Spalding Academy show promise at schools' indoor hockey tournament
Spalding Academy's under-13 girls have a good platform to build on after promising displays at their first-ever indoor hockey tournament.
The team, made up of Erin McMurray, Ellie Smith, Honor Pearson, Layla Holland, Weronika Ragan, Emily Thomas and Amelia Norey, took part in the South Kesteven Indoor Hockey Tournament for Year 8 students which was held at Bourne Academy.
Seven teams from four schools, including Spalding High School, Bourne Academy and Bourne Grammar School, played games of six minutes each in a round-robin format.
PE teacher Laura Donaldson said: "The girls were extremely nervous, but also excited, as all the hard work and commitment they had put in from last September was finally required.
"Although some of the girls do play hockey at local clubs in Spalding and Long Sutton, they had never played inside before.
"So the girls had to learn the new rules and adaptations that come with the indoor game.
"With so many teams and just one pitch, the girls had to use every minute wisely.
"They defended and attacked as a unit consistently throughout all the games, showing fantastic teamwork and determination in managing to win one and drawing two of their six matches.
"Overall, the girls came joint third in the tournament where they represented themselves and the school spectacularly and should be extremely proud of their achievements."
Bourne Grammar School emerged as winners of the tournament where one of the umpires was Mia Dewing who plays for Spalding Hockey Club's first team.
Miss Donaldson said: "The girls played fantastically and should be over the moon with their performance.
"Their result was truly deserved and I am delighted to see hockey grow within school as we add it to the PE curriculum, with very exciting times ahead."