St Faith’s Girls in Two Hockey National Finals

On Friday May 13th, the Girls 1st team traveled to Beeston Hockey Club hoping to secure a National Title for the 1st time. This was a squad who had achieved so much already and were looking for a fairy tale ending to their wonderful hockey experiences at school. They started off the day in confident fashion beating Bromsgrove 3-0 with goals from Lucy B, Izzie A and Fleur A. Ruby J was devastating at times on the right wing and secured the Lady of the Match. The next match was against The Elms who were strong opposition and proved very difficult to break down. Eventually the pressure told and Lucy B scored a cracking goal to secure a 1-0 win, with a very strong performance at the back meaning Lady of the match went to Jenny G.

Game 3 was against a very combative Cheadule Hume side who were playing some cracking hockey and they put us under an awful amount of pressure in the 1st half. After a bit of soul searching at half time a rejuvenated team went out and upped their game immensely, with Lucy B again stepping up to score the winning goal to make it 1-0 and she also was given Lady of the Match. This win meant the girls had already qualified for the final but were still focused enough to try and end the group stages with a 100% record. They did indeed do this with an excellent performance against Godolphin and Latymer which ended up 1-0 with a fine strike from Milly W. Matilda L was excellent around the pitch and Rebecca M put in a very commanding performance in the middle, gaining Lady of the Match.

The final was to be played against a very strong St George’s Weybridge. The team were full of confidence and firmly believed they could win the title. It was a game full of incident and goals. St George’s went 1-0 up with a scrappy goal but the girls showed excellent resilience and responded quickly with an equaliser from Izzie A. At half time the score remained 1-1. St George’s again took the lead early on in the second half and St Faith’s showed fantastic spirit to score almost immediately again through Lucy B to make it 2-2. Nina L produced three fine saves in quick succession to keep the scores level and with just a couple of minutes left St Faith’s looked as if they had taken the lead as Izzie A struck a shot into the far corner only for it to be disallowed and a short corner given. This proved crucial as we failed to convert the penalty corner and time ran out meaning Penalty Strokes were enforced.

It seemed an unjust way to decide a final, for both teams, but the girls gave their very best and all flicks were scored by each player, meaning sudden death was in place. The St George’s keeper then made a wonderful save and they converted their next penalty ensuring a win. It was a bitter pill to swallow as the girls had given so much but it meant we were runners up at The National Finals.

Although devastated the team can be so proud of their efforts and when they look back on their last three years which have included 33 School Fixtures won and none drawn or lost, three county cups, two East Region In 2 Hockey Titles, two IAPS Regional Titles and five National finals in total, they will hopefully realise what a formidable team they have been. We wish them every success in their hockey in the future and bring on next year!

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