Girls’ Prep Sports Newsletter
Year 1 Chelsea Football Festival: Friday 29 September 2023
A group of Year 1 pupils attended a Chelsea Football Festival, held at Goals in Tolworth. The morning involved four sessions with different Chelsea Foundation coaches, taking part in fun warm-up activities and then each session focused on a skill: dribbling, passing, tackling and shooting.
In the afternoon, the girls were able to put their learned skills into practice with some matches. Each girl showed great courage and determination when tackling and dribbling with the ball.
All of them were very taken with their yellow Chelsea top to take home, as a momentum for the day. We were thoroughly impressed with the resilience and hard work each girl showed during the day and the progress made. Well done!
U11 Hockey IAPS
On Wednesday 27 September the U11 Hockey Squad travelled to Oxford to compete in the Hockey IAPS Area Tournament. In the pool stages, they started well beating Embley 1-0, from a short corner shot from the top of the circle from Darcey. The next game against Ashfold was very competitive, with Surbiton having the lion’s share of possession and many chances in front of goal. Alas, the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Their final pool stage game was against Richard Pate School. The game was end-to-end resulting in a 2-2 draw. Darcey was on the scoresheet once again and Caoimhe added to the goal tally from open play.
This resulted in Surbiton drawing on points with Richard Pate School, at the top of their pool, so first and second place had to be decided by penalties! Alex stepped up in goal to make two superb saves, whilst Darcey and Isabella put the ball in the back of the net, giving Surbiton a 2-1 win to come top of their pool stage group!
In the quarter-final game, the team faced off against St. Hugh’s Oxford to win 2-0, giving an impressive team performance. Into the semi-final they went!
The semi-final game was a close affair, where Caoimhe nearly pulling off a lightning strike at goal, only to miss the right post by a whisker! The Dragon School came away with a 2-1 win. The team did the School proud by coming 4th overall (out of 19 schools) and just missed out on a National Final place. It was an excellent team effort, with the girls showing support for each other whilst playing with courage and commitment.
Congratulations to Matilda, Alex, Hui, Eleanor, Isabel, Caoimhe, Annabel, Darcey, Isla and Isabella.
Year 5/6 Kingston Borough Mixed Hockey Competition
Congratulations to Jemima, Hui, Darcey, India, and Emma who joined the Boys’ Prep School to play in a mixed hockey tournament against local schools. The team played in five matches from their group, winning four and drawing one. This fantastic result led to being in the final, where the team worked so well together; they showed off their excellent skills and showed tenacity when after losing 2-0, they scored two goals to equalise. In the final minute, Darcey took the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and scored!! It was lovely to see the team using the width of the pitch, looking up and passing to each other. The competition was very high, and their fantastic attitude helped them to win!
Year 5/6 Cross Country at Epsom College
On Friday 6 October, we took 12 girls from Years 5 and 6 to Epsom College for a cross country event. The girls competed against 25 other schools, and approximately 150 competitors. Despite some understandable nerves, the girls were excited to start the first cross country event of the season under their belts. The competition was tough but all the girls in both years represented the Girls’ Prep School with high standards, pushing themselves to improve their personal bests, develop stamina and enjoy the run.
All the girls ran the full 3km with no walking and finished with excellent times and were placed well. We want to say a massive congratulations to Charlotte, Eva, Annabelle, Rea, Orla and Adela in Year 5. In Year 6, Darcey, Sophia OF, Olivia, Eleanor, Sophia C and Madeline all performed with enthusiasm showing amazing teamwork by supporting one another throughout the afternoon. Well done girls.
Year 3/4 Kingston Borough Mixed Hockey Festival
On Wednesday 11 October, pupils in Year 4 joined up with the Boys’ Prep School to attend a mixed hockey festival at Surbiton Hockey Club. The morning was spent playing six-a-side quick sticks hockey games against four other local schools, in a fun and relaxed environment. The players demonstrated some impressive dribbling and slick passing, whilst trying to use the width of the pitch to get to goal. They played every game with good intentions, teamwork, and determination, securing an unbeaten run! The last game against Malden Manor had it all, with the opposition going 2-0 up. Surbiton continued to battle hard to come back 3-2, scoring the third goal in the final minute of the game.
Congratulations to Maia, Aarohi, Sofia, Abigail, Tilly, Oscar, Atticus, James, Robbie and William.
Year 2 Hockey Festival
On a very sunny and warm Tuesday, Year 2 showcased their skills and learning in front of parents at Hinchley Wood. The pupils took part in a carousel of activities, demonstrating their dribbling, passing, goal scoring, and game sense. It was wonderful to greet so many parents and the Year 2s found the event very exciting! Well done to the Year 2s for putting on such a good show!
In the weeks commencing the 2 and 9 October, Year 4, 5 and 6 represented their House by participating in matches in a round-robin style tournament. The pupils enjoyed playing in mixed teams and the sun also delighted us with its presence! Congratulations to all our pupils for taking part in the annual event, creating a fun and inclusive environment for everyone. Year 3 are in action after half term, so there is all to play for in terms of the overall winner of House Hockey.
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