Quicksticks Team Qualify For Norfolk Finals

The school took two teams to the Quicksticks hockey festival on Friday. Both teams played well and improved their skills throughout the day. The older team had a very successful day, winning all their matches during the morning pool. This enabled them to play in the top pool during the afternoon.

The team didn’t concede a single goal during the morning and scored 21 goals in their five matches. Each game saw the player’s confidence and teamwork improve.  

The players rotated positions in each match. Joe Chenery-Taylor played out wide and provided some excellent crosses for goals as well as scoring five of his own. Tom Drew worked well in both midfield and defence. His tackling and distribution of the ball put his teammates into space and his six goals were well taken. Erin Elflett worked really hard and kept on tackling and chasing back to help regain possession of the ball and also got a goal of her own in the day’s first match against Terrington Renegades. As the youngest player in the team, Esther Broad made some really impressive tackles and her passing got better and better as the day went on. Olly Delamore finished the day as the top scorer with nine goals, which he scored using some nice individual stick skills.

The afternoon’s pool was a much tougher affair as was to be expected. The team played really well against some very good teams. They won 2-1 against St Marthas, drew with Gayton and lost to both South Wooton and the eventual winners Dersingham. When the scores were added up the team had finished 3rd out of the 27 teams that took part. This allowed them to qualify for the Norfolk County Finals on the 2nd March.

On the other pitch, the younger team played well during the morning’s pool matches. They lost their first match against Ashwicken. After that however, the team kept improving and won their second match against Heacham 3-2, which was impressive, as they were 2-0 down at one point.

The last two matches against St Marthas and Terrington both ended in draws, which meant that the team finished third overall in their group.

The team played in the Plate competition in the afternoon, against all the other third place finishers.

In the first match against Hillcrest, both teams cancelled each other out with great defensive displays and therefore the game finished 0-0.  Next was Hilgay who put up a spirited defense but Downhams attacking play proved too strong and the team scored twice

A last minute goal by St Germans in the third match resulted in the only loss of the afternoon.

The team produced their best performance of the day in the final match against Snettisham. They used all the tactics and skills they had learnt during the day to produce a dominant performance and to score two very good goals.

There were many excellent individual performances. In attack William Broad scored five goals and Harry Lawrence scored four. Harry played very well in defense too and was voted our team’s best player by the Umpires. Josh Lawrence worked hard in midfield to win the ball back and to assist in many of the goals. Isobel Jensen-Tebbs produced three excellent passes, all of which led to goals being scored. Charlotte Means worked well in Midfield and despite bruising her thumb, she was determined to play on. Holly Bantoft tackled tirelessly in defense and stopped many goals being scored.

Well done to all the boys and girls in both teams and thank you to all the spectators who came to support their children.