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Girls' Hockey Season Review - Michaelmas 2017



Under 9

What an amazing season for this talented group! They have won all their matches except one and are showing superb potential for the future. They have all had experience playing in a variety of positions and put in some fantastic performances. Their first match of the season was against a big and strong Cundall Manor team and sadly the A team just missed out with only one goal between the two teams by the end. The B team won 5-0. At St Olaves, both the A and B teams won, with the C team losing by just one goal. Further convincing performances came against Pocklington, Hull Collegiate, Lincoln Minster and Hymers and this an exciting team to watch for the future!

Under 10 - Played 12; Lost 3, Drew 1, Won 8

The Year 5s have had an amazing season, making remarkable progress. Their ball carrying, pressing and skills have all developed superbly. They started the season well with wins against Silcoates and Sedbergh. Next came a game against the Grammar School at Leeds where they experienced their first loss, but they bounced back and only got stronger against Cundall Manor, Ampleforth and Pocklington. They played very well at the Bradford Grammar Tournament and were unfortunate to not come away with some silverware after the tournament was cut short and not finished properly. Next up was the notoriously strong hockey school of Foremarke Hall (Repton Prep) and the girls had their toughest match of the season losing 3-0, however, they learned a lot and went on to beat Hull Collegiate, Barlborough and draw with Hymers in their last game of the season. A super season and team with lots of potential.

Stand out performances must include the following players; Grace Mullen, Chloe Hall, Greta Highfield and Sophie Bloomer.

Under 11

Huge development has taken place this season with the U11s across all of the teams, with each player looking to “stretch” their skills and build on their strengths for the team. One key aspect of learning was around their ability to move the ball forward and increase the number of chances against the opposition; with tough teams this proved difficult at first, but all teams finished the term stronger, with many attacks leading to good goal scoring opportunities. Once our goalkeepers started to attack the ball and got it moving forward, the rest of the team built on that momentum and competed well.

Special mention must go to Molly Womack for her positive approach to hockey this year. Molly works hard to do the best for the team, always meets a challenge with great energy, and continues to smile throughout training and matches. A great example for all to follow.

The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours;

Erica Woodcock, Annie Eves, Hollie Blackman, Erin Yates, Harriet Burley, Alana Cordran

Under 12

The U12As have had a very successful season playing 14 matches and winning 11.  The team have bonded well, developing their confidence and attacking play. All girls have attended after school practises and have had a wonderful positive attitude throughout. The highlight game was against Ratcliffe College, where the opposition coach said, "the match was one of the highest standard she has seen from a group of year 7s".  I was very proud to hear this; the team have been a pleasure to coach.

The U12B team have also had a very successful season, playing 12 matches and winning the majority.  The team’s improvement has been amazing, highlighted by a 7 - 0 win again Hull Collegiate at the end of the season.

A special mention must go to Charlotte Ashworth and Maisy Nicolls who have taken it in turns to be both the A team and B team goal keepers. Their confidence and skills have made it very difficult for any opposition to score.

Mr. Ross would also like to highlight one person for special praise. Due to her constant positive approach to hockey, her willingness to learn, and her continual desire to represent the school and her team mates on the pitch, special thanks must go to Holly Usher. Holly is the first person to offer to step into a team when there is illness or injury, and she is a credit to her year group.

Under 13

The Under 13's have developed into a strong and competitive outfit this term, showing real improvement in all aspects of their play. They work hard across the pitch and now play with real attacking intent and ferocity, creating numerous changes and constantly hassling the opposition to win the ball back. Their fitness is notable now too - hounding their opponents for the whole match, with the girls getting used to the value of rolling substitutions. Their willingness to learn and train hard is reflected in their pleasing results - convincing wins against Mount St Mary's, Lincoln, Pocklington, and an exciting hard-fought draw with Hymers and their outstanding tournament win at Pocklinton Tournament against some of the best schools in Yorkshire.

The B squad have played well, and their results show a great improvement over the season - with wins against Mount St Mary's and Ratcliffe. The squad shows a strength in depth which bodes well for their step up to 11 a side hockey next year. In addition, the C and D squads have had several matches and performed with enthusiasm and real determination.

