St George's Hockey Team Win
A squad of nine players’ seven boys and two girls from Year V and VI travelled to Guernsey for Beechwood’s annual hockey festival on Saturday 4th March. Playing in the Medal Tournament St George’s had three 9 minute games to play followed by play- off matches.
In their first match against ECJS Beechwood St George’s settled quickly and soon put the opposition’s defence under pressure. Strong attacking runs into the D by Bertie Cooke forced their goalkeeper to rush out, and on one of these occasions, St George’s were awarded a penalty corner. Jasper Lilley sent a good shot towards goal and Bertie was there to tap in the rebound and score the first and winning goal of the match.
In the next game St George’s faced older players from The Ladies College Year 7. Despite the age and size gap St George’s were unperturbed and defended bravely, especially Hector Somay and Florence Maltz in defence who made some crucial tackles. Goal keeper Jonathan Trant was called on to make an athletic stretch to stop a certain goal and keep the final result to 0:0.
The next game was against Cheltenham Prep. This was an exciting and close match. Both teams attacked well and both had missed chances. A clever chip by Bertie in the D created a goal mouth scuffle and Jasper managed to push the ball over the line. Cheltenham came back hard, straight from the centre pass, and drove for the goal scoring from a well struck shot to make the final score 1:1.
The result of these three matches meant St George’s were top of their group and then had to face the Cheltenham Navies in the semi- final. This was a tight contest but St George’s played calmly. Olive Smith in mid field played with good tactical awareness and accurate passing. Sid Barrowcliffe hustled the oncoming attack and made a brave tackle to stop a certain goal. Continuous running up front from Bertie resulted in his shot across the goal line being slipped in by Felix O’Connor to win 1:0.
St George’s were excited to be in the final against VCP and were also very determined to win. In this match they showed excellent team work. Jasper Lilley worked tirelessly as centre mid, as he had in every game. He was well supported on either side by James Douglas and Felix. Bertie used his speed up front to cause problems and Hector, Olive, Florence and Sid all rolled on in different positions throughout the game. The winning and only goal of the match was a whole team effort and came with only seconds remaining. Felix passed it out of defence to Olive who slipped it to James who passed to Jasper who struck a hard shot at goal, which rebounded off the goalkeeper and Bertie was there to drive it into the bottom left of the goal. Needless to say the children were ecstatic to win and Mrs Le Neveu and Mr Timothy were unable to hide their delight too! The children were a credit to St George’s showing good sporting attitude and team spirit throughout the tournament.
In the afternoon the children enjoyed ten pin bowling socialising in mixed up teams with VCP. They also enjoyed a visit to L’Ancresse beach where they enjoyed the bracing sea air and an ice cream before returning to the airport for the short flight home. The team arrived home proudly wearing their winning medals to show to waiting parents.