Regional success for Perse hockey teams
8 Nov 2019
Perse U12 girls' hockey team
Perse U14 girls' hockey team training with Tess Howard
The Perse U12 and U14 girls’ hockey teams have achieved regional success in their respective age group competitions.
Following on from being crowned county schools champions, the U12 team won the East title after winning all seven matches in their tournament at Redbridge.
They topped their group after beating Colfe’s School 3-0, courtesy of a brace from Maia Polonius and a goal from Willow Wallman, and 1-0 triumphs against Haileybury and Bedford Girls’ School, with goals from Willow Wallman and Maia Polonius respectively.
The team then faced Stamford School in a classification match and ran out 3-0 victors, thanks to Willow Wallman, Verity Valentine and Maia Polonius, to gain their place in the final pool to decide the top four places.
A short corner strike from Willow Wallman led to The Perse beating Sevenoaks School 1-0 before defeating Queenswood 3-1 with Maia Polonius, Rosabel Clarke and Willow Wallman all on target. Willow Wallman ensured the team won the regional honours with her finish in a 1-0 success against St Faith’s School in their final game.
Coach Nicky Bareham said: “The attitude and determination of the girls throughout the day was superb and they should be immensely proud of what they have achieved.”
Meanwhile, fresh from a training session with Great Britain international Tess Howard (2017), the U14 team secured their place in the East finals of the national schools championships on 19 November after qualifying from the regional round at Bedford.
They got off to a fine start with a 4-2 win over Norwich High School with doubles from Hannah Scotland and May Busher.
Charlotte Rye and May Busher netted in a 2-1 victory against Sevenoaks, and a 3-0 success over Queenswood followed with May Busher (2) and Ellena Izzard on target. Stamford were then beaten 8-0, with Holly Smith and May Busher both scoring twice and Charlotte Rye, Grace Bennett, Ellena Izzard and Gabriella Zailer-Fletcher claiming one apiece.
The final game saw The Perse needing to win or draw to go through to the next stage and they did just that with a 1-1 stalemate against Ipswich School thanks to a late equaliser from May Busher from a short corner.