Girls’ Hockey Update
Congratulations to Amy W who has been selected for England Hockey’s Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE ) programme. She will attend four national camps with England coaches on the pitch and will study a range of modules related to the sport such as psychology and nutrition with tutors from Loughborough University. Amy was selected for this programme having been noted as a ‘player with potential’ by selectors.
On Wednesday 10 Oct the girls played in the Surrey Trophy event, playing games against all the other teams in Surrey. They played some great Hockey, narrowly missing out on the semi-final and finishing in sixth place. Well done to all the girls who played.
On Wednesday 19 September the 1sy XI girls played in the first round of the Independent Schools’ Hockey Cup (ISHC) beating Kent College 9-0. The next round of this National competition is being played today at Bede’s, Eastbourne.
On Tuesday 2 October the girls played in the Surrey heats of the England Hockey national competition. They played some great hockey, finishing top of their pool, enabling them to proceed through to the final on the evening of Wednesday 10 October where they beat St John’s 1-0. This took them through to the final against St George’s but also meant that they automatically qualified for the South heats of the competition on Tuesday 6 November. They came home with a silver medal from that game which was an evenly matched game from two very good teams.
On Friday 28 September the U16 Girls played in the Surrey heats of England Hockey’s national competition. They played some impressive Hockey, finishing top of the group meaning they went forward to finals day at Charterhouse on Monday 8 October. The semi-final was a tense match where they had the majority of the play but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Having narrowly lost this match to St George’s, they had everything to play for in the 3rd/4th place play-off as the winner of this match would qualify for the South heats. In a very tense match they came through with a 1-0 win over Cranleigh. They now move on to the South round on 8 November with the opportunity to make the most of home advantage as it is being held at RGS Hartswood.
Having had a bye in the first round of the ISHC – as we were national finalists last year, the team played their second round match this week against James Allen Girls’ School (JAGS). RGS came away with a 2-0 victory and proceed into the third round of this national competition.
On 4 October the U14s had their Surrey heats. They played some hard fought matches and finished second in their group which takes them through to the Surrey finals which will be held on Wednesday 7 November.
As reigning national champions of the ISHC the U13s received a bye in the first round. On Wednesday 3 October RGS hosted Bede’s School, Eastbourne for the second round of this national cup. The girls soon got back into the swing of the competition and won this first game 9-2. Some great Hockey on display and we look forward to seeing who we will play in the next round.