A group of 9 girls travelled to Hurst after school on Thursday evening to play part in the annual HOCNET (hockey and netball) tournament. It’s a tough evening as the girls have little break in between matches and have to switch between hockey and netball games in a matter of minutes.

The evening started with two hockey games. The first, against Hurst C, was a tight affair with Copthorne having most of the possession and chances on goal. The ball just wouldn’t find its way into the goal though and after a final scare late on the final score ended 0-0. The following game against Windlesham was dominated by Copthorne who had all of the possession and chances. Finally Jemima managed to squeeze the ball into the corner of the goal. Further chances were created and missed but the final score of 1-0 was a good result.

From here the girls switched to netball. The first game against St Christopher’s was a tough game with the girls being run ragged around the court and trying to match some very tall girls. The oppositions quick passing game worked well and St Christopher’s ran out comfortable winners in the end. A quick turnaround then put the girls up against Hurst C. The girls started to find a bit more rhythm in this game and Khushi scored a few goals. Hurst though were always jut that little bit ahead and ended up winning the game.

It was then back to the hockey pitch for the final hockey game against St Christopher’s. The girls were unfortunate to go behind early on to a scrappy goal. Some excellent defence from Sheen and Josie meant St Christopher’s barely got back into the Copthorne D. Good work in midfield from Rosie got Jemima running down the right. She squeezed the ball into the bottom corner for her second goal of the evening to even up the game. From there it was all Copthorne but once again that elusive goal just couldn’t be found.

The final game took the girls back to the netball court against Windlesham. After conceding two early goals, Copthorne battled their way back to 2-2. With both teams having chances to get the all-important goal to win it the final whistle sounded. A draw was probably a fair result.

Well done to all the girl for a good evening. It isn’t easy going straight from school and playing so many matches one after the other. Third out of four in the group didn’t show the efforts you put in.