05 Nov 2021
U16 Girls finish as runners up in East Regional finals.

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Wisbech Grammar School's U16 Girls' Hockey team travelled to Harleston to do their best competing in the East Regional competition. Ambition was high and the girls wanted to set their standards high.

Our first game was against Neatherd and Wisbech had the majority of the chances and possession throughout the game. Our girls managed to get the ball into the D numerous times, win short corners and get shots away at goal but unfortunately the chances were not capitalised upon. Against the run of play, Neatherd found themselves 1 on 1 against Lexie (GK), whose best efforts denied their first attempt but the Neatherd player collected the ball before our defence and took the rebound around the GK and calmly played the ball into the goal to claim the first victory of the tounament.

The girls knew they could improve upon their first performance and responded superbly to built momentum for their 5 remaining matches where they went undefeated without conceeding another goal. Anona scored the winning goal in our second game against Wayland to win 1-0; and Freya scored the only goal against Kings Peterborough.

After lunch, and another downpour of rain, our girls managed to find their best Hockey! The passing, simplicity of play and teamwork was highly effective and amongst the best we've played all season; we felt like no-one was able to stop us! Freya and Lilian scored one each to win our fourth game 2-0. Elyn, Ana and Lilian(2) were the goal scorers in our penultimate match to win 4-0; and a final hatrick against Coopers Coborn from Lilian saw out our competition.

We hoped our latter results were enough to compensate against our lapse in the first game and that our opponents also had a blemish in their results too. But sadly Neatherd, our opponents in our first game, remained unbeaten and claimed the title.

We proudly accepted our runner-up medals as we were very happy where our standard of Hockey finished at by the end of the tournament. It was an excellent opportunity to have so many thanks for the tournament organisers and officials. We learnt much along the way and will use this experience as another building block along our path of development.

Team: Karise Sherry, Ana Norman, Lilian Ley, Freya Langley, Olexandra Klibanecz, Annie Gee, Elyn Lauder, Anona Bressani, Amelia Goode, Phoenix Blake.

Players Player of the tournament: Lilian Ley

Coaches player of the tournament: Freya Langley