The last hockey fixture for the year and what a super way to finish an excellent season for the U.10/11 team. Although the final result was a 1-0 loss this was not a reflection of the game and I was impressed with the absolute commitment of every player on the pitch throughout. Both sides had opportunities to score and the goalkeepers were kept busy at both ends. It was unfortunate that Northampton High School scored as a result of a slight lapse in concentration from The Grove but the girls remained upbeat and kept working hard showing some excellent skill on the ball and some super passes through to each other.

Well done girls. A fantastic end to the season.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Northampton High School: 1
Player of the Match: Chloe Cave

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Friday, 24 November 2017 11:18

The Grove U8 & U9 Hockey vs Thornton College

Under 8

Our final match of the season against Thornton and we arrived in good spirits with two wins under our belts. After a hesitant start to the game the girls soon relaxed and were once again confident on the ball and driving forward in attacking play. The girls generally had possession throughout and with a solid defence the ball didn’t stay in our half for too long. Positional play from The Grove was much improved and I was particularly impressed with Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi and her movement off and on the ball as our Centre Forward. Oluwadabira Filani was first to score for The Grove, again with her sheer determination and perseverance in the circle. Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi was well deserving of a second goal into the second half followed closely by sister Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi securing the win for The Grove. What a fantastic end to the hockey season. Well done girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 3
O. Filani, I. Adekanmbi, E. Adekanmbi
Thornton College: 0

Player of the Match: Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi

Under 9

Our Under 9 Girls were very excited about their final fixture of the season away at Thornton. We arrived in plenty of time to allow for a good warm up, and also to allow our goalkeeper to kit up in good time.

It was the first match Thea-Donya Kassaei had been goalkeeper, and she stepped up to the mark straight away. We had a few shuffling around of positions, which meant we had a very nervous start. Once we settled down, and our defense stepped up, well done Thea-Donya and Mikayla Martey, we were beginning to get the ball into our half a lot more. We were, however, still panicking when we moved the ball into midfield. The first half finished 0-0, so we were defending well.

We had a little talk at half time, and we also shuffled around a little, we had a very strong team. We kept pushing and pushing, but we always missed the goal by centimetres. The girls didn't give up though, and thanks to good midfield from Hannah Siddall and Arianna Vieceli Fitch, we passed beautifully to Alexa O'Kane and then Sophie Hartley-Wiley finished with a strong goal!! It was long awaited but worth it, the last match of the season ended with a win.

The girls have progressed so much this season, they should be very proud of themselves. Well Done Girls!

Mrs Paris

The Grove: 1
S. Hartley-Wiley
Thornton College: 0
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:32

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Ashfold School

A very breezy afternoon for our fixture against Ashfold and after a quick warm-up the match was underway. There was some brilliant play from both sides and the game was closely contested throughout. Very quickly into the first half The Grove took possession and with some excellent drives forward from our mid-field Amaya Saiz-Arthur scored with an excellent strike. We generally had most of the possession for the remainder of the first half and had a number of attempts at goal but the Ashfold defence was strong and the goalkeeper made some very good saves. The last 5 minutes of the first half was tense and we found ourselves under a lot of pressure from Ashfold and thanks to Chloe Cave and Jana Alsallal in goal we managed to keep the score with a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The second half remained tough and The Grove worked extremely hard under a great deal of pressure from Ashfold. Eventually the hard work paid-off and with some extreme determination in the oppositions circle Emily Garwood managed to get a final touch on the ball to score. After a tense few minutes the final whistle blew leaving the final score with a 2-1 win for The Grove.

An excellent result girls. Well done.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 2
A Saiz-Arthur, E Garwood
Ashfold School: 1

Player of the Match: Chloe Cave

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IMG 8412Under 8's

After our success on Friday the girls were very excited and confident for our match against Beachborough School. It was a very nerve-racking game throughout with the play up and down the pitch. With an early lead for Beachborough, The Grove really stepped-up their game with some fantastic play from Regan Hovell in defence and our midfield, once again making positive moves towards goal. It wasn’t long before Oluwadabira Filani managed to score with support from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi to make the score 1-1. After a real battle between the two teams, The Grove had possession of the ball in the Beachborough circle just before half-time. Unfortunately with lots of frantic defending from Beachborough the ball came off a defenders stick into their own goal which put us in front at half-time. After a positive team talk the girls were ready to face the second half and once again it was a battle up and down the pitch. With a slight lapse of concentration in defence we conceded a goal early into the second half putting the score back to 2-2. The Grove continued to show real determination on the ball and with some great balls through to midfield and some excellent dribbling skills demonstrated our third goal was scored by Oluwadabira.

