Drenched but jubilant, our Girls’ Hockey 1st XI celebrated on the pitch at Olympic Park. They capped a superb season with victory in a national competition.
The girls won the T3 national final, in torrential rain and hail, with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Blundell’s at Olympic Park and in doing so made it 15 wins from 20 matches.
Two goals from Scarlett and one from Georgie were enough to see off The Grammar School at Leeds in the semi-final but the showpiece was a nail-biter.
It began with a well-worked short corner which allowed the prolific Scarlett to jump on the rebound off the goalkeeper. Debutant Emilie added a second having only been called up due to injuries for the final.
Blundell’s rallied and converted shortly before half-time to halve the deficit but Scarlett’s second goal of the final and 39th for the school restored the two-goal advantage.
The opposition brought it back to 3-2 with 15 minutes to go before Georgie’s thunderous volley took the girls clear once more.
Blundell’s scored their third with eight minutes remaining and a short corner at the death gave them the chance to take the game to penalty strokes. But a straight strike was brilliantly run down and deflected high over the goal by Sophie.
“We’re all so happy, we can’t believe that we won,” captain Robyn said at the time. “We’ve grown so much together over this whole season and I’m really proud of the girls. We’re national champions!”