Girls' Hockey 2001/02

Nikki Ginn and Shi Shi Mason were awarded their full colours for their outstanding contribution to Blundell's hockey. They have both been in the 1st XI for four years and they received this great accolade at Latin Prayer on 17th September after they lead their team to win the Sherborne U18 Tournament; the first time Blundell's have won the U18 (although they have won the U15 for the last three years in a row). For the first time in Blundell's history the only full colours in the school are held by girls! (Rugby, Athletics, Drama, Music and Academia have since managed to make awards giving equality of the sexes.)

1st XI HOCKEY

2001 season 1st XI - click for a larger version

AE Norman, RA Lancelles, LVL Simon, GKV Sawrey-Cookson, ERK Harris, RC Cotton, IMF Davies, Mrs NJ Klinkenberg
EA Lennox, PJ Knowles, SN Mason, NJ Ginn, LC St Johnston, CJ Crothers, SE Friend

HOCKEY COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES, 2001/2

Devon County U17 A Lucy Simon, Issy Davies
B Sally Friend, Rachel Cotton, Emma Harris 
Devon County U15 A Lydia Allen, Jess Seymour, Jess Dorse, Amy Morris, Claire Bowen 
B Lianna Hill, Charlotte Vantreen
Devon County U14 A Hattie Norman, Lottie Miles, Catherine Kingdom, Sonja Heckstall,
Hannah Bazley, Jo Mardell
Devon County U13 A Sonja Heckstall, Hannah Bazley, Jo Mardell
Final West Trials U17 Lucy Simon, Issy Davies
U15 Lydia Allen
Talent identification
for academy training
Lucy Simon

These County and Territorial players obviously gain valuable experience when playing for Devon and the West, and this has helped in raising the overall standard of hockey. We are maintaining a strong 'sport-for-all' approach and we try to ensure that all girls enjoy their sport whatever their level of play. Just over 160 of our 198 girls have represented school teams in 2000/1 and we have had some excellent results.

RESULTS - 1st XI

Date H/A and Opposition Won/Lost Score
15/09/01 Sherborne Tournament (separate report) Won  
18/09/01 H v Maynard's Won 5 - 0
22/09/01 A v King's Bruton Won 3 - 0
26/09/01 A v King's Taunton Lost 2 - 3
29/09/01 A v Sherborne Draw 1 - 1
13/10/01 H v West Buckland Won 9 - 1
16/10/01 Exeter Area Tournament    
  v Exeter College Won 3 - 0
  v Exeter School Won 7 - 0
17/10/01 A v Wellington Postponed  
31/10/01 A v Kelly College Won 2 - 1
03/11/01 A v Clifton College Won 3 - 0
10/11/01 A v Millfield Lost 2 - 8
17/11/01 H v Taunton Draw 4 - 4
24/11/01 A2 nd X1 v Plymouth College 1st X1 Won 2 - 1
01/12/01 A v Queen's Taunton Won 6 - 2
08/12/01 H v NJK's Invitation Team! Won 4 - 1


U18 Sherborne Tournament - Won!

Blundell's U18 had never won this tournament, although the U15s had won their equivalent for the past two years. We knew that this year's squad was the strongest in living memory, but tournaments with their shortened matches, are always tough to win.

The Pool Matches v   Wellington Won 2 - 0
v   St Mary's Shaftesbury Won 3 - 0
v   Queen's Taunton Won 3 - 0
Semi-final v   Sherborne Girls Won 2 - 1
Final v   Taunton Won 0 - 0 (on penalty flicks)

This was an excellent win and the squad definitely lived up to its promise. The senior pro's, Nikki Ginn (Capt') and Shi Shi Mason (V. Capt'), both in their fourth year of 1st team hockey utilised all their experience and skill in leading their talented young team to victory. Captain Nikki was widely acclaimed to be the player of the tournament and Shi Shi's tenacious defending snuffed out most opposition forays into our territory. Liz Lennox caught everyone's eye in goal, particularly in the tense penalty shoot-out, whilst the young Year 11 stars, Issie Davies, Lucy Simon, Emma Harris, Amanda Norman and Rachel Cotton are definitely ones to watch for the future. Georgie Sawrey-Cookson, Becky Lancelles, Cerise Crothers, Lucy St Johnston, Sally Friend and Polly Knowles all played significant roles, showing the strength in depth of the squad that is so necessary to win such a competitive tournament.


Half Term Summary - U15 and U14

The term started in spectacular fashion with the U15s retaining the Sherborne Tournament making it three years in a row. The team scored 8 goals, conceding just 2, securing wins over Wellington, St Mary's, Sherborne and Taunton with a 0 - 0 draw against Queen's Taunton.

