National indoor finals await Perse hockey teams
The Perse girls’ and boys’ U16 indoor hockey teams will battle it out in the national finals of the England Hockey Schools Super 6s after winning their respective regional titles.
The girls and boys will head to Repton and Whitgift next week to take part in their respective finals following nail-biting qualifications from their round-robin East tournaments at Queenswood.
The girls got off to a great start with a 4-0 victory over Norwich School before being held to a 4-4 draw by Ipswich School.
They went on to beat Haileybury 4-2 before chalking up big wins over Chigwell School (7-0) and Stamford (10-0) to put themselves in with a great chance of taking the East title.
However, they had to wait until the outcome of the final game between Ipswich and Haileybury to see if they would be crowned champions, with the former still in with a chance of snatching the honours.
Ipswich won 3-1 to leave themselves level on points and goal difference, but The Perse clinched the honours having scored just one more goal than their rivals during the competition.
Perse Head of Hockey Ross Hayward said: “Despite playing extremely well and scoring a high number of goals, the team’s fate was not decided until after the final game of the tournament, but it was a superb performance from the whole team all day.”
The boys won all their matches to clinch their regional title but were made to work hard for their success.
They set off with respective 5-0 and 3-1 triumphs over Chigwell and Bedford School but endured tough tests against Haileybury (4-3) and Ipswich (3-2) on their way to those wins.
The Perse rounded off a successful campaign with a 4-0 victory over Stamford and a 7-1 win against Norwich.
Mr Hayward commented: “The group played some excellent indoor hockey and scored some fantastic goals throughout their matches.
“A couple of tight games against Ipswich and Haileybury tested the group and their defensive qualities. There were some outstanding saves from Alfie Piper and great team defending in the Ipswich match.”
Meanwhile, the Perse girls’ and boys’ U18 teams were runners-up in their respective East finals at Queenswood.
The girls ran out 2-0 winners against Haileybury, Gresham’s and Bedford Girls’ School and also defeated Chigwell 6-1 and Stamford 5-1, but lost 2-0 to eventual champions Framlingham College.
The boys claimed wins over Norwich (2-0), Stamford (2-1) and Merchant Taylors’ School (3-1) and draws with New Hall School (0-0) and Bedford (1-1), but lost 5-1 to Ipswich in their final game..