WINNERS 

After a long afternoon at the East Grinstead tournament on Wednesday, the girls were back at it again on Thursday evening at the indoor tournament hosted here at Copthorne. Six schools competed in a very close tournament but it was the Copthorne girls who came out victorious after playing some fantastic indoor hockey. Here’s how the shield was won!

Game One – Copthorne 0-1 Brambletye

It all started rather slowly for the girls in the first game. With each match only being six minutes long it was important to get goals early so that we didn’t need to chase the game in the final minute or so. Unfortunately the hard work just wouldn’t turn into a goal and a disappointing 0-1 left the girls feeling downhearted and facing an uphill struggle … or so we thought!

Game Two – Copthorne 2-0 Great Walstead

The girls finally got themselves into gear in this match. Great Walstead are a strong side but fantastic defending and taking our chances meant that we more or less dominated the game from start to finish with Walstead barely registering a shot on the Copthorne goal. It was pleasing to beat a team that had previously beaten us earlier in the season. Our first win and points were in the bag!

Game Three – Copthorne 1-1 Hurst

This was an exciting game that really went from end to end throughout. Both teams squandered chances to score and the game looked to be heading towards a 0-0 draw once again. With time running out Hurst scored a breakaway goal at the back post. Heads could have gone down but with nearly the last seconds of the game ticking down we scrambled an equaliser to make the final score a well-deserved 1-1 draw, a result that would turn out to be crucial later on.

Game Four – Copthorne 2-0 Cumnor House

After being comprehensively beaten in the outdoor match earlier in the year, Copthorne showed Cumnor exactly what they are made of when it comes to indoor hockey. A dominant performance gave the girls are fantastic 2-0 victory over a very skilful side. A very proud coach and spectators just started to believe that we just might do it!

Game 5 Copthorne – Cottesmore 1-0

This turned out to be a must win game. It didn’t start well with Amber getting a nasty ball in the face meaning that she had to come off nursing a black eye that Mike Tyson would be proud of! Putting her body on the line however seemed to pay off as from the resulting short corner, Alice put the ball into the bottom corner. From then on, more excellent defending kept Cottesmore out and the final whistle meant we were almost there.

The girls and I watched on as Hurst failed to beat Brambletye meaning that Copthorne had won the tournament. All the girls and parents were full of smiles and congratulations as the girls posed for photos holding their well-deserved shield.

Well done girls. It was a fantastic evening and you really played your hearts out. We are all very proud of your achievements. CC