Regional and county honours for Perse hockey teams
Perse hockey teams have enjoyed a hat-trick of regional and county tournament successes this week.
The girls’ U12 side were crowned East champions after winning all their matches at the regional finals in Redbridge.
They set the tone with a 3-1 victory against Felsted, with goals from Olivia Kaser, Lottie Denny-Gouldson and Amber Smith, and went on to prevail in their remaining group games without conceding a goal to top their pool.
A 3-0 triumph over Town Close was earned with strikes from Olivia Kaser, Daisy Fox and Amber Smith before Zoe Petheram scored both goals in a 2-0 success against Bedford Modern School, a game in which goalkeeper Danna Wang produced a superb double save.
Goals by Amber Smith, Lottie Denny-Gouldson and Olivia Kaser saw The Perse beat Forest School 3-0, while a 5-0 win against Queenswood was secured with a Lottie Denny-Gouldson hat-trick and a double from Amber Smith.
The team moved into the classification stage of the competition and enjoyed a 5-0 victory over The Royal Masonic School for Girls, with two goals apiece from Amber Smith and Lottie Denny-Gouldson and one from Zoe Petheram. Danna Wang again made two fantastic saves to keep a clean sheet.
Zoe Petheram and Amber Smith were on target as they defeated St Faith’s School 2-1 in the final to take the regional title.
Coach Nicky Bareham was delighted with the performance of the team, which also featured Athene Ross, Katie Ronco and Tessa Connor.
She said: “It was a superb day for the girls who grew into the tournament playing some fantastic hockey throughout, resulting in them being crowned East champions. Well done to all the girls.”
Meanwhile, the U18 and U16 girls’ teams both clinched their respective Cambridgeshire indoor titles, following in the footsteps of the U18 and U16 boys’ teams’ recent indoor county triumphs.
With both county competitions taking place at The Perse, the U18 side saw off Hills Road Sixth Form College 3-1, Saffron Walden County High School 5-0 and the Stephen Perse Foundation (SPF) 3-0, while the U16 team beat SPF 5-2 in a straight final with May Busher netting four and Beatrice Rogers one.
The teams will now play in their respective regional finals at Queenswood on 12 December.