15th March 2017
Quicksticks in glorious sunshine!
Coton’s Quicksticks hockey squad took to the sun kissed astro pitches of Comberton Village College on Wednesday afternoon to take part in the South Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership’s (SCSSP) year 5/6 Quicksticks hockey tournament.
The largest team competition of the sporting calendar, a record 44 teams entered, and a mixture of large and small schools taking part, the pitches were awash with children, sports leaders, staff members, hockey sticks, fluorescent bibs and the occasional flying ball!
The afternoon competition saw 24 teams divided into four pools. Coton’s two teams were placed in different pools, which proved to be rather pleasing, meaning that the two teams were not drawn to play against each other!
Over the course of the afternoon we were treated to some spectacular hockey from the Coton players. One team were particular strong in attack, making numerous interceptions and capitalising on these with some fast paced running, skilful stick work, slick passing and screaming finishes! The other team were dynamic in defence, holding strong when under relentless pressure from opposing attackers. They weren’t incapable of scoring goals either, their strategic thinking and clever use of pace resulted in them scoring a very respectable number of goals.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the afternoon was the teamwork that was displayed amongst the entire squad. When a team wasn’t playing, they rushed over to watch the rest of their squad offering encouragement and support from the sideline. During matches, players communicated with one another, congratulated one another and offered encouragement when needed. It was a pleasure to see the camaraderie amongst the squad and the level of respect shown to other teams and all officials.
Over the course of the afternoon the teams played 10 matches. Of these, only three were lost! One team finished top of their group with two other schools, only to find themselves narrowly placed into second place on goal difference. Their final match was a closely fought contest but unfortunately Meldreth’s striking power was just too much and they finished in 4th place in the competition, a very respectable position for such a small school. Team two played with gutsy determination, coming from behind on more than one occasion to secure a draw. Their final position in the group meant they entered the 5th / 6th play off position. This time, their strength and pace was a little too much for Histon and the team secured a win, resulting in a 5th place finish.
Mrs Osborne paid tribute to the dedication and commitment shown by the squad, many of which had attended weekly training sessions as well as attending additional early morning sessions in the days preceding the competition. These sessions were supported by Chloe Jackson, Primary PE specialist for the School Sports Partnership. Chloe supported both teams at the competition and remarked how all players had improved over the course of the training sessions and throughout the tournament.
All in all it was a very successful afternoon of hockey. Alex, Clark (who played his captain’s role brilliantly), Hannah, Emily, Chloe, Yann, Lucas, Leo, Eve, Madeline and Olivia represented Coton with pride and, without doubt, did the school proud!
To see a report from the organisers, South Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership please follow this link.