The first team took part in the annual East Grinstead hockey tournament on Wednesday, a huge tournament with 27 teams taking part. The girls were put into a tough group with another 6 schools with only the top two in the group making it through the final stages.

Game One – Copthorne 0 – 0 Ardingly

It proved to be a frustrating first game for the girls. Alice got a nasty ball deflected into her head after only one minute leaving a very impressive lump on her eyebrow, not the best of starts. Both teams were evenly matched and had their chances but neither side seemed able to take advantage of them. Jemima made some good saves in goal to keep us in the game at the end. The game laid the foundations for a very positive next couple of games.

Game Two – Copthorne 1 – 0 Bromley High

A dominant performance should really have meant we won this game by more than just the one goal. Great marking from all the girls and some strong attacking meant that Bromley were never really in the game, much to the frustration of their coach! Amber scored the crucial goal to give us our first win of the day and put some smiles on everyone’s faces.

Game Three – Copthorne 3 – 0 Moira House

The girls made their dominance count in this game against a fairly week Moira House side. It was a constant attack for the entire 10 minute game with the girls starting to move the ball around nicely to create more space, especially from the back. In truth the score should have probably been more than 3-0 but another win put us in a good position.

Game Four – Copthorne 0 – 6 Danes Hill

This was the toughest game of the day. Having watched Danes Hill sweep past every team so far with relative ease it was our turn to see if we could cause an upset. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Danes Hill ran out comfortable winners. The girls really did put a good shift in against some very strong players and threatened the Danes Hill goal on a few occasions, something that previous teams hadn’t been able to do. It was onwards and upwards towards the next game.

Game 5 – Copthorne 0 – 0 Lingfield Notre Dame

This was perhaps the most frustrating game of the day. Over an hour went by before we played this game and once again we were made to pay for not putting our chances away. We really needed a win in this game but time after time the ball just would not find it’s way into the Lingfield goal. Strong defence kept the opposition out but as the final whistle went we all knew that we really needed a win to go through to the next round.

Game 6 – Copthorne 0 – 3 Sutton Valance

The final game of the day saw us lose to a strong Sutton Valance side who were well drilled and clinical in front of goal. The girls continued to work hard right up until the final whistle but the day had taken its toll and tired legs meant that Sutton were just a bit too strong for us.

The day ended up with us coming fourth in the group of seven. This was a good achievement considering the size of some of the schools we were playing on the day. Two wins, two draws and two defeats meant we were only a couple of points off third place.

Well done to all the girls for putting so much effort in all afternoon and behaving really well, even during the long breaks between games. Thank you also to the parents who came along to support the girls on the day.