The u14 team traveled to Wakefield having qualified for the Yorkshire play off finals by finishing in Division Two after 6 separate Sunday round robin league clashes stretching back from October 2016.
With two teams from Division One in our play off league as well as a strong Bradford team who had been promoted in the final round robin leagues we knew it would be a tough day of hockey.
An one all draw with Bradford meant a strong performance and a win were needed in the following two matches. We faced Doncaster who had put 9 past us in the previous two encounters so we had our work cut out for us.
However this team is full of spirit and energy which was put to good use, buzzing around the pitch and taking an early lead. Some stout defensive work and tireless midfield efforts along with intelligent use of the subs meant we closed out the game 1-0 to take maximum points.
Next up was a well drilled Wakefield, a team we have never beaten, despite our best efforts in previous weeks. A tired team let in 3 quick goals before settling down and playing our own hockey and putting pressure back on Wakefield. We had opportunities but couldn’t convert and Wakefield went through to the semi finals as league winners. Wakefield went on to make the final, and only lost on penalty strokes.
The win against Doncaster was sufficient to see us progress to the semi finals, where we played Thirsk, the winners of the parallel league that was being played on the second pitch at Wakefield.
Sadly we took too long to settle and Thirsk took full advantage to score quick goals which we never recovered from.
However to even qualify for the play offs was a fantastic achievement and then to go on to the semi finals was a huge over achievement.
Massive thanks to all the U14 girls for their spirit and enthusiasm and their parents who got them to all the Friday night training, play offs and matches.