Youngsters sparkle in first five-a-side hockey

YOUNGSTERS from 13 Whitby area primary schools attended two hockey tournaments on the Astroturf at Caedmon School.

At the start of the afternoon, six larger schools attended – Lythe, Sleights, Airy Hill, Ruswarp, West Cliff and East Whitby in what turned out to be a closely-fought contest.

In joint second place were Airy Hill and Sleights with 13 points each, but only one of these teams could go through to the sports partnership final.

Airy Hill had a goal difference of +9 and Sleights +6 so with only three goals between them Airy Hill were through.

Winning the tournament were Ruswarp with 14 points, they won all of their matches apart from a 2-2 draw with Sleights.

Later in the afternoon, seven smaller schools arrived – Castleton, Danby, Hawsker, St Hilda’s, Lealholm, Glaisdale and Fylingdales. Once again the standard was exceptionally high.

This time only one place at the partnership final was up for grabs.

In third place were Glaisdale with 12 points, in second place were Lealholm with 14 points and in first place with 18 points were Danby who never lost a match.

School sports co-ordinator Pete Woolley said: “I was really impressed with the children’s’ skills.

“This is the first time that we have run an actual five-a-side hockey tournament.

“All the children showed great determination and enjoyment.

“The young leaders from Whitby Community College survived an afternoon that was bitterly cold.

“They umpired consistently well throughout the afternoon and ensured the tournament ran smoothly.

“It was clear some of the children had attended some of the festivals organised by Caroline Watson last term – they had a clear understanding of the basic rules of the game.”