A big thank you to all six teams who arrived earlier than expected and let all the girls have a good session of floorball, even if some had to spend a long time waiting.
A small piece of Cotswold Floorball League history was made tonight when Dormer House became the first school to get all three teams through to their respective finals in the same season. Congratulations! Their girls will meet Temple Guiting, who actually topped the group on goal difference. This year's girls' competition was very disappointing in terms of entries, but the seven teams gave a good account of themselves and the top five places were covered by just three points ... the value of one victory.
Mickleton had the difficult task of playing three matches in a row. Winning all three would put them straight into the final. Drawing one match would lead to a tie break match with Dormer House. Losing even one match would leave them further down the table.
They opened with a 2-1 win against St James & Ebrington. Tilly Walker was on good form and actually scored all Mickleton's goals on the night. Walker having put her team ahead Tia Moore equalised for SJEb almost immediately with a classy flick from the wing to the far post. With seconds to go, Saints hit the post then suffered the indignity of conceding as Walker also found the roof of the net.
Mickleton's next match started badly, Lilly Whitworth putting St Davids ahead straight from the face off. Walker levelled in similar fashion, before Whitworth put St Davids 2-1 up. Remembering that only a win would be good enough Mickleton put in a massive rush, culminating in another Walker goal. A draw looked on the cards until Walker was left alone with just seconds left and clinched the 3-2 victory.
The final obstacle to a place in the final was a St Catharines team which was lounging near the bottom of the table. They made the most of an early opening when Niamh Hannaford sent the ball in by the post. It then became the turn of a defence to shine as Shamiliya Magume and Freya Dawe blocked shot after shot and no doubt finished with the bruises to prove it. The one shot which did get past them was well saved by Emily Whittingham. Mickleton had done themselves and their school proud in difficult circumstances, but were consigned to third place, just one point behind Temple Guiting and Dormer House.
These two teams, having waited patiently to find if they were needed, played what was hoped to be a tie break match. Millie von Wedel put Temple Guiting ahead in a match where both goalkeepers were on good form. Dormer House eventually broke through to equalise and replicate the score in their earlier meeting. This bodes well for a close final, where it is hoped to play extra time if necessary. If time runs out Temple Guiting hold the tiny advantage of having finished on top of the table, albeit by a single goal in the goal difference column.
St James & Ebrington 1-2 Mickleton
St Davids 2-3 Mickleton
Mickleton 0-1 St Catharines
Dormer House 1-1 Dormer House (Tie Breaker)
There were also three friendlies,
St James & Ebrington 0-0 St Catharines
St James & Ebrington 1-0 Dormer House
St James & Ebrington 0-2 Temple Guiting.
Next week, 20h March 2018, St James & Ebrington B, Sedgeberrow and Blockley B meet to decide the finalists in the 'B' Team Competition.