Under 16 and 18 Surrey Girls Hockey Champions
The Under 16A Girls’ Hockey team from St George’s College, Weybridge, played in the Surrey Finals at the College on Tuesday 14 October. Their semi final was against City of London Freemen’s School who they had previously beaten in the group stage. The girls had a nervous start and uncharacteristically gave possession away a lot during the first half of the match. Katie MacDonald scored an early goal to settle the nerves, and Phoebe Jackson added another towards the end of the first half after a simple and effect move from the forwards. The score line remained the same at the end of the match, putting the girls into the final.
Their opponents in the final were Cranleigh, who had beaten Epsom College in their semi final. The game was very even with chances at each end and some excellent play from both teams. Cranleigh scored the opening goal to take the lead at half time. The girls scored an equaliser early in the second half after Cara Hayward was in the right place to tap in the rebound from a short corner. The last 15 minutes was a nail biter! The College had two yellow cards and were down to nine players, after some interesting stick tackles. The girls had to reorganise at the back, and worked impressively hard to make up their two person disadvantage. Bella Thomson played a great ball into the circle which fell to Jozie Rooman-Downs calmly slotted the ball past the goal keeper to put us 2-1 up with three minutes to go. The team held on, to win the match and the Surrey Under 16 title.
This was the College’s second title in two days after the 1st XI had played in their finals at Charterhouse on Monday evening. They beat St John's 3-0 in their semi final. Zoe Bennfor, Charlotte Johnson and Orla Cooke scored a goal each to help the team progress to the final. The final was against Cranleigh and, much like the Under 16 final, an end to end affair. Both teams created many scoring opportunities and the College were lucky not to be a goal down at half time, thanks to some outstanding goal keeping from Theo Anthony. Captain Annie Garnham got on the end of a Beth Hayward delivery into the circle to deflect the ball into the Cranleigh net to win the Surrey Under 18 title.
Both teams have now qualified for the regional heats which will be held after Half Term.
Head of Girls’ Games15 October 2014