Under 10 Hockey Festival at The Elms – 6th October 2017
The Under 10 girls along with some select Under 9 girls attended the U10 Elms hockey festival where the emphasis of the afternoon was on enjoyment of hockey.
Team Gunners captained by Darcie W and Team Potters led by Cleo N along with all the players took to the fast, smoother surface of astro like the proverbial ducks to water and despite a number of players playing in new and unfamiliar positions, the standard of hockey on show was magnificent!
Between them the teams played 8 games, winning and drawing the majority and losing just one.
Team Potters got the Denstone Prep contingent off to a great start with a draw and this laid a great base for the rest of the afternoons hockey. Isla making her first competitive start in goal grew in confidence throughout the afternoon along with superb defending throughout from Su Shan and Phoebe as well as wonderful running and movement from Cleo was a pleasure to see. Daisy and Evangeline were solid in every match constantly working together to get the ball forward into the attacking D and along with Charlotte who took her opportunities incredibly well meant that team Potters had a tremendous unbeaten afternoon of hockey.
Team Gunners likewise had a terrific afternoon of hockey with great teamwork throughout. Verity B was a immense in goal very rarely letting her goal line be passed by the hockey ball. Her powerful kicks in particular were the best on show from all 10 teams and helped to quickly turn defence in to attack for the team. Caoimhe likewise playing for the first time in a different team was a superb Centre back, winning the ball cleanly time and again and clearing the lines by passing out to the wings. Tilly M learning a new position out on the wings and like Charlotte and Katie stepping up a year group never looked out of place and learned so much about the tactical side of hockey. Esther also developed her reading of the game to know when to go forward and when to stay back improved throughout the afternoon. Darcie and Tilly D were exhausted after an afternoon spent covering the whole of the pitch and despite injuries gave their all for the team. Emily continued her wonderful first term with her movement around the D to open up channels for passes and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Katie switched between the two teams and adapted incredibly well between the two teams playing as an attacker at times and a back at others.
Miss Bennett said both teams represented the school in exemplary fashion and commented how immensely proud she was of all of the girls for their effort throughout the afternoon including how they conducted themselves, behaved and did what was asked and expected of them both on and off the pitch. All of the girls were brilliant!
At the end of the afternoon, team managers were asked to nominate players of the tournament and overwhelmingly in an unanimous decision one of Denstone Prep girls won her own special award.
Verity B won ‘Goalkeeper of the tournament’ and rightly so!! She shone in her position and other teams commented just how good she was at movement around the D, fantastic kicking of the ball and excellent stopping of the goals.
All girls received medals for their participation and Verity received a special award fot Goalkeeper of the tournament which the girls brought into school and was celebrated in Monday morning assembly.
Twinkle toes hockey training
In an attempt to get girls feet moving more to the ball rather than moving the ball to the feet, Denstone Prep had their own impromptu Strictly Come Dancing dance class using the ladders to ensure feet were moving quicker, faster, and more nimbly. Cue (??) the Strictly Come Dancing music throughout as the girls (and some boys) stepped and danced their way through the ladders wonderfully well to help ensure that free hits are not given away in games for the ball hitting the girls feet.