County Hockey Success for Girls

It has been a busy week for the hockey club with three County Championship competitions as well as normal block fixtures.

The U16 Championship took place on the Saturday of leave out. The girls were by far the fastest out of the block of all the teams, comfortably beating Princethorpe, Bablake, Kenilworth and King Henry VIII schools in the first four of the five round robin matches. Rugby went into the final match knowing that they had scored more goals than King's High who were also unbeaten up to that point, and played a fantastic match in which they were under pressure for large spells. The girls then had several chances to win the game before Kings High took the lead with two minutes to go, and Rugby never really recovered from this, so returned with silver medals.

The U18 Championship on Wednesday also took a round robin format. Despite applying all the pressure, Rugby could only manage a 0-0 draw with Bablake in the first game, but took charge in the second match in which they dispatched King Henry VIII 2-0 with some clinical finishing and excellent passing. The third match was against King's High, who have always been very strong and have won for the last four U18 tournaments, but Rugby were a team possessed and King's High never really got a look in as Rugby won 3-0. The final match against Princethorpe was a close contest, with both sides having chances early on, but Rugby took control of the game just before half time to take the lead. Princethorpe could not gain possession of the ball for long spells in the second half but scored a late equaliser. However, by virtue of a far superior goal difference, Rugby won the gold medals and the Championship trophy for the first time in several years.

The U14 Championship completed a busy week for Warwickshire Girls hockey. The girls made a very slow start to the tournament, drawing 0-0 with Princethorpe and then 0-0 with Kenilworth in a game where Rugby rarely exited the attacking 23m area and simply could not find the finish to beat the outstanding Kenilworth goalie. The final pool match against Bablake was where the girls really came to life and, running out 3-1 winners, they went to the semi final to play King Henry VIII. This was a tight contest in the opening stages, but Rugby took control quickly, though they were unable to find the killer touch in the attacking 'D' so a penalty stroke competition took place in which the girls triumphed. In the final, we played against King's High who had beaten us during the previous week so it was a tence affair, but Rugby got the goal, and had plenty more chances, but took the title with a 1-0 win.

Congratulations to all three teams who now go on to represent Warwickshire in the Midlands Zone round of the National Schools' Championship for Girls.

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