At Hillstone Primary school we believe that a child, who is physically active, is a happier child. The early years of a child's life builds the paving blocks to fundamental skills for future activity, developing agility, balance, coordination and sport specific skills. Sport and Physical Education promotes health and exercise and means our children will be more likely to be active adults. Not only does sport have physical benefits but it also develops their social attributes, improving their confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Sport helps to install a 'growth mind set' in children, helping them to deal with failure and mistakes and to understand that these are needed to improve and should be celebrated. Sport gives children a practical way of experiencing this.
Girls Football League
On Wednesday 14th November our girls football team took part in their first fixtures of the season. Our girls team who consist of children from year 4,5 & 6 played in three fixtures.
In our first game we played title favourites, Corpus Christi, who have a team littered with district team footballers. After a cagey start, Corpus Christi broke the deadlock towards the end of the first half on the counter, after our girls game close to scoring from a corner. They then scored again right on the half time whistle. Although the score line was 2-0, Hillstone continued to create opportunities but just couldn't seem to put the ball in the back of the net. Corpus Christi scored another two in the second half with goalkeeping errors leading to a comfortable 4-0 win.
With our girls determined to fight back in the next fixture, we took an early lead against a well organised Blakenhale team. With us on top, we again struggled to take opportunities that fell to us. We were then hit with two sucker punches, as Blakenhale took a 2-1 lead completely against the run of play. Some sloppy defending once again led to us conceding. In the last moments of the game we flooded forward and scored a last minute goal from the penalty spot after a handball by a Blakenhale player in their box. Jess comfortably dispatched the penalty to make it 2-2.
In our third game we again took an early lead through a sublime finish by Jess. At 1-0, we were once again comfortable, but were unable to add to our tally with some indecisive finishing. An unfortunate error by our goalkeeper lead to an equaliser for St Matthews, with the ball appearing to role of the line before our keeper picked it up from a back pass. With goal line technology yet to be invested into the Erdington and Saltley Girls league, the referee, although unsure, awarded a goal to St Matthews. The game ended 1-1.
With lots of draws in the other fixtures of the evening everything is still to play for. Our girls had a great time, many of which were playing football competitively for the first time. We now look forward to our next set of fixtures which will take place either in December or January.
Click on girls football league tab at top of page for more info.