U18 Girls crowned County Hockey Champions
The U18 Girls Hockey team retained their status as County Champions winning all six of their matches in the tournament. The day started with very short 15 minute pool matches and against the Stephen Perse Foundation and any nerves were settled by a goal in the very first minute, setting the team up for a 3-0 win. Further victories against King’s Ely (4-0) Long Road (5-0) meant Perse were through to the knockout stage before even playing the final game. Nonetheless, the girls were very professional as they worked hard to break down a stubborn Kimbolton team, ending the morning as winners of the pool. This led to a 25 minute semi-final against The Leys where a dominant attacking brand of hockey led to a comfortable 3-0 win, with the Perse goal entirely unchallenged. Kimbolton had already overcome Hills Road on strokes after a 0-0 finish in the other semi-final. With qualification for the East Round of the National Schools competition assured already, the final was an opportunity to play some more expansive attacking hockey and to find ways to break through Kimbolton’s packed defence. This was achieved in style with a 3-0 scoreline ensuring the trophy came back home to the Perse for a third consecutive year. Top scorers on the day were Tess Howard with 7, Freia Gould with 4, Plum Thatcher with 3, Anna Traherne with 3 and one apiece for Emily Russell and captain Ellie Harrison. The defence of Megan Rice, Sarah Howlett, Johanna Reimann, Lydia Tew, Claudia Baldelli and Emma Clarke can be very proud of ensuring they helped Sofia Baldelli in goal to keep a clean sheet for the entire day. The Perse now advance to the East Competition on Tuesday 11th October in Ipswich.
The U14s also claimed the County Championship for the second year in a row. Look out for the full story on our website next week.