Latest Sports News from Hannah Tapley, Sports Prefect
Our 1st Team recently played Hereford Sixth Form College here at MSJ. The team started tentatively with several new players, but they quickly started playing as a team, displaying good attacking flair and creating lots of opportunities for the shooters. We used the long ball well, limiting turn over chances for the opposition and the final score was 57 - 24 to Malvern St James. Player of the match is awarded to Sophie Green for working well in both defence and attack.
A couple of days later, the same team played in their County Tournament at Bromsgrove against tough opposition from all over Worcestershire and beat Kings, Hanley Castle and Malvern College during the afternoon. Unfortunately, Bromsgrove and RGS were just too strong on the day but MSJ finished in a very creditable 3rd position at the end of the competition. Congratulations to this team.
On Monday 28 November, the U15 team travelled to Cannock for their ISA Tournament to play 6 other teams in the round-robin stage. They won 4 of these games and drew 2, leaving them in 2nd position going into the semi-finals. After a much improved, strong performance MSJ won this game to go through to the final against Chase Grammar. Both teams fought hard but once again the MSJ girls came out on top winning this match 3 – 2 to become ISA Midlands U15 Hockey Champions for 2016. Players of the tournament were Anna Hale and Katie Guthrie.
A few days earlier, our U11 and U13 Hockey teams travelled to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre where the Olympic Games were held in 2012. The girls were full of excitement by the time they arrived and some of them remembered that they had been to watch the Olympics at this venue or had been part of the school trip that had been to watch GB play last summer.
The U13s had a slow start but managed to dig deep to match the score of the opposing team to give themselves a good draw in the Plate Competition after lunch. They certainly seemed to ‘wake up’ in the afternoon and created numerous goal scoring chances. Romilly Hughes was excellent in midfield and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and Marnie Probert was causing the opposition defence a lot of problems. The goals started to go in and MSJ worked tirelessly to make sure the opposition had no time to play the ball. They successfully managed to win the group and the semi-final which meant they had progressed to the final. In the final MSJ scored some brilliant goals and managed to secure the victory 6 – 0 to become the well-deserved winners of this Plate Competition. Player of the tournament was Romilly Hughes.