Sports Report: Michaelmas Term Girls Hockey

Kirby had a very busy start to the term with fixtures coming thick and fast. The Kirby 1st VII has been the busiest team having not only regular fixtures but also two tournaments. For the third year running the girls competed in the Sevenoaks Tournament. After this the girls went onto the County Tournament where they did the school proud. I am sure the girls will learn from these experiences as they progress through the school.

The U14s have also had a very positive start to the year, playing nine games. Having started the season strongly against King's Canterbury with a 4-3 win, the girls went into the County Tournament with high hopes. The girls had a positive start to the tournament and reached the semi-final where the suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat to Sevenoaks. This was a brilliant achievement for a dedicated group of girls.

After a tough opening defeat the U15s have had a strong half of term. The have worked tirelessly and have had some great results. The highlight of their season so far came in the shape of a 10-0 win versus Kent College. This really was a testament to the spirit and togetherness that this group show on a daily basis.

For the first time this year the U16s competed in the County Tournament. The girls performed well throughout the day, narrowly missing out on a quarter final spot. This performance bears testament to the strength of hockey within the senior girls, allowing us to field a strong U16 team for the first time.

The U14 and 15Bs have also had a positive half term where they have contested some very close games, showing a great work ethic and improvement throughout. One of the highlight results was the U15Bs 2-0 win verses Cranbrook on Saturday.

The 2nd team have shown great progression since the start of the year even though the results they have had do not always reflect their efforts. The highlight of their season so far came in a 1-0 victory over a Chatham and Clarendon's 1st team. The 2nd XI should be proud of their efforts that they bring to training and matches every time.

The 1st team's season is very much still in full swing. So far, they have won all 6 matches scoring 36 goals and conceding only 2, which in itself is a superb achievement. The highlight so far came in an 9-0 win over Ardingly in the National Cup. The big fixtures kept on coming with the girls facing off against Kent College this week – 14th October - in the 2nd round of the National Cup and triumphing with a 6-0 win putting them through to the final 16.

I would like to thank all coaches and players for their commitment and success so far this and wish all the teams the best of luck for their remaining matches. Keep on training hard and I am confident that you will succeed.

Aimee,

Hockey Captain

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