What could have been?

Author: G CowanPosted: 18th March 2020 15:10 HXPE1351

Before the Hockey season came to an abrupt end, the club had enjoyed a very busy but succesful couple of weeks. Further success would have been a strong possibility.

In the NE Semi Finals U16 boys beat Yarm 5-3 in a topsy turvy match. With the score at 3-3 the team stepped up the tempo and with surging runs from Adam Bambrough and George Fisher fiinished off by Jakc Stoves, scored two quick goals. This was the difference. They then faced Egglescliffe in the NE Final with a place in the National Finals at stake. Supported by a large crowd, the boys never allowed a physical opponent to settle and their dominance was shown with a 4-0 victory. Special mention to Luke Singh who scored a spectacular first time volley, suitable reward for a player who has stuck at it and always supported the team. They had made the final step and achieved the Nationals. A tremendous achievement, the result of five years dedication to hockey and each other. They are role models to all our younger teams of how team success can be achieved. Well done.

Not to be outdone U13 boys hockey team had been undefeated in the South Yorkshire and Yorkshire 7 a side competition. The were due to play in the North finals with a strong possibility of going to the Nationals. Equally they proved that they have a strong squad by coming back from a loss in their group to win the Yorkshire 11 a side competition on flicks.They were Yorkshire chanpions in 7 a side and 11 a side.

The U12 boys hockey had made it through to the North 7 a sideĀ  Finals, playing in horrendous weather conditions. They beat the coronavirus and travelled to Macclesfield without a number of players. They showed great team attacking to come back against Calday Grange before finally losing 3-1. Dispapointment continued when an injury to Tom Stoves weakened their team. They battled on and ended the tournament as eighth best school in the North. The future looks bright for these boys.

This run of successes was started by a tremendous team effort by the U14. Despite placing third in their group, they battled through to the final, beating local rivals QEGS in the semis. Two excellent chances in the final early on could have secured the victory. However St Peters scored two breakaway goals, so the team had to settle for Yorkshire Runners up. They still qualified for the NE playoffs and this time it was a burst water pipe that reduced the team to bare 11 player including Jack Walton who mirracously played witha broken bone in his foot. Soemtimes in team sport the whole is a lot stronger than the individuals and they stuck to their game play to take the playoff to Flicks. Their disppointment of losing showed how well they had played as a team. Again looks promising for next year.


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