The Norwich School 1st XI girls hockey team won silver in the Tier 2 National finals earlier this month. Read on to hear a report by Mr Sorrell, Head of Hockey at Norwich School.
"After a successful season with only one loss, the girls 1st XI played at Lee Valley at the end of February in the semi-finals of the plate. The girls had prepared exceptionally well and they knew that their semi-final opponents were going to have a threat as they boasted two England players within their squad. The first half was a dominant display from Norwich but Ampleforth was still within touching distance as the score was 3-1 to Norwich. The second half started well for Norwich as we scored in the first minute. The momentum was full with us at this point and the goals started to flow. Our efficiency in front of goal was fantastic and we ended up as 10-1 winners. This put us into the final on the following day.
The final on Thursday morning was against Canford School. We knew that the opposition would be quality but we felt prepared going into the match. Canford pressed us high and we initially struggled to gain any momentum. This led us to become 1-0 down but this gave us a wake-up call that we needed. A few minutes later, we won a penalty but it wasn't to be as the goalkeeper made a good save. Another five minutes later, we won another penalty which was converted by Ellyn Roberts. The second half was quiet even though Canford was putting us under increasing pressure. The girls looked like they were heading for penalties until a corner in the last minute of the game. A well-worked routine from Canford went in and the girls lost 2-1.
It was a devastating way to lose the game but the girls should be immensely proud of their achievements. In the build-up to the final, the girls played some good opposition and put in some incredible performances and results."
The U18 1st XI girls hockey squad were pupils: Rosy Valentine (GK), Ellyn Roberts, Becky Gaffney, Ellie Pitcher, Genevieve Iles, Abbie Ingham (C), Emily Rash (C), Eliza Barclay, Grace Kidner, Rachael Phillips, Sophia Basset, Amelia Barclay, Annabel Pounder, Charlotte Gundry, Anna Brook, Heather Tasker.
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