Hockey: Indoor U18 National Finals

Friday 20 Jan 2017

The U18 Girls’ Indoor Hockey squad travelled to Bromsgrove School as East of England Champions last weekend in what would prove to be a very tough two days of competition.

The tournament started very well with a strong and confident performance against Hymers College that led to a 5-1 win. The nature of indoor tournaments meant a long wait for the second game of the day against Beaconsfield School in a match that ultimately cost the girls dearly; a sluggish display littered with small errors and missed chances saw a 3-2 loss in game that really should have been won, making day two look very daunting, with matches against last year’s champions Millfield School and perennial favourites Repton School.

A good night’s rest and a chance to review and reflect on the day before meant the girls were more than ready for the challenge of a physical Millfield side and they delivered a stunning performance to be leading 3-2 with 28 seconds remaining until a last gasp penalty corner conversion shared the spoils. This meant that only a win against Repton would suffice if the team were to qualify for the semi-finals. In what proved to be the final match of the tournament, the girls put on a gritty display in which they tested the opposition goalkeeper a number of times in the first half but without the luck of a goal and at 2-0 down with five minutes remaining the goalkeeper was taken off in favour of another outfield player. The gamble did not pay-off and Repton won to halt the Framlingham team’s chances of a semi-final.

Head of Hockey, Jamie Kingstone said, ‘the girls can look back with a tinge of disappointment but they should be very proud of the quality of indoor hockey that they played and they can now look forward to their next challenge – an outdoor National Final playoff with Cranleigh School on Wednesday 1st February at the College.’

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