U11 Hockey IAPS Qualifiers 

Wednesday 10th November 2021

Played won lost draw For Against
5 3 1 1 12 7



Captain: Aleshya

We had a fantastic afternoon of hockey at the IAPS qualifiers and were proud to come away as silver medallists – no mean feat given the standard of hockey on show.

We were in Pool B and played Ardvreck first.  This was a trickier encounter than anticipated and it took the girls a good 5 minutes to warm up. Ardvreck had clearly worked on their defence since we had met them previously and to their credit they cleared a good few of our attempts on goal. The first goal, from Martha, gave the girls the confidence they needed and this goal was added to just seconds later when Aleshya scored from a Penalty corner. Half time saw us 2-0 up but we could not afford to rest on our laurels. Aleshya scored her second straight from the whistle but as legs began to tire, our defence were tested. Megan and Jemima worked hard together and with instruction from Esmee kept the ball out despite relentless pressure.  Following a little confusion at a long corner, Ardvreck were awarded a goal courtesy of an unlucky deflection from a St. Mary’s stick.
3-1 to St Mary’s

Our second game we met Craigclowan for the first time this season.  The girls were more settled and now playing in position and most importantly, communicating. Good use of the ‘sweep’ and movement ahead of the ball carrier saw the midfield line of Sophie, Aleshya and Martha work in harmony and India, up front was able to create space. By half time, Martha had 2 successful shots on target with super speedy India adding another to the tally. Ophelia and Immy worked their socks off in the second half as Craigclowan began to move themselves forward and attempt to even up the scoreline; they had not counted on the composure in our defensive gang who sent the ball back down the pitch whenever Craigclowan penetrated our D. Two more goals, both from penalty corners saw Aleshya and Martha capitalise.
5-0 to St Mary’s

Although we had beaten Fettes 8-1 last Wednesday, they looked like a different outfit today so we knew we had to play our best hockey to win the pool.  The girls battled end to end, Esmee was amazing in goal ably assisted by Jemima and Ophelia then Immy and Megan. Mary moved to mid field and did a fabulous job at breaking down the Fettes attack; long corners were so much more effective and although we didn’t score from one, Aleshya, Sophie, Martha and Mary looked threatening. These teams were evenly matched and we did well to come away with a 0-0 score line.
The above score saw us top our pool and so progress to the semi-final stage. Sedburgh were 2nd in their pool and so it became a cross-border tussle. Sedburgh looked strong and scored first – unused to this, our heads dropped a little, but not for long as Martha took a solo run and 1v 1 against their GK 1-1. Sedburgh retaliated when it was close to half-time. Luckily for us, India gained a penalty corner from which Aleshya scored. 2-2 at half time. With all to play for, the girls must be congratulated for digging deep and finding that extra 10%. The ball moved rapidly from end to end with all players being tested. However, skill was on our side when Immy blasted the ball to Sophie who took it down the right and along the baseline, catching the opposition’s GK by surprise.
3-2 to St Mary’s

And into the final we went. The girls battled hard against a superb outfit from Cargilfield; nerves came into play and we struggled in the first half which we lost 3-0. A half time chat in which we told the girls to just go out and enjoy themselves resulted in a 1-1 draw but a 1-4 victory for Cargilfield. Cargilfield deserved to win and we wish them all the best as they represent Scotland, at Millfield.

We, however, were worthy recipients of the runner’s up medals and Miss Burn and I could not be more proud of this super gang of girls – they really are fantastic fun.

Many thanks to Miss Burn for umpiring and to our loyal band of parents – your support was very much appreciated.

Mrs FK Bell



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