As we near the end of a busy term, it is always worth reflecting on the journey that we have been on. Perhaps this is particularly prevalent in sport, whether the experiences remembered are outstanding moments of success….or grizzly learning opportunities! The boys’ hockey term has been full of stories, emotions and progress.
Whilst it is clearly not all about results, it is important to recognise and celebrate significant successes. The U13s have had a phenomenal season and have performed outstandingly well in tournaments. They finished third in the Regional Round of the IAPS competition and therefore qualified for the National Finals. The Nationals were down the road at Haileybury and the quality of hockey on display was fantastic. The boys played very well in some tight contests, including an international match against a Scottish school, to eventually finish 11th in the country! The annual England Hockey U13 tournament also went well. The team finished as runners up in the County and then an impressive third in the East Region.
Clearly we will be sending Senior schools some very accomplished hockey players in September, but the future of hockey in the school is in safe hands. The U11 boys have made a great deal of progress, finishing 3rd in their County Tournament and have been playing a superb brand of hockey in their Wednesday fixtures. The younger year groups have also begun to develop a love for the game and have enjoyed putting their skills to the test against each other and other schools.