Congratulations to the 1st XI Boys’ Hockey Team who made it to the National Plate Hockey Finals, played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last week.
Below is the tournament report from Director of Sport, Mr Christopher Dossett:
The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the 1st XI boys’ hockey team playing at the Olympic Park.
Having qualified for the semi-finals of the national plate competition after a nerve racking penalty shoot-out against Hurstpierpoint College the team was looking forward to playing at such a fantastic venue. The semi-final against Prior Park started badly as we conceded two goals in eight minutes but the team fought back with a dominant second half display. We were 1-3 down with 10 minutes to go so took the gamble of taking our goalkeeper off and playing with eleven outfield players; the tactic worked immediately as Charlie Connaughton scored to reduce the deficit to just one goal. As we pushed for the equaliser Prior Park counter attacked to score again and complete their victory.
The following day we played The King’s School, Chester in a thrilling 3rd/4th place play off. After racing to a 3-1 lead and looking comfortable we conceded four goals to go 3-5 down with 15 minutes to play. Two excellent penalty corners from man of the match Jadon Buckeridge levelled the score but unfortunately some ill-discipline and three yellow cards allowed King’s to score two late goals to win 7-5.
We are all very proud of the achievements of the 1st XI this year – at times they played some outstanding hockey and the opportunity to play at the Olympic Park was just reward for all their efforts this season.