Kirkham girls at the double

KGS girls' hockey 1st XI
KGS girls' hockey 1st XI
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Kirkham Grammar School girls’ hockey 1st XI completed a memorable double by winning a Lancashire Under-19s Tournament, followed by their own National Invitation Tournament.

In the first event at Blackpool’s Stanley Park KGS started steadily against Lancaster Grammar with a 0-0 draw.

In the second match against local rivals AKS, Kirkham took control of the game from early on and finished 3-0 victors.

Stonyhurst came next and again KGS dominated 
the game from start to 
finish and won comfortably 4-0.

The final game was against Ripley St Thomas.

Though it took a few minutes to get going again after a break between matches, the KGS girls stepped up and won their last match 3-0.

This meant Kirkham triumphed overall without conceding a goal.

Goalkeeper Freya Bennett stayed focused, while Emily Carpenter, Olivia Mulroney, Captain Grace Reddy, Fiona Lockhart and Amelia Dalzell were solid in defence.

Beth Everson, Rachel McCrae, Millie Foley and Charlotte McDonald totally controlled the midfield.

Rachel Greenwood and Jess O’Neill ran riot up front.

Kirkham followed up by hosting the annual Under-19s National Invitation Tournament.

Though British Colleges could not make it, KGS still had to fac last year’s winners, the mighty Millfield.

Their first game was against Wilmslow High School and Kirkham won 3-0 with goals from Reddy, O’Neill and Greenwood.

The second match was against Welsh outfit Rydal Penrho. Two goals from Greenwood sealed another victory.

The final game was against a very talented Millfield team which had already beaten Wilmslow 7-1 and Rydal 8-1 earlier in the day.

After 10 minutes KGS were were in total control and goals from Greenwood and McDonald gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time.

But after the break, Millfield scored two goals in quick succession – the score was now 2-2.

Kirkham regrouped and Greenwood was taken out by two Millfield defenders when one-on-one with the keeper. KGS were awarded a penalty stroke and Greenwood stepped up and coolly and calmly fired the ball into the back of the net.

In addition to defeating Millfield and winning the trophy, Greenwood was also awarded top goalscorer and outstanding player of the tournament awards.