29 Nov 2017
Girls' 1st XI Hockey and Boys' XV Rugby top 8 in the Country

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Our 1st XI girls’ hockey make it through to the last 8 in the country, national quarter finals, beating Eastbourne College 6-5, after penalty shuffles.

Despite having travelled a mammoth 3 and a half hours to Eastbourne, the girls played with tempo, in the first half but conceded twice to be 2-0 down at the interval and failed to convert two good chances of our own. They then put together a scintillating second half display, scoring 3 superb open play goals (Zoe Cole, Bethan Davies and Zoe Ramsay) to lead 3-2 with full time beckoning, but with the very last play of the game Eastbourne equalised for 3-3. Their character and self-belief was impressive and Sofia Navarro was quite brilliant with her defensive and attacking play and Lucy Boakes and Lydia Sanders were the driving force through the middle. Extra time ensued and it remained 3-3. This meant penalty shuffles and Rosy Wodhams in goal was athletic and intelligent, saving 3 of the Eastbourne attempts and our girls taking the shuffles were composed and clinical, slotting their first 3 chances to progress to the national quarter finals. The top 8 in the land.

Excitingly this matches the boys’ rugby who also lie in the top 8 in the Daily Mail Trophy table. It is a really exhilarating season for both boys and girls and let’s hope the momentum can be sustained.

The journey for the girls in the cup so far has seen them thus beat Norwich (away) 4-1, Princethorpe (home) 3-0 and Eastbourne (away) 6-5.