Girls 1stXI Hockey win bragging rights over Boys 1st XV
The AKS 1st XI hockey season was bought to a close in the traditionally way with the annual challenge match against the Boys 1st XV rugby team and for the Year 13 pupils it as an emotional game as they pulled on an AKS shirt for the final time. Captains Jessica S and Alanis P led their team for the final time on Thursday and for fellow Yr 13 pupils Fran W, Libby B , Molly C and Milly K it was a winning end to their school hockey playing careers and no doubt will give them bragging rights for many weeks to come!
As is also the tradition the hockey girls donned the boys rugby kit, with face paint to make them look tougher, whilst the boys wore hockey kit surprisingly well and Ed F was pleasantly surprised that he fitted into a size 8 shirt!!
The Boys team are always worthy opponents for the girls as the talented sportsmen always pose a threat with their pace and versatility, despite many having not played much hockey, and once again this year it proved to be the case with only one goal separating the teams at the final whistle.
The game started with the girls enjoying much of the ball and creating a number of attacks but good defending by the boys saw them thwart the girls’ attacks to stay level. Mollie M demonstrated her skills and strength beating a number of defenders before setting up Macy C on the wing but the superior speed of the boys made it difficult for her to outrun her opponent and the attack broke down. As the game progressed the boys gradually started to get to grips with the rules of the game and with Myles C showing some good skills in the middle of the pitch they posed an attacking threat which required good defending from Megan C, Jess H , Fran W and Molly C to stop them taking the lead. The girls showed good composure and their superior stick skills saw them take the game to the boys and create more opportunities before the break but they could not find the net and at half time the scores were level at 0 - 0.
The second half saw the boys start to use their pace to greater effect with Taylor C lively up front but again the girls defended well as a team and when the boys did get a sight of goal Alanis P was on hand to keep the ball out of the net. The girls again enjoyed the lions share of possession and the best chance of the game came in the 6th minute when Mollie M received the ball in midfield, beat several players before finding space in the circle to get a great reverse stick shot away but it flew just wide. Lifted by this the girls took the game to the boys and put them under pressure winning a couple of attacking corners but great defending by the boys again kept the ball out. With the scores still level the boys had their best chance to go into the lead when a great through ball found a free forward in the circle but great closing down from Alanis P in goal forced him to shoot wide.
With the game in the balance the girls lifted their game and started to pass the ball with greater effect and again won several corners corner. From the second of these a great strike from Mollie M brought a save from the boys keeper but when the ball fell to Lucy R she slotted it under the stranded keeper to give the girls a well deserved lead. With 6 minutes to go the boys went on the attack but the girls were determined to keep the lead and they fought for every ball and defended superbly both individually and as a team and the boys were forced into a number of errors which gave possession away. The girls did have the ball in the back of the net again but it was ruled out as it had hit a girls foot on its way to goal but seconds later the final whistle blew and the girls were celebrating a hard fought and well deserved victory.
Year 13 pupils Alanis P, Jess S,Fran W, Libby B , Molly C and Milly K end their superb hockey careers with another notable victory which will no doubt add to the many, many superb memories they will take with them from playing hockey at Arnold, KEQMS and finally AKS. We thank them all for their commitment, loyalty and hard work over the years. You have been a great credit to the school.