National semi-final awaits Perse hockey team
The Perse girls’ U16 hockey team are through to the last four of the England Hockey National Schools Cup following a 2-1 quarter-final victory at home to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School.
In the early stages, the visitors put the pressure on, winning four consecutive short corners only to be thwarted by agile saves from Perse goalkeeper Jean Macdonald.
However, The Perse girls grew in confidence, linking the play and exploiting space in attack with some dynamic hockey, as the sides went in at half time with the game goalless.
Sir William Borlase’s began the second half strongly and were rewarded with a well-taken strike into the far corner to go in front.
The Perse kept their composure though, with tireless and skilful work from midfielders Verity Valentine, Amelia Smith, Isabelle Whichello and Rosabel Clarke leading to two quick goals in response from Millie Ely and Lucy Smith.
Further chances came at both ends, but they held firm to take victory and set up a semi-final against either Repton or Surbiton High School.
Team coach Dan Cross said: “The girls should be so proud of their performance, winning a very close game against committed opponents. They showed excellent team spirit and resilience, playing a skilful and attacking style of hockey.
“Qualifying for the national semi-finals for the second year in succession is a fabulous achievement.”