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Peppard Retain Schools Tournament Crown

Peppard Retain Schools Tournament Crown

Kat Green16 Jun - 17:47
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Eight teams from five local schools participated in the Henley HC coaching sessions and tournament on Friday 14 June.

Henley Hockey Club hosted the fun day of hockey for 80 girls and boys from Years 5 and 6 .

In the morning, seven teams from St Mary's Prep, Trinity Primary, Sacred Heart Primary and Shiplake Primary, had a coaching masterclass on basic skills, which was particularly useful for some who had never played hockey before. Dribbling, shooting, beating defenders and other drills on controlling the ball all featured. A big thank you to the Henley HC coaches and players from the club who gave up their morning to help, including Rosie Hallett, Emma, Nico and Ali Jean-Jean, Rach Herbert, Mike Woolfrey, Sam Austin, Jen Buckham-Hedges and Kat Green. The storm clouds circled but stayed away long enough for the lunch break to remain outside, ahead of the afternoon's tournament.

A team from Peppard Primary arrived to take part in the afternoon round-robin tournament which saw each team play seven 10-minute matches on quarter-pitches. Thank you to Rosie Wilkinson, Lucy and Emma Jean-Jean and Rosie Hallett for umpiring the matches whilst Ali Jean-Jean and Kat Green centrally timed and kept scores. At the end of the afternoon each player received a coveted Henley HC 'Player of the Week' band and those in the top three teams all received medals.

Congratulations to Peppard Primary for winning 6 of the 7 matches to again be crowned the schools' tournament champions, closely followed by St Mary's 1s in second and Trinity 1s in third.

Kat Green, the club's new Director of Youth Hockey, said "A huge thank you to Ali Jean-Jean for organising the day, the feedback from the schools and parents has been fantastic. It was brilliant to see a number of established Henley HC taking part in teams from their schools. The level of hockey throughout the afternoon got better and better as players new to the sport improved their confidence and skills. Despite a downpour in the afternoon the spirits weren't dampened and everyone left with smiles on their faces. As we are in the Olympic year the club has teamed up with England Hockey to participate in the 'Buddy Up' programme, which we have successfully achieved with five local schools to help inspire a new generation of future hockey stars."

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