We took part in a Hockey tournament at Birmingham City University on Thursday 28th September
We took two Hockey teams to take part in a "Quick sticks" tournament at Birmingham City University and they both performed incredibly well. Our "A" team began with a game against Wydncliffe in which Nafis scored and Samir scored twice giving us a 3-0 victory. Our second match against Blakesley Hall was similar to the first as Samir scored and then set-up Ibrahim to double our lead. Zainab and Umayma defended strongly and we were able to keep another clean sheet and ran out 2-0 winners. We then faced a strong Starbank side and there was nothing to separate the teams as all attacks were repelled until the final few seconds when Starbank sent the ball forwards and one of their girls was perfectly placed to flick the ball home, meaning we conceded our first goal of the competition and also lost for the first time. Our final group game was against Greet 2 and a nice move between all four of our players was rounded off by Usra and another flowing move was finished by Ibrahim and we finished the game 2-0 winners and qualified for the 3rd place play-off!
Our "B" team began the tournament with a match against Greet 1. It was a tight affair with Greet scoring the only goal of the game meaning we lost 1-0. Our next two games against Greet 2 and Starbank 2 were goalless as we defended well but our attacks were nipped in the bud by our opponents. Unfortunately we didn't accumulate enough points to progress into the finals like the "A" team did. In the 3rd place play-off we faced Greet 1, who had beaten our "B" team in the group stage so we knew we were in for a tough game. Both teams attacked when they had the opportunity but defences were on top for the majority of the match until the last couple of minutes when the deadlock was broken. Nafis picked up the ball and went on a weaving run and picked out Samir who was only a couple of yards out so he had a simple tap in to open the scoring and give us the lead. We sealed the victory seconds later when we won a corner and some quick thinking from Samir saw him take it straight away and he found Ibrahim unmarked in the D with a perfect pass across meant it was again, a simple finish for us to score. The final whistle went almost immediately meaning we took a 2-0 victory and the bronze medals! Well done Samir, Umayma, Nafis, Usra, Ibrahim and Zainab who finished 3rd and Anum, Ahdam, Inayah, Usman, Iqra and Hamza played brilliantly and finished 3rd in their group!