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Sports’ Report Hockey

Sports’ Report Hockey

Hockey Report for the Under 12s, Under 13s and Under 14s

Hockey at GMS has increased in popularity over the last few years, and teams are now performing at a very high standard.

GMS encourage sport for all. Of course, winning important matches locally and at county level brings recognition, but the PE Department are interested in sport for life; sport that will sustain our current students into adulthood and retirement. So from Year 7 all students, regardless of ability, are encouraged to participate and enjoy sport. Teachers offer the basic training in lessons, once a flair for a sport has been identified there are many opportunities to play with like -minded people.

Take hockey, for example, in the Under 12 category attendance is huge. On Thursday evening more than 30 students of all abilities enjoy training before having a game.

The Year 12 girls have made a promising start to the year. At the Start of Season Tournament, they performed in a way that shows they have talent, in particular Colette Fitzpatrick and Flo Horan.

Hockey is promoted by GMS in many ways. Five Year 7s, new to hockey, have joined Marlow Hockey Club, after only 6 weeks of hockey in the school.

For the first time at GMS, a Year 7 boys’ team has been formed, made up of some very talented and experienced students, alongside some total beginners who are showing great promise. Matches for the boys will take place after Christmas.

In the U13 category, the Year 8 girls have had an outstanding start to the season, beating grammar school Dr Challoners 7-0 despite being without a goal keeper and one fewer outfield player. The girls who performed outstandingly are Kiera Allen, Tilly Brown, Alba Braybrooke and Zoe Clarke. The B Team are also showing much improvement, GMS expect to see some strong performances in future matches.

The U14 girls have had a faultless start to the season, being undefeated in six matches. This group of girls have demonstrated their ability to perform outstandingly since Year 7 and with most of the team now in Year 9, they have once again proved their class by becoming U14 south of the county champions, as part of the England Hockey National Schools Competition. They are leading the way to success as they have progressed further than any other GMS hockey team thus far in a 11-aside competition.

The girls started their campaign with a 1-0 win over local rivals Borlase, on their home turf. Bolstered by this emphatic win, they took this confidence into their next three matches to also defeat Wycombe High, Beaconsfield High and Pipers Corner. There was much talk on the side-line from parents, carers and other players, regarding Great Marlow’s dominant, aesthetic and composed performances.

After winning their semi-final, the girls faced Borlase once again, to decide who would take the title, even though both teams qualified for the next round of the competition. Despite the girls’ best efforts and another commanding performance, the score was a draw 0-0. The teams decided to share the tournament victory, but GMS came home with the local bragging rights, having beaten SWB earlier in the day and being the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Miss Porter is extremely proud of the girls and would like to commend them on their outstanding teamwork, effort and sportsmanship constantly demonstrated throughout the day. The next round of the competition takes place at Stowe School on the 18th of October. Undoubtedly, this will bring more exceptional results, performances and strength of character from the GMS girls.

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