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19th Feb

County Glory for Hockey Girls
Cheadle Hulme School’s young hockey players caused double trouble at the recent U13 County Tournament, earning semi-final placements and a spot in the North West round.
 
Both the U13A and U12A teams took part in the Tournament, giving the younger girls experience of playing against bigger and tougher teams.
 
The U12s started the tournament well with two wins over Loreto and Woodhey.  In a tough game against Withington the girls conceded early but showed resilience and talent to go on and win 2-1.
 
A loss to Altrincham Grammar in the group meant only a win against the Stockport U13s would see the girls to the semi-final.  Coach, Mr Jamie Henderson said: “In this game they played their best hockey, showed maturity beyond their years and earned a well-deserved 1-0 win.”
 
Meanwhile, the more experience U13 team started slowly against Manchester High but two goals from Catlin Polley secured a draw.  In the next three games CHS stepped up their game, scoring an amazing 16 goals and only conceding one.
 
Mr Henderson said of the U13s: “The standard of hockey on show was top quality; the team played with intensity and pace, each player contributed effectively to the team and everyone stuck to their roles.”
 
In the semi-finals, the U12 team faced Manchester High, whilst on the pitch directly to left the U13s faced Altrincham Grammar.  Both teams played fantastic hockey; the U12s couldn’t quite match the physicality of the Manchester High team but had a number of good chances and lost a commendable 2-0.
 
It was the U13 team which stole the show; after a nail biting 15 minutes, the game resulted in five minutes of extra time.  Team Coach, Mrs Caroline Dunn employed some clever tactics and some more stylish play by Catlin secured a 1-0 win.  
 
Mr Henderson said: “This was a fantastic achievement for our young Hockey player, with a third place finish for the U12s and a place in the North West round for the U13s.  Well done to both teams and Mrs Dunn for their efforts on the day.” 

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