After a year of patiently waiting, the girls at Eltham College finally managed to represent Eltham College against other schools in hockey fixtures.

Year 7

The year 7 girls played their first fixtures against Radnor house, who beat us easily in both fixtures, however, our A team played their year 8’s and our B team played their A team. Our girls had only played a few hours of hockey, yet still the girls were still able put together some good passages of play and did themselves proud.

The following day they were also on the wrong end of results against established Alleyns sides, but it was clearly evident that there was improvement from the day before, which is all you can ask for as a coach.

The girls bounced back in style and managed to get good wins in both the A and B teams against Royal Russell. Some great team goals were scored and there were good performances from both Karomen and Lara in goal.

The girls also competed in the Kent qualifiers where they performed extremely well but lost the final of the plate competition to finish second.

A shining light from this already successful day was that Karomen was voted player of the tournament.

Year 7 will finish this half of the term with their house hockey competition, it will be interesting to see how they match up against each other.

Year 8

The first full outing for our girls was against Alleyns, the results as you would expect for a first time out were not in our favour, but the enthusiasm and desire most definitely was. The girl’s used this experience to push forward and went on to do well at the Kent Qualifiers, losing the semi-final on penalties and finishing fourth overall.

A week later in a much higher level of competition the girls missed the semi-finals by a single point.

The A team went on to beat Langley School for girl’s and then both the A and B teams secured comfortable wins against Royal Russell.

Year 8 finished the first half of their term by competing against each other in their house hockey competition. The levels of skill and game play were a big improvement on the previous year and the matches were fiercely competitive. All of the girls competed and had the chance to represent their house. It was great to see such passion, skill and enthusiasm from so many players.