On an extremely wet afternoon, Ryedale School’s year nine hockey team travelled to Scarborough College for the Scarborough and district tournament.
Ryedale were grouped with Scarborough College and Fyling Hall in their group with only the winner of each group progressing through to the next round.
With water having to be swept off the astroturf before the game, Ryedale played Scarborough College in their first encounter.
The rain continued to pour down and the wind blew straight across the pitch, causing havoc for the girls.
In a scrappy game, chances were limited. Alice Hall had Ryedale’s best chance, just shooting wide of the target after a well-worked team move.
In the final two minutes, a pass was played across the Ryedale goal.
The ball deflected off a stick causing a mistake in the Ryedale goal with the ball skimming off the keeper’s kicker and into the corner of the net.
With Ryedale pushing hard for an equaliser in the last minute, the final whistle blew.
Ryedale then faced Fyling Hall in the final group game. In testing conditions, a strong team show led to Ryedale winning 2-0.
With Scarborough College also beating Fyling Hall, it meant that they progressed through and Ryedale just missed out. Alice Hall stood out for Ryedale in both games.
Ryedale hosted Norton College in three fixtures in better conditions.
A mixed sex year 11 fixture was played with many of the boys playing hockey competitively for the first time.
Some strong performances by Jeremy Underwood in defence, Charlotte Woodfine in midfield and Peter Pittaway in attack led to a very competitive but unfruitful game.
With many chances being wasted, Norton scored the solitary goal and finished as victors.
The year 9 and 10 netball teams were more successful though.
The year 9 team, led well by Laura Laycock and Hannah Woodward, commanded their game winning 32-2, while the year 10 team had possession of the ball for most of their game, only allowing Norton a very limited number of chances to shoot.
With strong performances from Megan Bell, Rosie Collier and Eliza Dwyer, Ryedale won 31-0.
Two exceptional performances from two very strong teams.