Today three of our Year 3/4 hockey teams took part in the South Tyneside Quiksticks Hockey tournament. It was organised by the School Sports network in line with the School Games. All of our teams played very well. The A-team won 3 and drew 1 and went through to the finals in first place. The B and C teams lost our by 1 point after losing 2 and winning 2. Everyone played exceptionally well and as a team. Well done!
Today our Year 6 hockey team traveled to North Shields to take part in the Tyne & Wear School Games finals sponsored by Sainsbury. They played 4 matches in the group stage. They lost the opening match 3-0 against Kings Priory, 2-0 to Newbottle A and an unlucky 1-0 loss against Fellside A. In the last game they secured a draw against Byker. The team completed some fantastic moves but struggled to find the back of the goal – not to worry though, each one of you gave it your all and we are very proud of the way you conducted yourselves and the progress you have made as hockey players in the past few weeks. Always showing exceptional sportsmanship throughout!
They also got to meet 2 of the England U23 players – Rhys Smith & Jack Turner. Our players were amazed at how quick they were with the stick and Joseph even took them on in a slalom. They in turn were very complimentary of how well our players could use their reverse stick – a skill needed to move around your opponent and especially when played on the left side of the field. Well done!
Today 16 of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in the South Tyneside In2 Hockey finals. There were 3 leagues being played and our A-team didn’t concede a single goal in their 4 league matches, winning their group with maximum points and a goal difference of +13. The B-team were not as lucky, losing 3 of their matches 1-0 and winning the fourth 7 – 0. The B-team played some exceptional hockey but were unluckily beaten.
After all th scores were tallied the A-Team were through to the semi-finals against a strong St Matthew’s C team. Again, a clean sheet saw them victors with a 3-0 win. This put them in the final against St Matthew’s A-team. After taking an early lead, St Matthew’s equalised in the last minute of the game. This put both teams through to a golden goal knock out, and while we had several shots on target, both teams played on without a goal. After nearly 10 minutes of end to end action the referee called it a draw. The A-team share the spoils with St Matthew’s, both taking gold medals home! They now go through to represent South Tyneside in the Tyne & Wear finals. Medals will be given at a later date.
Match report from Mr Rogers.
The team worked so calmly and well together, playing some wonderful hockey throughout the tournament.
Having reached the final 12 teams in the county the standard of play was incredibly high. All of the children raised their game and performed excellently to win all 4 of their group games convincingly.
In the semi finals they beat Shiny Row Primary 3-0 to progress to the final.
Here they met Kings School. Unfortunately an early goal for us was not given and the game changed. Kings attacked and scored 2 good goals. We pushed until the end but sadly we couldn’t beat them, losing 2-0.
Nevertheless I’m extremely proud of the way in which the children conducted themselves throughout the afternoon and they should hold their heads up high.
All of their hard work and dedication to training certainly paid off!
This is a breakdown of the results: