Well, it has been wonderful this week to get started with our Hockey matches. The teams played well in the sunshine on Saturday at King Henry VII, where our 1st XI put out an impressive display in a game which finished 0-0.
We all enjoyed today’s assembly, in which we heard about the exciting South Africa Sports Tour. The girls really brought the trip to life and inspired the younger year groups to strive for the opportunity for a similar trip.
We hope that everyone is finding the SOCS sports fixture management programme a much better method of communication, with girls and parents and all are able to identify when and where they are playing. If you have any feedback, please feel free to let us know.
Finally, huge good luck wishes to our U13 team at the Loughborough Festival for Hockey tomorrow.
Director of Sport
Our congratulations go to three of our U5 students on their selection into the Loughborough Lightning and Wasps franchise performance pathway for Netball. Hannah Whitfield and Gemma Urquhart will train in the U17 Wasps squad while Georgie Forde-Wells will train with the U19 squad at Loughborough Lightning.
All three girls belong to the newly formed Northants Storm Netball Club and have regularly represented Northampton High School in school fixtures. We are extremely proud of them and wish them well with their training.
In the first match of the new Hockey season we played Kings High, who unfortunately were, on the day, stronger than us. The first half we lost 3-1, with Phoebe Haynes scoring for us. After some coaching at half time, we improved as a team and were just shaded out in the second half, with the final score being 5-1 to Kings High.
Well done to everyone, with a special mention to Emma Saxton for being player of the match, and Charlotte Johns being named coach’s player.
On Tuesday 18 September, the 2nd XI Hockey team faced Stowe’s 2nd team. Stowe started strong, and applied lots of pressure throughout the game. Molly Roberts-Crawford managed to score our first goal in the middle of the first half, followed up by Jodie Welton scoring a second, bringing the score to 2-1 to the High School at half time.
After talking to each other about what we needed to improve, we started the second half where Stowe came back strong, and increased their pressure on our defence – managing to score another goal in the process. We kept our heads, and increased our pressure, which led to Hollie Mullen scoring our third goal. Stowe kept their pressure up until the final whistle, however we ended the match with a 3-2 victory for the High School.
Well done to all the girls that played, especially those from L5, who stepped up to play an U18s match, playing extremely well.
Vice-Captain of Hockey
Jodie Welton was selected for her pony club team to ride in the 1 metre Eventer challenge last Friday at Blenheim. Another of her team was Francesca Tomkinson, who has just finished her degree after also going to Northampton High School.
The course started by jumping a course of show jumps, followed by jumping a number of cross country style fences, before finishing on one last show jump. It was a very twisty course and they had to do it within a time limit, which was very quick. Jodie and her pony, Coral, had just one pole, but managed to get inside the time which was the main factor of placing.
It was very exciting as the team lead after their round for a couple of hours before two teams overtook them, but they ended up placing third out of 41 teams, which was very commendable.