Old Loughtonians & Wakefield victorious in U16 National Finals

It was an exciting two days of junior hockey at Chase Park, Cannock with the teams treated to a Men’s EHL Championships fixture as Surbiton defeated home club Cannock on Saturday. The Girls and Boys U16 National Finals, sponsored by Man were scheduled over Saturday and Sunday with each consisting of two pools of four teams with a final and 3rd/4th play-off afterwards. In true British fashion the teams were subjected to a plethora of spring weather conditions, including rain on Saturday and a ‘parky’ Sunday morning frost. For those in attendance on Sunday the finer of the weekend’s weather surfaced mid-morning with glorious sunshine bedecking Cannock, in doing so rewarding those supporting their teams.

Girls U16 Finals

Wakefield was crowned champions following an all North final against Kirkby Lonsdale in the final game of the day. Their 3-1 victory was secured by tournament top scorer Rachel Dent’s hat-trick; the two second half goals from Dent restored the lead that Ellie Thompson had cancelled out in the 13th minute. Wakefield had earlier qualified for the final with a flawless record having defeated Old Loughtonians, Team Bath Buccaneers and Lichfield all 3-0. Kirkby Lonsdale secured their place in the final thanks to a victory over Surbiton in the final pool game. Trailing Surbiton in the pool on goal difference prior to the last game, Kirkby Lonsdale overturned a goal deficit to triumph 2-1. The result also allowed Isca University to qualify for the 3rd/4th play-off following a similar 2-1 victory over Beeston leaving Surbiton to finish third. It had been a frenetic period with the pool positions switching hands several times in the time the two games simultaneously progressed. Isca faced Old Loughtonians in the 3rd/4th play-off after the Essex club had secured qualification to the next stage thanks to a 1-0 win over Team Bath Buccaneers. Isca’s Elizabeth Godwin and Georgina Taylor scored twice in the first ten minutes against Old Loughtonians to earn their third placed medal leaving Old Loughtonians to pick up their 4th placed medal and complete the final rankings.

Final Rankings

1.       Wakefield

2.       Kirkby Lonsdale

3.       Isca

4.       Old Loughtonians

Top Scorers

1.       Rachel Dent, Wakefield, 6

2.       Ellie McGrath, Wakefield, 4

3.       Emily Holmes, Old Loughtonians, 3

4.       Rosie Dale, Kirkby Lonsdale, 3

Boys U16 Finals

Old Loughtonians achieved Champions status on Sunday following a convincing 5-2 defeat of Belper in the final; James Seager ensured his position as top scorer with two goals including the ninth minute opener. Although Belper pulled the score line back to 2-1 in the second half, through Alex Robey, three goals in a row from Conor Caplan (his second), Rory Patterson and Seager’s second put the game beyond Belper’s reach. That was despite captain Toby Hooker’s strike for Belper with four minutes remaining. Old Loughtonians, like girls champions Wakefield, had qualified with an exemplary record. Their victories had averaged 3-0 but their record had them beating Neston South Wirral 3-0, Cannock 2-0 and Wycombe 4-0. Belper, in Pool B, qualified for the final on goal difference ahead of Ben Rhydding following their 1-1 draw having beaten Bromley & Beckenham and Ashmoor. Ben Rhydding, having missed out on the final on goal difference, faced Cannock in the 3rd/4th play-off and led 3-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Josh Sykes, Mitchell Wellman-Brown and Toby Waring. Cannock were unable to stem the flow of goals in the second half with Nick Woodhead and Henry Locke adding to Ben Rhydding’s earlier haul to complete a 5-0 victory for third place. Cannock’s place in the play-off had been achieved by victories over Neston South Wirral and Wycombe but the Midlands side were unable to match their Northern opponents in the play-off. The Cannock supported were pleased to see Dan Hoare returning later in the day to collect his fourth place medal after he had earlier been forced to leave the action during their 3-0 victory over Wycombe with a Collarbone injury.

Final Rankings

1.       Old Loughtonians

2.       Belper

3.       Ben Rhydding

4.       Cannock

Top Scorers

1.       James Seager, Old Loughtonians, 6

2.       Rory Patterson, Old Loughtonans, 4

3.       Dominic Bennett, Belper, 3

4.       Josh Sykes, Ben Rhydding, 3

5.       Conor Caplan, Old Loughtonians, 3

6.       Liam Sanford, Wycombe, 3

We are waiting for images from both competitions and will upload them as soon as we get them.

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