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On the evening of Thursday 20 November, the School’s U14A hockey team sailed through to the regional hockey finals, after a 2-0 victory over Kingston Grammar.
St John's started the game with confidence and an early reverse stick strike by Ali Roe narrowly missed the goal, shocking KGS in the first ten minutes of the game. Pippa Hansford put a fantastic amount of pressure on the midfield and defence, gaining possession on numerous occasions. The girls worked hard on and off the ball but at times dived into tackles and passed the ball inaccurately, allowing KGS to have chances.
Jodie Brine, although limping a little before the match had a superb game and made countless saves from close range shots. Although KGS moved the ball well in attack, they just could not get the ball past her! Antonia, Maya, Sanne and Molly demonstrated their strong defence, working excellently as a unit and distributing the ball well, making a number of tackles against skilful players.
The first half ended 0-0 and although there had been missed opportunities from both sides, it was clear that St John's had the ability to win the match. With increased confidence, the second half saw a good attack by Olivia Conboy, who managed to dribble and eliminate defenders. The ball had been passed into the D and after a few saves, Ali Roe managed to push the ball into the goal to open the scoring.
St John’s conceded a number of short corners, but cleared the ball well and made crucial tackles. With ten minutes to go, St John’s gained a short corner. Olivia Conboy struck the ball with force and it flew into the corner of the backboard, the sound echoing across the pitch.
The score line closed at 2-0 to St John’s, an outstanding win against a strong side who have won a number of national titles.
Alice Littlejohns said, “We are all delighted with the girls’ efforts and are very much looking forward to the final round.”
The regional finals will be played in Surbiton next week, and we wish the girls the very best of luck!
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