1st Team v Sandroyd
In the final game of the hockey season Sherborne faced Sandroyd on a day of sun, sleet, rain and wind on the very exposed Gryphon School pitch. Sherborne were back with a full squad following an injury hit game against Queens. But they had put the previous game behind them and were ready for battle. And what a battle it was! A fantastic first half display and Sherborne looked like a different team. Some lovely interchanging of play and attacking passing led to chances in front of goal. Once again, overcomplicating things in attack led to easy opportunities being overlooked. The attacking play in the second half by both teams led to an end to end game. As Sherborne committed in attack they were unfortunately exposed at the back and Sandroyd capitalised. With time left on the clock, Sherborne couldn't quite manage the goal they so eagerly needed. A brilliant display by Charlie most deservedly won him 'Player of the Match'. A pleasing display to end the season. Congratulations, boys, for your hard work and commitment this term.
2nd Team v Sandroyd
Our final match of the season and the 2nd XI found themselves back at home again (almost), playing on the Gryphon pitch against Sandroyd. With no long bus journey to tire the team, the boys started brightly and fully deserved to open the scoring. Both sides created chances but unfortunately our Achilles' heel of leaving an opponent unmarked a few yards from goal resurfaced and Sandoyd ended the half in the ascendency, leading by two goals to one. The second half started brightly once again and with the wind behind us, literally, the Prep team surged forward in search of an equaliser. Numerous chances were created but we couldn't quite manage to put the ball into the back of the net. Sandroyd then hit us on the break but to the team's great credit they refused to succumb. Led by captain Harry, we continued to press and with a couple of minutes to go our pressure was rewarded when Ben W scored an excellent goal with a reverse stick shot at the near post. The final two minutes proved hectic as wave after wave of attacks rained down on the Sandroyd D but their goal-keeper made a couple of excellent saves and the match ended with Sandroyd the victors by three goals to two. The result apart, it was an excellent end to the season and the team can be very pleased with their efforts. The man-of-the match this time around was shared between Ben W and Harry, who led by example and never gave up. Just what you need from your captain! Well done, team!
Colts A v Sandroyd - W 7-3
What an exceptional match! This was the best team performance by a Sherborne Prep team I have had the pleasure of watching. Having initially gone 2-0 down they kept their composure and with huge effort, tactical nous and team work had the skill level and desire to overcome and dominate a very useful Sandroyd team. From Harry in goal, organising his defence and making telling saves, to Jai closing down the opposition and posing a constant threat upfront, Sandroyd has no answer. Jago and Huge were both assured and well organised in defence allowing Will to run the game from midfield. Our hard work and elusive wingers, Sean and Finn linked well all afternoon and caused headaches for the stretched defence. It has been a pleasure watching this team of fine young men develop and progress, and they promise to be a useful and talented 1st team in years to come.
Colts D v Sandroyd
The first half was very promising, with neither teams scoring and our boys playing very well against a fast team. Sadly, though, our confidence was knocked after the first couple goals in the second half, and our defence were not reacting fast enough to the change in pace. Despite this loss, the Colts D have had a good term of hockey and I have been delighted with the way they have played this term.
U9A v Sandroyd - W 9 - 1
Our 'A' VII were superb this afternoon. They really did play outstandingly well. We won this one 9 - 1 and it would have been 16+ if it had not been for some 'creative' umpiring. Christopher saw a different side to hockey when he played in defence in the second half. ALL players performed really well and we were miles better, pushing the ball around, keeping the ball, running off the ball and good finishing - all the things we coaches hope for every day. Will was dominant as ever, Christopher too. Eddie Y had his best performance to date and likewise Jack Tre was another who enjoyed a really good afternoon. All very promising and a wonderful way to end the season.
U9B v Sandroyd - W 5 - 2
The Under 9 Bs made a successful transfer to hockey on Saturday with an accomplished display that saw them end the term with a 5-2 victory. Despite being a scrappy match, powerful play from Harry A, Max F and Theo W created many scoring opportunities. The defensive trio of Peter, Jack M and Sam A were also on the ball to shut out the opposition on many occasions allowing for players such as Luke M and Charlie W-C to try and succeed in a number of skills. Overall it has been a very positive season and the boys should be very pleased with their development in both hockey and football. A special thank you must go to the goalkeepers Joss and Rufus who took it in turns to play for Sandroyd so that both teams could play with a keeper.
U9 v Knighton House W- 3 - 0
After a busy term of matches the girls travelled to this fixture with practised techniques and confidence behind them. The first quarter of the match saw our best play yet with both shooters, Octavia and Alice, scoring one goal each. Knighton, despite attacking well, didn't manage to score throughout the game. The girls passed confidently and kept on their toes throughout the entire game. In the last 3 minutes of the game, Octavia scored the final goal bringing the score to 3-0. I am very proud that the girls ended the season with a win. Well done!
U8 v Knighton House
The U8s played their final match away at Knighton House. In an exciting game, the team demonstrated some excellent play, with the oppositions' coach commenting on how well we moved and distributed the ball. The first quarter saw Sherborne take a 1-0 lead following an early goal from Dulcie. Knighton fought back to take the score at the end of the first half to 2-1. Knighton controlled the 3rd quarter scoring two more goals. Sherborne dominated the final quarter and created many opportunities that just could not be converted into goals under pressure. A good season for the team!