Davenport defense driving Wellington Girls’ Hockey

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

The Wellington Girls’ College First XI hockey team has become a local juggernaut. They have won the Premier I championship the last five years without dropping a match.

 

This season they won 13 consecutive matches and outscored opponents 116-14.

 

Since 2018 they have won over 50 successive matches, outscoring opponents 279-7 in the last three years.

 

Wellington Girls’ had an almost routine 5-0 victory over Wellington East Girls’ College in the Premier I final on Friday night at the National Hockey Stadium. Right defender Jessica Davenport has been involved in all four triumphs.

 

“I think this year is my favourite because I know it will be my last,” Davenport said.

 

“We were clinical from the outset. We were in control early and never let up. Sometimes when you’re expected to win the pressure is harder. We had massive support in the stands and fed off that energy. It felt really good.

 

“They were one of the few teams to score against us during the regular season so we couldn’t be complacent.”

 

Davenport was introduced to hockey when she was five, intallty playing with boys. She was quick to find her feet in defence where she provides vision, strength and an ability to occasionally press forward.

 

In the second week of the school holidays, Davenport will attend an Under-18 Black Sticks camp in Cambridge. She was a Wellington Under 18 representative for a second year in 2022 alongside schoolmates, Lucy Pottinger, Theodora Gempton, Sarah Jennings and Riana Pho. Wellington was third in a National tournament won by Canterbury.

 

Wellington Girls’ attended the first Federation Cup held in two years and finished a credible seventh. Though proud to be ranked one of the top eight First XI’s in New Zealand, the final outcome could have been much better.

 

Wellington Girls’ topped their pool with victories over St Kentigern College (5-0), St Paul’s Collegiate (3-0) and Baradene College (4-0), but came unstuck twice in shootouts during the crossover fixtures.

 

“Fed Cup was so cool. We did well to top the pool but just lost the shootouts which nobody wants. Our keep did amazing.

 

“The culture of the team is really special. It’s like one big family, a safe and fun environment where everybody works hard for each other.. I think we’ll be strong next year. There are only five girls leaving.”

 

Davenport hopes to study in Christchurch in 2023 and hook up with a Canterbury based club.