A super result. Well done girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 3
O. Filani (2), O.G
Beachborough School: 2

Player of the Match: Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi

IMG 8487Under 9's

On Tuesday 21st November, we played Beachborough School at home. We decided to take a large team with us, with lots of substitutes so most of year 4 could experience the excitement of a home fixture. For some, this was their first ever fixture, so they were very nervous.

We could see from the start that, Beachborough were very strong. Within 2 minutes we conceded a goal, but our spirits were high. We were also very nervous starting and it took us a little time to get into our stride, with some children being in new positions. We gained possession, however, from some excellent defending from Mikayla Martey. A special mention also goes out to Harini Sivivakeesar for brilliant goal keeping. Unfortunately, Beachborough were a very strong team, and in the first half we conceded 4 goals.

At the start of the second half, a stronger team was put out, and we had some excellent passes from Alexa O’Kane, Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Arianna Vieceli-Fitch this eventually led to us scoring a beautiful goal. We managed to get the ball into our half more, but we struggled to keep possession. We conceded 3 other goals in this half, but the girls were not disappointed with this, as we made some excellent progress against a very strong team. Well Done Girls.

The Grove: 1
Beachborough: 7
Player of the Match: Harini Sivavakeesar

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:18

The Grove U8 Hockey vs Akeley Wood School

This was the U8’s third fixture of the season and after a tough match the previous week the girls were determined to build on the lessons learnt. Akeley arrived and after a good warm-up the match began. The Grove got off to a very good start and there was some excellent play from mid-field showing some positive moves in attack. We really didn’t give Akeley any opportunity to enter into our half of the pitch. It wasn’t long before Oluwadabira Filani was able to find some space through Akeley’s defence and scored a lovely first goal in the first half. After a positive team talk at half-time The Grove continued their attacking play into the second half and with some excellent play on the left from Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi and support from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi the ball was driven into the attacking circle again for Oluwadabira Filani to score two more goals. This secured an excellent win for the The Grove.

Well done girls. An excellent result.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 3
O. Filani (3)
Akeley Wood School: 0

Player of the Match: Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:40

The Grove U12/13 Hockey vs Maidwell Hall

This week our U12/U13 girls hockey team had a fixture against Maidwell Hall School. The game was played in fantastic spirit from both sides and although the girls did struggle to keep possession of the ball, our defence was determined and battled well to keep the ball out of our circle. A special mention goes to Jana Alsallal who was superb in goal and made some incredible saves against some super shots from Maidwell. Unfortunately the Maidwell team was just too strong for us on this occasion and despite the girls best efforts they conceded 3 goals in the first half and 4 in the second with the end result a loss of 7-0. Well done to all the girls for their hard work!

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Maidwell Hall: 7
Player of the Match: Jana Alsallal

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:24

The Grove U9 & U8 Hockey vs Ashfold School

Under 8's

A long trek over to Ashfold on a dreary afternoon but the Under 8 girls were all very excited for their first away fixture of the season, and for some, their very first hockey fixture. With very little time to warm-up the girls played their first game against Ashfold 'A' team who were very strong. Our defenders were tested throughout the game and despite making some excellent tackles in places, found themselves all too often moving away from players and leaving players unmarked which made for some easy goals by Ashfold. Our mid-field struggled to keep possession of the ball during the game, although a special mention goes to Oluwadabira Filani who worked extremely hard to try to get the ball into our attacking half. We re-grouped after the first game and I was extremely impressed how up-beat the girls remained into the second game against Ashfold 'B' team. I think the girls were getting very tired at this point and found it difficult to remain focused. There were definite periods of good play during the game with Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi becoming more competitive on the ball driving forwards into space and making some great passes to Oluwadabira Filani in centre mid-field.  Oluwadabira Filani managed to capitalise on one of these moves and scored a great goal in the second half but we were already 3 goals down at this point and became too difficult to bridge the gap in the time we had. Onwards and upwards girls to the next game.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School 'A': 5
Player of the Mathc: Oluwadabira Filani

The Grove: 1
O. Dabira
Ashfold School 'B': 3

Player of the Match: Oluwadabira Filani

Under 9's

Our Under 9 Girls had a Hockey fixture away at Ashfold Prep School. We always enjoy our fixtures at Ashfold, so the children were very excited and ready to have an enjoyable game.

We first played Ashfolds ‘A’ Team. We could see straight away there was some very strong players on the team, however, our girls were strong and tackling the ball, with some excellent defending from Mikayla Martey and our new goalkeeper Hannah Siddall. In the first half we conceded 2 goals, but the girls were still very upbeat at half time, and we made some beautiful passes out to Alexa O’Kane and Sophie Hartley-Wiley. Unfortunately the ‘A’ team were very strong and we lost the game 4-0.

