IAPS hockey tournament
Last Friday, the Prep’s Year 5 and Year 6 girls’ hockey team travelled to Bishop’s Stortford College to participate in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) hockey tournament. Perse hockey coach and Olympian Glenn Kirkham was on hand to offer support and encouragement to the team. One of the team members – Isabella – has provided a match report, recounting the events of the day.
“There were 24 teams competing and we had to play 5 matches in our pool. We only won one but we were happy with how close all of the matches were!
Sutton Valence 1 – Perse 0
It was a close game, if only we had scored! We had some chances thanks to Victoria Leung and Maeve Halligan but we struggled to finish. We identified our mistakes and with great help from Mr Kirkham and Mrs Edwards we were ready for the next match.
Bishop Stortford 0 – Perse 0
We are happy with our draw against BSC because they are a great hockey team and we gave it our all. There was some great defending by Freya Stafford and Lauren Baxter who made sure no goals got in.
Beeston Hall 3 – Perse 0
The loss was upsetting but we held our heads high! They were the strongest team in our pool but we still showed some good attacking and defending.
Ipswich 1 – Perse 0
This was a very equal game but we sadly lost. There was some great energetic defending from Lauren Baxter; she worked so hard she had to be taken off! There was also some great play in the centre forward position by Alex Pitchford.
Woodford Green 0 – Perse 4
Yes! We finally won a game which we really deserved. Some great play up the left by Victoria Leung supported in the middle by Maeve Halligan and Ava London resulted in three goals! The timing beeper went but we still had to do our short corner and Isabella Routledge slapped it in to the goal!
We had a great day and although we didn’t progress past the pool stage we played some brilliant hockey! A special mention should go to Rosalind Sale for being a super goal keeper and helping to stop more goals from being scored!
Thanks to Mrs Edwards who organised this fun day playing hockey, to Mr Kirkham for refereeing and to Miss Diss for her advice and support on the day.”
We wish the team the best of luck in the rest of their matches this season.