Witham U11A Hockey Team 3rd at Rugby Tournament

24 Sep 2015

The Witham U11A team have had a great week of hockey showing outstanding progression throughout the 13 games they have played! We departed from school at 8.00 on Sunday morning for a morning of training from Ellie Watton (GB Hockey) and a team of coaches, followed by a tournament in the afternoon.

The first match was against Spratton who we drew 2-2 against on Wednesday in the Foremarke tournament. The girls came out strong and Ella scored a brilliant goal winning us the game 1-0. Spratton did look strong throughout but Georgina managed to save the few shots on goal Spratton had. Our next match was against a previously unknown team, Packwood. There girls looked skilful but couldn’t match the attacking duo of Bonnie and Ella who both scored to give us another 3 points and a 2-0 victory. Witham demonstrated some lovely hockey in this match, particularly down the wings with Katie and Bella keeping composed and moving the ball well.

After a quick break the girls met S. Anselm’s B. The team really came into their own, moving the ball well and having the confidence to take on a defender. Bonnie found her feet as centre forward and scored 6 goals! Bella and Ella also put some points on the score card and Witham won 8-0. We anticipated our 4th match of the day would be our toughest against a physical Milton Keynes side. MK scored within the first few minutes but Witham quickly got their act together and dominated the second half of the match. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite get a goal though, so lost 1-0. Next up we took on S. Anselm’s A; Witham played really nicely and maintained their momentum. Lulie and Mia got to grips with clearing the ball wide and by meeting the tackles, shutting down any attacks made by S. Anselm’s. Ella and Bella both scored and Witham won 3-0.

After another short break the girls took on Leamington Hockey Club’s B team; Katie scored 3 goals, with Bella and Bonnie also contributing to a 6-0 win. Poppy had a great game taking on the position of centre forward and moving their defence well. After over 4 hours of hockey that day the girls dragged themselves onto the pitch for their final game of the day. Unfortunately the mind was willing but the body was not and the girls could not keep up with Leamington Hockey Club’s A team. They had lost their momentum and weren’t meeting the tackles, losing the game 0-3. Leamington had lost 3-0 against Milton Keynes so there may have been a different outcome had we met them earlier in the day, but none the less Witham came home with bronze medals hanging around their necks. Bella Fox was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ and gifted a shiny new hockey stick; pretty outstanding when you consider she is 9 years old playing in an U11 tournament! It was a great day and I’m so proud of the girls’ efforts, well done all.