With enthusiasm un-dampened by the weather, over 70 girls representing a number of local primary schools took part in a Junior Hockey Tournament hosted at Princethorpe College yesterday.

For the girls who had played hockey before, this tournament was an exciting occasion to put their skills into practise in a competitive environment, whilst those who were new to the game were treated to a hockey skills masterclass by some of Princethorpe’s first team hockey players. Aidan McMahon, also an A-Level PE student, coaching teams from The Revel and Our Lady’s Schools, was impressed with how quick the girls took to the game: ‘They picked up the basic skills in no time and were eager to learn more; if they continue with that competitive spirit they have the potential to improve rapidly.’

2016 Crescent School Hockey Winners

The tournament was hard fought with close games and loud supporters fuelling the festival atmosphere. The opening match between the Crescent and Crackley Hall set the tone, with team work and individual skill combining to make a compelling spectacle. This match was followed by an energetic game between the Croft and Milverton House, in which both teams demonstrated their athleticism and hard work. Ultimately, the teams were so finely balanced that only goal difference could separate Crescent and the Croft as the top two teams; scoring one goal more, Crescent carried the day.

Mrs Brookes, Princethorpe’s Head of Girls’ Games enjoyed seeing the talent on display: ‘It was lovely to see the girls having so much fun; with the Olympic success in hockey this year, it is great to see so many girls eager to take up this fantastic sport. They are learning valuable skills in team work and commitment and, if they keep practising, they could be the hockey players of the future!’

Many congratulations to all who took part – a fantastic start to their hockey seasons.

Final Standings:

1. Crescent

2. Croft

3. Crackley Hall

4. Milverton House

Images shows U11 competing teams from; Crackley Hall, The Crescent, The Croft, Our Lady’s, The Revel School, Milverton A and B teams plus The Winning U11 Crescent Girls’ Hockey Team.

Hockey Festival

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