U14 girls’ hockey team become County Champs for first time in Perse history
Last week, the U14 girls’ hockey team became County Champions for the first time in Perse History.
The team played a solid passing game in the pool matches but were unable to bag many goals, drawing their first two games against Newport and King’s School Peterborough. With only two points the team needed a win to gain any chance of going through to the semi-finals. The team rose to challenge and played superbly against Kimbolton; winning 1-0 after a well-executed penalty corner. Going through as runners-up in the semi-finals meant tougher opposition – The Leys. Nerves were rife after the hype of how strong the Leys were, but nonetheless the Perse team not only defended impeccably but created a number of scoring opportunities. Full time and a fair 0-0 draw, which led to flicks which would decide which team would secure a place in the final, and more importantly a ticket to the East finals in November. A very tense few minutes and some strict umpiring saw the girls keep their cool and win 3-1 in penalty flicks. Lois Frost, our goalkeeper, made some agile saves and Katie Russel, Izzy Routledge and Sophia Stonebridge scored a flick each.
The team therefore reached the final, already securing their place in the East finals. In the final, the team played calm and composed hockey which resulted in a fantastic 3-0 win over Newport. The team started the day as the underdogs but made the School with their excellent sportsmanship and professionalism. They ended the day being crowned County Champions and sporting gold medals. This is the first time in Perse history that this age group has achieved this accolade. The team looks forward to the East finals which take place at Ipswich on 10 November. Good luck girls!