On Thursday 7th March the Newlands Year 5/6 Hockey Team returned to Samuel Cody School. Unfortunately, our second place in the first round meant we didn’t qualify to continue into the knock-out round for the Hampshire Youth Games. Instead we battled on in the Plate competition.
The first match was against Heatherside Juniors which was a really tough match to start. Lydia and Jack had their work cut out in defence, and despite some surging runs forward by James and Will we just couldn’t get through the web of Heatherside players and lost this match 4-0.
The team came out fighting for the next match v St Michaels (Aldershot). This time Newlands dominated, with Molly playing strongly on her debut for the team, and Thomas working his magic through midfield. Ben also managed to sneak a goal in his debut match for Newlands. Newlands finished this match 4-0 winners.
Next up was Hawley Primary and again Newlands showed their strength in all areas of the pitch. Rosie and Neve dominated in defence and Lydia was pushed up in to midfield. Will caused trouble for the Hawley defence and linked up well with James and Thomas to win this 3-0.
Finishing second in our group meant our final match was the 3/4 place play-off v Guillemont Juniors. There was no way the team were going to lose this one and they set off strongly from the outset! Goals came fairly quickly – with James being lethal in front of goal and Jack allowing nothing past him in defence. We won this match 6-0 and finished 3rd overall.
James scored the majority of the Newlands goals with Thomas, Will and Ben also getting on the score sheet. It was a pleasure to see all the children represent the school so well and to see such fantastic teamwork. It was the last tournament for the Year 6 group and it was a great way to finish.