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Double Delight for our U13 Hockey Teams

Double Delight for our U13 Hockey Teams

Tuesday 10th March 2020 might just go down as one of the best days on the sports field for Winchester House School.

As Northants Champions both our U13 teams went to the Midlands tournaments and they both put in a fine display of hockey to both become Midlands In2Hockey champions. For the girls this is for the first time and the boys regained the title they last won back in 2013.

The boys were first up in the morning and got off to a good start with a 1-1 draw against Ratcliffe which they then followed up with three good wins in the remaining group matches to finish top of the group.

The tournament then moved into a knock-out stage and the boys played really well to beat Worksop 3-0. This result meant the team went into a three way final with Bromsgrove and Oakham joining them in the final, both schools with very impressive hockey pedigrees. The boys were first up against Bromsgrove and played some fast moving aggressive hockey to beat them 3-1. A 1-1 draw between Bromsgrove and Oakham meant that WHS had qualified for the nationals but the team were keen to make sure they finished with the trophy and in a good final match of the tournament the side ran out 1-0 winners to claim the title of In2Hockey Midland Champions.

The side will now go to the National In2Hockey Tournament, representing the Midlands, at Beeston Hockey Club in May.

Having seen the boys celebrating their success, the girls knew that they could not return to WHS without matching their this. It was always going to be tough on the girls, who have been playing netball all term, and they took a while to get going but eventually all clicked into place. 

In the first group match, despite not playing at their best the girls ran out 3-0 winners against Warwickshire Champions Kings High. The game against RGS Worcester looked on paper the toughest game in the group and so it proved as the team lost 1-0. Playing on a very sandy pitch the girls didn't react well and could not get the ball past a very good RGS goal-keeper. For their last group game the team were back on their preferred pitch and ran out 4-0 winners against Moreton Hall which left them 2nd in the group and in very a tough looking 1/4 final against 2019 winners Loughborough High.

This was a very good game of hockey and the girls really rose to the occasion and took their chances in a 2-0 win which led to another battle against RGS Worcester. This time, the girls were in total command of the game and took one of their chances that came their way. They defended strongly and ran out 1-0 winners, reaching the final and in turn qualifying for the Nationals.

Like the boys, the girls did not want to finish the day on a downer and they totally dominated the final and despite a 1-0 scoreline the result was never really in doubt.

So the girls qualified for the National U13 In2Hockey tournament to be held in May at Beeston Hockey Club which is a huge reward for the efforts they have put into their hockey last term and during Thursday activity time.

This is the first time that both our U13 teams have qualified for the National tournament and not many schools in the history of the competition (going back to a least 1989) would have had both boys and girls as Regional Champions in the same age group in the same year.

One thing worth noting is the humility that both WHS sides showed throughout the day. They were gracious in their victories, were complementary about the opposition, polite to umpires and they genuinely do not quite understand what they have achieved. We are very proud of each and every one of them.