The Girls Hockey First XI lost a tight competitive final 0-1 to St Paul’s Collegiate in Napier on Saturday to win silver medals in the Marie Fry Cup and finish eighteenth in New Zealand. A penalty corner goal in the second quarter proved to be the difference between the two sides and despite King’s pushing hard for an equaliser and going close on a couple of occasions, St Paul’s held on for a narrow victory.
Although the end result was disappointing for the girls, it still completed an outstanding season for the team who have gone from strength to strength this year and can look back on the year with considerable pride. At the beginning of the season, the team, coached by Steven Davison, won its qualification game against Kristin 1-0 to put them in the top Auckland division, performed well in the Auckland Supercity championships pushing the top teams close on a number of occasions and finished a deserved fifth, qualified for the Federation Cup next year and got to the final of the Marie Fry trophy and brought home silver medals. What a year! Next year’s team will be better and stronger for the experience.