The HTC Girls Hockey was played out over the first two weekends of Term 2 after six weeks of training.
In the first round of games we faced tough competition from St Ann’s College and the close game saw us finishing with a 1-1 draw. The girls then showed their passion and responded with a strong win over reigning champions, St Marks. Our defense led by the captain, Madeleine Whitting and senior, Michelle Whillas played an absolutely brilliant game to hold the attack of St Marks, while our strikers worked extremely well, scoring two goals in the first 5 minutes resulting in a 3-2 win. These two games left us in equal first place after the first weekend, hence putting us in a strong position for the following week of games.
Our main mission on the second weekend was to score as many goals as possible to boost our percentage if we were to take the cup home. Our first game was against Flinders Uni and after scoring two goals, we unfortunately lost player/coach Steph Baird to an ankle injury, leaving us without our best striker. However, the entire team stepped up, with freshers Ella Gibson, Karri Thomas and Aimee Oxlade playing some inspiring hockey to give us a 12-0 win, setting us up for an exciting last game against Lincoln College.
This was the last game of the day and we required a minimum of 10 goals to be above St Ann’s in percentage and win the cup. After an amazing team game and goals from so many players (including goal of the tournament by Isabelle Hall) we finished with an incredible 19-0 win. With such a resounding victory Aquinas claimed the Girls Hockey Cup for the first time in four years.
The win was a testament to all the hockey girls who put their heart and soul into every training, which was reflected out on the field with the best hockey we have seen in the HTC competition for a very long time.
Thank you to our Sports Secretaries and everyone who helped out on the day.
Stephanie Baird and Sally Terrett