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Taunton School half term hockey update

Posted: 20th October 2021

Taunton Half Term Hockey Team

Taunton School hockey players have had a busy start to the Autumn Term.

Starting with the Futures Cup where 5 of our Boy’s competed for medals and England selection at the tournament! Following on from this was the UK School games where Sammy and Jacob competed for their England teams in a great tournament at Loughborough. It was great to see so many of the players in action when I was there with the Wales U18 Girls team, but also to see Dr Franklin who was volunteering at the Futures Cup to help the event go ahead!

Rolling straight into term the girls have had a great half of term highlights including lots of great block fixtures and cup successes. Our 3rds have had lots of close matches, but have picked up their first win against Bromsgrove in a great performance after a long trip away! Our 4th team have had a number of games cancelled by opposition but are looking forward to games with Blundell’s, Clifton and Dean Close after half term.

The girls 15B side under Miss Lewis and Mr Horsington are still undefeated so far, when asked for his reflections on the term, Mr Horsington said ‘the girls have been excellent, they have had some close draws but have displayed excellent fight, attitude and are continuously working hard at training!’. The U14B are also undefeated, battling away with 3 good wins so far! Our 14A Girls have had a tough run, but a great win V BGS and Mount Kelly have been the pick of their results, the girls are training hard and getting better every week with Mr Abell and it will be exciting to see how they finish the term!

Our 15A group have been playing a lot of hockey! Recently travelling to Bradfield College for a cup match losing narrowly 2-1 in their first loss of the season, they are still in the England Hockey Cup and unbeaten in block fixtures so far but have a tough stretch to come!

Our young 1st team girls have been making steady progress, they have been competitive in every match so far, slow to start and narrowly losing some but since have really pushing on! They are still in the England Hockey Cup and also the Independent schools plate where they will welcome Wells Cathedral to the Durrant just after half term!

Last but not least is our Girls 2nd team, who are our first winners of the ENERGY cup! Each week we are naming which team has had the best energy at training, hard to look past the girls who are led by Mr Sanderson and Mrs Powell who may be a formidable partnership going forward! The girls have also missed a few games from opposition withdrawing but have put in some great performances so far!

We also have a number of girls trailing for England Hockey Performance Centre and Academy Centre across both schools in multiple age groups, the most girls we have had in the system so far, more to come on this once the assessments have finished! Likewise we have already heard of some of the boys who have made the selection for one age group but waiting to hear on the U15s which all should be wrapped up over half term!

A big well done to Ollie D who has been playing and training with the U21 Great Britain EDP programme, having already played against Scotland, he along with Jacob P who is in the current England U18 squad who are both busy over half term with further camps. Also good luck to Jack B and Will H who will be attending their final assessments for a place in the England Hockey U16 Boys.

We have also started our indoor programme ready for competitions after half term! Our Boy’s U16s and U18 Girls having a great game to help prepare both sides, likewise our U18 Boys have played two games V Taunton Vale Men, winning one and losing the other. All 4 sides are looking in good shape ahead of the November county tournaments!

I am really pleased to also report that so many of our boys and girls are involved in club activity with Taunton Vale, Civil Service and ISCA hockey club, lots of cup matches and games going on this weekend!

Mr Foweraker

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