Excellent Ranking for U11 Girls in IAPS Hockey Finals
Following their win at the IAPS regionals earlier this term, the King’s Hall U11 girls’ hockey team are enjoying a very successful season.
They recently travelled to Rugby School to compete in the IAPS U11 National Finals. Facing strong teams from across the country, the girls knew it was going to be a tough competition, and despite losing their opening game against Ashford, the team performed stronger than ever.
To have any chance of qualifying for the Plate Competition, they needed to win their final match against King’s Cambridge. The girls played with great determination, following up shots on goal and defending tenaciously to win the game 1-0.
Although they lost their final pool match against Fairfield, King’s Hall were through to the Plate Competition, having ended third in their pool. However, in the quarter finals, it all proved too much, with Edgeborough going through to the semis after a 1-0 win.
The girls’ final match, which would decide fifth and sixth place, was against Malston Prep. Both teams looked heavy legged by this stage, but after a good move out of defence and a drive up the pitch, Arabella William scored a striking goal.
King’s Hall won the game 1-0 and ended fifth in the Plate Competition and joint 13th nationally.
Team coach, Jenny Hayden-Briffet, said: “The girls were brilliant the whole time. They were gutsy and resilient, giving everything they had in their matches. Their behaviour was exemplary and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school.”
She added: “A huge thank you must go to Mrs Hands who coached the girls last year. She was an enormous help and support to us all. Thank you also to all of the parents who made the long journey to watch – it was great to have so many on the side of the pitch.”
Published on: Thursday, December 13, 2018