County Hockey Success
24 Oct 2012
The U14 girl’s hockey team performed brilliantly at the recent County Tournament, finishing as runners up and qualifying for the Regional Tournament next month.
The girls hit the ground running with a fantastic pool game against King’s Ely, winning 3-0. Their next game proved a little more challenging but nothing the Perse girls could not rise to, resulting in a 1-0 victory against SWCH. Their final pool game against Wisbech was nervy in some moments but Perse composure shone through and resulted in a 4-2 win – ensuring they won their pool with ease.
In the semi-final against Newport both teams showed great intensity, but the skilful attack and solid defence of the Perse was enough to ensure a 1-0 victory and a place in the final against old enemy The Leys.
There was high intensity from both teams from the whistle but focus and pure determination allowed Perse to take a 1-0 lead after some silky skills and a reverse flick past the keeper by skipper Tess Howard. The Leys heads did not go down however, and from a well-executed penalty corner they scored to equalise. The Perse kept going well, showing passion to win every ball, spurred on by the cheers from the touchline.
Despite this heroic effort the Leys created a counter attack which left their goal hanger free for an open goal to put them in the lead for the first time. However it took Tess Howard a staggering 10 seconds from the restart to dribble down the pitch and repeat her reverse flick into the back of the net. With the scores back level neither side were going to give in easily, and amongst superb performances across the Perse team special mention should go to Gaby M-F, Ellie Harrison and Megan Rice who kept putting in solid tackles and distributing the ball to free players.
Defences ruled for the remaining minutes, the match ending 2-2. This led to the unknown territory of penalty flicks. The 5 brave flickers consisted of Ellie Harrison, Tess Howard, Plum Thatcher, Annie Macdonald and Emma Clark; with perhaps most pressure on goal keeper Izzy Destro. After an agonising 5 minutes The Leys claimed the title with a final result of 3-1 in flicks. Plum Thatcher scored a sneaky flick that kept The Perse in with a chance but sadly it was not enough.
The girls acted with grace and maturity despite the frustrating result, demonstrating true sportsmanship. The whole team were absolutely awesome all day and conducted themselves like true professional sportswomen and in doing so made history: the first U14 girls’ team from the school to qualify to represent Cambridgeshire. The coaching team are extremely proud and impressed with their success and are continuing their hard work for the next round on the 16th November.