Report by 1st XI Coach Emma Kelly:
On Wednesday 3rd October we were pleased to host the U18 County Hockey Tournament at Shrewsbury School and welcomed teams from Moreton Hall, Oswestry, Ellesmere and Wrekin College.
Shrewsbury's first game was against Moreton Hall. The girls started thier bid to retain the County Championship title in strong fashion, winning this game 4-0. Goals came from Georgie Nicholas, Daisy McMullen and two goals from Amelie Davies, including a stunning straight strike from a short corner.
Our second game was against Oswestry School, which we won 1-0 – Amelie Davies scoring again. Frustratingly, we had a number of chances and were camped out in our attacking half but failed to convert. But the team looked strong as we headed into the semi-final top of our pool.
Our semi-final was against Ellesmere, a strong school and previous County Winners. Again there was lots of pressure in their defending D and the Shrewsbury squad looked strong as we won 1-0 and qualified for the final.
The final was against Moreton Hall (again!). Having already beaten them 4-0, we went into the match feeling strong and confident. The final score was 1-0 to Shrewsbury, with Moreton keeping up the pressure and bringing on a kicking-back in the final few stages. So Shrewsbury retained the trophy and were crowned County Champions 2018!
Due to the new England Hockey competition format, the County Tournament is no longer a qualifier for Regionals. The U18s and U16s now have to get through a series of Knock-Out Competitions before securing a place in the Regionals or Midland Final.
The U18s will compete away v King’s Chester on Tuesday 9th October in their first Knock-Out Competition. Having drawn against them earlier in the term, it looks set to be an exciting match. The U16s also play on Tuesday away v Wilmslow High.
The U18 County Championship Team were: