work. Hymers rucked very well and were able to manufacture a number of turnovers. In the end, superior possession led to some tired KSA bodies and Hymers ran in five unopposed second half tries. I think it is fair to say that Hymers were one of the best sides we have played this year so a respectable 6-2 loss actually shows the commitment and pride the boys have developed. It has been a positive half term for the U11A team and, with two boys about to return from injury, we look forward to the rest of the season.
U11B v Hymers College
With some very pleasing performances from George P and William J in our C team fixture against Bromsgrove and Monmouth last week, the boys were given an opportunity to prove themselves in the B team. The Hymers team attacked from the outset and showed great speed and power to break through the KSA defence. Finding themselves quite a few tries down, I applaud the boys for trying their hardest all the way until the final whistle. Tobias displayed some perfectly timed and strong tackles on a number of occasions to rule out certain Hymers tries. I hope the boys do not get to disheartened by the result and continue to show progress during their games and clubs.
U8/9 Rugby Festival at RGS The Grange
Another rugby festival for our U8’s as we travelled to RGS. Our aim was to focus on improving our tagging throughout the festival and passing the ball out to wide areas. We were involved in two tight games versus RGS The Grange and King’s Hawford. Both sides showed very promising rugby where all players were trying to play the right way. Two very convincing performances from the boys and it’s great to see how far they have come since the start of term! Well done boys.