Wednesday evening saw the finals of the School Games Hockey competition, ran by Tameside School Sports Partnership, take place at Astley Sports Village. 73 teams entered the competition, one of the largest numbers of teams we’ve ever had, with only 18 able to qualify for the finals. Throughout the entirety of the tournament, it was clear to see there were not only high levels of sporting ability, but the 6 School Games values (Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork) were also evident with all teams.
The finals saw schools from all over Tameside battle it out to see who would be crowned Champions. Manchester Road (Droylsden), Pinfold (Hyde), St John Fisher (Denton) and St Anne’s (Audenshaw) all dug deep to win their respective groups and progress to the semi-finals.
In the first semi-final, Manchester Road were pushed to the final whistle by Pinfold - however they still managed to run out victors, claiming the first place in the final. Then it was St Anne’s who followed, running out deserved winners over their semi-final opposition, St John Fisher.
The final was a close affair however Manchester Road pulled in front and it proved too hard a task to catch them for St Anne’s. This meant that Manchester Road secured their gold medal, with St Anne’s taking silver. Pinfold took home the bronze medal, with a narrow victory over St John Fisher.
Both Manchester Road and St Anne’s will now progress to the School Games County finals in March, where they will represent Tameside against the likes of Wigan and Trafford. The School Games is the government's strategy for school age competition and offers a variety of competitive experiences.
Thank you to Astley Sports Village for allowing us to use their pitches throughout the competition. Also - a big thanks to all teachers and coaches for their continued support and, most importantly, their enthusiasm.