A top-class performance against strong opposition by the senior girls’ hockey team at Wisbech Grammar School’s preparatory school has produced a tournament win.
Members of the Magdalene House preparatory school under 11 team were unbeaten in all five games, winning four matches and drawing one, and they went on to take the overall winners’ title in a tightly contested set of games at the Taverham Hall indoor hockey tournament near Norwich.
In the first match against the hosts’ A team both sides created early chances and the breakthrough came when Magdalene House took the lead from a penalty corner leading to a score by Katherine Collingwood-Smith, which was closely followed by a second from Maddie Talbot to notch up a 2-0 victory.
A close match against the King’s Ely A team saw attacking chances being neutralised by both sides and the goalkeepers blocking the nets, and the game ended in a goalless draw.
In a follow-up encounter the Ely B team took the lead from a well worked penalty corner, which spurred Magdalene House to pressurise the opposition’s defence.
With one minute to go, Maddie Talbot sneaked a close-range goal and Katherine Collingwood-Smith slotted a second ball into the net within the space of 20 seconds to push the final score to 2-1 to Magdalene House.
When the girls took on Thorpe House they knew that their opponents had conceded no goals by that stage of the tournament and their defence held strong for much of the game. The turning point came with a switch to a 2-1-2 formation, with Maddie Talbot scoring the game’s only goal.
In the final game, against the Taverham Hall B team, the girls only needed not to lose to take the tournament honours. Two early goals from Alana Pritchard and Libby Bingham helped to settle the players’ nerves and Katherine Collingwood-Smith landed a ball in the net in the last minute of the game to make it a 3-0 win for the Wisbech side.
Head of hockey Mr Mark Jarvis said: “In what proved to be a very enjoyable tournament for all the players, Magdalene House proved to be worthy winners. All those involved played very well and they should be justifiably proud of their efforts.”