The first team took the short trip to Worth on Wednesday to take part the 7-a-side hockey tournament. With 14 schools at the event this was a big tournament and the girls were put into a tough group with some strong schools. Games were 10 minutes one way so the aim was to score early and then try and add to this. It turned out to be a long but a positive afternoon.

Cumnor House 2 – 0 Copthorne
This was always going to be a tough game against Cumnor who have a very strong side. The game didn’t start well with Cumnor scoring an early goal. The girls battled back but never really threatened the Cumnor goal. Sheen and Josie tackled well at the back but eventually Cumnor broke through to double their lead and see out the rest of the game. A disappointing start but things would get better.

Copthorne 0-0 Ashdown House
Perhaps the most frustrating game of the day as Copthorne dominated possession but once again failed to threaten the Ashdown House goal. Jemima and Khushi made some good runs but the end product just seemed to be lacking. The defence remained strong however with Ashdown House never looking like scoring a goal. This should have been a comfortable victory but if you don’t create chances then you won’t win games.

Handcross Park 0-0 Copthorne
This turned out to be a very entertaining game. Both teams went for the victory early on but seemed to cancel each other out in the midfield. Having watched Handcross before, Copthorne did a much better job of nullifying their best players much to their frustration. Katie and Rosie defended well in this game but it was almost thrown away at the end when some slack marking left a Handcross player at the back post who luckily missed the ball as it looked to be easy to score. A real let off. 0-0 though was a pleasing result against a strong side.

Copthorne 0-2 Burgess Hill
This was most definitely the poorest game of the tournament for Copthorne. Burgess Hill were a strong side but the girls did not play to their strengths at all and seemingly let the opposition walk through them with ease. It was 1-0 after only 20 seconds of the game and if it wasn’t for Jemima making a string of excellent saves it could and should have been a lot more than the eventual 2-0 score line suggests. A bit of a telling off from Mr Clark ensued after the game about the lack of marking. This seemed to have the desired effect though as the next two games were much, much better.

Copthorne 1 -1 Windlesham
A previously unbeaten Windlesham side came to the game looking for what they thought was an easy victory. What they came up against was a team with more desire and determination. Copthorne played the much better hockey throughout the game, creating many chances and causing the opposition to make lots of mistakes. With Mr Clark’s words ringing in their ears the marking was ten times better which meant Windlesham just couldn’t break through the defence. Jemima made a good run down the right and her shot squirmed under the keepers kicker and into the corner for a deserved lead. As the final whistle beckoned, one last Windlesham attack finally broke free and they made the most of it with a good finish. A disappointing end to a great game and one the girls should be proud of.

Copthorne 2-1 Roedean
The final game produced Copthorne’s victory of the day against Roedean. Two early goals from Jemima and Khushi meant that Roedean were chasing the game. Although they managed to pull one goal back, followed by some questionable umpiring decisions, the girls defended really well and shut the game out for a well-deserved victory.

Well done to all the girls involved. I always think that Copthorne punches well above their weight at these tournaments against schools who have many more girls to choose from and who have astros to practise on as well. The girls should be proud of their efforts. They were a thorn in the side of all the teams they played against; frustrating teams who felt that they would easily turn us over. It didn’t happen and all the credit goes to the whole team.