National Schools Indoor Finals

There was double delight for Repton in the National Schools Indoor Championships with wins in both the Under 16 and Under 18 tournaments for the second successive season.

In the Under 16 competition Repton got off to a slow start losing to Exeter in their first pool game. However they bounced back with wins against Queen Elizabeth and second placed Ipswich to top Group A. This set them up with a semi final against Wakefield who were runners up in Pool B and they were comfortably overcome 6-2. The other semi proved a lot tighter with Kent College beating Ipswich on strokes. In the final Kent took an early lead with goals from Marina Barwick and Simone Moxam. The score remained 2-0 at half time before Amelia Tarrant pulled a goal back and she got the equaliser with 3 minutes left on the clock. The game looked destined for a stroke competition until Repton won a last gasp corner which was converted after the hooter by Esme Burge to give them a 3-2 win.

Repton Girls U16 Indoor winners 2014

Repton U16 Girls

Repton U18s made it five wins in the last five seasons beating Sir William Borlase in the final. Earlier in the day Borlase had beaten Repton in their pool match which had secured them the runners up spot.  Borlase edged out Dean Close in their semi by the odd goal in nine whilst Repton enjoyed a wider scoreline beating Queen Elizabeth School 7-4.   In the final there were early goals for Borlase’s Immy Brown and Abby Griffiths with Erica Sanders replying for Repton. However Repton took the game away from the Buckinghamshire side either side of half timewih Flora Peel netting four goals in six minutes. Natasha Cierpka made it six for Repton before Immy Brown scored a consolation at the end of the game.

Repton Girls U18 Indoor winners 2014

Repton U18 Girls

In the Boys’ U16 competition Exeter retained the title they won in 2013. They had important wins over their main rivals Whitgift and Trent as well as QEGS before drawing with Newport Free once top spot in the Pool was confirmed. Behind them Trent edged out Whitgift only on goals scored.  Bromsgrove won the other Pool with four wins out of four and Ipswich took the runners up spot. Bromsgrove and Exeter won through the semis to set up a final between the Pool winners. Exeter won the game 2-1 thanks to two goals from captain Luke Croucher, the second with three minutes to go proving the winner after Jan Brauer had netted an equaliser.

Exeter Boys U16 indoor winners 2014

Exeter U16 Boys

Whitgift took the honours in the U18 competition to retain the title they last held in 2012.  They won all four Pool C games to finish three points clear of Millfield. In Pool D Seaford finished top with three wins out of four, their only reverse at the hands of Repton, who finished second in the pool with two wins and two draws. The semi finals went the way of the Pool C teams with Whitgift beating Repton 5-2 and Millfield edging past Seaford 6-5.  The final was a tense affair with a dramatic finish. Ed Horler twice put Millfield in the lead with open play goals and his second came with just two minutes to go. However Rory Patterson replied with a brace for Whitgift including a last gasp corner conversion to tie things up. In the resulting stroke barrage Whitgift came out on top 2-1.

Whitgift Boys U18 indoor winners 2014

Whitgift U18 Boys

For full results and standings see