Girls’ hockey continues to thrive at DCPS with two pieces of silverware being brought home in as many days.

The U10s played an excellent afternoon of hockey at the Cheltenham College Hockey Tournament, displaying some really good skills.  The team did not lose a single pool game and contested the final against The Dragon School.  With a 0-0 scoreline at full time, the game went to penalty flicks.  Nagyda scored both of hers and Natasha (a last minute call-up!) was brilliant in goal to save two from the opposition, thereby securing the win.

The U10 path to victory –

v Bromsgrove, won 1-0
v St Edward’s, drew 1-1
v Beaudesert, drew 1-1
v RGS, won 1-0
v Cheltenham College, won 1-0
v The Dragon, drew 0-0 but won 2-1 on penalty flicks

The following day, the U13s took part in the IAPS Regional tournament for the Midlands.  The team started with a 4-0 win over Fettes and although played well, looked a little nervous.  They went on to win the next three of their group matches beating Bromsgrove 3-0, Sedbergh 2-0 and Wellingborough 1-0, although play during this game did look a little scrappy at times! Luckily by this point they had already won the group with a game to spare.

The girls really shifted into gear for the last group game and beat Stonyhurst 6-0 (which included four goals from Nuala), boosting their confidence no end. They met Moor Park in the quarter-final and it was in this game that Caitlin, fairly subdued during the group matches, really showed her mettle.  Everyone played superbly well to get a 5-0 win.

In the semi-final, Fettes was the opposition once again as although they had finished 3rd in the group, they beat the 2nd placed team in the other group. A re-run of the opening match of the day finished with the same scoreline, a 4-0 win for Dean Close. This led to automatic qualification for the Nationals and the day’s mission achieved. However, typical of this team, they did not take their eye off the ball and went on to beat Foremarke Hall in the final 2-0.  An awesome day.

Head of Girls’ Games at DCPS, Emma Bailey said of both results, “We are incredibly fortunate at Dean Close to have excellent and dedicated coaching staff who work with our girls at grass roots level thereby enabling them to achieve at such a high standard of play.  Both U10 and U13 results are a wonderful reward for all the hard work and time invested and hopefully will lead to exciting times ahead.  I am very proud of all involved.”