On Saturday, 16th March, our U11 and U13 girls played in the annual IAPS hockey tournament hosted wonderfully by Peponi.
Our U11s played excellent hockey receiving many compliments on their skill and teamwork from the coaches and parents of other schools. Unfortunately luck was not on our side and despite being a strong team and playing excellent hockey the girls were unable to score enough goals when it really counted and were sadly knocked out of the pool stages with 1 loss, two draws and 1 very impressive win to their name.
The Braeburn U13 girls, who were going in for a 3rd consecutive win at the tournament, were placed in what could only be referred to as the 'pool of death'.
Amongst the teams in their pool were Kenton College and The Banda, both of whom eventually made it to the final. Our girls gave a spirited fight in the group stages, drawing with The Banda (the eventual winners) and losing narrowly to Kenton (who consistently played the best hockey); drawing with Peponi B and beating Greensteds convincingly along the way.
What was evident, was the high standard of hockey that was displayed by the different schools that took part on the day. The atmosphere was amazing, and there was no telling which schools would qualify for the knock out stages. The individual skills that were displayed by the girls were outstanding. This was an important consideration in the selection process for the girls who were to represent the Nairobi and the Up Country schools in the match the following day. Congratulations to Marie-Ange and Mariasera for making the Nairobi Schools team.