U16 girls’ hockey team placed 5th in the country
It has been a very busy week of hockey at The Perse this week, with our U16 girls’ and U14 boys’ teams competing in the National Finals and the East Qualifiers respectively.
The U16 girls’ hockey team travelled to Staffordshire for the National Finals which were held at Cannock Hockey Club on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February. The team had qualified as East Champions and were the first girls’ team to compete at the National Finals.
As expected the tournament was of a very high standard and the girls were given first-hand experience of this in their first match against the eventual winners Cranleigh School, unfortunately losing 0-8. The team showed great mental resolve though to bounce back with a fantastic win against Clifton College 3-2, with goals from Tess Howard, Emily Page-Blair and Emily Fuller.
This meant that they needed to win their final group game against The Grammar School at Leeds to make the 3/4th place play-off. After another good performance they narrowly lost 0-2 and therefore finished third in their group and an overall equal 5th place in the country.
This is an outstanding achievement for the group and demonstrates the huge development of girls’ sport at The Perse.
Our U14A boys’ team played in the East Qualifiers on Thursday 27 February at Stamford School. After a great start in winning 3-0 against the hosts, the boys then lost 0-2 against Norwich and drew 1-1 with Aldenham, which meant that the final match was a ‘must win’ game to finish top of the group. Unfortunately the boys could only manage a 1-1 draw against Felsted, and so just missed out on qualifying for the East Finals. Again, this is a fantastic achievement, and we congratulate the team on a successful season.