Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

The Unbeatable RGS U13s!

The Unbeatable RGS U13s!

Ahead of their Independent Schools Hockey Cup national finals, Year 8 student Edie Fisher takes us on the Under 13 girls incredible journey to reach the finals via the North of England rounds:

"We started the competition with a clear 3-0 win against GSAL (Grammar School at Leeds). We went on the pitch with goose bumps and nerves, but we all knew that we were the unbeatable RGS Under 13 girls! 

As the match began, we didn't play our best. We knew this was a big competition and there were good schools waiting to play us. As soon as the first goal was scored, we realised what an amazing team we were when we work together. We were now relaxing into our playing style and ready to show these GSAL girls what we were really made of! With our confidence boosted, we managed to hear that ball smash the back board two more times! This saw us win 3-0. Alice Geoghegan played amazing (as always) with a cracking goal and I was really pleased to score two goals myself and was generously voted player of the match.

Our second, nail-biting match was against Manchester Girls School. This was a tough game as they are a very good team. In this match we could definitely feel the nerves and we didn't play our best. Just before half time, Manchester scored a goal, which didn't help our nerves at all! 

We came back on the pitch after half time with our confidence boosted by a team talk from Miss Chapman. Towards the end of the match we had a penalty corner, knowing this could possibly be our last chance. Alice did a striking hit, which smacked against the post, but of course, Libby Chrisp was there to push the ball right into the corner. We couldn't believe it, we had recovered, but we hadn't won yet! As it was -1, it would go to flicks. With Rosanna Carrick Daly only letting one flick in and us scoring three (Alice, Lucy Searro and Manasa Ready) we managed to win the match. It was only fair to give Rosanna, our goalie, player of the match as she saved the day!

After the Manchester game, we knew how it felt to be nervous, so we fixed that problem for the next match we played. That match was against Bromsgrove. It was almost impossible for any one of us to be extremely nervous, as we all spent the night together at the Holiday Inn in Manchester. We had plenty of team talks and one-to-ones throughout the night. That left us feeling confident, and almost certain we were going to win. We knew if we wanted to relive that fun sleepover, going out for pizzas, cracking jokes, we had to get through this round.

We warmed up like we've never played hockey in our lives! No one could sore a goal, even without a defender, and even without a goalie standing in the goal! Me and Katie Wynne-Jones ran into each other! Kushi Rao got hit in the head by Alice's stick! Quite possibly, the worst warm up ever! 

By the time the match kicked off, everyone was really relaxed and we were 2-0 up at half time. I couldn't believe how well we were playing. We came back on the pitch buzzing after half time and scored another two goals. Our defenders, Katie, Kushi and Lucy all played amazingly. Ava Taperell scored a smashing goal from the top of the D and Niamh Linkleter hit a stunning strike for it to be saved by the goalie. I scored the other three goals (thanks to Lucy, Alice and Ava for setting me up!) Alice and Lucy got joint player of the match, which they thoroughly deserved. 

That match has boosted our confidence and we are ready for the semi-finals and hopefully the final, which is on the same day. I know we can win this competition, as long as we work together and play as a team. We can smash anyone on our day.

We travel to Ilford for the finals on 18th-19th March where we'll face Red Maids, Surbiton and The Grange schools.

We couldn't have got this far without the best coach who has taught us everything we know to get through this competition and this hockey season. Thanks Miss Chapman! :)

Finals here we come!"

Edie Fisher

We'll be following the girls as they continue their quest for national glory.