The Perse School

Senior Girls Hockey team enjoy Amsterdam

8 Sep 2017

The senior hockey 1st and 2nd team started their season with a bang after a very successful tour to Holland in the last week of the summer holidays.

Twenty-three Sixth Formers and three teaching staff experienced the cultural delights of Amsterdam as well as three high quality games of hockey against local Dutch sides.

As soon as the group stepped off the plane they headed straight to Almeerse HC for a training session with U21 Dutch international Dan, who put the girls through their paces in glorious conditions. This set the girls up nicely for their first match against Almeerse the following afternoon, where all players had plenty of pitch time, managing a win in the 1st team game.

The girls also enjoyed a bike tour around the city, stopping off at all the major tourist sights. The two hour tour helped ease tired legs in time for their second match against Voorhout HC. As expected, the standard was very high, making it a massive learning experience for the girls. Although The Perse didn’t come away with any wins, all players took to the pitch and showed great improvement.

Thursday morning saw the girls take an emotional and educational tour of Anne Frank’s house and have some free time in the city before heading to their final hockey club of the tour for the last matches against HC Capelle. The second team faced Capelle’s U17 side who played intelligent and fast hockey, while the 1sts played against one of Capelle’s senior sides. It was a highly contested game, with HC Capelle scoring early but The Perse team managed to hold back any further advances and create their own opportunities.

The final day was spent on the beach, with some yoga and paddle boarding. It was the perfect way to spend the last day- stretching out tired legs and trying a new activity.

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