Perse hockey player stars in Futures Cup
Jack Moffat (Year 11) had the honour of captaining the Saxon Tigers at the England Hockey Futures Cup.
He skippered the South-East U15 boys’ representative team in their group match against Scotland’s Caledonian Cougars, as well as scoring a goal in the 4-2 victory.
Having beaten the Celtic Jaguars of Wales 6-1 in their first match, the win over the Cougars was enough for Tigers to top their pool and go through to the final.
Unfortunately, a close-fought decider against Wessex Leopards saw the South-West representative side, prevail 3-2 on sudden death penalty shuffles after the teams had drawn 1-1.
Despite the outcome, Jack, who has also captained his year group hockey team at The Perse, was delighted to have been chosen to play in the prestigious tournament. It came after he impressed Tigers selectors while playing for Bury St Edmunds East Region Performance Centre during a competition day at the end of last season.
He said: “I’ve got a few friends who have played in the tournament before and they said it was very hard to get into the squad, so I was very excited when I was selected and it was a real privilege to captain the Saxon Tigers team in the match against Scotland.
“We only had two training sessions and one training match together before the tournament, so seeing as we hadn’t really worked together much, I thought we played really well as a team and I was happy with how I played as well.”
With the top 70 players in each of the boys’ and girls’ U17 and U15 categories from across the country taking part, the Futures Cup also acts as a trial for national age group squad selection. Although Jack missed out on being picked for England U16, he is aiming to make the grade next year.
He said: “I’m disappointed that I didn’t get selected this time, but I know what I need to improve on because they gave us feedback and I’m hoping to take it into the U18s next year and progress further.”