Over the weekend a combined group of Year 9 and 10 girls travelled over to Manchester before travelling down to Cheshire to play in a hockey tournament against Crewe and Nantwich Vagrants and Triton Hockey Club.
Flying over on the Friday evening, the trip started with excitement as the girls bumped into the Real Madrid Legends football team in the airport! The girls were lucky enough to see players such as Roberto Carlos and Luis Figo, as well as getting a picture with Fernando Morientes. After this excitement they jumped on the coach to Manchester where the girls were given some down time to explore the Trafford Centre, before heading to the IMAX Cinema to see a tale as old as time, ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
The girls were up early the next morning to travel to Crewe and Nantwich Vagrants Hockey Club. They faced the home team first and took some time to get into the swing of things. Their spirits were lifted with a goal from Dawson putting the girls up 1-0, however, a late goal before half time from Vagrants meant we went into the second half 1-1. The girls knew they had a job to do and tightened up the defence, chasing for every ball and working to shadow players rather than diving in for tackles. This meant they forced a lot of opposition errors leading to QEII holding the majority of possession. This strong teamwork across the pitch set Dawson up to score a hat trick, finishing the game with a 3-1 victory!
The second game was against a very strong Triton team. With the girls having tired legs from their hard work in the previous game, it was important that they held possession here and worked the ball wide to stretch the defence. They did just that and again they took an early lead of 1-0 going into half time. A determined Triton came out hard in the second half and equalised. The girls held their form and continuously attacked Tritons half to finally secure the winning goal, finishing the game with a 2-1 victory.
All of the girls played exceptionally well giving it their all. Player of the tournament went to Watterson who, as one of the younger players, really stepped up in dominating on the pitch. The girls represented QEII excellently, both with their skill and sportsmanship on the pitch as well as their behaviour and attitude off the pitch, with numerous people complimenting them on their behaviour.
A big thank you to all involved in the organisation including Crewe and Nantwich Vagrants and Triton Hockey Club and well done girls for an excellent weekend!