England triumph at UK School Games


England U18's Girls and Boys teams were crowned UK School Games hockey champions over the weekend.

The girls secured a 2-1 victory over Wales in their final match at the Abbeydale Sports Centre in Sheffield on Sunday morning.

A pair of goals from East Grinstead’s Lucy Wood helped England to victory, but the whole team’s performance was excellent against a difficult Welsh team.

“We’re pleased to win gold. It was an improved performance today,” said Team Manager Melissa Bennett. “The girls worked hard and their work-rate was a lot better, and it shows how they have come together as a team."

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The boys successfully defended their UK School Games title when they beat Wales 8-4 in their final match of the competition at Abbeydale Sports Centre in Sheffield.

England dominated the match for long periods, and only a lapse in concentration, where Wales scored three goals in three minutes – stopped the victory being even more comprehensive.

“We came here to win and develop and we have done that,” said Head Coach Craig Keegan. “Everybody has played a big part in retaining the UK School Games title.”

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For a full match report on these games and details about the rest of the competition please visit our international results section.

All photos are courtesy of Action Images / Paul Burrows - Livepic.