Alumni Hockey and Netball Matches

Our old girls and current 1st XI hockey team took on the challenge of the annual Alumni hockey match last weekend. Clifton High School had a strong squad of players, even introducing two Year 9 girls to the higher level of hockey. Some of the girls had already played in the Alumni Netball game so needed to rely on their fitness levels to help them through. All of the girls worked hard and fought for every ball. The ‘Old girls’ were first to score from a successful short corner routine, but Clifton High School were soon to respond with a brilliant set of passes, Christina Bendle, Catherine Allin and Lia Persad linking perfectly to bring it to 1-1. With minutes to go the Alumni managed to catch our defence by surprise and score in open play ending the game 2-1. This however is a great achievement for our 1st XI as this narrow loss shows how determined and prepared they are for the year ahead!

Also, the ever popular and well supported annual Alumni netball contest against the school 1stVII netball team was once again played at Coombe Dingle last Saturday. The Alumni teams have become a great deal stronger over recent years with many of the returning “Old Girls”, all under 30, having continued their netball experiences through universities and in clubs, reflecting their ongoing love and enthusiasm for the game that has persisted since their school days!

The alumni team boasted ex Head and Deputy Head girls both from last year and from the past! Ably captained by Sarah Barton they were able to field an extremely strong side that really challenged the newly formed school 1st VII. Their excellent shooting provided our defence with a fierce challenge and up until half time the match was reasonably even! However the superior shooting of Sophie Lillywhite, a current Avon League player on the Alumni team saw the score escalate rapidly with the final outcome being an emphatic 26 goal to 9 victory to the more mature and experienced team! School captain Natasha West and the remainder of a potential 1st VII enjoyed the match and gained from the experience and have clear pointers on the work needed for their forthcoming season!

It is always a pleasure to catch up with ex pupils and discover where their exciting career pathways have led them, so they can give inspiration to our current senior girls.