2nd place: No.8
3rd place: No.4
All of the matches were tight and full of fantastic passages of play. Arina Znamenskaya of Ellerslie House made several wonderful saves throughout the competition!
As the competition ended, No.6 and No.8 found themselves level on points. Despite great pressure from both teams, neither team managed to convert their chances with the game finishing 0-0. We then had to go to penalty shuffles to decide the winner. Five penalty takers from each team had eight seconds to try to score, the only thing standing in their way - the goalkeepers. Some brilliant goals were scored and saved with each team scoring three and both keepers saving two, the shoot-out then went to sudden death.
No.8 went first with captain Anna Barth stepping up to take the penalty; Jess Biddle stood tall, the whistle went, and the clock started. Anna moved quickly, making Jess work hard, but the pressure was enough from Jess that Anna’s shot went just wide. Andrea Agut stepped up for No.6, knowing that a goal would make No.6 champions. The whistle went and the clock started, Evie Dickinson tracked Andrea from the start, having to shuffle back and forth as Andrea kept the ball moving, then, finding a little gap, she shot and scored with two seconds remaining on the clock!
Winners: No.4 (winning all their matches)
2nd Place: No.8
3rd Place: No.6
This was a fantastic competition and the Juniors should be commended for their pre-tournament training drills. The competition was an exciting affair with several close matches separated by the odd goal.
No.4 was dominant throughout the competition, displaying an array of brilliant passing. Goalkeeper, Alisa Gudkova ensured that they never lost their slender one-goal lead in several matches. Ellerslie House was brilliant throughout the tournament, their team spirit, great defending and passing skills improved throughout the competition. No.3 and No.6 worked hard and played some great counter-attacking hockey. No.8 started the tournament without a goalkeeper, however, outfield player Tish Watt stepped up and went in goal. No.8 defended well to ensure that she was ‘protected’ and they only conceded five goals.