On Thursday 4th October, The Island Free School Year 8 Girls Hockey Team started their fixtures with a Triangular against Dorset House School from Sussex and Priory School. This has been an annual event and is now in its third year.
For most of the girls it was their first chance to play competitive 7-a-side hockey and the standard of play was excellent from everyone. We had an A team consisting of Marika, Neeve, Beth L, Beth M-H, Bella, Dee, Beau and Summer. We also had a B team which included Jess, Maisie, Josie, Tilly, Eva, Isla, Thea, Neeve and Macey.
The A team had a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Dorset House B team, also securing an exciting and tense 1-0 win over Dorset House A team.
The B team were not to be outdone and recorded a 2-1 win over Dorset House a Team, a 2-0 win over Dorset House B team and a slender 1-0 victory over Priory.
All in all it was a very successful afternoon for the TIFS girls. They returned to the school canteen for congratulatory teas after the games!
On Saturday 6th October, the girls set off at 6am to travel up to Lord Wandsworth College near Basingstoke to compete in their annual invitational Sports Festival. Again, this is the third year that TIFS have been invited to play against some of the most prestigious schools in the South of England, in a friendly environment.
The weather conditions were dreadful rain and heavy winds; this didn’t deter the girls! Both the A and B teams played 7 matches each which consisted of some fantastic hockey with both teams recording wins, draws and a couple of defeats to some of the best Under-13 teams around. The whole day was a wonderful opportunity to play some friendly yet competitive hockey and all the players learnt various things to improve their own game. Both teams were a credit to the school in their behaviour and positive attitude in incredibly challenging conditions.
At the same time as the girls were playing hockey, TIFS was also represented by 11 year 7 and 8 boys, competing on
Well done to all involved!