Boys
On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the Somerville boys' hockey team travelled to Lloyd Elsmore to participate in the SEZ boys' hockey tournament. The tournament saw a Somerville team field a mixed team of years 7 and 8. The team responded positively to the challenge of playing in a tournament of 11 a-side hockey games.

 

Participating in pool play competition, our first game was against BBI. Despite their relentless attack, our team managed to hold out, with a huge defensive effort and some important saves by our goalkeeper, Hugo Clark. Eventually, we conceded a goal and the game ended at 1-0 in favour of BBI.

 

Our second game was against Howick Intermediate and allowed our young Somerville forwards to consolidate their attacking game. Our strikers retained more ball and gained cohesion, playing a passing game, as they took the ball forward, with more opportunities for scoring. The team scored two relatively quick goals, with the game ending 2-0 to Somerville. Jacques Basson played a key role at centre forward, driving a great deal of the attacking play. Our third game against Mission Heights was a win 3-0.

 

The game against Farm Cove was a tense, close affair, which ended in a draw 1-1. Due to Archie's skills in Penalty Corners in pool play, we came second in Pool A and proceeded into the semi-finals against St Kentigern College. Somerville scored first, St Kents equalised and suddenly it was 1 all. We moved into extra time, scoring a penalty corner, which we didn't convert. St Kents managed to score off their PC and we then moved into the playoff for 3rd place against Sir Edmund Hillary College. Overall, the boys won 3 games, drew two games, and ended the SEZ tournament in third place. This was a stirling effort for our young team and we are really excited about their potential for 2018.

 

Great effort from Jacques Basson, Josh Borland, Jonty Israel and Brayden Jenks, who were valuable players in attack. Our midfield players comprising Archie Manning, Trent MacCallum, Anish Ram and Hartej Basson worked exceptionally hard in attack and defense. It was an overall good effort from our defenders Jamie Beach, Jack Wilson, Liam Anderson and Jacob Hill, and a great effort in goal from Hugo Clark. Stand out players at the tournament were Archie Manning and Jacques Basson, who have a promising future in hockey.

 

It was good to see all round improvements in individual skills and team play throughout the day. Well done to all the players. Thank you to the parents who supported the team with transport and first aid support.

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Reported by: Mrs Donna Bowler

 

Girls
On Thursday 22 June, twelve year 7 & 8 girls represented Somerville Intermediate at the SEZ Girls' Hockey tournament. The weather was a mix of heavy rain and strong wind. With three players down as well, the girls had a challenging day ahead.

Despite the challenges, the girls played to win and saw themselves coming first in their pool of the round robin tournament. This meant they were through to the playoffs.

 

The playoffs started and the girls won their match, taking them into the final against Sancta Maria, this time playing for 1st and 2nd place. This was a challenging game and the girls gave it all they had. At full time neither teams had scored a goal so the game went into over time. After 5 minutes of over time, still no team had scored. Therefore the game required one player every 30 seconds to be taken out of the game. The girls put in all the effort they had left, however, Sancta Maria scored the first goal.

 

Throughout the day the girls played great positional hockey, and placed 2nd overall in the tournament.

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Reported by: Miss Annabel Thorne