On Monday 17th October we took a team of 9 to the Year 5/6 Hockey Tournament at Highdown School. The weather was very much a mixed bag but the hockey fortunately was sunshine all the way. Without a doubt this year’s team are one of the best groups of hockey players that we have seen for a very long time – their play, attitudes, behaviour and sportsmanship were second to none throughout the tournament and their help in the lead up were invaluable. Starting in the more difficult of the two pools, they came out fighting – winning 3 of their 4 games by a great margin and drawing the 4th. During the pool stages the whole team worked fantastically together, supporting each other from defence through to attack and back again. Everybody gave their all, got stuck in and made a difference; it was great to see. Qualifying as the top of our group we went into the semi-finals to play St Mary’s and All Saints – a feisty team with good pace. Piling the pressure on from the start, some strong passes and excellent runs up the pitch led to a goal early on. We went on to score 2 more goals in quick succession solidifying our place in the final. By this point, everybody was soaked to the skin, tired and hungry. This did not stop the sheer grit and resolve of our team who were focused and dedicated to the last. We played a tough final against St Anne’s, end to end hockey, and at the end the game finished 0-0. Looking back across the tournament for goal difference to help separate the two teams, Churchend were awarded the victory with a goal difference of +10 – taking us through to the County Finals in the spring. A brilliant result.
Our team of 9 was comprised of:
Amari Fashanu – Top goal scorer of the tournament
Aaron Chadwick – Coach’s player of the tournament
Ryan Vincent – Best vision
Noah Samuel – Great runs
Arnav Gawde – Master of clearances
Yousuf Akram – Best defense
Ashleigh Glasgow – Determined tackler
Alexandra Essomba – Cool under pressure
Cassie Griffin – Best team play
Well done team.