Earlier this week, our U16 hockey team played in the National Hockey Finals against some of the best hockey teams in the country. After reaching the final 10 teams in the country, the girls played 4 pool matches, scored 8 goals and conceded 1 in the course of winning three of their four matches placing them 3rd and winning a Bronze medal.

The girls started the day off well, winning their first match against Priorsfield 2-0, with a great deflection by Sofia and a goal by Amelie. The team worked very well defensively, with some dynamic tackles from Alice and Susannah, as well as fantastic coordination from our attackers, Poppy and Honey.

The next match was against Abbotsholme which we won 2-0, both goals scored by Amelie. Sasha played particularly well, supporting the team effectively in her central position and Jasmine provided crucial assistance in landing the second goal.

The third match against Truro High proved to be a challenge and the opposite team managed to win a narrow victory – the final score was 0-1 to Truro. The girls’ defence worked very hard in this game, supported throughout by the whole team. Despite this minor setback and the cold conditions, they won their next match against King Ecgbert’s 4-0, thanks to the great attitude of the team.

Amelie, ‘Top Goal Scorer’

All the goals were scored by Amelie, one of which was an impressive and very skilful reverse stick hit. After this match, the team had playoffs for 3rd and 4th place against Cokethorpe. This was a tight game, ending in 1-1, the only goal scored by Amelie. As it was a draw, the game came down to penalty strokes, where the teams nominate 5 players to alternate taking a shot at the opposition goalkeeper. Each team have 5 opportunities to score but the girls only needed 4, thanks to two outstanding saves by Rita in a high pressure situation as well as the successful strokes by Sasha, Amelie, Alice and Olivia.

Amelie achieved ‘Top Goal Scorer’ of the tournament in the U16 category, scoring an amazing eight goals. The girls also conceded the least goals in the tournament, showing the skill of their defence and incredible goalkeepers Thea and Rita. The coordination and dedication of every member of the team allowed the girls to reach such a high level and compete against the best schools in the country.

We are immensely proud of their achievement!