RGS Hockey Roundup
RGS Girls’ Hockey continues to go from strength to strength. What follows is a roundup of the latest news and achievements.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND COMPETITION
In the middle of November the U14s travelled to St Marys, Ascot to play in the South of England Heats, having earned their place by coming third in Surrey and winning their playoff game on the previous Friday, when they knocked out St Johns. They beat KGS 3-0, drew 1-1 with Wellington and then won their last game 1-0 meaning they had qualified but had to endure a nail-biting penalty strokes competition to see if it was in first or second place. Unfortunately they lost flicks giving them a South Quarter-Final playoff match against Surbiton.
In what proved to be a seriously tough match, our girls unfortunately lost 3-0. However they have done amazingly well this term and performed to a very high standard in a tough South of England group.
After the U16s performed brilliantly to win their pool match in the South heats, they earned a home draw against Headington, Oxfordshire in front of a large Reigate home crowd in the South Quarter-Final playoff. RGS had many shots on goal but sadly could not convert. Then in the second half, Headington scored from what was their only shot of the game. The pressure was rising but in the final minute of the game RGS scored after numerous short corners bringing the scores level.
Penalty flicks followed (best of 5) seeing RGS sadly missing out 2-4 – a very tough end to what has been an amazing cup run. The girls should be very proud of what they have achieved throughout this term despite a disappointing finish to their final match.
After topping their group in the South Heats, the U18s had a South Quarter-Final playoff game against Bradfield at home in front of a large crowd. RGS pulled ahead with an amazing goal into the roof of the net, but then lost out to a strong Bradfield side who scored twice. Although this was the end of their cup run, the girls are great role models for all the younger players in the school.
Although our teams are now out of the National England Hockey Competition, this is the first time the all three age groups have progressed to this stage of the competition. RGS is the only school in the South of England to have achieved this – no mean feat!
U15 Surrey and London Champions
On Tuesday this week the U15s played in an all day tournament against teams from across Surrey and London. They came out on top to be crowned Champions! The girls played some excellent Hockey throughout the day scoring no less than 25 goals in total!
Independent Schools Hockey Cup Third Round
Tuesday saw the U13s taking part in the third round of this national competition, beating Wimbledon High School 2-0. Following this success, the U15s travelled to Somerset on Thursday where they played Kings Bruton on a very cold afternoon and won 3-0!
This is the first year RGS has entered this national competition – having two age groups in the Quarter-Finals (final 8 in the Country!) is a fantastic achievement.
U12s and U13s Taunton Tour
The girls had an amazing weekend away with hockey, swimming, bowling, pizza and more hockey as well as a 44 voice rendition of Let it Go on the coach journey home!
Of the 24 matches played the girls won 20, drew 2 and lost 2 and everyone returned home extremely tired, but happy!