Girls Impress on the Hockey Pitch

The U15 and U16 Hockey teams have seen lots of unbeaten action over the last few weeks.

On Thursday 7th November the U16A hockey team set off to Surrey to play Cranleigh School in the next round of the National Cup.

The girls anticipated it would be a tough game but after a thorough warmup the team was raring to go. The start whistle went and Headington were off to a strong start – within seven minutes, Katie had scored from a brilliant deflection into the back of the net. Not long after, the girls scored a second goal in open play meaning they were up 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, Headington began to lose their shape and struggled against Cranleigh’s attacking breaks. In the last five minutes, the score was tied at a nail-biting 3-3. Kate managed to break through Cranleigh’s attack and dribble past all the opposition from deep in Headington’s own half. Bizza did well to keep up with her. Drama ensued as Kate struck the ball and it whizzed towards the goal – with a tidy deflection from Bizza, Headington had won the game!

Mr Alex Williams, Headington’s Hockey specialist said “We went home happy, proud and fired up for the cup’s next round.”

The U15A Hockey team had big boots to fill at their County Hockey Tournament, with the U14s, U16s and U18s having all performed fantastically at their respective tournaments. The girls arrived at a cold Cokethorpe School in a bubbly mood, ready to play some fast, attacking and exciting Hockey. With Oxford High School up first, Headington started well, creating a vast number of chances with Zara breaking the deadlock and scoring to win the match 1-0. Next up was Tudor Hall which saw Grace and Zara on the scoresheet as the girls took the match 2-0. The team’s third match was against St Edward’s School. With some great play from both sides, and some near misses at both ends, the game finished 0-0 with the teams sharing the points. A tough game against Bloxham School saw a disappointing 0-0 draw. The final game of the tournament was against hosts Cokethorpe. The girls were tired after 80 minutes of Hockey but raring to go and their determination and passion showed in this last game. Headington looked like the stronger team but unfortunately could not quite convert. The game finished 0-0, meaning the girls finished the day unbeaten and second overall.

Mr Williams said: “This was a phenomenal effort. There was so much passion and grit shown by the girls, who were excellent ambassadors for the School. A well done to the whole squad.”