U13 Girls at IAPS National Hockey Finals

U13 Girls at IAPS National Hockey Finals

A terrific trip down to Millfield

After winning the qualifiers at Bede’s a few weeks ago, the 1st Girls qualified for the National Finals at Millfield. The day could not come quick enough and they were all looking forward to the day.

We flew down the day before and after checking in to the hotel, headed off for a little shop in Street. All sorts of bits and bobs wee purchased, and I’m not sure there is any chocolate left in the Lindt shop today! We headed to a nearby Italian for supper and enjoyed pizza and pasta before heading back to the hotel for an early night.

The day of the tournament dawned bright and dry and when we arrived at Millfield, the pitches looked magnificent. After our check in with Mr Walker at Cargilfield for his Twitter (!) we headed down to our pitch for a warm up.

Our first match was against St Faith’s. It was a very positive start to the tournament. We lost the toss and St Faiths started strongly, attacking the goal from the centre. Amelia tackled well and we turned the play round. We won a short corner which resulted in a long corner but the opposition defended well and got it away. Two defensive short corners happened quickly but Amy was outstanding in goal and saved both corner strikes. Sophie pushed forward but we ran out of time and entered half time at 0-0.

We looked very settled and much more composed on the ball in the second half. Ellie made some crucial tackles and Amy once again saved the day after a break away . Further strong sales from Amy let the game turn, and Ellie got a ball through to Izzy who won a short corner. Sophie had a cracking strike which went in the goal but sadly it was too high so the goal was disallowed. Spirits were high but despite a last flurry in front of goal, neither school could manage the important goal, and it finished a 0-0. A good start .

Our second match was against Cranleigh who looked strong in their first match. We started strongly and Emma in particular got the gall away well. An interception from Sophie saw her score our first goal of the tournament and further attacks from Sophie and Saphira soon followed. Katie saved the day in defence and made some crucial tackles in this match. The play swung from end to end with both teams playing good hockey . Ellie cleared the ball well from defence just before half time to keep the score at 1-0 .

We started the 2nd half off a little slowly and for some reason we stopped playing and the opposition pounced on our weakness and scored. As in the first half, the play swung from end to end but we just looked a little flat. They won a short corner towards the end of the half, and we conceded a very soft goal, from a poorly stuck shot. We ran out of time and lost the match 2-1.

We faced Winchester House next in our third match. This was a match that we really needed to win. Our defence was tested in this game and Amy was forced to make save after save. We lost a short corner and they scored from it. Our heads were a little down as the second half started and we struggled to get the ball in to the circle. Flora battled hard when she was on and it was great to see her raise her game and hold her own. The play swung to our attackers for a short spell but Winchester broke away and won a short corner from which they scored .

Our last pool match was an all or nothing match against Kings Hall, and we needed to win to progress. The girls were much more upbeat and this showed in their play. Sophie and Amelia played some great balls through but Kings Hall held tight and kept us out. Emma played well in defence and also performed strongly, playing the ball wide and feeding our midfield. Against the run of play, our opposition scored however we quickly got the ball up the other end and won a short corner from which Sophie scored from, from a straight strike.

The play on the second half was end to end with both teams having chances but the time ticked away as it always does, and it ended a frustrating 1-1.

Sadly our results were not enough to see us through to the next stages, and the girls stayed on to watch the final rounds of the tournament. We arrived with the intention to play our hardest, and the girls certainly did that. They should be proud of all they have achieved in the Qualifiers and Finals and I look forward to continuing success this season.

A big thank you to the swarm of parents who came down to support; as always it’s a massive help and much appreciated.

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