Under 9 National Festival

The youngest team in the club, took part in the England hockey under 9 wild festival held in Nottingham on Saturday. This involved 40 teams from all over the country, each divided into groups of 5. Each team was given the name of a ‘wild’ animal as part of this; we were known as the TIGERS! Our first game was against the Wolves from Wakefield, we started brightly winning 6-0, with 2 goals from Will S, 1 from Archie and a hatrick from Lottie. This was followed by a convincing 3-0 against the Swans from St Neots with 2 goals from Theo and a further 1 from Lottie. Our closest game came against the Reindeer from Cheltenham, who had also won their first two games. In this game after defending a series of short corners Georgie made a crucial tackle at right defence and passed to Archie who made a strong run from midfield, his shot from the top of the D hitting the inside of the post, only to bounce out for Lottie to follow in from 2 yards out. This proved the winning goal with the game finishing 1-0. Our final game was against the Star Fish from Stockport, another comfortable victory 5-0 with a hatrick by Archie and goals from Will S and Will D whilst Sam hit the post. This was a very successful day for the under 9s who managed to extend their unbeaten season to 22 games, this was helped particularly by the strong defending by Martha and Georgie which allowed for attacking flair upfront.