The first two weeks of this term has seen the U13 boys hockey team gain experience on an astro in the Foremarke Tournament. In three days a lot of improvement in stick skills can be seen and although losing three of our four matches we maintained a competitive attitude. A draw 1:1 versus Solihull gave us some encouragement as we look forward to the second half of term’s hockey.
The football season began with two matches away at Grace Dieu. The U11 team at times showed aspects of individual skill and attacking combinations. However lapses in concentration in defence resulted in errors and Grace Dieu taking advantage to win 3-0.
The 1st XI started well on a soft and heavy pitch with some skilful inter-changes in midfield. A through ball saw Archie P accelerate and strike a powerful shot into the roof of the net. We seemed to be controlling the game with several more chances carved out. However Grace Dieu were quick on the break and scored twice before half-time. The second half saw us take control in midfield and dominate with two further Archie P goals for his hat-trick: one a powerful header from a corner. Given this lead Grace Dieu still looked dangerous on the break with an excellent chance missed at the end to equalise.
On Saturday the U13 games at home were cancelled but the U11 and U9 football teams travelled to Packward Haugh. With the ski trip taking some boys away it gave a chance for more boys to have a game. However despite ‘battling away’ and never giving up we conceded goals to lose each game.