3 teams had been entered into the U13 Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ mini hockey competition: 2 year 8 teams and 1 year 7 team for experience for next year. We were the only school to enter an ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ team.
In the section matches the year 8 ‘B’ team won two matches, drew one and lost two. This placed them a very respectable 4th in their section of six. They played some excellent hockey to beat two ‘A’ teams and to draw against Withington Girls’ School who reached the semi final.
The ‘C’ team (managed by Siobhan Driscoll, one of our GCSE students), won two matches, drew three and only lost one (to the eventual winners : our ‘A’ team!!!!! The year 7 players played some amazing hockey to finish joint third in their section.
The ‘A’ team won their section with 5 wins and one draw. In the semi-final they played Withington Girls’ School and the score was 0-0 after full time. The match was then to be decided on penalty flicks ( or penalty pushes, as year 8’s cannot usually flick!!!!!!!). Three girls stepped up to the mark and pushed all 3 balls past the GK. Our GK Emily made 2 very good saves for us to win the shoot out.
The final was to be against Manchester High School who had beaten Cheadle Hulme School, also on penalties. As the light was fading and two schools were to go through to the next round anyway we decided not to play.
So…..the girls will be representing Greater Manchester in the next round of the competition in March.
Well done to everyone who played for such amazing results. Good luck in the next round.