Hockey success at The Perse
It has been a busy few weeks of hockey at The Perse, with a number of our teams notching up notable successes.
This week, the U16 girls’ team won the Cambridgeshire Round of the National Schools Indoor Hockey Championship, defeating Saffron Walden County High School 3-1, and then drawing with 1-1 with Kimbolton School. At this stage team Perse knew they needed to secure a win against Thomas Deacon Academy to be in with a chance of being crowned County Champions. A hard-fought 2-1 victory meant the girls entered the final match against Joyce Frankland Academy (Newport) knowing that a draw would mean winning the title, but a loss would hand the title to Newport. The team played their best hockey in this game, winning 2-0 to add a third indoor hockey trophy to the Perse trophy cabinet in the space of two weeks. Captain Ellie Harrison was top scorer on the day with four goals and the squad of girls from Years 10 and 11 are now busy preparing for the East Finals on 29 November.
The U18 girls’ team competed in a low scoring county round. Goals were at a premium throughout the day and despite playing some excellent hockey, the games were dominated by some fine goalkeeping saves and some missed opportunities. After a 2-2 draw with Saffron Walden County High, the eventual winners, Perse managed to fall into a rhythm of failing to finish games off, drawing 0-0 with each of Kimbolton School, Joyce Frankland Academy and Hills Road. The squad now focus their attention on the remainder of their outdoor season, looking to build on a strong 3-1 win against Bishop’s Stortford College in their remaining fixtures against Stamford, Felsted and The Leys.
Adding to this excellent achievement, the U16 boys’ indoor hockey team stormed to victory in the National Schools Indoor Hockey Championships, taking the county title. Zaman Akhter calmly led the team as captain and scored two penalty strokes, which are never easy to convert in the indoor format of the game and when under pressure. The U16 played Joyce Frankland Academy Newport (formerly Newport Free Grammar) in a straight final, Perse 6-2 Newport.
Coach Richard Morgan said of the U16s’ performance: “The team have worked hard throughout the year to prepare for the tournament and it was really pleasing to see their hard work pay off as we recovered from conceding an early goal. Indoor hockey really does reward composed and skilful performances and when it mattered all the members of the squad gave their best performances. We shall head to the East Finals confident that we can represent Cambridgeshire well and hope to make a real impact there as we strive for qualification to the National Finals.”
The U18s replicated this success in their age category, also taking the county title after beating Saffron Walden County High 3-0, Joyce Frankland Academy Newport 4-1, Hills Road 6-1 and Thomas Deacon Academy 3-1.
Head of Hockey Jon Peckett said of the U18s’ performance: “The U18s were captained successfully by Connor Magowan, winning all four matches to take the County title. Mark Bishop, Leo Bridger, Freddie Perkins and goalkeeper Jamie Bolt produced excellent performances throughout the tournament.”