Our second match was against the ‘B’ team, who were also very strong. Even though half of the girls had played the first match, we were still very upbeat and ready to go. We managed to keep possession of the ball in this match a lot better, again with excellent defending and passing from Arianna Viceli-Fitch to Alice Alder in midfield. We were using space well, and I could see all the hard work in Sports lessons had paid off, and we were passing out to the wings, and our stick skills had improved. Unfortunately, Ashfold ‘B’ team were very strong and we lost the match 2-0.

Altogether, we had a great afternoon, and we have taken the loss positively, we now know what we need to work on in lessons to improve for future fixtures.

Well Done Girls.

Mrs Paris

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School 'A': 4

The Grove: 0
Ashfold School 'B': 2

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:50

The Grove U8 Hockey vs Quinton House School

Quinton House arrived with 2 teams to play which was unexpected but gave The Grove lots of game play which was welcomed at this time of the year. Our first match was against their 'A' team and although it was the first ever fixture for our U8 girls playing, the game was very competitive throughout with some excellent attacking play from Oluwadabira Filani as centre midfield and Alexa O’Kane as centre forward. Unfortunately the team found it hard to switch from attack to defence and haven’t yet established the skill of tackling, so Quinton managed to score 2 goals pushing easily past our midfield and defence. After a team talk at the end of the match the girls were then ready for their second match against Quinton 'B' team. The Grove took control of the game fantastically well and in no time at all Alexa O’Kane scored with a super run through to goal. Soon after Oluwadabira Filani demonstrated some good individual skill on the ball and with sheer determination scored the second goal for The Grove. The second half was much the same with The Grove dominating the game and we soon secured 2 more goals from Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi and another from Alexa O’Kane.

Well done girls. A super start to the season from the U8 girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 0
Quinton House 'A': 2

The Grove: 4
A. O'Kane (2), O. Filani, I. Adekanmbi
Quinton House 'B': 0

Player of the Fixture: Alexa O’Kane

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:49

Akeley Wood School U10/11 Hockey Tournament

Arriving at the senior school and seeing some of the older girls practising their hockey skills was quite a treat for the girls to start their afternoon of hockey. Unfortunately, the tournament wasn’t quite as expected and we ended-up playing Akeley Wood A and B team with no other schools attending which was a shame. Nonetheless, the girls had a full afternoon of play and we started off the tournament against Akeley Wood B team. The team began really positively with some excellent passing between the mid-field and some good movement forward from Amaya Saiz-Arthur as Centre Forward. In the first half Maya Shah had scored our first goal demonstrating very good control of the ball and a good strike. The second half was a little more challenging with some counter-attack play from Akeley Wood which put our defence under pressure. Chloe Cave made some excellent tackles and distributed the ball wonderfully throughout which prevented any score against us. Amaya Saiz-Arthur made an excellent run forward in the second half and after a couple of shots at goal, sheer determination saw the ball go past the goalkeeper to bring the game to an end at 2-0 to The Grove.

After a brief rest the girls then faced Akeley Wood A team and this was a more challenging game with Chloe Cave having to work exceptionally hard in defence and Jana Alsallal making some excellent saves as goalkeeper throughout the game. The score remained 0-0 until the final short corner of the game when Akeley managed to sneak the ball past our defence to end the game 1-0 to Akeley Wood.

The girls played exceptionally well throughout the afternoon and were a credit to The Grove. Well done girls.

Mrs. Hoppe

The Grove: 2
M. Shah, A. Saiz-Arthur
Akeley Wood 'B': 0

The Grove: 0
Akeley Wood School: 1

Player of the tournament – Chloe Cave

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Friday, 29 September 2017 08:48

The Grove U10/11 Hockey vs Beachborough School

On the 28th September, The Grove girls faced their second game of the season against Beachborough School.

After a 40 minute drive, we arrived in time for a warm-up and a thorough team talk before commencing play. The whole team approached the game very positive due to their fantastic win the week before and they were all very excited to begin.

The game begun with the Grove taking the first push back. The girls started well and managed to get stuck in. However, the Beachborough team had exceptionally strong players and they managed to make some fantastic breaks in order to find the goal.

The second half was slightly shorter than the first due to Beachborough having another game straight after against Quinton House. However, the Grove girls still battled away with Chloe Cave in defence having an outstanding game. She consistently made strong tackles to break down the opposite teams attacking play and cleared the ball away from danger.

The final score ended up Beachborough 5 – Grove – 0. However, considering that Sophy Pearce helped out in goal last minute to replace Jana Alsallal who was away and the fact that it was only the Grove girls second fixture, there were lots of positives to take away from the afternoon.

Well done.

The Grove: 0
Beachborough School: 5

Miss. Rawle

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