Moreton Hall was the host and venue of the inaugural Prep School Hockey Tournament on Saturday 5th November. It was a lovely, sunny day and it was great to see Hockey played in such good spirit by all teams.
The event was played in a round robin format to maximise the amount of hockey played for each school. There were some closely fought matches as all the teams played brilliantly, demonstrating their hockey skills. The introduction of the shuttle rule (one used at the Olympic final in which Team GB won gold), meant that if the match at full time was a draw then the teams had to choose three players to do a ten second shuttle penalty shoot-out against the goalie. The addition of this rule ensured another level of excitement to the tournament experience.
The position of first place was fiercely contested and at the end Moreton First and Queen's School Chester were equal on points with 9 a-piece. This meant it had to be decided by goal difference, which resulted in Queens achieving first place, taking gold and Moreton First placed as runners-up with silver.
The final results were:-
1st place Queen's School Chester
2nd place Moreton First
3rd place King's School Chester
4th place Packwood Haugh
5th place Birchfield School
Head of Moreton First Sport, Alison McDonald, commented "It was so great to see so many girls playing a high level of hockey at this young age and the shuttle rule added great excitement to the girls’ experience."
Kate Simlett-Groves, Head of Sport concluded: "Our girls have improved a great deal and I was impressed at the standard of their skills."