Inter House Hockey 20th January 2018

Despite the strong winds and torrential rain, the Hewarth girls were eager to get back on the hockey pitch for their Inter House Hockey tournament. With great support from friends and family, the girls were excited to get going.

York played Newby first, in what proved to be a tight defensive battle. Both teams did well to pack their defensive D, making it difficult for the attacking players to find space, however some good work from Poppy L and Maddie H in midfield eventually broke the deadlock to give Newby a 1-0 lead. Newby were able to hang on to this, giving them the victory in the first match.

York however had very little time to regroup, facing a strong Harewell side next. In another close game, a single goal made the difference with Eliza finishing off a well worked move. The win for Harewell then set up a winner-takes-all final match: Harewell v Newby.

The pre-tournament favourites Newby started slowly in the final game after their one game rest. Harewell on the other hand were fast out of the blocks, attacking quickly and getting a well-deserved goal to take the lead. This seemed to wake Newby up, and 15 seconds later they had levelled the game after some powerful runs from Maddie H. Newby then managed to secure the comeback, with a last-minute goal, taking the final game 2-1.

Overall result for Hewarth IH Hockey: 1st Newby    2nd Harewell    3rd York

The UIV also started strongly despite the weather, with York making some great runs down through the centre courtesy of Munashe. Newby, with great defending from Issy and Immy, and fantastic goalkeeping from Lottie, were able to hold off some strong strikes from Alice, Mollie, Sofia and Ana to keep the score at 0-0. However, in the second half, Newby found their mojo and began to attack strongly with Fleur S and Tess making some good runs with Andrea and Selina causing problems in the D. Sofia had to work hard in goal for York, but made two cracking saves at head height to ensure the game remained a draw at 0-0!

Harewell began confidently as York embarked on their second game! Fleur H took control of the midfield and played some strong attacking passes into the D. Lottie playing for York, saved some incredibly hard shots at goal but Fleur took advantage of a rebound and managed to slot a goal past her to put Harewell up 1-0. In the second half, York fought back strongly and had more possession but some fantastic saves from Sofia meant Harewell were able to take the result.

So it was all to play for for Newby in the third game, who wasted no time in pushing hard to get the ball into the D. With approx. 8 shots on goal, ALL saved by Sofia, the game really turned into a hard battle. End to end, with some great passing play from Harewell, and tackling by Ella and Olivia, Issy and Immy both teams demonstrated solid defence. After some fantastic strikes at goal, and heart-stopping, breath-holding seconds towards the final whistle as Newby pushed the ball towards the line and Lottie blocked shot after shot, the result was a 0-0 draw.

The overall results for UIV IH Hockey: 1st Harewell   2nd Newby  3rd York

 In the senior full XI-a-side tournament, York started as the favourites and began strongly, but all three teams soon showed great shape, accurate passing and determination to hear the ball slam against that backboard! With a combination of LV, UV and VI, teams had to adapt to new players in different positions so spectators were shown some exciting new dynamics from the house teams. The overseas girls were well represented with Sofia in York, Bego, Tildy, Lay and Skye in Newby all showing their newly-found talents in the game. There were some great individual skills from the older, more experienced players, with Caro, Felicity, Issy, Olivia, Ollie, Georgia and Cicely all leading by example. However, some of the less experienced players from LV also made a hugely positive impact on the game with great defending from Bego, Lay, Bea and Emily and strong attacking from Lucy TT, Tildy, Ollie and Oria.

It was a fantastic display of Houses welcoming new players into the senior squads, showcasing their talents both individual and team play, whilst not compromising on skill or tactical expertise. The blend of determination, skill, tactical awareness, and team spirit was a pleasure to witness!

Overall result: 1st York   2nd Harewell     3rd   Newby