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It has been a busy start to the term, with all the new specialists taking part in a carousel of activities. The girls had the chance to discover and develop their skills in hockey, lacrosse, football, netball and fives. There was a buzz around the campus whilst the girls took part and decided if this was a sport to pursue.
This term we will the majority of the girls representing the school. There will be three hockey teams, at least two football and lacrosse teams. Regular training and fixtures are organised and it will be nice to see the girls progress over the term.
We were very lucky this Tuesday to have Hollie Pearne-Webb (GB Hockey Captain) run a masterclass with the hockey players. This was a chance to learn from the best and the girls developed over the course of the session.
This week the girls' football will play Gordons and at the weekend we host Lord Wandsworth College for hockey.
The 1st XI started their league campaign early in Week 1 with a match away at Ardingly on Thursday. The squad were exceptional in their approach to the day, they set high standards in everything they did, took ownership and responsibility, worked hard, were competitive and showed a good attitude throughout. We lost 1-0 and we have some work to do on our fitness and our tactical understanding, but if the players approach the rest of the season in the same way then we have a good season ahead.
The 1st XI also went to the ISFA 6s on Sunday and had the joys of playing 11-a-Side on a 6-a-Side pitch. A slightly disappointing group stage saw us enter the Plate competition in the afternoon. A win over St Columba’s College in the Quarter-Final set up a re-match from our ISFA Cup defeat last year to Queen Ethelburga’s and we duly won 1-0 to reach the Plate Final. Unfortunately we lost 1-0 to Westminster in the Final, but we progressed a round further than last year and beat Queen Ethelburga’s so there are signs on progress.
In the Saturday block fixtures against Ardingly we had some strong results with 7 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. The 16C team were particularly impressive with a 6-0 win and the 14A team look very promising.