U15 Hockey Team compete in ISA National Hockey Competition
On Tuesday 7th November, the U15 hockey team travelled to Ashford HC to compete in the ISA National Hockey competition.
This was the first time Northwood College had entered a national hockey tournament and the team got off to a flying start with a 5-0 victory over St Mary’s, with a hat trick from Monica Patel and two goals from the team captain, Evie Kerrigan-Smith. The second match was against Hull Collegiate, who were an experienced team and the eventual winners of the tournament. Northwood College went 1-0 up with an opening goal from Shivani Bali which rattled the Hull Collegiate defence. They equalised within minutes with a well-taken strike from the edge of the circle. Northwood College took the lead again as Evie Kerrigan-Smith calmly put the ball past the keeper on her reverse stick. Hull Collegiate replied with another strong attack and goal to level at 2-2. Faaizah Amhad was playing in goal for the first time and made some excellent saves to keep the score level until the last seconds of the match when Hull managed to play the ball through the Northwood College defence making the final score 3-2.
The final group game was against Quinton House and Northwood College were determined to win after the disappointment of the previous game. The solid defence of Harriet Lewis and Shreya Shah helped to secure a 2-0 victory along with two superb strikes from Evie Kerrigan-Smith.
Northwood College progressed to the next stage of the competition, competing against the three strongest teams from the group stages. Our next opposition was Licensed Victuallers’ School, Ascot. Although it was a hard fought game, experience told as LVS finished as 2-0 victors and runners-up in the overall competition.
Having lost to Hull Collegiate in the final seconds of the match in the group stages, Northwood College were determined to set the record straight as they played them for the second time. A superb performance from the team and impressive goalkeeping from Faaizah Ahmad ensured that Northwood College gained a valuable point from a 0-0 draw.
The final match of the day was against Alton and Evie’s goal scoring form continued as she put two goals past the opposition to secure another point as the match ended 2-2.
After an exhausting day of competitive hockey, it was announced that Northwood College had finished in third place overall! A fantastic achievement for the U15 hockey team who played exceptionally well throughout the day and were a credit to the school. Thanks to Miss Simpson for umpiring our matches and a special mention goes to the six Year 8s who were playing against girls who were two years older than them. Their determination and confidence proved that they can compete against experienced teams and they are already looking forward to the U13 ISA tournament at the Olympic Park on Thursday 23rd November.