Having come second in the County U14 tournament the WGS team travelled down to Redbridge Sports Centre, Ilford for the Regional tournament. With sixteen teams spread across two separate tournaments (with the top 2 in each tournament going to Nationals), the WGS team were up against the best of the rest from right across the East of England.
First up was Framlingham, who in the past had attained a slot in the Nationals, so had a proven track record. As this was the first game for both it proved to be a very tight affair, with both defences quelling any attacks. Into the second half, a couple of defensive mistakes gave Framlingham the opportunity to score, which they duly took. Not the start WGS wanted, but with two further games to come there was still an opportunity to get to the tournament semi-finals.Next up was Bedford Modern, an old rival whom over the years we had had close games with. This was no different with a single scrappy goal separating the teams, though unfortunately, this was in favour of Bedford. Our final pool game was against Stamford, who we had beaten earlier in the term. Showing good tenacity and effort, the WGS team constantly pressured the opposition, causing them to make mistakes. It was from one of these that Abby Piccaver managed to pounce on, scoring from a tight angle. This proved to be the only goal and saw WGS finish 3rd in the pool, so we ended up in the 5th/6th playoff.
Having just finished the pool game, the game against Queenswood School proved to be a game too far for the WGS team. A 5-0 scoreline was harsh but showed the difference in terms of creating and successfully completing goal scoring opportunities.
So the journey ends. Plenty of high and lows, though massive credit to the girls for taking the opportunities when they presented themselves - they never gave up. Massive thanks must go to the parents who have religiously followed the team to all their games.
The U15A Girls Hockey team produced a season's best performance securing a well deserved 6-1 win against Norwich School. With a number of players away with illness, the team played with a bare eleven players, which seemed to spur the team on in terms of both their attacking play and support for the defensive unit. With the defence setting a solid platform, the midfield four took control of the centre pitch, which proved to be the key to the win. After both teams had spent the first 15mins testing each other out, a couple of quick goals, from Lily Amps and Charlotte Mair, settled the WGS team down and with Izzy Pope scoring just before half-time the team were in confident mode as they took a break. 'More of the same' was the request from the coach, for which WGS continued to create chances on the Norwich goal. Lily Amps scored her second goal, after a fine solo effort, capping off what was a very good individual performance. Izzy Pope scored another two goals, taking her tally to eight for the season. Every player played their part in a solid team performance, with credit going to Megan Watson, who was only playing her second game for the team.