U18 boys’ hockey team placed 4th in the country
The Perse U18 boys’ hockey team’s season culminated at the National Finals last week at the Great Britain and England Hockey Stadium in the Olympic Park. The team led by Conor Magowan, achieved an excellent set of results in the national competition, defeating Framlingham College, Hills Road Sixth Form College, The Leys School, Eltham College and Dean Close.
The team were drawn against the favourites Repton School for their semi-final match, which proved to be a very tough test. Their opponents dominated the match, with their selection of their junior international players taking centre stage. The strong Repton side went on to secure the National Title, defeating Exeter School in the final.
In the third and fourth place play-off match versus Hurstpierpoint College, the Perse team demonstrated a superb level of determination and team spirit, twice drawing level in the tightly contested match. Under pressure, Hurst had players yellow carded, and a penalty stroke was saved by their goalkeeper. Goals from Adam Crockett, Ciaran Flaherty and Mark Bishop made the score 3-2, and Freddie Perkins set up a thrilling finish for the spectator, scoring the equaliser in the last minute of play. However in the final twist of play, Hurst were able to win, then convert their final penalty corner, denying The Perse third place in the National Competition. To finish in 4th place in the country out of 126 schools is a fantastic achievement.
Captain of the team, Conor Magowan said: “It has been a real pleasure to be part of the Perse 1st XI squad this year, and great to see the team going from strength to strength as the season progressed.”
Head of Hockey at The Perse, Jon Peckett said: “The season has been full of success. It has been a pleasure to work with a group of players in my first year at The Perse who have shown a great determination to succeed and a willingness to perform at the highest levels as a team, competing at the National Finals in both the indoor and outdoor competitions.”
Squad List: Conor Magowan (Capt), Mark Bishop, Dilip Goyal, Adam Crockett, Leo Bridger, Freddie Perkins, Hugh Bishop, Anthony Kattuman, Adam Davis, Bradley Young, Jamie Bolt, Michael Pepper, Mihir Chandraker and Cieran Flaherty.
Captain’s report – Conor Magowan
“It has been a real pleasure to be part of the Perse 1st XI squad this year, and great to see the team going from strength to strength as the season progressed. Early wins against Norwich, Seaford College, and Framlingham set the tone for an impressive run of results against local competition, and we took this momentum into the U18 Knockout Boys’ National Championship.
In the tournament, a string of strong performances (including a hard fought 2-0 win amidst a rowdy Dean Close crowd) meant that we reached the semi-finals held at the London Olympic pitches. The finals weekend was a great experience for all the squad, and even though we lost our semi-final with eventual winners Repton, we produced an amazing performance for the 3rd/4th playoff against Hurstpierpoint College. The final touch of the ball led to a heart-breaking 5-4 defeat, but the perseverance shown to come back twice from 2 goals down is a credit to the passion and hard work of every member of the team. We finished the season as 4th out of 126 schools across the country.
Huge thanks must go to all those supporting us this year, including our parents, teachers and coaches. In particular, Mr Cross, Mr Peckett and Mr Mahendra have all helped make this season such an enjoyable success and truly memorable for all those involved.”