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4 December 2017

Success for our U12 Girls' Hockey Team

Following closely on from our Under 10 girls’ success at the recent Taunton Prep Hockey Tournament, spirits were high as our Under 12 girls headed to Ipswich to take part in the Independent Schools Preparatory Schools Girls’ Finals.

Arriving the night before the competition, the girls had a good night’s sleep in preparation for some serious hockey playing to commence.

Drawing in their first match against Twyford, the girls secured most of the play, but Twyford managed to score on one of the few breaks they had.

Each match was 10 minutes one way, and so for the next five matches, the girls only ever had one match off between games! They came thick and fast and against Bromsgrove Prep, the girls played some great hockey and dominated throughout – a great performance.

Next they played The Elms and had to defend for the majority of the game, which is something they rarely have to do on the local circuit. The girls learnt quickly and soon realised that if the whole team was behind the ball defending, we would have no-one to pass the ball out to!

The next match was against Cranleigh – a very strong side – who scored two well-worked goals. However, the girls never gave up, and their hard work was rewarded with a goal.

Against Sandroyd they dominated throughout, and were so unlucky not to have scored at least three times, so it was a bit disappointing to come away with a draw. The girls were showing no signs of flagging in the last group game against Chigwell, which they won convincingly.

It was then a waiting game to see where we finished in the group and although we had the same points as Twyford, they had a better goal difference by one goal!

Finishing third in our group put us into the Plate competition and the girls played some fantastic hockey in the quarter finals against Town Close to win 1-0.

In the semi-final, the girls played Windlesham House – and it was another strong win for King’s Hall.

Fatigue was setting in after having played eight matches and over 1 hour 25 minutes of hockey. However, the girls were really up for the final, which turned out to be a re-match against The Elms (from our group) and they found some energy from somewhere to go out fighting.

It was a nail-biter of a match and one that demonstrated how much the girls had learnt and improved throughout the day. Flo Delafield-Cook made some vitally important saves on several occasions, being so decisive and pro-active in goal. Maddie Brake and Harriet Wrelton defended really well, making good decisions and clearing the ball very well. Emily Ogle continued to dominate in the midfield, making so many great tackles and attacks on goal and ultimately scoring the all-important winning goal in the final. Hettie Chippendale and Elise Roberts also worked tirelessly all day in midfield, marking very effectively and each getting into some great positions to shoot. Sophie Flatt, Peyton Broke-Smith and Lexie Wallace all worked so hard up front and created many chances for themselves or those around them.

The girls’ effort levels were amazing all day and they were a pleasure to spend time with. The win was the icing on the cake for what has been an extremely successful season for them and they should all be so proud of their achievements – a great team effort, well done girls!

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