Last Wednesday the U11 hockey team travelled to Stonyhurst for the St Mary’s Hall Invitational Tournament. Group victories against Liverpool College (3-0), Sedbergh (2-0), SMH B (11-0) and Rossall (3-0) ensured we comfortably finished top of our group.
Our semi-final opponents were King’s Chester. Unfortunately, we got off to a shaky start conceding an early goal. However, we quickly turned things around to lead 2-1 at the break. The goals came from a well-executed penalty corner from Charlotte and a neat finish from Jessie. In the second half we controlled the game well and further goals, one a piece from Charlotte and Jessie sent us through to the final.
The final was a tense affair against local rivals Kirkham. They started well and were able to stop our free flowing hockey. However, we managed to get a foothold in the game and dominated large periods of the match. Daniella, in goals, did not have a single shot to save, as the defence was marshalled superbly by Lisa. We created several chances of our own, and even with an injury to the ever-dangerous Carly, we continued to attack at will. Unfortunately, we could not find a winner in normal time and the match went in to extra time. Still no goals were scored and the tournament was decided on penalty strokes. Carly was unable to take hers, so first Jessica and then Charlotte coolly scored theirs. With the game at 2-2 Jessie scored hers too, but unfortunately it was disallowed. Kirkham netted the last stroke and won the match on penalties.
This was a disappointing way to end the tournament, as the AKS girls had played superbly on the day. We only conceded 1 goal and scored 23, and after being the better side in the final, it was an unfortunate way to lose. However, the girls should be proud of their efforts and in taking home the runners up medals.