Hockey girls complete a treble of successes in March

Under-13s hockey squad

Our U13s and U15s hockey squads have added to the 1st XI’s triumph earlier in the month to help complete a superb treble of tournament successes in March.

After the 1st XI won the Greater Manchester schools U18s tournament, it was the U13s squad’s (pictured above) turn to shine in the north final of the national mini hockey tournament.

After successfully progressing through the Greater Manchester and north-west rounds of the competition, the girls headed to Leeds University with the confidence, skill and determination to make the national finals.

Led by Francesca Bailey, sister of 1st XI captain Charlotte, the girls beat local rivals Cheadle Hulme 2-0 in their first game, followed by a 3-0 victory against Cundall Manor and a 2-2 draw against Newcastle Royal Grammar which saw them progress from their group to the semi-finals.

A tricky tie against Arnold stood between Stockport Grammar and the national finals in Cannock, but a brilliant performance proved that the girls had nothing to worry about as they controlled the game from start to finish and ran out 2-0 winners.

With a place in the national finals already confirmed, the squad went on to play Hymers College in the day’s north final. A 1-1 draw meant the game went to penalty flicks, and although the girls were unsuccessful they came away from the competition with their heads held high and the knowledge that they will get their chance to shine in the nationals.

The U15s’ success came in the Greater Manchester schools tournament where, on an unseasonably warm day, victories against Withington, Cheadle Hulme and Altrincham Grammar resulted in them being named as winners of the tournament.

A proud Megan Smith stepped up to collect the shield at the end of the morning – the first time the U15s trophy has ever been won by Stockport Grammar School.

Speaking after the U15s team’s win, Miss Sharon Withington, the teacher in charge of hockey, said:

It’s a very fitting way to end the season as the U15s have really progressed this year with some of them representing the 1st XI.  This shield will go alongside the U18s shield we won last weekend!

I would just also like to take this opportunity to thank the girls of all years for their hard work and dedication on the hockey pitch this year and the parents for their unfailing support both on Saturday mornings and midweek, whether playing at home or far and wide as we have this year.

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