National champions! U18 girls win indoor hockey finals
Ipswich School’s U18 girls’ hockey team are national indoor champions, following an exciting weekend of hockey at Bromsgrove School. And the Ipswich School U16 boys claimed the runners-up spot in their indoor national finals held at Whitgift School.
The 11-strong girls’ team won five games, losing only one game in the pool matches to Repton. Ipswich then went on to beat Repton in the final, winning 2-1. This stopped Repton, from Derbyshire, from taking the U18 girls indoor title for the sixth consecutive year, a great achievement for Ipswich.
The U16 boys also met with much success in the finals, taking the second spot after losing to Trent College in their age group final. They battled through to the semi-final, where they beat a strong Whitgift side 3-2. In the final they were unlucky to lose to Trent, after unsuccessfully appealing for a penalty in the final seconds, which could have seen them level the score and force a penalty shoot-out.
Ipswich School was the only school in the country to have four teams in the indoor finals, in each of the competitions. Against tough opposition, the U16 girls came fourth in their group, having won one game and lost three and the U18 boys came third in their group, winning two games and losing two games.
Stu Field, Head of Hockey at Ipswich School said: "We are very proud of all four of our teams that made it to the national finals and proud of their achievements at the events. A special mention must go to the U16 boys who finished runners-up in their competition and our U18 girls who were crowned national indoor champions. I'm so pleased for the girls that they reached their potential and under incredible circumstances. Their performance improved with every game and they showed great mental strength in the final. This was tournament play at its best! A huge thank you to all the coaches involved and to parents for their support.”
Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster of Ipswich School added: “To have four teams in the national finals, and to achieve a gold and a silver medal position represents an incredible accomplishment for our young players. There’s no doubt that fine margins separate the top teams at the national finals, and I would like to congratulate all our players and coaches for their dedication and hard work.”
In the pool matches, the U18 girls beat Queen Elizabeth School 4-0, lost to Repton 8-4, beat Exeter School 4-0 and beat Beaconsfield 4-3. In the semi finals they beat Sir William Borlase 4-1, and then beat Repton 2-1 in the final.
In the pool matches the U16 boys lost 5-1 to Repton, beat Cranleigh 5-0, lost 3-0 to King Edward and beat Kings School Chester 5-2. In the semi finals they beat Whitgift 3-2, but lost 2-1 to Trent College in the final.
All four Ipswich School teams were Suffolk county indoor hockey champions, with the U16 girls, U18 girls and U18 boys also going through to the national finals as regional indoor champions.
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