Having played very well all season, the girls arrived in London on Friday night, unpacked and then headed to Lee Valley for a light training season on the hallowed astro.
In their first game, the girls took on a strong Southgate team who settled quickly into the game. Chances were at a premium as Nina went close with a reverse hit that whistled passed the far post from a tight angle. Southgate then took the lead after a scrambled short corner that the bees could not clear. The game remained tight with neither team unable to score – it finished Beeston 1 – 0 Southgate.
The second game v ISCA proved to be a similar story. Plenty of hard work in the sunshine without the rewards that this effort deserved. The defence was holding firm and the midfield and attackers were desperately trying to make something happen in the D. ISCA took the lead in the first half only for Nina to grab a well-deserved equaliser midway through the second half. The Bees then swarmed forward in a bid to grab the winner and were unfortunately hit twice by swift ISCA counter attacks to leave the final score Beeston 1 – 3 ISCA.
Only a fluke set of results would see the girls through to the final stages on another glorious day of sunshine. Their final game against Stourport proved to be a real thriller! In an even encounter Stourport made the most of their chances and went into a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining. The young bees then produced their best hockey of the weekend piling on the pressure until eventually Nina found a way through to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, no more goals were scored leaving the final score Beeston 1 – 2 Stourport.
The girls should take heart from the fact that ISCA finished second overall and Stourport third. They all played their best, tried hard and behaved superbly all weekend. An absolute credit to the club.
Special thanks to Phil for organising everything so brilliantly, Helen for all the excellent coaching and the parents for being so supportive all season.
We hope to be back next year!
The Beeston Hockey Club pre season tournament took place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Huge thank you to Russell Scanlan who sponsored the event once again.