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Hockey players lead the field

The School’s 1st XI girls’ hockey team led the way through a strong weekend of sport for St John’s, beating Christ’s Hospital 7-0 at home.

Despite some horrendous weather conditions, the girls put together some excellent passing hockey and enjoyed the chance to express themselves well in attack against a depleted Christ’s Hospital side.

Captain Jasmin Cornish (Lower Sixth, Gloucester) led with distinction and enjoyed her most dynamic game of the season. The catalyst for a number of moves, she capped a fine display with two goals in the first half which set her side on the way. However, it is Georgia Winter (Upper Sixth, Haslewood) who will claim the plaudits with a fine hat-trick.

In the second half, centre back Macy McCutcheon (Upper Fifth, South) broke forward with extraordinary pace and power, and buried a back-hand finish after good work from Georgia Smith (Upper Sixth, Haslewood). Lara Sibley (Lower Sixth, Gloucester) had put the finishing touches to a well-worked move down the right where Anna Whitworth was threatening all afternoon.

Team coach Guy Hicks commented: “Special mention should also go to Louise Barr (Lower Sixth, South) who made her 1st XI debut in goal in the absence of Louisa Bray. Louise has been a stalwart of St John’s hockey and her improvement over the years has been remarkable. This cap was just reward for her dedication and hard work and she stands as an example to all.”

The School’s rugby players also enjoyed a successful day of sport, with all teams but the 1st XV and U15A teams recording a win. The St John’s U16 netball squad performed well and did the School proud at the National Schools Qualifying round. Having beaten Woldingham, Putney, Caterham, Cranleigh and Epsom they were successful in winning their group, before bowing out of the competition against Guildford High. Congratulations must go to the School’s U14A hockey team, who picked up their first victory of the season, and were awarded ‘Team of the Week’ for doing so.

Published on 17/11/2015

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