Greater Manchester School Games 2016
Having been crowned champions at the Trafford Quicksticks hockey tournament in February, St.Hugh’s went on to represent Trafford at the Greater Manchester Games on Tuesday 15th March, 2016.
They would compete against the best hockey teams from the other boroughs of Greater Manchester.
The teams were organised into two groups of ten and the teams which finished top of each group would meet in the grand final. St.Hugh’s therefore had nine matches to play!
They got off to a terrific start winning 5-0 and 4-0.
They continued to play with great individual skills as well as intelligent passing and spacial awareness, to record five more impressive victories.
In their penultimate group match they lost narrowly 0-1 to St.James’ despite having the majority of possession and chances.
As a result, the team knew they had to win their final group game to finish top and reach the final; against St.Mary’s they made no mistake winning 6-0!
The final was pure theatre! The players were reminded to work hard for each other, as a team, and to use the space on the pitch wisely.
Against Stanley Grove St.Hugh’s played superbly, creating numerous chances and hitting the post twice! They finally took the lead and had four more good chances to increase their advantage before disaster struck – Stanley Grove broke clear and managed to equalize!
After so much possession and so many chances St.Hugh’s should have been safely in front but when the final whistle sounded the teams were level. This meant extra-time and a ‘golden goal’ situation: the next team to score would win.
St.Hugh’s continued to play with energy and passion, while keeping clear, focused minds and they created three more excellent chances, each going narrowly wide!
The fear was that their excellent display would come to nothing and the opposition would snatch victory with another breakaway. Thankfully, St.Hugh’s sealed victory with their next attack; Christy Grogan showed great dribbling skills down the left flank before crossing for captain Ed Capper to coolly slot the ball into the net.
St.Hugh’s were the winners! They received many plaudits for the way they played from watching spectators, including teachers from other schools.
The players were rightfully ecstatic after such a marathon of an afternoon while Mr.Gilby their teacher was proud of them for the way they played and the way they represented themselves, their school and Trafford.
The squad: Ed Capper, Isaac Povey, Christy Grogan, Emma Dawson, Maddy Dewhurst, Eve Tumelty (*Christine Chang was in the squad which became borough champions).
Results in full:
St.Hugh’s 5 v 0 St.Michael’s
St.Hugh’s 4 v 0 Nevill Road
St.Hugh’s 2 v 1 St.Anthony’s
St.Hugh’s 3 v 1 Holcombe
St.Hugh’s 3 v 2 The Friars
St.Hugh’s 6 v 0 Mayfield
St.Hugh’s 3 v 2 Hollingfield
St.Hugh’s 0 v 1 St.James’
St.Hugh’s 6 v 0 St.Mary’s
St.Hugh’s 2 v 1 Stanley Grove