The under 8 team had a great time at the Chichester festival this week. Inspired by a Christmas rest and newly equipped by some of Santa’s elves finest hockey gear they performed excellently. The passing, positional play and defensive determination were the best of the year. Robert scored most of the goals with one from Holly on her debut. The defence of Charlotte and Thomas was excellent and saved at least five certain goals especially in a hard fought 0-0 with Fareham. Thomas was in especially fine form and was the player of the tournament with some excellent long passing too. The really great thing this week was how well everyone worked as a team. As well as the players above Finn’s positioning was excellent, Theo passed well, Pippa did some great tackles and dribbles, and Lily ran tirelessly. One (narrow) loss, two draws and three wins is a great set of results especially with such a young team. Training is back to normal next week.