U16 Hockey Team Reach Regional Finals
The U16 outdoor hockey regional semi-final v Eastbourne College took place on Tuesday. The sea air obviously helps with growth as Eastbourne were double the size of our girls as they stepped onto the pitch! The team played some outstanding hockey and caught Eastbourne on the back foot in the first 15 mintues and went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Katie Sanders and Niamh Holbrough but it could have been even more. They worked hard and maintained the lead until half time but there were some tense moments, in particular a goal line save from Issy Harris-Evans! As the second half started, Eastbourne threw everything at the girls and we had to do a lot of defensive work and lots of running. Some excellent defending from the whole team but in particular the back three - Ami Robinson, Issy Harris-Evans and Imi Smith as well as some great saves from Mia Lasocki kept us with a 2-0 lead for another fifteen minutes. However, Eastbourne’s pressure paid off as they scored a well worked goal to leave the game finely poised at 2-1. Eastbourne were pushing hard for an equaliser and the girls had to dig deep and cover a lot of ground working exceptionally hard to maintain their lead - we had a few chances to score to put the game out of Eastbourne’s reach but they managed to keep us out leaving a tense last ten minutes! As the game looked to finally be won with a matter of seconds left on the clock we conceded a short corner. As the full time whistle went we had our four defenders and goal keeper in the goal to their 10 players around the D - the initial shot came in which was saved by Mia Lasocki only for Eastbourne to follow up on the rebound and put it goal bound. The rebound looked as good as in until Imi Smith sprang into action and made a goal line save clearing the ball out of the D meaning the final result was 2-1 to Becky High! The team now plays in the Regional Finals this Wednesday 23 November- four teams play off in a bid for a place at National Finals. It is also important to note that since the regional heats stage we have been the only state school left in the competition which is a huge achievement for the team given the resources, facilities, number of staff and therefore amount of training the private schools have access to in comparison to our girls so what they are achieving is remarkable and testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment.
The team was Ami Robinson, Sophie Willis, Imi Smith, Issy Harris-Evans, Katie Jurdon, Katie Webb, Katie Sanders, Maddy Peacock, Imi Relf, Eleanor Buckeldee, Mia Lasocki, Lavinia Champion, Niamh Holbrough, Elle Green and Alicia Fairman.