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Juniors Tour for Hockey and Rugby

On Thursday 9 November, Junior Girls in Years 5 and 6 and Juniors Boys in Year 6 embarked on a hockey and rugby tour to Newquay. The boys soon interacted with the girls, playing a humorous game of ‘dead ants’ in the service station. The next stop was at St Peter’s school in Exeter, where both boys and girls played their first Hockey and Rugby fixture. The girls were very excited and full of energy ready for their match.

Miss Katie Hudson wrote the following report about the girls performance:

Junior Girls Hockey TourThe A Team got off to a flying start and played with great confidence. St Peter’s defence were very strong and did a good job at getting 7 players behind the ball to deny Claires Court from scoring. The girls did not give up and piled the pressure on, with Eleanor Dries scoring a fantastic goal. The girls started to tire in the second half and unfortunately conceded two goals. Final score; St Peters 2, Claires Court 1.

The B Team had great determination going into the first game. Katrina O’Brien played with great confidence bringing the ball out of defence up into attack. St Peters created some good attacking play throughout the game, resulting in 2 goals, with the Claires Court girls getting better and better as the game went on. The B team came out stronger in the second half and did not concede any goals.

Friday morning after a full English breakfast the boys and girls travelled to the seafront to visit the Newquay Aquarium. After an excellent trip to the aquarium, the girls had to rush back to theRugby Tour to Newquay hotel to prepare for their afternoon match.

The teams were up against Truro Prep School and were determined to win. I was so proud of the girls and how well they played and jelled as a team. The girls were awarded 11 short corners of which Eleanor Dries managed to convert some. An excellent performance by the A team winning 6-0 against. The player of the match was awarded to Eleanor Dries for her excellent stick skills and 4 goals.  

After their first game the B Team were feeling a lot more comfortable, when in possession of the ball. They played as a team and supported each other from defence into attack. Unfortunately the girls could not hold onto the lead and lost 2-3 but this score didn’t credit their performance. Kyra Lloyd was awarded player of the match.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed their evening meal at Truro Bowls, followed by an evening of bowling. It’s safe to say Miss Barlow is now a natural and poor Miss Barrett could not follow suit. Saturday soon arrived, along with a downpour of rain. With high winds and torrential rain the A Team did exceptionally well and managed to keep their winning form up, beating Truro High Rugby/Hockey TourSchool 2 – 0. The B Team had another tough game and lost 3-0. Lily Mae Morrell and Bailey Hunt were awarded player of the match. Well done!

They then had a relaxed afternoon of shopping, arcades, swimming and pizza. To finish off such a successful day, we were greeted by the boys and girls parents back at the hotel for our presentation evening.

The final day arrived and the girls had another early start, packing their cases and loading the coach before they set off for their final hockey fixtures. The girls played in a hockey tournament at Penair School in Truro. Again the A team got stuck in and were determined to play to their best ability. The A team won 2 games and drew 2 games, finishing second overall in the tournament. Fantastic result! The B Team came joint third overall in the tournament, drawing 1 game and closely losing 3 games.

It was a fantastic and energetic tour for the Junior Girls and Boys. The pupils and staff were extremely well behaved and were a credit to the school. Congratulations to all tourists for a fantastic weekend of sport!

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