Perse hockey team keeps national finals dream alive
The Perse girls’ hockey first XI remain in contention to reach the Investec English Schools Championships national finals after finishing runners-up in the East finals.
In the round-robin tournament at Redbridge, the team opened up against a Framlingham College side to which they had lost 4-0 in the previous regional round.
It proved to be a much closer affair this time around with The Perse only losing 1-0 thanks to strong organisation and some good saves from goalkeeper Sofia Baldelli.
They followed it up with a 1-1 draw against Kent College, with captain Anna Traherne putting the team ahead with a high shot from the left side of the D, only for their opponents to grab an equaliser.
Needing to win their final match against Felsted School to remain in with a chance of qualification, The Perse got off to a fine start with a goal from Amelia Peak following a good move down the right.
Libby Gower Isaac doubled their advantage and Anna Traherne was only denied by a goal by a clearance off the line.
Felsted pulled a goal back, but The Perse held on for a 2-1 victory, enough to book their place in the play-offs for the national finals after finishing second in the pool on goal difference.
Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Hockey Jon Peckett was proud of the girls’ efforts.
He said: “They applied the tactics we’d talked about brilliantly and worked so hard. The girls were tireless throughout and everybody contributed, so we’re really pleased.”
The Perse will now face one of the other regional runners-up, either home or away, in January with the winners gaining a spot in the national finals.