On Friday 24th November our U12 girls took park in the IAPS National Finals up in Ipswich. The girls were incredible throughout the day and conducted themselves in a mature and professional manor. They played 6 games in the group stages, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing just 1 game. They ended second in their group and progressed to the quarter finals of the Cup competition. They met Westbourne House school in the Quarter finals and beat them 1-0, putting then into the semi-finals against Cranleigh. We knew that this was going to be a really tough match as Cranleigh are a renowned hockey school. The girls stuck to the game plan and defended their socks off, taking the match to a draw at full time. They went on to play 5 minutes golden goal which ended 0-0. Penalty shuffles were next and M. Scott, M. Ewart and H. Tanner stepped up and slotted all three of their penalties. E. Meakins made an amazing save which put the girls into the final of the IAPS Nationals! The girls played Dumpton School in the final, again this was an extremely exciting match going to final time with no score and then having to play gold goal again for the second time. With no score at the end of the 5 minutes golden goal the pupils went on to shuffles. It was extremely nerve-wracking and they were up against a very good goal keeper. Unfortunately, we could not get the ball past her and the shuttles ended 2-1 to Dumpton.
Despite the final result, the girls were amazing throughout the tournament and played some exceptional hockey, they out did any expectation and can hold their heads high when they say that they are the second best team NATIONALLY! This is an amazing achievement. Well done all!
Team: T. Dowle, L. Dowle, M. Kumpa Finch, E. Meakins, M. Ewart, M. Gordeno, M. Scott, H. Tanner
|IAPS Hockey Tournament 24/11/2017|
|HG vs Perrott||2-1 Win|
|HG vs Millfield||2-1 Loss|
|HG vs Dumpton School||1-1 Draw|
|HG vs Hurstpierpoint Prep||1-0 Win|
|HG vs Daneshill||1-0 Win|
|HG vs St Hughs||1-0 Win|
|HG vs Westbourne House||1-0 Win|
|HG vs Cranleigh Prep||3-2 Win Pen|
|HG vs Dumpton School||2-1 Loss Pen|