Hockey Girls Make History

The U14 girls’ hockey team qualified for the National Finals yesterday and become the first girls’ hockey team to do so in the history of the College.

As a result of finishing runners-up in the West regional tournament back in November, the girls travelled to play Bedford Girls School in a play-off match to determine who would progress through to the National Finals.

Bedford, who finished runners-up in the East region, got off to the best start possible, scoring in the first 30 seconds of the match.  Marlborough however quickly equalised and began to assert themselves on the game, taking a 3-1 lead at half-time with the goals coming from Bea Middleton (IH Hu), Charlotte Stafford (MM Sh) and Ella Fanshawe (NC Sh).

The second half saw Marlborough create more chances but could not kill the game off.  The Bedford centre-half, despite telling two players to mark her out of the game, continued to show an exceptional skill level and won several penalty corners for the home side.  The sustained pressure brought about a goal for Bedford, bringing the score to 3-2 with six minutes to go.  With tensions rising on the side-line amongst staff and parents alike, the girls kept their composure and managed to regain their two-goal lead with three minutes to go; Fanshawe scoring her second of the match.

The final whistle brought about scenes of jubilation for the girls as they become the first ever girls’ hockey side at Marlborough to reach the National Finals, only a year after the Colts boys became the first ever Marlborough hockey team to reach this stage.

The National finals will be played on Tuesday 28th February at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis centre on the Olympic Park, where the girls will compete as part of the final eight schools in the country for a medal position!

Will Heywood
U14s Hockey Coach

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