The hockey term has got off to a flying start with over 180 girls playing hockey across 11 teams and a further 50 boys involved in Junior and Senior pre-season sessions. There have been 51 games played this half of term with a number of teams unbeaten so far including the U14A and B team and the 4th XI.
It is never easy for the U14 teams as they are often largely new teams playing alongside each other for the first time. However, they have made a brilliant start to the season and the U14As are currently one of our unbeaten sides with the highlight being an excellent 2-1 win against MES.
Highlights include a fantastic block against Strathallan which resulted in eight out of eight wins and similar success against Glenalmond where we won eight out of nine games and drew one. This really highlights the depth in our hockey programme with our 3rd – 5th XI and C teams all recording a number of wins this half of term. We finished this half of term with three very exciting games against George Heriots for the 3rd, 4th and 5th XI which ended up in three score draws. This included a brilliant come back from the 3rd XI who were 0-2 down and brought it back to 2-2.
At the top end the 1st XI have had a largely successful first half of term including a very closely fought 2-1 win against Strathallan. The highlight has been a brilliant 1-1 draw against a very strong MES side. The team defence was exceptional and every single player stepped up and made themselves very hard to beat. Unfortunately, they suffered a first-round defeat in the Scottish Cup in a game that was a real thriller. 4-4 at Full time resulted in penalty strokes with St Georges edging it 4-3 to take the win. The team, led by Marissa M, has made huge progress already and with a busy second half of the season ahead the team are in a great position.
In the U18 boys Cup the 1st XI travelled to Aberdeen to play Robert Gordons School where they were victorious and produced a very mature and composed performance. Both our U15 Boys and Girls cup teams had byes in the first round with the Girls facing High school of Dundee and the boys playing Heriots in the second round after Half Term.
Whilst we can measure success on the number of wins we can also measure success by looking at the numbers participating and the fact we can regularly put out five senior teams and C teams with over 180 girls playing really is the true success story of this half of term.
The second half of term is set to be even busier and we are all very much looking forward to it.