Girls' Football v Bickley Primary School
Our Girls' football team played their final league game of the season away at Bickley Primary school. After a slightly disrupted warm up, the match kicked off with Highfield enjoying a spell of pressure. However, Bickley looked dangerous on the break and were happy to soak up pressure and counter attack. The first goal went to the home side, with Highfield switching off at a corner. The match continued in a similar vein, with Highfield enjoying the majority of possession and territory but Bickley continuing to threaten on the break. Both sides had chances, with Highfield unlucky not to convert any into goals, with Bickley scoring a further 3 in the second half. Well done to all the girls who played and to player of the match Isla, who was tireless in midfield.
We have one more fixture to conclude the season, with the annual Highfield - Balgowan cup game taking place in the second half term of the Summer term
Kent Korfball Tournament
Two Highfield Korfball teams travelled to the Kent County ground for the Bromley schools Korfball Tournament, knowing a top 2 finish would qualify the team for the English Schools finals, to be held at the Copperbox Arena in the London Olympic Park. Highfield 2, captained very positively by Vishalini, competed well throughout, often against taller teams, and finished in a very creditable 10th place. This was a particularly good result as both the boys in the team (Thomas K and Isaac S) will be eligible to play again next year. Highfield 1, led by England international Kushula, played superbly throughout, reaching the final match against Hayes A without having conceded a point scored against us (though we did somehow manage to score an own goal…). In the final match, we dominated possession and were unlucky to lose, and overall we finished in 2nd place, a fantastic achievement which now means we represent Bromley at the Copperbox in June
Year 3/4 Girls' Football Festival
Some of the Year 3/4 girls who attend O'Prey Academy training sessions regularly were selected to take part in a football festival at Kent County Cricket ground on Wednesday 3rd April. Run by some Crystal Palace coaches, the girls went through some exciting training activities where they were able to develop the fundamental skills required to play football.
Below is a run down of the activities that we took part in:
Activity 1- passing through the gates. Emily I and Elena managed massive 100 passes!
Activity 2- ball steal game. Jen was the silent assassin when she quietly took the ball from unsuspecting opposition.
Activity 3- mini match. Highfield vs Cudham. Louisa's power shot was blasted in the back of the net in the early moments of the game. Our goalkeeper didn't even get a touch of the ball with thanks to our defensive line: Emily B, Trisha and Harriet. A hand ball in the box by the opposition resulted in a penalty which was put in the back of the net, once again, by our captain, Louisa.
Final score: 2-0.
Activity 4- strategic game. Highfield were asked to be like Man City and make lots of little passes to progress. The likeness was uncanny, we will be giving Liverpool a run for the title in no time. Once again, we reigned victorious.
Activity 5- shooting game Vs. Poverest School. In this game, goals could be scored in the usual way as well as by kicking the ball through the oppositions legs. The final score was 6-4 to Highfield with thanks to a last minute ball being dribbled through the legs of a defender and slotted in the back of their net.
Activity 6- pass and move. Our girls were partnered with two players from the other team and had to pass the ball and move to a new space. When a number was called that designated player had to run towards the goal and score within 5 seconds. This activity definitely got our hearts racing, Lexi proving herself to have endless energy.
Activity 7- mini game with obstacles in the goal. Emily I slotted a lovely little goal into the mini goals to score a point for her team of 4.
At the end of the training session, we were challenged to a friendly from Oak Lodge. We used our skills well and obviously took on board all we had learned during the training sessions because we were able to work together to beat them 5-2.
The girls were an absolute delight to spend the time with and were so accommodating and friendly to the other schools.