Repton, Cranleigh and Dean Close victorious

The National Schools Championships for Girls were held this week at Cannock HC

Queens College Taunton finished top of U16 Pool C on seven points after beating St Georges College and Wakefield and drawing with Denstone. Denstone were the draw specialists with all three of their games ending level including two six goal thrillers with St Georges and Wakefield. In Pool D Cranleigh topped the table by a point from Trent who they beat 3-1 in the last round of matches to pip them for first place. So Queens met Cranleigh in the final with a new name to appear on the U16 roll of honour. It was Cranleigh who proved victorious with the only goal of the game coming when captain Chloe Nicholls converted a corner just before half time.

Cranleigh Girls U16 Schoosl winners 2013

Trent took third place beating St Georges 2-1 with goals from Lucy Adams and Lauren Whyld after Rhea Dixon had levelled things up for St Georges.

In the U18 competition holders Repton enjoyed a relatively comfortable passage through Pool E to the final winning all three matches against Cheadle Hulme, Kings and Millfield. Dean Close also won Pool F with a 100% record which included a win over perennial finalists Kingston, Ipswich and Oakham scoring 12 goals in the process.  The fjnal proved a very tight affair with Dean Close mobilising a large group of supporters to travel up the M5 to cheer their team on. Amelia Andrew gave Dean Close the lead just after half time and they held on until with four minutes remaining Liv Martineau netted the equaliser. This took the game to strokes and Repton took the advantage when Sammy Evans saved Dean Close’s third stroke. However Dean Close’s keeper Luisa Van Rottenham went one better by saving Repton’s next two leaving Amelia Andrew with a stroke to win the game which she duly converted to give Dean Close the title 4-3 on strokes, thier first ever at Under 18 level.  

Dean Close Girls U18 Schools winners 2013
Dean Close

In an exciting third placed play-off Millfield beat Ipswich 3-0 on strokes having drawn 4-4 in normal time despite being 3-0 down at one stage.

Despite losing their U18 crown Repton did win silverware in taking the U14 title. They won through Pool B with a 100% record and no goals conceded with wins against Cranleigh, Stockport and holders Clifton. Canford replicated this in Pool A with three shut-out wins against Hymers, Bishop’s Stortford and St Georges.  All things pointed to a tight final and so it proved with the only goal of the game coming from Repton’s Mimi Tarrant to give the Derbyshire side the title.

In the third placed play-off match St Georges played Cranleigh in an all-Surrey match and it was St Georges who took the bronze medals winning 3-0 on strokes after the game finished 1-1 in normal time.

Repton Girls U14 Schools winners 2013

For all results and standings from all three age groups please click here.