The AKS U11 girls continued their fantastic hockey journey this season with their fifth tournament in the space of a few weeks. Having just been crowned North West Champions a day earlier they set off to Stonyhurst to take part in the St Mary’s Hall Invitational Tournament. With ten schools competing it was set to be a tough day of hockey with the girls being tired from their long trip to Doncaster the day before.
In our group we played St Mary’s Hall ‘B’ first winning the game comfortably 4-0. Katie and Carly scored a couple of goals each. Next up were Liverpool College and again we passed the ball around well to win 5-0. Jessie and Lucy scored two each this time with Carly adding the fifth. The next two games were much tougher and would determine the final group standings. Kirkham Grammar defended resolutely to keep us at bay. However, we dominated possession and when Kirkham did get forward Madison always looked comfortable in goals. We could not find a winner and the game ended 0-0. King’s Chester also defended well but a moment of great skill enabled Olivia M to score superbly to give us the lead. We continued to attack and this time Olivia played a superb through ball through to Charlotte and she finished off the chance with aplomb. A 2-0 victory meant we won our group.
In the semi-finals we were drawn to play Rossall and this game was once again dominated by our superb passing play. Rossall could not close down our players quick enough and goals from Carly (2), Charlotte and Olivia gave us a 4-0 win sending us through to the final.
We met King’s Chester again in the final and this proved to be a hard fought encounter. Our girls’ energy levels clearly dropped in this game but we had the majority of the play. King’s had the odd break away but we tried our best to create chances. The chances we had were only half ones and from one of the breakaways from King’s they scored the goal that proved to be the winner. Although we had lost, Mr Hodgkinson was very proud of the girls for their determination to try and win the game and for their magnificent efforts over the past two days. Silver medals this time is something they should be proud of. Many thanks for the support of our parents and grandparents on the day and well done to Beth playing in her first tournament for school.