U9A Hockey Team wins Bedford Modern Tournament!

02 Nov 2015

After a longish journey, an interesting picnic in the mini bus on arrival in Bedford and shivers as we were met by somewhat inclement weather the girls put on their layers and trudged across the rugby pitches to the Bedford astro.

Ten teams were divided into two groups for an initial round robin competition. Witham drew a tough group and were drawn against our hosts - Bedford, Stamford, St Faith’s and Northampton High. The girls had a slightly dreamy start and were lucky to come away with a win: they were saved by a finely struck strike from Millie after a penalty corner was awarded just seconds before full time! All very tense…..

In the second match it was like watching a different team – the girls were eager and quick to move for the ball. It was a thrilling game to watch and the girls beat a strong St Faith’s side 3-0 and with style! (scorers: Bunny 2, Lilia 1) Then it was Northampton High and the girls were firing on all cylinders by this time moving the ball well down the right and crossing it to Matilda, who scored two in this game. Millie scored again from a penalty corner and Lilia scored herself after lots of working of the ball into the ‘D’. Next up were Stamford, our final group game: the girls kept to form with Rosie and Charlotte making some good runs down to the ‘D’ in this game. However, once again the scorers were Bunny, Millie and Lilia.

This took the team through to the semi-finals as winners of their group. Great excitement! Wellingborough came second in the other section and so were our opponents. This was a tough game against a well-drilled side with the ball moving from end to end. The girls did have chances but found it tough to find the actual goal! However Matilda made sure of it and we came away with a    1-0 victory and a place in the final. St Faith’s had gone on to win their semi, so we had to play them for a second time! It was a very tight first half with some defensive work needed and a fantastic save from Molly at GK – her only touch of the ball all day – but what a save and what a brilliant clearance kick! Matilda found the goal first for Witham which settled the nerves. The girls asked me at the end of the first half if that was the end of the final….tiredness was setting in! However, there was a real team effort in the second half with continual attacking moves which won us a couple of penalty corners which were once again fantastically converted by Millie. Rose was a tower of strength all day, never willingly losing the ball always keeping her composure and making the most of situations but similarly quick to mark opposition players that caused a threat. Lilia was always well positioned and kept the ball moving down the right and gave both Bunny and Matilda plenty of good ball in front of the goal. At the back or in mid-field Millie was tireless putting in superb tackles and changing defence into attack all day.

Well done U9A – a terrific day, a very good tournament win that gave much enjoyment to your parents with a standard of hockey that was mostly very impressive and enjoyable to watch.