Ipswich School’s U16 boys’ indoor hockey team are celebrating after achieving the silver medal spot in this year’s national England Hockey indoor competition.
The squad of 11 had already claimed the county and regional indoor titles on their way to the national finals, which were held this weekend at Whitgift School.
In their pool matches the boys had four great wins: 2-1 against St Lawrence and Repton, and 3-0 against Altrincham and Sherborne. In the semi-final against Dean Close School, the score was 0-0 at full time, but Ipswich won the game 2-0 on penalties.
In a tight and tense final against St Lawrence, a team the Ipswich boys had beaten the previous day, the game went down to the wire, and St Lawrence scored with a minute and a half left to beat Ipswich to the title.
Ben Edmondson, Director of Sport at Ipswich School, said: “The boys were superb throughout, not only in their hockey, but also in their off-field mindset. They were the epitome of everything we desire in an Ipswich School sporting pupil and they truly deserve this silver medal, making them the second best side in the country.”
This excellent result comes in addition to a number of other Ipswich School sporting successes this academic year. The U15 girls’ cricket team were also second in the country in the national T20 Cup competition, the U15 boys are through to the last 16 of the National Vase in rugby, the U13 girls have qualified for the national outdoor hockey finals (making them one of the top 10 teams in the country), and the same team have reached the quarter finals of the Independent School National Cup (making them one of the top 8 independent schools for hockey).