Girls' Hockey - Essex Championships

Girls' Hockey - U13 Essex Championships at Redbridge (A), Monday 5 February 2013

This had to be the coldest day that the girls have ever encountered!  After a bracing warm up, to try to get blood to all the extremities, we took on our first team of the day, Coopers Coborn, a Sports Academy with a mighty reputation. It was end to end play, but three superb goals from Alex W pushed us to a win of 3-2.  Next we faced our old adversaries, Felsted.  We held them at bay for as long as we could and even managed to score twice, but we eventually fell short and lost 7-2.  We were, however, the only team to score against them all day!   After two hard games, we were relieved to have a couple of games we could really enjoy, beating Alec Hunter 5 -0 and Bancroft's B team 6- 0.

We were now in second place in our section and had to play  the winners of Section C, Brentwood.  This was a thrilling game with Molly R scoring both an amazing goal at one end and diving to save a goal at the other end.  The goals were being scored alternately until it was 2-2 at the final whistle.  The rules dictated that penalty flicks would decide whether we went home now or played on into the finals.  The pressure put on the girls wass horrendous, but Alex W bravely stepped up to the spot and slipped the ball just wide of the post.  Daisy G, our intrepid goalie, failed to save their first strike.  However, Lara C and Lottie R both hit the target and Daisy saved the next two shots so we had done it – on to the finals!

We had to play Felsted again, and managed a creditable 4-0 defeat, and then we faced the Bancroft's A team.  We knew that two teams would qualify for the East of England finals (and presumed that Felsted were a sure bet!) so this was it - we had to win. Again, it was end to end play and every goal was greeted with shrieks of delight or dismay.  The game seemed to go on forever but, when the final hooter sounded, we were 3-2 up and we dissolved into hysteria!  Fortunately, Felsted did win (but only by 1-0), so the girls are off to Bedford in March.

This team never fails to amaze me with their sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication.
We were all frozen but not once did these girls complain or give up.
As always, they were a credit to themselves and the school and such a pleasure to coach.
Thank you also to the dedicated parents who braved the weather and helped to make it such a special occasion –
see you at Bedford!

Mrs Goldring, Head of PE & Games