U11 ISA Hockey Tournament
Nine girls were selected to take part in the U11 ISA Hockey Tournament. Having already won the U12 Hockey league and coming 3rd in the County Tournament, the girls had another opportunity to show off their talents. The girls have been training and working particularly hard as a squad and couldn’t wait to get on the pitch. Having won this tournament in 2016, Claires Court were determined to retain their title.
The U11’s got off to a fantastic start beating both The Study School 7-0 and Holme Grange B 2-1. There was some fantastic play from Lily Mae Morrell down the left hand side. Yana Todorova is a very experienced hockey player who also created lots of chances down the right hand side and managing to score the winning goal.
Claires Court had two group games left to play, against Holme Grange A and LVS School. Having already come up against Holme Grange in the previous County Tournament, they knew it was going to be tough. Miss Hudson gave the girls some defensive tactics of which the girls took on board and displayed on the pitch. 15 minutes each way was a long time to defend and Holme Grange managed to break through twice to make it 2-0. Unfortunately the girls had nothing left to give, and lost 2-0. Eleanor Dries had an outstanding game in left defence, always clearing the ball out wide or into attack, deserving player of the match.
Miss Hudson picked the girls back up for their last game against LVS. Amelie Helm got herself into the correct position up front to score some excellent goals. Eleanor Dries and Yana Todorova also manage to put a few in the back of the net, giving Claires Court a convincing win of 7-0.
Having won 3 and lost 1 game, the girls were waiting anxiously for the results. Yana Todorova was given a special mention from the Wellington College coach for her excellent leadership skills on the pitch and also her fantastic performance throughout the tournament. The final results were in, Claires Court U11 came 2nd overall which is an excellent achievement, bringing home 9 silver medals. Well done girls!
S. Bhalla, E. Dries, T. Odesanya, S. Stalham, Y. Todorova, H. Taylor-West, A. Helm, L. Morrell, G. Hellmuth.