Girls’ Hockey and Netball Tour to Marbella

On the morning of Thursday 23rd October Grosvenor’s senior and junior girls’ hockey and netball players set off for the sunny climes of Marbella where they enjoyed a series of hotly contested matches as well as a variety of enjoyable recreational activities during their four day stay.

Following a relaxing bathing session on the beach upon arrival on the Thursday, as well as a visit to the local village of Mijas on Friday 24th, Saturday saw the Senior hockey team commence its set of fixtures with a keenly contested encounter against the Gibralter Eagles, many of whose players were school leavers.  Despite the stifling heat on the day the girls performed admirably, falling to a valiant defeat despite their hardest efforts before participating in an enjoyable session of Flamenco dancing in the evening, where Grosvenor’s pupils and staff demonstrated their enthusiasm for culture - and even joined the dancers on stage!

On Sunday morning the Grosvenor contingent once again made its way to the sports complex where, on this occasion, the senior hockey squad was met by the Hawks – another senior club team.  Despite a few eventual goals from the Hawks, the girls never lost heart and continued to communicate well as a team.  In this instance special mention must be given to Libby Duncan, who made every effort to support and encourage her players through the various challenges brought by the game.  Despite losing both games, each of the opposition teams commented on how high a standard the girls were playing at, given their ages; they were impressed with the skills and knowledge that the girls had of the game.

On the netball side, the Senior team was made up of a mixture of players from various teams across the school, as very few of the School’s senior team members were present on the trip.  Despite coming off second best in each of their matches, however, the players should be praised for the effort and determination which they demonstrated throughout.  In its Junior fixtures, however, Grosvenor fared much better, with the Junior ‘A’ team winning all but one of their games, albeit to an under 15 side made up of a number of age-group national players, and the ‘B’ team – made up of a number of non-Netballers - also performing with pride.  At the end of the competition Sophie Larmour (Form Three) was named ‘Junior Player of the Tournament’, while the Junior ‘B’ team was recognized with an award for displaying the ‘Greatest Sporting Spirit’.

Well done to all of the Grosvenor pupils who performed so commendably in each of their fixtures and served as excellent ambassadors for the School throughout the trip.  In addition, sincere thanks is due to Grosvenor teachers Mrs Linda McIlvenny, Miss Helen Lavery and Miss Linda Knox, as well as coach Miss Alex Deering, without whose input and generous donation of their time the tour would not have been possible.

We look forward to following the fortunes of the girls’ hockey and netball teams throughout the remainder of the season.

Grosvenor's hockey players mix with members of the opposition following one of their fixtures on tour at the end of October