Hockey players at Wakefield Girls’ have enjoyed a successful term. Our teams have trained hard, participated in mid week fixtures and at the weekend. We look forward to building on the successes achieved this season. Congratulations were shared in our Easter Sports assembly, 6 April, and awards were presented: The Ruth Metcalfe IV Lower Hockey Cup goes to Harriet Anderton; The U12 Hockey Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Frankie Tinker, Freya Gatenby and Kate Harrison; The U13 Hockey Shield was awarded to Libby Cree; The U13 Hockey Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Addi Bruce; The U14 Hockey Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Gabby Estlin, Eve Hunter and Freya Gatenby. Junior colours are already held by Lucia Partridge and were awarded to Libby Cree.
U12 Hockey Report – Harriet Anderton and Frankie Tinker
This year has been exciting as we have played in several weekend fixtures against tough opposition. We have shown that we can play well together and as a team and think about what we can do to develop and improve the score line in a tight situation.
An example of this was our match against Bradford Grammar. At half time we were down 1-4 but in the second half we played really well and scored 5 goals with the final score finishing as a draw at 5-5.
We are all looking forward to next season where we can hopefully build upon our success and continue to think how we can improve every aspect of our game both in attack and defence.
U13 Hockey Report – Libby Cree
This hockey season has been a very successful one for the U13 squads. Due to Covid no fixtures could be played last year in Year 7 so our first game of the season was an opportunity to play as a team and assess our strengths and areas for development. Our very first match was against Queen Margarets in the Independent Schools Hockey Cup and we had a very successful result beating them 7-1. As a result of this we gained in confidence from this game setting us up nicely for the rest of our season. Since then we have won the majority of our games beating teams such as RGS, Bradford Grammar, Silcoates and many more competitive hockey schools.
Although our run ended in the second round of the ISHC we also competed in the U13 West Yorkshire Schools Mini Hockey Competition. Here we remained unbeaten until the final match but we still qualified for the Yorkshire round which is an amazing achievement.
Throughout this season our whole team has improved and we have come incredibly far from the first game we played back in September. We are all looking forward to next season when we progress to play full pitch and hopefully we can do just as well.
U14 Hockey Report- by Lucia Partridge (captain)
This season the U14 hockey team has adapted well to the additional players on the pitch and we have bonded well as a team.
The season started in September and we gained lots of new players who wanted to join the squad. We started the season by playing GSAL and Bradford Grammar however we lost both of these matches and took this as a learning point for the future. We started our Nationals campaign in October. At the West Yorkshire stage we won 1 match and lost 2 which unfortunately meant we were unable to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Since then we have played many Saturday morning matches and have trained hard in order to try and win them. Although our results haven’t indicated wins, our squad has gained a better relationship and understanding with each other over the past year as well as becoming one team instead of fifteen individual players.
Well done to the seven girls participating in West Yorkshire and the Performance centre. It is a massive achievement and you should all be really proud of yourselves.
Thank you to all the PE staff who have helped us over the season especially Mrs Margereson who took us to all our games and supported us from the sideline no matter the weather. Thanks also goes to our hockey coach, Ben who has been a massive help in improving our skills and knowledge of the game.
We are all so excited to start the new season next year and we aim to come back much stronger as U15’s.