Well done to St Aidan's Catholic Primary who will be representing Croydon at the Sainsbury's School Games finals on March 9th.
St Aidan's School battled past the 5 other Croydon finalists to win the Quicksticks Hockey Croydon Final at Woodcote High School on Thursday 3rd March 2016, after over 20 schools had entered the qualifying competitions.
St Aidan's will now progress to the Sainsbury's School Games finals after narrowly beating Gresham Primary School in a very contested competition.
In one of the most equally contested Croydon Finals this year, St Aidan’s (21 points) overcame fellow finalists Gresham B (19), Cypress (17), The Hayes (13, Gresham A (13) and Heavers Farm (7), winning 4 out of 5 matches.
It was an afternoon which saw all teams having the ability to beat each other and some very tense matches were played, but it was St. Aidan’s who held their nerve after an early loss, to stride into the lead, enforcing all other teams to play catch up with them.
Umpired by Woodcote High School’s GCSE Year 10 students, the afternoon started with a close 1-0 victory for St. Aidan’s over Gresham B. Following this win, St. Aidan’s were then shocked to a 2-3 defeat by a very organised Cypress team.
With this loss, it meant a chance for Gresham B to take advantage, and they did so with a 5-1 win over their own rivals, Gresham A. Cypress were held 1-1 by Heavers Farm, whilst The Hayes were putting up some battling performances.
However St. Aidan’s had other ideas, and after a talk from teacher Miss Whitmarsh about tactics, St Aidan’s went on to win their next 3 matches, which included a 4-0 win over Gresham A, 5-1 win over Heavers Farm, and a competition winning 2-1 nail-biter over The Hayes.
All teams fought brilliantly, and it was great to see the improvements from everyone since the qualifying rounds in January. Some great sportsmanship was on show also, with all pupils, teachers and parents wishing St. Aidan’s the best of luck for the next round.
A final mention to the Woodcote High School, firstly to their students for producing high quality refereeing, and for the use of their fantastic outdoor facilities. A mention also to Harris Crystal Palace and Oasis Academy Coulsdon for their involvement in the qualifying competitions.
So a HUGE well done to all teams who participated in this years’ Quicksticks Hockey Qualifiers and Final, and again, well done to our Croydon Champions, St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School. We wish you good luck at the Sainsbury’s School Games on March 9th 2016.