First Team Hockey Season Write-Up

9th February 2015

The 1st XI hockey team this season has started their season well after losing key players at the end of last season to higher education. With big gaps being left in the teams structure, year 11s such as Sam Taylor and James Barton have filled up these spaces expertly well and have seamlessly slotted into the team. After getting through to the Quarter final of the Kent Cup on the route to Finals Day with a 1-0 victory against The Skinners' School, CCGS 1st XI had the Under 18 Frank Mason tournament in Canterbury on the 5th February. Being in a very tough group to start which held some of the best schools in the country to compete against who had brought squads of 15-16 compared to CCGS's 13 they faced 4 gruelling games and were uncertain whether they would progress to the second round. However, the team fought and dug in during the 20 minute games meaning that they came 3rd in the hardest group of the tournament and progressed through to the Plate. There they were to face the Ashford School in the quarter final. CCGS were clearly the better side with an abundance of extra experience in comparison, meaning that they were able to solidly beat them which meant that they were to then play Sir Roger Manwoods in the semi final. However Sir Roger Manwoods were a tightly knit team who knew how to transfer the ball well and caught CCGS on the counter attack. CCGS were being played at their own game, but Argyrides pulled through with some excellent saves in goal. From here Alder was able to distribute the ball out of the CCGS half to find Elliott who held up play nicely. Vinson and Preston joined him to form a dynamic attacking trio which proved too much for the Manwoodian defence, giving CCGS the lead and the only goal of the game.

This meant one thing. CCGS had made it to the final of the plate, getting much further than the pundits predicted finishing higher over teams such as Simon Langton who had previously beaten CCGS 1-0 this season. Here, CCGS gave everything they had into beating Rochester Maths, but winning the game in open play was beyond either teams capabilities with such heavy legs after over 140 minutes of game time throughout the day. Who won the plate was to be decided by flicks. Argyrides stepped up as if it was the Champions League final and made some spectacular saves to keep CCGS in the game. However only Alder and Elliott were able to beat the colossus Rochester Maths keeper meaning that Rochester Maths even with a sudden death round unfortunately won 4-3 on flicks. Although this was disappointing for the squad, they have everything to be proud of. Going out there with a positive attitude and only conceding 1 goal within 140 minutes of game time is a huge feat and should look to take that form into their cup tie against Cranbrook to win them a place at Finals Day for a second year in a row.

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