The U15 team has remained unbeaten to date with victories over Maynards, King's Bruton, King's Taunton, Sherborne, West Buckland and Wellington. They have scored 34 goals and conceded just 6!

The U14 team have had a rather mixed season so far, not helped by losing their V Capt' Rose Bancroft to a horse riding accident for most of the matches. However, they have a great team spirit and have scored 17 goals whilst conceding just 6. They have beaten King's Taunton, King's Bruton, Sherborne and drew with West Buckland.

Devon County U15: Seven girls from these two years are in the U15 Devon County Squads; they are Lydia Allen (who also represented the U16 West of England), Amy Morris, Lianna Hill, Claire Bowen, Jess Seymour, Jess Dorse and Charlotte Vantreen. 

Devon County U14: Seven girls have also been selected for the U14 County team; they are Rose Bancroft, Hannah Bazley, Sonja Heckstall, Catherine Kingdom, Jo Mardell, Lottie Miles and Hattie Norman.

The B teams have also acquitted themselves well having several matches and a testament to Blundell's 'sport-for-all' philosophy is that only 6 out of 64 girls in these two age groups have not represented the school this year.

SPRING TERM 2002

U16 West of England Indoor Finals at Cheltenham

Having finished 3rd in the Nationals last year, we were slightly disappointed not to claim 2nd place behind Gordano, the National Champions. However, we did secure convincing wins over Taunton 8-1, Exeter School 3-1, Canford 4-0 and Cheltenham Ladies 5-1.

Leading scorer Lucy Simon (10 goals) was once again exceptional and she was ably supported by Issie Davies (7), Emma Harris (3), Amanda Norman (1) and Amy Morris (1). Also in the squad were Georgie Sawrey-Cookson, Judith Durrant, Francis Urquart, Rachel Cotton, Jess Dorse, Lydia Allen and Claire Bowen.

U13 Devon 7 a-Side Finals at Exmouth

Captain Hannah Bazley led her side to a splendid victory in this tournament, which was open to clubs as well as schools. This is the first time Blundell's have won this event. The team were unbeaten, recording wins over Teignmouth, Colyton Grammar, W Buckland and ECVH before going on to beat Ivybridge 1-0 in the semi-finals and Maynard's 1-0 in the final.

The Squad:  Hannah Bazley, Tilly Knowles, George Tarry, Meg Menheneott, Lucy Witcombe, Sonja Heckstall, Jo Mardell, Jess Martin, Emily Joll and Grace Gabbitas. The team manager for the day was Lucy Smith.

Devon U17: Lucy Simon, Issie Davies and Sally Friend were part of the winning Devon U17 team. Lucy and Issie have been selected for the West of England Trials.

U13 Skills Tournament at Exeter University

Following on from their very promising first tournament at Exmouth, the U13's competed at a skills tournament for Devon schools. There were four competitions and the girls managed to win three of them. They won the flicking skill, the running between cones and the ball dribbling. The team were declared the overall winners!

U14 Hockey Tour to Ireland

The Squad: Charlotte Vantreen (Capt'), Hattie Norman, Emily Albon, Lucy Norman, Laura Friend, Sara Jackman, Stephanie O'Reilly, Katie Smith, Alice Kerr, Rose Bancroft, Catherine Kingdom, Lottie Miles, Lizzie Watts, Jodie Venner.

The team arrived in Cork late on Friday night. On Saturday they were greeted by plenty of sunshine and Irish flag waving as their football team took on Cameroon in the World Cup. The squad, inspired by Ireland's battling draw, went one better and beat the Church of Ireland Hockey Club 4-1, with goals from Lizzie Watts, Lottie Miles, Charlotte Vantreen and Catherine Kingdom. Hattie Norman was named player of the match for some vital saves in the first half.

A shopping trip in Cork followed, then a leisurely evening in the wave pool and sauna. On Sunday morning a tough game against Harlequin's saw a 2-1 defeat despite a bullet from the edge of the D by Charlotte Vantreen. A trip to Blarney Castle then gave everyone the gift of the gab; as if they really needed it!

The final game was against Carlow Hockey Club whose Irish International player managed to score. However, our team play overran the opposition 7-1 with four goals from Jodie Venner and a hat-trick from Lottie Miles. Captain Charlotte Vantreen was named player of the tour but the whole squad played some excellent hockey. A big thank you must go to Miss Gillan, who translated for us, and to Miss Stanford, our S African 'Gapper', both were great tourists!

DJH