U11A Hockey Festival at Ardingly. Won 3 Drew 1 Lost 1

Despite the terrible weather in the morning, we enjoyed fantastic sunshine, as well as great hockey, throughout the festival. In our first match against Ardingly, Copthorne were clearly the stronger team as we held possession of the ball for most of the match. There was some great defending and clearances from Prisha and Emma whilst our forwards Chloe,Tori, Micki and Freya worked hard to score, successfully gaining two of the goals from the two short corners that were given. Score-3-0.
Although we lost our second match against Great Walstead, both teams were evenly matched and it was a pity that Copthorne’s shots at goal were not as accurate as in the previous game. Lost 1-0.
Our next two matches against Lancing and Farlington were successful, with some strong defending again from Prisha and Emma together with great teamwork from the forwards. Both Lucy and Harriet worked well with Micki and Freya, with Harriet scoring one of the goals and Lucy just narrowly missing another.
Despite the lack of goals in the final match, Copthorne clearly held the upper hand against Skippers Hill. Eloise our goalie made some brilliant clearances towards the centre line that allowed the rest of the team to have a go at goal.
Throughout the afternoon, in between matches, teams also took part in three fun hockey challenges. It was great to see the determination in some of the girls, especially Chloe who was determined to improve her score – which she did.
Harriet also did well in one of the challenges, scoring a very high score in the ball flick challenge . She was narrowly beaten by Freya who together with Micki, both won two of the three hockey challenges out of all the twelve teams that were present.
As this tournament was run in a festival format, there was no overall winner. However each team coach was asked to nominate their most valuable player and most improved player.
It is never easy to choose from a team that has so many talented and hardworking players and it was a hard choice to make. However, as she was our main scorer, the afternoon’s most valuable player was Freya with Eloise being awarded the most improved due to her relentless practising over the week and also for some superb clearances of the ball. Well done girls – I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and it was a pleasure to see how your hockey has developed and improved. Thank you once again to our parents for their fantastic support and encouragement. LD

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