Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Boys' Hockey: U11 IAPS Tournament

Boys' Hockey: U11 IAPS Tournament

U11 I.A.P.S. Hockey Tournament

This week saw the U11 boys’ hockey team go up against the best teams in Scotland and beyond.  In 16-minute matches the boys played three group games and then two more depending on how far we got.

First up we played very strongly against a good Craigclowan side which played some good, expansive hockey.  Tommy put us 1-0 up in the first half with some opportunistic striking and added three more in the second half in the same way.  What a find from a boy we were just experimenting with up front.
Belhaven 4-1 Craigclowan

Feeling confident we sagged in the second game as we were possibly a little complacent against a weak Ardvreck side.  We still managed to go 1-0 up but got bogged down into playing narrow, centralised play and as such ended up hacking it out with the opposition.  On a rare foray forward Ardvreck snuck an equaliser and so it ended.  Frustrating.
Belhaven 1-1 Ardvreck

Next up would be our biggest challenge of the group, and indeed the day, as we played the eventual winners, Fettes Prep.  They were a good side – quick, strong and with good skills, especially in running on their weak side and reverse-sticking.  Although not outplayed Fettes ended up comfortable winners in the end.
Belhaven 0-3 Fettes Prep

Despite that loss we still managed to come second in our group of 4 and ended up in the Cup semi-final where we played against Cargilfield.  Again a 3-0 loss came to us as our wing-backs were not getting up and down the pitch enough, leaving space behind the midfield when the opposition attacked.  But the performance was improved and the scoreline flattered Cargilfield who were good, but not as good as they have been in the past and went on to lose to Fettes in the final.

Belhaven 0-3 Cargilfield

The final match of the day was against a new school for me, a rarity after 14 years at the school, St. Peter’s School, York.  This was a very tight game and although we went one goal down, we scored the goal of the day to equalise as Hector fed Wilf from centre to left, who ran up the wing, crossed for Alfie who swept home expertly.  The boys let out a huge cheer as it was a move we’d been working on for some time.  The game was tied at fulltime and so went into golden goal and sadly the Yorkshire outfit pipped us with the last hit of the match to take 3rd place and put Belhaven in 4th.
Belhaven 1-2 St, Peter’s School, York.

All in all the boys had a good day, finishing 4th of 8 teams, and got better as the games wore on as we learnt to cope with better players.

Man of the matches: Archie Robson.