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On Wednesday 30th March, we hosted our Quicksticks Hockey Tournament at Polo Farm for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This was an action-packed day with lots of exciting matches, demonstrating excellent team spirit and sportsmanship along with some fantastic hockey skills. It was a fabulous return for the event which hasn't taken place for three years...the children, teachers and volunteers worked incredibly hard to make the event successful, along with the support of some outstanding leadership from Simon Langton Girls Sports Leaders; who refereed during the day.
In the morning, 23 Year 3/4 teams across the Herne Bay and Canterbury Sports Partnership travelled to Canterbury for a rainy start to their competition. All teams played admirably on the Water Pitch in the group stages. Whitstable Juniors A, Ethelbert Road, Aylesham A, Herne Bay Juniors, Davington, Hernhill B, Bridge A and Aylesham C made it through to the Quarter finals demonstrating strong shooting, dribbling and defensive skills along with scoring several goals. Aylesham A, Davington, Bridge A and Whitstable Juniors A made it through to the next stage.
The semi-finals were decided with a nail-biting penalty shoot-out between Bridge A and Whitstable Juniors with Bridge going through to the final along with Davington. The final contained excellent passing, technique, and ball control with the children showcasing sound tactics to retain possession and successfully tackle their opponents. Bridge won the final 2-0 with Davington coming a commendable second place, with Aylesham in third.
The sun appeared after lunch for the 25 teams who travelled to Polo Farm for the brilliant Year 5/6 tournament across both the Water and Sand pitches. The stakes were very high with all children giving 100% during the competition demonstrating a high standard of hockey across all the groups. Blean B, Herne Juniors, Sheldwich A, HBJS, Bridge A, St Mary's Catholic, Aylesham A and Davington all made it through to the quarter finals with some impressive passing and possession. Bridge A, Aylesham A, Sheldwich A and Blean B were in the semi-finals and displayed some superb hockey skills. It was a Blean vs Bridge final which saw Bridge win again 5-1, with Blean a close second and Sheldwich third.
A special thanks to the Sports Leaders from Simon Langton Girls school who managed the games to an exceptionally high standard in a clear and decisive manner with sound understanding of the rules, along with all of the teachers and staff who transported the children to and from the event.