Festival of hockey with matches against Ripley & Queen's, Chetser
On Friday 33 girls from AKS Yr 7 played in four teams against Ripley St Thomas School from Lancaster. In the two closely contested outdoor 7 aside games the AKS U12A team won 4- 1 and the B team won 3-2. The A team played some excellent passing hockey attacking well down the right and the goals were scored by Anna W, Sophie F, Eleanor C and Evie F. Player of the match was Eleanor C.The B team game was very exciting with the lead changing hands during the match and the goals came from Alexa M (2) and Pryanka R. In the warmer climate of the Sports Hall the U12C teams from both schools gained their first experience of competitive indoor hockey. AKS C1 played Ripley in the first quarter and an exciting end to end battle ended 0-0. The second fifteen minutes saw the same Ripley team score twice against the fresh but inexperienced legs of AKS C2 before Charlotte C got one back for the AKS C1 team in the third quarter to make it 2-1. The final quarter saw Ripley begin to tire as many of the team had played almost a full sixty minutes hockey. AKS who had been able to put fresh legs on for alternate quarters began to dominate, pushing forward for an equaliser. Unfortunately in their desperation to score, AKS over attacked allowing Ripley to score again to win the game 3-1. Grace H and Charlotte C shared the Player of the Match award
The festival of hockey continued on Saturday and it was an early start for over 40 Yr 5, 6 and 7 pupils as they came together to play competitive matches against each other before Queens Chester arrived to play the senior teams. AKS Junior A and B teams took on the challenge of facing the Senior School Year 7 and both games stretched the talented young players in close fought matches. Well worth the early morning start despite cold and wet conditions all girls enjoyed playing in this competitive environment and improved their team and individual skills tremendously and proved to be a great festival of hockey for our young players.
A wet Saturday saw us face the very strong Queens School, Chester for the first time this year and all teams enjoyed good games with the Year 7 & 8 maintaining their unbeaten records with excellent close victories.
AKS U12 A VII 4 - 3 Queens U12 A VII Scorers: Charlotte T (2) Jessie A (1) Eleanor C POM: Charlotte T
Queens Chester proved to be a great addition to our fixture list with Saturdays match providing our U12’s with their most challenging fixture of the season so far. AKS got off to a great start with two goals from Charlotte T and one from Jessie A giving them a 3-0 lead at half time. AKS lost their rhythm at the beginning of the second half when on form Carly W went off injured and Queens scored two goals in quick succession to get back in the game. Undaunted, AKS came back to play some of their best hockey of the game with Jessica A and Jessie A linking well on the left while Eleanor C and Charlotte T counter attacked effectively in the middle. AKS increased their lead to 4-2 when Eleanor C pounced onto a desperate clearance out of the opposition circle and placed her shot skilfully past the keeper. Poor marking and a lapse in defence in the final minute of the game led to Queens scoring to make the final score 4-3 to AKS. The player of the match was undoubtedly Charlotte T, who was just truly outstanding throughout the game.
AKS U13 A VII 3 - 2 Queen’s U13 A VII Scorers: Anna P (2) Katie T POM Olivia M
The U13 team also played in a very competitive game against Queens Chester. AKS knew this was going to be a tough match and raised their game to the face the challenge. Queens Chester were a well organised side that put AKS under pressure from the start. They passed the ball well in attack and were able to get themselves in a strong position in the AKS circle but Beth R was excellent in defence making some strong tackles and Maddie R making some crucial saves in goal. AKS were determined and raised their game to put Queens under more pressure in their attacking half but with the teams well matched at the end of the first third the score was level at 0-0. AKS came out strong in the second third and Anna P was able to convert two of their attacking passages of play to take us into a 2-0 lead. Queens Chester however were able to break through just before the whistle to leave the score at 2-1 at the end of the second period. The final third was again a very exciting contest with both teams playing some excellent hockey. Queens brought the scores level at 2-2 but AKS dug deep and maintained their pressure on the Queens defence and after more great hockey scored again to take the lead 3-2. Queens threw everything at us in the last few minutes but the AKS team worked hard to keep ahead and thoroughly deserved the final3 -2 result and maintain their unbeaten record for the season. Player of the Match was Olivia M for another superb performance both in attack and defence.
AKS U14st XI 1 - 50 Queen’s U14XI Scorers: Poppy B POM Gabriella F
The U14 team also came up against a strong Queen’s side with fast skilful players and it took us a while to get to grips with their passing game. Good defending from Eleanor L in the centre saw her disrupt the Queens attacks but Queens went ahead in the 12th minute of the half. We started to pass the ball more effectively and in the 15th minute we came close with a good move started at the back by Alicia I who linked well with Prisha R. A driving run forward saw her round the Queens defence and pass to Ziv W in the circle but her shot flew wide. This gave us confidence and we lifted our game and a driving run from Poppy B, back from injury, saw her get into the circle and shoot. The shot was saved by the keeper but when it fell back to Poppy she made no mistake with finding the corner of the goal with her second shot to make it 1-1. Having got back level it was disappointing that a couple of lapses in concentration saw Queens score two quick goals so we went into the break at 1-3.
We started the second half well with a good passing move involving Grace J and Prisha R on the right which resulted in Ziv W seeing her shot well saved. Queens were always dangerous and good defending from Gabriella F, Alicia I and Eleanor L prevented them from adding to their score and we again created chances with Ziv W always a threat and newcomer Imogen H , making her debut for AKS ,started to get in the game and work well up front. Despite this Queens scored two more quick goals before the final whistle to make the score a 1-5. Player of the match was Gabriella F for her excellent defending.
AKS U16 XI 0 - 6 Queen’s U16XI POM Mia W
The U16 side faced a strong Queen’s team boasting several Performance Centre players and we were under pressure from the start. Kiera B, Amy S and Emily T marked closely and tackled well and some great saves from Emily P in goal kept the ball out of the net. Queens continued to pass the ball well and they eventually got reward for their efforts in the 9th minute when they eventually found the net to make it 0-1. They extended their lead minutes later and due to their excellent team play we were finding it hard to link passes together. Farah D and Sophie B worked hard in midfield but all too often their were no outlet passes after their driving runs and Queens won back possession. Queens made it 3-0 before the break with another good passing move despite the best efforts of Mia W playing at the back for the first time.
The second half saw us improve our team play and passing which saw us start to create scoring
chances of our own. In the 3rd minute a good pass out of defence by Farah D found Sophie
B and a great driving run saw her beat several players to get into the circle and her shot went just wide. Lifted by more possession and improved play we gained in confidence and started to work more as a team. Ruby W, Ellie S and Nyah H got more reward for their endless running winning the ball back more often and improved marking at the back from Sydney G Kiera B and Amy F made the Queens forwards have to work harder for the ball. Queens scored two more goals before the final whistle to make the score 0-6 but the team can take credit from a much improved second half performance which saw us compete more and start to play some good hockey. Player of the match was Mia W for her excellent game in a new position.