The U9s celebrate as they finish with a winning streak
The U9s have had a superb hockey season; all 25 girls from Prep 3 and 4 have represented the School and the A team also secured their fifth win in a row last Wednesday, beating Brooke Priory 2-1. This victory followed 4-3 and 3-1 wins against Witham Hall and 3-0 and 2-1 wins against Bedford Girls’ School. Before half term, the team also beat Stamford Junior School 2-0. They have been led by Libby Hoyles and their top goal scorer was Lucy Brett. Francesca Pittman, Amber Crossley-King, Anna Fairbrother and Mia Lesniak have all worked enthusiastically in midfield with Erin Brook and Molly Jamieson controlling the defence. Ruby Marriott and Rebekah Clough have been fantastic in goal, with Rebekah moving from goal keeper to goal scorer, towards the second half of the season.
The B team started the season with an exciting 9-3 win against St Hugh’s; they secured a hard fought draw against Gresham’s Preparatory School and finished their season beating Brooke Priory 4-1. Maryam Ali was the team’s top goal scorer, but all of the girls worked together to produce these results; they have tried hard in lessons to improve their stick skills, their tackling and understanding of their position, where to run and where to pass. Particular mention goes to Karie-Ella Bailey, Jessica Tucker, Isla Kitchingman and Sarah Ali, all four pupils are only in Prep 3 and so it is their first year of playing competitive matches, they have all worked incredible hard and have had an outstanding season.
The C team have demonstrated tremendous progress, increasing their control on the ball and their confidence in defence and attack. The highlight of the season was their 0-0 draw against Gresham’s.
To conclude their positive season, all of the U9 girls had House Hockey on Friday 8 December. After five, slightly chilly, hockey matches, the scores were even and Sparks played against Holmes in the final. With goals being scored by Isla Kitchingman and Francesca Pittman and Holmes’ shots saved by Ruby Marriott, Sparks won 2-0 and won the house competition.
Well done, team!