The Under 13’s, having successfully beaten Plymouth College to progress through to the last 16 of the Independent Schools Hockey Cup, faced Redmaids from Bristol this Wednesday.
The usual squad of Jess, Elena, Amy, Laura (cpt), Rosie, Elinor, Milly and Franny had to really up their game in this exciting and closely fought fixture. The girls got off to a solid start and were unlucky to concede the first goal. Milly, with a perfectly struck short corner from Laura responded instantly however to bring the score back level. With the clock ticking a second Redmaids goal just before half time was untimely.
After a regroup and team talk the girls headed back onto the pitch for the second half. The whole team upped the tempo attacking and defending well. Their fitness levels and resilience were both tested to the limit. Elinor swung the balance back in our favour with a superb goal just five minutes in. This renewed confidence saw the team truly believe they were capable of making it through to the last eight and they fought hard to get the next goal. Elena and Amy worked tireless in defence and Laura proved pivotal as always in the centre of the field. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be our day and Redmaids found the goal twice more. Never giving up and in true Truro School style the girls continued to give it their all and another beautifully struck, but saved, shot from Milly was then tapped in by a pouncing Laura at the post.
The girls battled and dug deep for the last three minutes but Redmaids stayed strong in defence preventing any Truro School attempts at goal. The final score was 4-3 but I could not be prouder; the girls played some amazing hockey, listening hard and implementing a number of new skills that we have been working on in training.
The future is certainly looking bright for this talented U13 side and I am looking forward to the last game of the term against West Buckland next Saturday. Next term we will continue to practice in readiness for the County Festival.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Under 13 Girls’ Hockey Coach)