Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

U11 IAPS Hockey

There was a very exciting away fixture in Derbyshire necessitating an over-night stay for some of our girls and Mrs Withers; below you can read the match report written by one of the players. 

"On Thursday 12th, after a scrumptious roast lunch at school, we accompanied our mums on a 3 hour journey to Derbyshire for the IAPS National Hockey Finals. We arrived at the hotel with enough time to do some homework before driving off to Repton for a hockey practise. After that we ate a big meal and had a good nights sleep, ready for the tournament the next day; Barney our mascot came too!

24 schools from all over the country arrived at the hockey pitches ready for push back at 10am. Our first match was against Brandeston Hall, which we won 1-0. Next up was Millfield, which we expected to be a tough match but we were determined not to let them score and it ended a 0-0 draw. In the next match against Felsted we were 1-0 up until near the end when we had a momentary lapse in defence and let them score, resulting in a draw, 1-1. Our penultimate pool match was against Witham Prep and again we drew 0-0. The final match was against Kent Collage, who we played in the regionals and lost against; we were very aware that if we lost this game we would not be going through to the quarter- finals. When the final whistle blew neither team had scored and we were not sure if we would progress any further in the tournament...after a nail-bitingly long wait we found out that we were through! Time for some lunch, a team talk and to focus on our next games.

Our quarter final match was against Red Maids which we thought was a funny name for a school but they were very good! They challenged us more than any other team had done, but thanks to some excellent saves from our goalie, the final score was 0-0, yet again. The trouble with that is we had to do penalty shuffles to decide the match; these are when one player has 10 seconds to score against the other team's goalie, which is very nerve-racking. It was the best of three and at the end of that it was still a draw, so we went on to do a sudden death shuffle. Eventually they won 5-4 on penalties. But to be honest, they were very good and quite nice, so it was not so bad losing to them. This meant we then played 2 further matches to determine our final position; we won the first 1-0 but the second we lost 0-1. At the end of a very long day of hockey that started at 10am and finished at 5pm, we only conceded 2 goals. We were placed 6th in the country, and then drove home very happy and extremely tired".

 IAPS hockey

...and Barney came too!

Mrs Hair would like to extend her delight at this fabulous result and congratulate Mrs Withers and all the team for representing the school so admirably, flying the Holy Cross flag and doing us all proud.