Perse hockey team perform well in national schools finals

The Perse boys’ U14 hockey team came an impressive sixth in the England Hockey national schools finals at Lee Valley.

Despite a solid defensive performance, they were edged out 1-0 by eventual runners-up Whitgift in their opening pool match.

In their second game against Yarm School, the boys went behind early on, but took a 2-1 lead with goals from Freddie Newhouse and Alexi Demetriou-Foale. However, Yarm went 3-2 ahead just before half time and hung on for victory despite plenty of Perse pressure in the second half.

The team claimed third place in the group on goal difference following a 1-1 draw with Solihull, with Thomas Goldsmith netting a terrific solo goal.

In the fifth-place play-off against Wellington College, The Perse got off to a promising start, but were unable to break the deadlock and eventually succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.

Perse Assistant Head of Sport (Performance) Ravi Mahendra, who coached the team, said: “Overall, the boys should be pleased with the progress they have made this season.

“To finish as one of the top six schools in the country is a brilliant achievement. I am looking forward to seeing how the boys will continue to develop as they move through the school.”


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