Boys National Schools Championship Final

This week sees the finals of the National Schools Championships for Boys sponsored by Man at Cannock Hockey Club. The U14 finals take place on Tuesday 24th April and the U16 and U18 finals on Wednesday and Thursday, 25-26th April.

Only Whitgift U14s of last year’s Championships return to defend their title. Neither the U16 holders RGS Guildford or the U18 winners Cranleigh progressed out of the South competition despite the two places on offer.

It is good to see some less familiar names at the outdoor finals including Culford U14s, whose girls also qualified for their respective event earlier in the year.  Ecclesbourne from Derbyshire, who have had success in the girls competition in previous seasons and first time qualifiers Ermysted’s School from North Yorkshire will also be at the event.

All the competitions feature two pools of four teams with the winning teams in each pool playing in the final and runners up in the bronze medal game. Each of the five Regional winners qualified directly for the finals along with the runners-up from the respective Regions of last year’s winners. The other four Regional runners-up met in two play-off games with the winners of those games making it through to Cannock.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Pitch One

Tue 24 April
1000 RGS v Bromsgrove U14 POOL A
1050 Whitgift v Altrincham U14 POOL B
1140 Bromsgrove v Exeter U14 POOL A
Watering
1245 Altrincham v Culford U14 POOL B
1335 RGS v Exeter U14 POOL A
1425 Whitgift v Culford U14 POOL B
Watering
1530 Runner Up A v Runner Up B U14 3-4 & FINAL
Wed 25 April
1030 Simon Langton v Oakham  U16 POOL C
1135 Trinity v Ermysted's U16 POOL D
Watering
1255 Kingston v Repton U18 POOL E
1400 Whitgift v Altrincham U18 POOL F
1505 Oakham  v Millfield U16 POOL C
Watering
1625 Ermysted's v Ipswich U16 POOL D
1730 Repton v Clifton U18 POOL E
1835 Watford v Altrincham U18 POOL F
Thu 26 April
0945 Simon Langton v Millfield U16 POOL C
1050 Trinity v Ipswich U16 POOL D
Watering
1210 Kingston v Clifton U18 POOL E
1315 Whitgift  v Watford U18 POOL F
Watering
1435 Runner Up C v Runner Up D U16 3-4 & FINAL
1600 Runner Up E v Runner Up F U18 3-4 & FINAL

Pitch Two

Tue 24 April
1000 Exeter v Felsted U14 POOL A
1050 Culford v Rugby U14 POOL B
1140 Felsted v RGS U14 POOL A
Watering
1245 Rugby v Whitgift U14 POOL B
1335 Bromsgrove v Felsted U14 POOL A
1425 Altrincham v Rugby U14 POOL B
Watering
1530 Winner Pool A v Winner Pool B U14 3-4 & FINAL
Wed 25 April
1030 Millfield v Ecclesbourne U16 POOL C
1135 Ipswich v Dean Close U16 POOL D
Watering
1255 Clifton v QEGS U18 POOL E
1400 Watford v Trent U18 POOL F
1505 Ecclesbourne v Simon Langton U16 POOL C
Watering
1625 Dean Close v Trinity U16 POOL D
1730 QEGS v Kingston U18 POOL E
1835 Trent v Whitgift U18 POOL F
Thu 26 April
0945 Oakham  v Ecclesbourne U16 POOL C
1050 Ermysted's v Dean Close U16 POOL D
Watering
1210 Repton v QEGS U18 POOL E
1315 Altrincham v Trent U18 POOL F
Watering
1435 Winner Pool C v Winner Pool D U16 3-4 & FINAL
1600 Winner Pool E v Winner Pool F U18 3-4 & FINAL