Our U14A Girls’ Hockey team travelled to Kent College, Canterbury on Thursday to participate in the first Hockey tournament of the season.
With our first game against Sevenoaks, the girls came out the starting blocks roaring. Evie Smith (Third Form) scored two spectacular goals, with one being a spectacular dribble around the keeper, resulting in a 2-0 win. The next game was against The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, with the girls in high spirits from the first game and went into the game all-guns-blazing, with goals from Rachel Farrell, Alexa Griffiths, Isabelle Neave and Saffron Roberts (all Third Form) with a final score of 4-0. This put us in a great position against The King’s School, Canterbury, with an outstanding performance from Pippa Campbell (Third Form) in right-back and we managed to win 1-0 with a goal from Evie.
We were through to the quarter-finals, where we were up against The Duke of York’s Royal Military School again. The girls battled with many near goals from Tess Hodson (Third Form) and eventually, in the final two minutes, Evie put one past the keeper – we were in the semi-finals! Up next were Cranbrook School having been the runners-up in the other group. It was a tough match with many shots on target, however struggling to get into the back of the net. Nancy Brown (Second Form) and Saffron put on an amazing stint on the backline not allowing a ball past them. At the end of time, it was still 0-0. We were through to penalty flicks, with both Pippa and Evie firing a ball into the goal and with two brilliant saves from our goalkeeper Grace Williams (Third Form) and we were through to the final.
In the final, we faced Ashford, they were the strongest side we had played throughout the tournament. The girls worked their socks off with the ball going end to end and both teams working hard. Grace made the save of the tournament which meant the game ended 0-0. We, unfortunately, lost on penalty flicks, however, the girls did themselves proud to bring home a silver medal for SVS.
Well done girls!