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Unbeaten hockey girls reach National Finals

The 1st XI hockey team have reached the National Finals for the fourth successive year after coming through the qualifying rounds unbeaten and scoring 60 goals!

The girls defeated Altrincham Grammar (6-1), Cheadle Hulme (2-1), Withington Girls (8-0) and Loreto Grammar (5-1) in the Greater Manchester Round before seeing off Kirkham Grammar (1-1), Queen Elizabeth Grammar (4-0), Merchant Taylors (16-0) and Kings Chester (5-1) in the North West Round.

In the group stage of the North Final the squad beat Hymers College 1-0 in a close opening game before finding their rhythm and the back of the net more often against Pocklington (4-0) and Sedburgh (3-0).

In the semi-final the girls again came up against Altrincham Grammar but a determined and resilient effort saw them earn a 3-0 victory which meant that they would face Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) in the final.

A hard fought encounter saw the game edge towards the final whistle with the scores level at 1-1 before our girls found one last burst of adrenaline which saw them race towards the opposition’s goal in the closing minute. The ball made its way to the stick of Morgan Hanson and her shot deceived the GSAL keeper and found the back of the net to earn Stockport Grammar the victory and confirm their place in the National Finals which take place at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium on the 1st and 2nd March.

Speaking about their achievement, 1st XI captain Georgina Dare said: “We faced some really tough games against good opposition but we dealt with the pressure well by working as a team.

“The final was quite nerve-wracking but to win it with a last minute goal was the best way to end it. We are really looking forward to the National Finals in March and will be putting in the hard work on the training ground and in the upcoming games”.

Head of hockey Miss Sharon Withington was proud of the girls’ success: “This is the fourth consecutive year that we have reached the National Finals and I think that this is the biggest achievement. The girls put in so much effort and determination and showed real grit throughout the Greater Manchester, North West and North rounds to ensure qualification and they fully deserve this.”

The team will be bidding to win the National crown in March to emulate their 2015 success.