Our Under 16 Girls’ Hockey Team will go head-to-head with Marlborough College in the U16 National Tier 2 Semi-Finals on Tuesday 7th February. Please do come along to support the team, the fixture is being held at home with pushback at 2.00pm. Captain, Caitlin Calverley (Fifth Form) reflects on the Quarter-Final below.
“On Tuesday 24th January the U16a Girls’ Hockey team travelled to Kent College Pembury for the Quarter-Finals of the School National Hockey Competition. The competition is split into four groups: the north, east, south and west. As the final two teams in the south group, this match would decide who would represent the south in the national draw.
The girls were nervous but excited to play, knowing what was at stake. From the start, the girls were confident in themselves and each other allowing us to control the game. With an early goal swerving around the keeper from Florence Wood (Fifth Form), we were 1-0 up and playing some of the best Hockey we have ever played as a team. With a second goal coming from Freya Gutteridge (Fifth Form) pouncing on a rebound off the keeper, we were 2-0 ahead and feeling ever more confident. With some good defending and great saves from Abigail Miles (Fourth Form) in goal, we were able to maintain this lead going into half-time.
Coming out after half-time, Kent College must have had a stern team talk as they returned agressively, catching us off guard. This led to some uncharacteristic mistakes from our defence allowing them a short corner. They scored from a well-executed corner taking the score 2-1.
This goal galvanised the team and we created a number of opportunities. I was able to score from a short corner, and so was Evie Smith (Fourth Form), with a good recovery from my awkward injection and a perfect hit to the back post.
The girls fought until the last whistle, not allowing Kent College a chance to claw their way back into the game. The game ended 4-1, with us feeling relieved and proud of ourselves.
We now look forward to our national draw match against Marlborough College and seeing some of you there supporting this fantastic team.”