Students strive for sporting greatness
We're delighted to announce that the school's U16 Hockey team are playing in the National Finals this week (1st and 2nd March) at the Olympic Park in London. Best of luck to you all and what a remarkable achievement already!
As part of the preparations for the competition, the team recently played the second team of an Argentinian ladies club side, Club Atletico San Isidro yesterday, who are touring and had arranged games v Slough (the team that PE teacher Miss McGonigle plays for).
According to Miss McGonigle, "anyone who knows anything about hockey knows the Argentinians are an excellent hockey playing nation, with skillful and quick players - a big test for the students!".
The U16 team played outstandingly well against a ladies team who were in fact much bigger and quicker than them. The girls fought extremely well and put their bodies on the line in an excellent defensive display. At halftime the U16 team was 1-0 down, which was of course a fantastic score line when playing at this level. The game went on to finish 3-0 but what wonderful preparation for the team.
Sport teaches so much more than the tactics and techniques of a game. The students also had to communicate with a foreign team and represent their country positively to a nation on a European tour. And of course, the students did remarkably well at both.
Other preparation has involved a pre-competition visit to the Olympic Park to play on the pitch and get a sense of the size of the place and the audience levels, as many of the team will not have played such a large venue before.
In other sports the school was represented by the U16 Netball team at the District tournament on Wednesday 22nd February - where they won! The team was undefeated, winning all of their games bar one, which they drew. The team was a credit to the school, played some excellent netball and it was a real team effort throughout the tournament. Miss Wells was very pleased with their performance. The majority of these students are part of the touring squad that is going to Australia in the summer - very exciting.
The team was: Taylor Highsted, Issy Highsted, Ella Ward, Eve Robertson, Rosie Jeffery, Jazzy Lee-Dixon, Amy Palmer, Charlie Brown, Rachel Franklin, Scarlet Storr, Emma Lewis and Piya Chavda.
Finally, the week leading up to half term saw the U12s and U13s play their county hockey tournaments. Both hockey teams did fantastically well in a very strong competition. Miss McGonigle comments: "It's great to see so many of the year 7s and 8s involved in hockey - many of whom have only started playing the sport since joining Beaconsfield High School - and they will continue to get better. The future is bright!"