Newport Free Grammar School win Leys Tournament
Newport Free Grammar School’s U12 Girls hockey team rounded off an amazing first season when they won the Leys Invitation tournament last week. The first match saw Victoria Hill open the scoring for Newport before Old Buckenham Hall hit back twice to take the lead. However, Victoria Hill then completed a hat trick and Lois McGuire added a fourth. The second game against Ipswich school again saw Victoria Hill give Newport the lead but Ipswich fought back to level the match and Stephanie Goody in goal was made to make a couple of crucial clearances. The next game was another tough game against St John’s School but a fine effort from Hannah Lindsell on the left gave Newport the lead and Victoria Hill added the crucial second. The final two games saw Newport dominate both running out 4-1 against Kingshott with two goals from Adelaide Omitowoju and others from Lucy Robinson and Hannah Lindsell and 10-0 against Barnardiston Hall with a hat trick from Lucy Robinson and four from Victoria Hill.
Throughout the season the A team have played ten school matches, winning them all, and scoring 103 goals whist conceding just 7. In addition they have competed in three tournaments, again winning them all, during which they have played a further fifteen matches, winning 13 of them and drawing the other two. In these they have scored a further 70 goals and conceded just 8. Coach Gordon Scott commented that “These results have come about as a result of all the girls playing really well together as a team. The defence has always been very sound with Rebecca Dale and Phoebe Snow reading the game very well and often turning defence into attack with accurate clearances to the midfield. Adelaide Omitowoju’s pace on the right of midfield has often been the undoing of opposition defences as she has opened up many scoring opportunities as well as scoring 37 herself. On the left of midfield Hannah Lindsell and Eleanor Outhwaite have worked tirelessly and have also contributed 13 and 6 goals respectively. In centre midfield and up front Victoria Hill and Lucy Robinson have scored 68 and 48 goals respectively to give the team a real cutting edge.”
The B team have not been far behind winning all eight of their school matches and the only tournament they were in with four wins and a draw from five games.