Hockey Girls Put Up Strong Fight At Schools National In2Hockey Championships

After a very successful season, with 24 wins and 136 goals tucked under their belts, the U13 Girls’ Hockey Team boarded the minibus last Friday 11 May to travel to Nottingham Hockey Centre to compete in the National Finals of the Schools In2Hockey Championships. After winning the County Championships and then qualifying as the Midlands Regional Runners-Up, the girls were well prepared and raring to go.

Pitted against the very best hockey schools in the country and playing in matches that were nine minutes each way, they found the games fast-paced and their opponents well practised. Playing for Princethopre were Year 8 pupils Issy Bunting, Eve Farquharson, Molly Harper, Jess Mackenzie, Evie Phillips (Captain), Jasmin Rose, Grace Thomas, Lara Tripp-Smith (Vice Captain), Molly Wincott-Thomas and Zoe Wallis.

In the first round the team played four matches, they secured a good win 3-1 against Stockport Grammar School, a draw 1-1 versus Gresham’s School, but went down 1-0 to St George’s College and 2-1 to Redmaids’ High School. They finished third in the group and qualified for the 5th vs 6th playoff.

The girls put up a strong fight, there was plenty of confident stick work, good tackles and brave defensive play, but despite some strong driving runs their good chances were not converted into goals and the girls went down to Wakefield Girls’ High School 2-0. The team finished in sixth position overall. Pleasingly Lara Tripp-Smith was the top scorer in the tournament.

Head of Hockey, Kat Berns, was delighted and commented, "This was the first time that a Princethorpe Girls Hockey team has ever made it through to the Nationals. We are incredibly proud of them. There is no stopping these girls, they are just amazing. With a little more training who knows what they might achieve next season.”