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Girls at Midlands Championships!

Girls at Midlands Championships!

Josh Noon30 Apr - 18:28
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Great Effort Girls!

Westleigh U12’s Midlands Finals

This was the first year that Westleigh entered girls' teams into competitions, marking a significant milestone for the club. Both teams progressed through the county tournament to represent Leicestershire at the Midlands competition, held at the impressive Highfields Hockey Centre. This proved to be a challenging tournament, featuring the best teams from the Midlands.

We were grouped with Northampton Saints, Stourport, and Rugby and East Warwick, all of which are substantial clubs. Although we did not win any matches, we showed considerable improvement throughout, competing much more effectively in each game. It also provided the coach with an opportunity to meaningfully integrate the skills developed over the season. Importantly, the girls never lost heart and successfully implemented these skills. A notable improvement was seen in Neva, who, after missing some saves in the first game, performed heroically in subsequent matches.

Next, we moved to the knockout games, with Newark first. Westleigh dominated this game and, with more opportunities to play, displayed some excellent hockey. Louise excelled at learning to self-pass, while Mollie, only 10, fought hard in midfield. Captain Poppy was outstanding, encouraging the team and tracking back diligently. This strong performance continued into the games against Shrewsbury and another match with Northampton. Although Northampton won again, the game was much closer, with Poppy scoring an excellent goal shortly after Mollie, demonstrating her bravery, injured her thumb. Up front, Darcey and Lucia were tenacious, with Lucia taking on the opposition single-handedly at one point.

All players were impressive, smartly dressed in club colours, and their effort and enthusiasm were fantastic. I particularly want to commend Neva, who kept smiling despite the goals conceded. Many coaches from other clubs commented on her excellent performance.

Looking ahead, this team is very young. Some players will now move on to Badgers/Ladies, but many will return next year, older and wiser. Also, a note of appreciation for Lottie, the team manager, key to maintaining enthusiasm, and Simon for his fair umpiring. Lastly, a big thank you to the fantastic parents who supported the team, especially when we scored—well done, Poppy!

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