Whitby Community College win area hockey tournament

Charlotte Jackson, Mollie Welford, Emily Webster, Sarah Thompson, Emily Hansell, Naomi Blacklock, Beth Middleton, Paige Howard, Maddie Coulson, Alice Smith, Teegan Pass, Charity Swales and Izzy Shackleton with tachers Lucy Parker and Pete Wooley
Charlotte Jackson, Mollie Welford, Emily Webster, Sarah Thompson, Emily Hansell, Naomi Blacklock, Beth Middleton, Paige Howard, Maddie Coulson, Alice Smith, Teegan Pass, Charity Swales and Izzy Shackleton with tachers Lucy Parker and Pete Wooley
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WHITBY Community College won the Whitby and Ryedale and year 10 hockey tournament at Lady Lumley’s School.

Five teams from the local area competed against each other in 15 minute matches on Astroturf.

Whitby Community College started slowly and spent much of the first match defending in their own half.

Some good passing moves were completed but always too close to their own goal.

Eventually a breakaway involving Emily Hansell and Emily Webster led to a fine finish by Charity Swales and Whitby beat Norton College 1-0.

The second game saw Whitby play Ryedale. This time, the girls grasped the concept of moving the ball quickly into the opposition half.

Naomi Blacklock, Alice Smith and Paige Howard worked so hard in defence that Charlotte Jackson in goal only managed one touch during the whole game.

The girls found their rhythm – importantly key players Sarah Thompson and Emily Webster began working in unison.

Chances came and went but eventually Whitby won 1-0.

At the start of the third game, the team really started to click. Beth Middleton , Izzy Shacleton and Maddie Coulson worked hard to find Webster space and she scored some fine goals, eventually beating Malton 4-0.

Everything now rested on the result of the final game against hosts Lady Lumleys – Whitby only needed a draw to win the tournament. Unluckily a draw is all they got – they spent the first 10 minutes in Lumley’s half but just could not get the breakthrough they deserved.

A nerve-jangling five minutes saw Lumley’s have two or three chances but Jackson kept her nerve in goal – finally getting an opportunity to show her skills – with 0-0 the final result.

Pete Woolley said: “This is the first opportunity that I have had to attend a girls’ hockey tournament.

“The girls played extremely well all afternoon and I was most impressed with their attitude and determination.”

Team: Charlotte Jackson, Mollie Welford, Emily Webster, Sarah Thompson, Emily Hansell, Naomi Blacklock, Beth Middleton, Paige Howard, Maddie Coulson, Alice Smith, Teegan Pass, Charity Swales and Izzy Shackleton.