Hockey: 1st XI are champions of England!

Hockey 1st XI celebrate winning national championships

Stockport Grammar School have won the schools hockey championships for girls after a 1-0 win against Cranleigh in the final at Olympic Park.

Hockey 1st XI at Olympic Park

The girls arrive at Olympic Park

Lauren Hunt scored the only goal of the game after two minutes, and a brilliant team performance in a tense match saw the girls win the title for the first time in the school’s history.

The squad, captained by Meghan Myers, were appearing in the finals for the second year in a row after winning the north of England title in November.

“A very special couple of days”

Head of hockey Miss Sharon Withington said the girls couldn’t have given any more:

Having not seen the trophy in the north for over 20 years it is an absolute delight to be crowned national champions.

The girls faced some really tough opposition and not one of them could have given any more on the pitch. Maya Gordon in goals made a string of outstanding saves in every match to keep the scorelines in our favour – she was simply outstanding.

I would like to thank the school and governors for all of their support and, most of all, the parents who all travelled to London to spur us along on a very special couple of days.

Results

Group games

  • beat Repton 2-1 (scorers: Wolstenholme, L Hunt)
  • beat Framlingham College 8-1 (L Hunt 2, Carroll, Wolstenholme 3, H Hunt 2)
  • drew 1-1 with Millfield (Wolstenholme)

Final

  • beat Cranleigh 1-0 (L Hunt)

As it happened

You can relive the drama of the finals as it happened on Twitter – and read the dozens of tweets of good luck and congratulations that we received – in our Storify story.

Winning squad

The school would like to thank Karen Galloway from Gemstone Management Services, Vicky Myers from The Golf Links, Andrew Ronnie of Source Lab and Jon Hall at Silver FX for their sponsorship of the team.

The winning squad were:

  • Maya Gordon
  • Meghan Myers
  • Megan Smith
  • Holly Hunt
  • Emily Spencer
  • Lauren Hunt
  • Lily Wolstenholme
  • Amy Bracegirdle
  • Georgina Dare
  • Sophie Cunningham
  • Jessica Carroll
  • Ellie Burns
  • Sarah Stretton
  • Francesca Bailey
  • Evie Barlow

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