The Perse School

Perse XI Girls Hockey through to national finals

1 Mar 2017

The Perse’s 1st XI outdoor hockey team are competing in the finals of the Investec Schools Championships for Girls today at the Olympic Park in London.

The team, led by Captain Ellie Harrison, 17, will battle it out against Millfield and Trent College today and Ardingly College tomorrow. The team have prepared exhaustively since September, playing tough games against schools including Kent College, to secure their place as East of England champions in today and tomorrow’s finals.

Discussing their feelings going into today’s matches, Ellie said: “It’s quite nerve-wracking because it’s definitely going to be a step up from what we’ve been playing recently. We play our best when we’re all in a good mood and working really well together.” Under 18 Indoor Hockey Captain Tess Howard, 18, who plays midfield, says this will be the team’s biggest game: “I’m really excited for us to go and execute the tactics that we have been working so hard to perfect”.

Listen below to hear more of Ellie and Tess discussing how they have been preparing for these intense finals:

Perse coaches Jon Peckett and Rich Morgan are confident that the team can give a strong performance. Rich Morgan says: “As a group of players, they know each other so well that they’re able to recognise each other’s strengths. So when they’re on the pitch, especially on competition days, they’ve known exactly what areas of the pitch they can be most effective in, to work off each other.”

To listen to more of Jon Peckett and Rich Morgan’s interview, play the audio clip below:

The play-off final will be at 4pm on Thursday 2 March. For more information on the finals, with links on how to purchase tickets, click here.

A full team list is detailed below.

Anna Traherne, 17, Lower Sixth
Claudia Baldelli , 17, Lower Sixth
Sofia Baldelli, 17, Lower Sixth
Eliza Orme, 17, Lower Sixth
Johanna Reimann, (Yoyo) – 17, Lower Sixth
Elizabeth Stephenson, 17, Lower Sixth
Elizabeth Townsend (Bubs) – 17, Lower Sixth
Emily Russell, 18, Upper Sixth
Emma Clarke, 17, Upper Sixth
Freia Gould, 17, Lower Sixth
Megan Rice, 18, Upper Sixth
Plum Thatcher, 17, Upper Sixth
Sarah Howlett, 18, Upper Sixth
Libby Gower-Isaac, 17, Lower Sixth
Ellie Harrison, 17, Upper Sixth (Captain Outdoor U18)
Tess Howard, 18, Upper Sixth (Captain Indoor U18)

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