The Hockey season started very well with a pre-season festival at Cheltenham College. The girls definitely blew away the cobwebs and battled hard in some very close matches. We were happy to come away with 5 wins and 2 losses. The girls were ready for what the rest of the season would bring. There was a very solid defensive structure and the girls consistently made some fantastic tackles. The girls battled hard at the Blundell’s Hockey tournament and came 2nd in the plate competition; missing out on the Cup through goal difference. The girls played some great hockey, only losing their last game- with recognition going to the forwards who battled hard.
The season continued much the same; some great wins and some hard fought battles where we came off second best. We played another tournament at HMSG and although we started very slow we pulled our socks up when it mattered and finished a very respectable 3rd place with the help of some fantastic battling by 1st VII captain Rosie Watts.
We finished the season with two fantastic games where we scored combined 16 goals and only let 2 goals past them; thanks to some great saves by Rebecca Parry in goal. Well done to all the girls who played in the U13 A team this season.
The Under 13B team were very strong all season, winning some great contests at the Blundell’s Hockey tournament and against local sides. There were some hard fought battles and credit goes to Rachel Wilcox in goal and Olivia Colthart, captain for their performance at Blundell’s. The weather wasn’t kind to us at Beaudesert where we battled hard in a close game fought in pouring rain. There were some great individual performances by the girls on the day which showed the St John’s fighting spirit. The girls were all enjoying the competition and they weren’t afraid of getting stuck in. Some great defending allowed us the best opportunities to push forward throughout the season and there was a real strong attacking structure allowing the girls to produce some incredible goals. A fantastic season, well done to all involved there was a great camaraderie amongst the team throughout.
The under 13C team were enthusiastically led by Ella Kitching and their first match against Wycliffe was the most exciting of them all. It was a thrilling end to end battle and St. John’s with some excellent play from the forwards allowed them to fight back from behind to draw 4-4! Clarice made some strong saves in goal to hold off the strong attacking force. An excellent start to the season! The season continued much the same; some hard performances across the pitch but with some mixed results. It was great to see all of the girls taking part, with such enthusiasm and determination to represent St John’s.
The under 11 girls enjoyed the pre-season spectacle at Cheltenham College and knew it was going to be a tough season ahead. They worked tirelessly in games lessons, making fantastic progress through the Autumn months. A special mention to Eleanor Morgan who made some incredible saves in goal against a well drilled Cheltenham side. They ended the first half term with a well fought battle against Badminton losing 1-0 but the girls played their socks off and were determined to return after half term ready and raring to go. Their hard work paid off with a superb win against Llandaff with the ball flying in to the back of the goal on a number of occasions! The girls finished off the season in the Severnside tournament at Wycliffe playing some outstanding hockey and a much deserved win against Tockington. They incorporated all of their skills and knowledge gained this season and put on a marvellous display of hockey and must be commended for this! A brilliant effort girls, well done!