Regional finals held at Beeston – 30th April
Our U12’s travelled to Beeston hockey club to take part in the regional finals after winning the county championship. In our group we would play 3 games to see who qualifies further in the tournament and our opponents were: Lichfield, Matlock, Stourport. The first game with Lichfield was won (3-0) with fast attacking hockey, followed by a last second defeat against Matlock from a short corner. The final game was against Stourport where we drew 1-1. The girls then played more matches to decide where they would place with the highlight being an exciting penalty shoot out which we won!
Overall lots of smiling faces and hockey experience against some of the best players in the Midlands area. Great effort girls!
Regional finals held at Rugby School - Sunday 7th May
A squad of girls travelled to Rugby to take part in the regional finals. The Leicester qualifying group consisted of, Worcester, Chesterfield & Shrewsbury. The first game with Worcester was drawn (1-1), followed by winning against both Chesterfield (2-1) & Shrewsbury (2-0). Due to goal difference the team topped the group progressing to the knock out stages.
First up was Telford who came second to Beeston in the Group stages. A solid victory followed with little to trouble the defence. Next was Beeston in the semi-finals that was potentially a very different fixture. The squad dug deep attacking with flare & defending stoutly (2 magnificent goal-keeper saves) end up with a 1-0 victory - the final beckoned.
The final opponent- Belper
The game was played at a furious pace and produced the best hockey of the day. Belper stretched our defence and again the goal was peppered. We had a couple of real chances to score but were denied. At the final whistle the score remained 0-0.
With regret we came second in the penalty flick shoot out and therefore ended the tournament in second place. Perhaps we should have practiced for them!
In conclusion a great day of hockey, a squad that surprised itself in their ability and fun was had by all. Great effort!