ST. GEORGE'S TRIUMPH AT ECJS BEECHWOOD'S HOCKEY FESTIVAL
St. George’s Under 11 hockey team travelled to Guernsey on Saturday 29th February to take part in ECJS Beechwood’s hockey festival. The team had a very successful day and emerged winners of the Medal festival winning five out of six matches and drawing one!
The squad consisted of six Year VI boys and three girls from Year V accompanied by Mrs. S. Le Neveu and Mr. A. Grice. The first game was against Clifton College Prep who were attending the festival for the first time. St. George’s settled quickly and made some good attacking moves down the left from Dawson combining well with Oliver in the centre. Oliver scored and both Amelie and Hannah had shots and were unlucky not to score. Oliver scored a second to give St. George's a winning start.
This confident start continued in their next match against ECJS Eskimos. Defenders Oscar and Constantin defended well with strong tackles and clearances, linking up with the mid-field. St. George’s had several chances in front of the goal and eventually Esme pushed the ball towards the goal and it deflected off a defender into the goal. 1:0 to St. George’s.
In the next game St. George’s faced Guernsey Ladies College, a team of Year 7and 8. Undeterred by the older opposition St. George's continued to play well as a team. Constantin was ‘man of the match’ making several crucial tackles and preventing the Ladies from reaching the D. When they did reach the D their shots on goal were confidently dealt with by goal keeper Alf. Good team play resulted in Oliver scoring again and a 1:0 victory for St. George’s.
Vale Primary school were the next opponents. St. George's had to work hard defending. Once again Oscar tackled and cleared well. A short corner was awarded to Vale, Oliver was quick off the line and won the ball on the edge of the D, wearing his protective mask he proceeded to dribble the length of the pitch and neatly slotted the ball into the goal. Afterwards, Oliver admitted that he could not see a thing so just kept going! It certainly worked for him and the team, another 1:0 victory.
The fifth match was against St. Michael’s from Jersey. Both teams were equally matched. St. George’s made some good attacking moves but St. Michael’s defence held firm. St. George's worked well as a team keeping St. Michael’s at bay. Nearing the end of the match St. Michael’s had a break and a runaway forward surged into the D. Goal keeper Alf reacted quickly running out to block the shot. This was enough and the ensuing shot rolled over the back line. Final score 0:0 draw.
The last game was against Guernsey Hockey Club Leopards. Dawson made some good attacking runs down the left wing as did Isaac on the right. One of these bursts of speed from Isaac resulted in a goal, as he neatly side stepped the goal keeper and slotted the ball home for a 1:0 win.
St. George's were worthy winners scoring a total of 27 points. The children were a credit to the school. They played well together and with excellent team spirit. In the afternoon the children enjoyed a walk around St. Peter Port and some free time in Elizabeth College sports hall.