Arnold School stages the regional round of the under-13 mini-hockey championship next Monday – and it sure to be an extra-special day after the Arnold team qualified.
Kirkham GS are also through after beating Arnold in the final on penalties. King Edward VII & Queen Mary school have qualified too.
In the group games, Arnold beat Baines HS 7-0, with goals by Milli Kenworthy (3), Catherine Garside (2) and Jade Yarwood (2).
Arnold conceded early against Heysham HS but Jade Yarwood equalised.
This draw meant that Arnold needed to win all their remaining group games to guarantee reaching the semi-finals. Yarwood scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Greenbank from Southport, with Garside (2) and Kenworthy again on the scoresheet.
A determined team performance gave Arnold a 2-0 win against a strong Westholme side, with goals from Chloe Simon and Kenworthy.
The final game against Kirkham GS was the group decider, in which captain Garside scored the only goal to ensure Arnold went through as group winners.
The semi-final against Ripley St Thomas School was won 3-0, with goals from Yarwood (2) and Garside.
The other semi between Kirkham and King Edward VII & Queen Mary ended 0-0, with Kirkham winning the penalty shoot-out.
The final was a hard-fought rematch between Arnold and Kirkham, which ended goalless. KGS won the shootout by a single penalty.
Arnold B finished runners-up in their tournament after draws with KEQMS (0-0) and Westholme (1-1). Abigail Thomas gave Arnold the lead in the second match, with goalkeeper Hannah Whiteside outstanding.
Arnold clinched the runners up position on goal difference with a 4-0 win against Lytham HS. Scorers were: Eleanor Hughes, Grace Moore, Chana Threlfall and Abigail Thomas.
Arnold’s First XI team continued their unbeaten run over the weekend with a nailbiting 4-3 win against Wakefield Girls’ HS.
An Emily Adams torpedo strike gave Arnold the lead after ten minutes. Wakefield equalised, but Arnold regained the lead through Holly Monteiro goal only for the match to be all square again by half-time.
Adams’ second, from Rachel Fackey’s pass, put Arnold ahead for the third time. Again this was cancelled out butbut Monteiro’s second sealed victory.
In other matches against Wakefield, Francesca Beeby scored six in the U15s’ emphatic 14-0 victory. Captain Hannah Denison marked her comeback after injury by scoring first with a superb shot. Lucy Whalley set up the first for Beeby, who soon had a hat-trick with two fine penalty corner strikes.
Goals by Emily Copp, Hannah Denison and Lucy Whalley made it 7-0 at half-time.
The second half brought four more for Beeby and a first goal of the season for Hope Kneale-Kaye who scored. Copp netted a second, from Whalley’s pass, and Bella Kenworthy completed the scoring.
The U14 went down 2-0 despite coming back strongly in the second half, with Victoria Matthews and Sophie Greener excellent in midfield. There were no further goals in the second half, and the score remained 2-0.
The U13 team lost 2-1, though Amelia Jepson played well as sweeper and Milli Kenworthy scored.
Arnold’s U12A fell behind but hit back after half-time to win 2-1. Ella Ross scored both goals, after good work by Milli Haythornthwaite and Molly Mason. Eleanor Garstang made some crucial saves.
The U12B scored the first and last goals of their 2-2 draw, Annabelle Bowker giving Arnold the lead and Lily Hoskisson equalising late.