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Year 5 and 6 demonstrate excellent Hockey skills

Posted: 27th February 2018 | Category: Sports, Years 5 to 8

Year 5 and 6 demonstrate excellent Hockey skills

In the first Hockey matches of the season, the Year 5 and 6 boys took part in a tremendous match against Bricklehurst. With 22 Skippers children involved, we rotated three teams to play against the Bricklehurst squad in short, eight minute games. 

The discussion before the match was around ensuring that the children were being reflective and considering how they could put into practice the skills that they have developed during our Friday Games sessions. 

A captain was elected for each team, and the children showed great self discipline in ensuring positions and instructions were clearly communicated. All information and advice from Mr Leggett and Mr Minister throughout the matches, was passed directly to the captain, who in turn spoke with his team. This engagement clearly helped, as Skippers showed some excellent use of skills and were able to be creative in their execution. 

Some great attacking play and excellent linking of the midfield and forwards, led to nine goals being scored by Skippers. An outstanding achievement in freezing conditions.

There needs to be a special mention for the one Skippers player who was involved in every match; Zac S payed in goal for each of the Skippers teams and has shown great commitment to the position, constantly challenging himself and asking for feedback on how he can improve. He was exceptionally close to keeping a clean sheet until Bricklehurst scored in the last minute of the match.

As we move through the Hockey season, hopefully the children will be able to build upon this positive start and develop their skills even further. A big focus for the children in Years 5 and 6 will be to remain positive throughout the games, whatever situation they find themselves in.

In terms of skill-based training, we will be developing the children's ability to be slightly more patient and to focus upon their defensive positioning in order to intercept the ball, rather than focus on making a tackle. 

An excellent start to the Hockey season and I am looking forward to seeing the development over the remaining Games sessions and fixtures.

Matthew Minister

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