Hockey Highlights and Football Focus

Congratulations to the U11 Girls' Hockey team who reached Farleigh's first ever IAPS semi-final, losing a well fought match on a golden goal to Stroud. They won their quarter-final on a penalty shuffle, (thanks Maddie Hinch!) and well done to Claudia for saving all three goal attempts.

There were some strong performances from our hockey teams in tournaments yesterday (Wednesday 11th October). The U12s reached the finals at Westbourne House, narrowly losing their match 1-0 against Cranleigh. Playing at West Hill Park, the U11A team were joint winners with Durlston Court, after winning the semi-finals against Ballard on penalty shuffles.

At home, our U11B girls had a fantastic tournament, beating Portsmouth Grammar School and Hampshire Collegiate College, to win their group. A nail-biting final against St Francis resulted in extra time followed by penalty shuffles where they conceded their only goal of the day, unfortunately losing 1-0. However a great day of hockey, well done to the girls!

Congratulations too to the 1st XI Football team who have qualified for the IAPS Nationals after a superb performance at the IAPS tournament hosted by Moulsford School on Saturday 7th October. Winning four matches and drawing one in the group stages meant Farleigh topped the group and reached the semi-finals against Twyford. In an evenly matched game that went to 'sudden death' penalties it was Max G's goal and a subsequent, excellent save by Jack R that put the boys through to the final against Ludgrove. Despite losing, Farleigh were one of the top three teams that progressed through to the National Finals, which will take place later in the season.

This has been the culmination of a brilliant season so far for the U13s with both the A and B teams reaching their respective finals at the Highfield tournament last month; and the 1sts only losing one game to date. The 2XI also remain unbeaten and have also delivered some great performances over the course of this half term.