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Old Girls vs First XI Hockey

 Old Girls vs First XV matchThe SHS 1st XI were delighted to welcome back some old faces in the form of an Old Girls Hockey squad at the end of last term.

As the first time this fixture has been hosted, even the frost wasn’t enough to deter the two squads, who were raring to go for the last game of the season. With a couple of sisterly rivalries present in the teams, it was set to be an excellent match.

The Old Girls started strong and put the 1st XI on the back foot straight away with some fabulous attacking play from Zoe Andrew, Georgie Bendle and Jess Dalgleish, and were extremely unlucky not to score in the first ten minutes. The 1st XI, adamant not to lose to their predecessors, came back fighting with some lovely linking play from Aimee Blay at the back, through Rachel Richardson, Hannah Paish and up to Lydia Kay up front. The Old Girls back line consisting of Beth Parr, Grace Macdonald at sweeper and a sterling performance from Alice Smyth in goal denied countless attempts from the SHS 1st XI and the first half ended 0-0.

A shell-shocked first team entered the team talk with discussions about how the Old Girls were ‘so much better than we thought they’d be!’ and decided to up the pace of the game in the second half and show what they are really made of!

 Players during the Old Girls vs First XV match at SHSSome lovely attacking play down the lines allowed the 1st XI to put away three goals throughout the course of the second half. The game ended with a 3-0 win to the 1st XI, however this by no means reflected the skill and athleticism demonstrated by the Old Girls, who fought admirably and were denied a goal only by the skill and experience of Vicky Salt in goal.

The supporters ensured the atmosphere around the pitch was friendly yet competitive and the post-match buffet allowed for catching-up between Old Girls, current players, parents and teachers.

Lucy Hornby, PE Teacher at SHS, said “I would like to express my thanks to all those who came along to show their support as well as Mrs Powell for her superb umpiring. The game was a huge success and is something which will now become an annual occasion to mark the end of the hockey season.”