U10A Hockey Team Win the Rugby School Festival!

08 Oct 2018

Witham  5 – 1  Spratton Hall
Witham  4 – 0  Bilton Grange
Witham  6 – 0  Crescent School

The U10A Hockey team enjoyed a wonderful day of hockey at Rugby School last Sunday.

The morning saw the girls take part in a ‘Hockey Masterclass’ which was led by a number of hockey experts including James Stedman, Director of Hockey at Rugby School, Matt Taylor from MT13 and Ellie Watton who played in the Hockey Women’s World Cup this summer in London. The girls rotated around 4 different stations varying from shooting drills to mini 2 v 2 games. The goal keepers were also given specialised coaching to develop their skills including learning how to dive! Unfortunately, two teams were unable to attend at short notice so the attending four schools played each other in a mini “Round Robin” format with each match lasting 10 minutes each way.

Our first match was against Spratton Hall and to say the girls started strongly is an understatement! Within the first 30 seconds Millie scored, followed less than a minute later by Chiara. Georgia, Katie and Chiara (again!) added to the total. A slight lapse in concentration allowed Spratton to score but the match was won convincingly 5 -1 to Witham.

The second match against Bilton Grange again started with the Witham girls dominating play. Sam as our GK and Olivia in defence, had very little to do, but on the occasions it came their way they reacted beautifully clearing the ball safely. Rosie and Georgia scored a fantastic goal from a penalty corner and 3 more goals followed giving a win of 4 – 0 to Witham.

The final match against the Crescent School was another display of wonderful team work. Bearing in mind the girls had not played together as a team, they worked superbly together. Scarlett, Leila and Sam from Yr. 4 played with increasing confidence and a special mention must go to Sam (GK) who made some amazing saves during this final match. Georgia, Millie (x2), Katie, Rosie and Chiara all scored but it is easy to forget those who set up and created those scoring opportunities, so very well done to Imogen, Scarlett and Leila who worked tirelessly in midfield and to Olivia for clearing the ball safely up the pitch, denying our opponents an opportunity to score.

A score of 6 – 0 reflected the girl’s determination and domination of the match.

With all three matches won so convincingly, the girls should be very proud of their individual performances alongside their ability to quickly gel as a team and perform at such a high standard. To top the day off, Chiara was voted by the coaches, as ‘player of the festival’ and was presented with a goody bag that included a super rucksack.

Very well done Chiara and to all the girls for playing so well together and for being such great ambassadors for Witham.