National finalists: 1st XI will play National Schools’ final in London!

Hockey 2015

The 1st XI hockey squad travelled to Leeds to play in the North Finals of the Under 18 National Schools’ Tournament in hope of being one step closer to their goal of retaining the national championship.

As the sky cleared the pupils stepped onto the pitch against St. Peter’s School from York. After a few last minute nerves Ellie Burns opened the scoring and Lily Wolstenholme chipped in with two more goals to secure a 3-0 win with other opportunities hitting the post and going narrowly wide of the goal.

Yarm School were next after an hour break. Lily Wolstenholme scored two goals, Ellie Burns adding to her tally and Lauren Hunt converting a short corner to bring their defeat to a fantastic 4-0.

King’s Chester had also won their two previous games so the winner of the section would be decided in the next game. From the first whistle our hockey girls were in control, dictating play with some great passes before Lily Wolstenholme scored, two further goals also came from Lily and a semi-final place beckoned.

The pool games on the other pitch had been very close but the runner up of the section on goal difference was Cheadle Hulme School. In the changed white strip our girls played with passion from the start creating several chances which were missed by inches.  With a victory of 3-0 secured by Lily Wolstenholme and Lauren Hunt and the National Championship win last year, we immediately qualified for the finals.

The last game was against Grammar School at Leeds, Lily Wolstenholme put us into an early lead but after a long tiring day of victory, we were defeated 4-1.

The squad performed superbly led by their Captain, Sophie Cunningham. The team will play in the National Finals tournament at Olympic Park in London in March 2016.

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