Special mention must go to Hannah Widdowson for her positive approach to hockey this year. She has worked so hard to improve, stepped up to the challenge of being a goalkeeper, and has finished the season as one of the better stop-shotters on the circuit.

The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours;

Niamh Doody, Rebecca Leggott, Darcey Caulton, Antonia North

Under 14

Having been very successful in previous years at 7 a side hockey, the U14 girls at times struggled with the additional demands of 11 a side hockey, which include the importance of positional play, team work and increasing a large squad of players. This was most evident in a start of season defeat against St. Peter’s.

After this defeat, the team won every match, including a heavy victory over Worksop in a blizzard. They achieved the superb position of runners up in the North of England, and will have a playoff next term against the runners up from the South West of England for a place in the National Finals.

One of the most pleasing things about the season was that 19 girls have played with distinction for the U14A team, led by the strong leadership of Isobel Flannagan.

Under 15​ - Played 12; Lost 2, Drawn 2, Won 8

The U15s have had a great season. An early season draw with St Peters got them off to an excellent start in the league and showed the potential for the season. Wins followed against Mount St Marys, Silcoates, Queen Margaret’s, Ashville and Ripon Grammar. Next came the most memorable game of the season. The girls went 1-0 down to a fast and strong Sedbergh team. However, they fought back and managed to win 2-1 to set themselves up for a very exciting end to the year. The first loss of the season came against a good Cundall Manor team with the girls noticeably below their high standards, but they picked themselves up again for a very convincing win against Worksop, a win against Ratcliffe and a draw with Rishworth. The girls then travelled to Ampleforth still in with a chance of winning the league, but it was too big of an ask with a weakened team against a strong Ampleforth side.

The B team have had some tough matches against other school’s A sides. They have played Nottingham A, Westborne A, Lincoln A, Reed A and Hymers B, winning two and losing three.

The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours;

Eleanor Kidney, Sophie Parkinson, Mollie Broadbent

Under 16

The U16 team have done fantastically well this term, representing the school across many levels of regional tournaments.

Winning all of their games at South Yorkshire level, they progressed to the North-West competition in Timperley as County Champions, prepared to face some of the stronger schools from that region. Being 0-2 with 10 minutes to go in their decisive game, they drew the game 2-2, and went on to win the game with penalty strokes, setting new accomplishments in the school’s hockey history books and progressing through to the North Finals in Leeds.

Unbeaten in the group stages, the team finished second in their group and faced a tough opposition in the semi final of the North Finals. Unfortunately, we did not progress to the Final, but we did finish as one of the Top 3 Schools in the North for this age group, something that every player should be proud of.

Special mention must go the Amelia Bishop who captained the team; her direction and leadership throughout, along with the relationships shown across the Leadership Group, helped us to compete and win against some very strong opposition. Well done!

Second Team

The 2nd XI team this year has been filled with enjoyment and laughter. The girls showed great commitment to the school hockey programme, which led to many players having 1st Team appearances. Over the season, they secured wins against Hymers, 3-2 and Hull Collegiate School, 1-0. The teams’ development showed with their ability to go forward and create success further up the field. Thank you to the girls this season, it has been a pleasure to coach, I hope you continue to grow as a unit of players.

First Team

The 1st XI team have had a very difficult challenge this season, stepping up a league and competing against some very well-established hockey schools in the North of England. At times it seemed that the score continued to repeat itself, with some great learning taking place in many of the early fixtures, but improvements were made at every training session and each player began to grow their skills. Strong performances followed, with stand out games against Queen Margaret’s and Worksop College.

Unfortunately, the weather took away more fixtures, but the team have set a great base level to work from and the future looks very exciting for every single member of the squad. Many thanks to Molly for her captaincy, the Leadership Group of Annabel, Morgan and Amelia B for their continued feedback, and all members of staff who have worked hard to arrange games and give us the opportunity to grow as a group.

The following players will be presented with their HALF Sporting Colours;

Annabel Bennett, Morgan Everatt

The following players will be presented with their FULL Sporting Colours;

Molly Porter, Ellie Aldsworth