For the first time ever, The Friary challenged King Edwards Sixth Form Team to a mixed hockey match, which was a first for them playing together.

In the first half, Friary unfortunately could not get into the game and failed to apply pressure and lacked motivation, causing King Edwards to put two goals away by half-time. On paper, we should have been the stronger side, but the first half performance didn’t show that.

During half-time, after some constructive but wise words of encouragement from the team coach, in the hope they would get themselves back into the game and onto the score sheet, things did indeed change.

From the whistle, Friary worked as a team and started to pass the ball around, utilising the space in order for Jacob Mieleniewski (Y13) to break and fire home the first goal with a sneaky reverse stick shot. This gave the team the boost they needed with the second goal coming from a late tap in by Alex Hill (Y11).

At 2-2 and with 10 minutes to go, the team needed to find that extra little bit of energy to push the opposition back into their defensive D, for Gareth Hunt to fire home the final goal of the match, awarding Friary with the victory.

Kim Fallows, team coach, said: “Players of the Match were awarded to Josh Douglas-Boisson (Y10) for his excellent defensive skills in goal and Polly Whitworth (Y10).for her sheer determination throughout.”