YELLOWS BECOME THE SUPREME STICKS
Gerran become Green’s top scorer
Greens finish 3rd
Yellows win the tournament
@ St John’s| 8th December 2016
GREENS VERSUS YELLOWS
After rigorous training sessions from all teams, each house’s hockey squad prepared to play in the school’s Inter-House Hockey tournament. The first match, which was between the Reds and the Blues, had finished a draw. As the two teams lined up, a continuous buzz filled the atmosphere, with each team chanting, in the hope that they would triumph in their individual matches and, eventually, win the competition.
Mrs Silvester, the PE teacher and referee, blew her whistle and then the two teams began their duel. A series of exhilarating box-to-box play saw Green House take the first corner, which was cleared by the Yellows. After some incredible midfield play from Sophie Edwards and Alfie Chart (who are in Class 6) the Yellows exploited the weakness of Green House’s defence, attacking ferociously, tearing away, driving the ball out to the right wing. Alfie Chart took a powerful shot at goal. Ilyas McKenna, who had been drafted into the team earlier in the day, made a diving save, sending the ball out for a corner. The Yellows readied themselves for the second corner of the game. The ball came in. Alfie’s incredible reaction, which was superior to that of Green House’s defence, lead to a powerful shot, which could have easily been his first goal of the tournament. After a ball in Green possession, the Yellow attack capitalised on a passage of inconsistent Green house play.
After Lily Ridler’s struggle in outside the “D” area, she passed to Alfie who, calm and collected, shot the ball towards goal: 1-0.
The remainder of the first half saw the tension soar and the atmosphere intensify, as Yellow House scored their second goal, leaving Green House disappointed and frustrated at their performance.
At half-time, the two teams huddled together, with Yellow House’s team talk being lively and celebratory, in contrast to the wave of frustration that Green House were drowned in. Seconds later, play resumed with Alfie scoring the first goal of the second half, speeding away on the break, with the Greens failing in their attempt to stop him. Minutes later, it seemed as if Green House spirit had left them with the chants of the beginning of the game becoming merely history. The Yellows scored again with Alfie substituting off the pitch. At this moment, I interviewed Gerran Prescott, a member of Green House and Class 5. Seeming infuriated, he said, “Unfortunately, there has been no reaction from our defenders; Alfie has been running rings around us!”
The Yellows scored their fifth and sixth goals, with the Greens giving an almost unconditional surrender. In the game’s final moments Gerran, of Green House, scored Green House’s solitary goal, a form of consolation perhaps.
GREEN HOUSE 1
YELLOW HOUSE 6
GREENS VERSUS BLUES
“There is always hope.” Those were the words of Ilyas McKenna after Green House’s shocking performance against the Yellows. Heading into their second game, captain Paddy Beary seemed to have succeeded in his attempts to rouse his team, as they went into their second fixture of the tournament confident, hoping to bounce back from their dire defeat to the Yellows. The Blues started their game strong, with captains Chloe Robinson and Harrison Kemsley starring in their valiant attempt to jeopardise Green House’s title hopes. Finley, who proved to be a hat-trick hero in their previous game against the Reds, was gifted with many opportunities and was able to convert one of those opportunities into a goal, putting the Blues 1-0 into the lead.
Although they were losing, the Greens, unlike in their last match, never seemed to surrender, with Paddy and Gerran both dribbling down the flanks at multiple times. Then it was Harrison’s moments of stardom. After a few accurate passes from Chloe Robinson, Harrison attempted the impossible. Tried the unthinkable. He, quickly, switched his stick round leaving Green House’s defenders confused, before swiping at the ball…………GOAL!!!!!
At the end of the first half, I interviewed the young man; he responded, “I was thinking `I’ve got to score. My team needs it.’”
The match soon recommenced, with the Blues quickly clinching their third and fourth goals not long after half-time. Green House did, in fact, score twice courtesy of Gerran Prescott (he was involved in both goals). However, it seemed to be too little, too late, meaning that the Blues were guaranteed a place in the Finals.
BLUE HOUSE 4
GREEN HOUSE 2
GREENS VERSUS REDS
The two teams ranked third and fourth, the Reds and the Greens respectively, played their final matches. Despite neither team qualifying for the Final, the continuous buzz in the atmosphere still seemed to remain. Towards the beginning of the match, I spoke to Mrs Quirk, the Headteacher. I asked her, “What do you think of the matches that you have seen so far?”
She replied, “There seems to be a lot of fair play, and a large support from each House team.”
The game began quickly with the Reds storming ahead. Ilyas McKenna knocked the ball out of play, ensuring that the Reds did not take the lead. Moments later, at the other end of the pitch, a passage of fantastic Green House play, lead to the first
goal. After a few minutes of box-to-box play, the half ended with the two teams swapping sides. At half-time, I spoke to Ketan Vimalanathan, of the Reds and of Class 5, who was incredibly disappointed at his team’s first-half display. Moments into the second half, the Reds gained possession of the ball and then Ketan Vimalanathan made a powerful shot at goal with Luke Boyce, of the Greens, saving it. Then at the other end of the pitch Gerran Prescott, scored the second goal for Green House with supporters, that were not only from Green House began to chant for the Greens spurring them on for a victory. The match soon ended 3-0 to the Greens and with the match, the tournament ended as well – for the Greens, at least.
By Nathan Osafo Omane
Leading Sports Reporter