On Tuesday 10th March, Truro School part hosted the U12 Girls County Hockey Tournament. With ten teams, including two of our own, in the Truro School pool and a further seven in a pool at Penryn School, the girls were in for a busy day of hockey playing.
Typically, the draw saw the two teams placed in the same group, alongside Bude, Richard Lander and Liskeard A with Redruth, Newquay Tretherras, Mounts Bay, Liskeard B and one other (that escapes my memory, sorry) forming the other group.
The A team, consisting of Laura (GK), Ankita, Ruby, Lily, Sophie, Daisy, Alice, Anna and Jess did brilliantly to top the group winning all four of there initial games. The results were:
V Richard Lander (4-2)
V Bude (8-0)
V Liskeard A (4-0) and
V Truro School B (6-0)
For the B team, made up of Iris, Amber, Elenaor, Hattie, Lolie, Izzy and Millie, some of who have only started hockey this term, they faced some tough opposition having been placed in the strongest group. The girls played well, learning and growing with every game but unfortunately did not progress beyond the group stage. Particular mention and congratulations must go to Iris (who was also our B team player of the tournament) and Amber who took their turn in goal and did brilliantly with some very strong kicking and saves!
Having topped the group stage the A team faced the runners up of the other group, Mounts Bay. A match they won 7-0. Meanwhile on the other side of the pitch Richard Lander played Redruth.
Having progressed through from the Penryn group stage, we faced Helston School in the semi-finals. The girls sensed the occasion (and my growing stress levels/blood pressure) and upped their game working hard for each other and making every pass count. The final whistle went and marked our progression to the final with a 4-0 win.
With Richard Lander having seen off Truro High School in the other semi-final we faced Lander for the third time in just a week and a half. The girls played their socks off, showing just how far they have come this term. Ankita and Ruby were formidable in defence using the seesaw idea to good effect, tracking back to cover Richard Lander break aways. Laura was largely untroubled in goal but when called upon was fierce, stopping any goals passing through. Sophie was instrumental in the middle of the park; her strikes on goal in general play and from some well worked short corners, were superb, accurate and cleanly hit! Alice and Daisy worked well on the two wings, drawing the play wide and crossing in strongly across the mouth of the goal. Jess Lily did us proud at centre forward, positioning herself cleverly and capitalising on tap ins.
The final score was 2-0 to Truro School A Team and we are off to Regionals in Taunton next week!
The attitude and spirit of all the girls was commendable and both myself and Miss Manley thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and would like to thank the girls and the parents who came to watch and support for being so lovely!