National Indoor Junior Clubs Finals

Canterbury boys' team did the double at the weekend winning the National U16 and U18 Indoor championships on Sunday.

In the U16 tournament at Aldersley Leisure Village, Canterbury progressed to the semi finals at top of Pool B despite losing to Beeston in the first match of the weekend.  They ultimately pipped the Nottinghamshire side on goal difference and went on to beat Doncaster in the semi. Beeston did likewise against Midlands rivals Stourport, who had topped Pool A, So the final was a rematch and this time Canterbury ran out winners but only after strokes. In normal time the score ended 3-3 with Will Heywood netting a hat trick for Canterbury and Elliot Hibell and Alex Bunz (2) replying for Beeston. Bunz's second came from an overtime corner that levelled things up but Canterbury's strokes were clinical and scoring all three meant they won 3-1.

Canterbury U16 B

Canterbury U16s

In the U18 competition remarkably Canterbury also beat Beeston after strokes. Canterbury stormed through Pool A with four wins out of four whilst Beeston secured the runners up spot with seven points. In the semi finals Canterbury beat Belper 6-2 and Beeston won 4-2 against Team Bath Buccaneers who had enjoyed a 100% record in Pool A.  In the final Canterbury were never behind but Beeston doggedly kept in the game. Aaron Cheema (2), Harry Roberts, Toby Vaughan and Isaac O'Connor were on target for Canterbury. Whilst Andre Oxburgh (2) and Aaron Hibell with a hat-trick kept Beeston in the game whihc ended 5-5. The first stroke barrage ended 1-1 before Canterbury proved victorious on sudden death.

Canterbury U18 B

Canterbury U18s

In the Girls U16 tournament Old Loughtonians cruised through Pool B with four wins out of four and Wycombe finished runners up with three wins out of four. Pool A was a lot tighter with all the teams taking points off each other and three teams finishing on 0 goal difference and the other two +1 and -1! Beeston won the Pool on seven points and Team Bath Buccaneers edged past Kirkby Lonsdale for second place after beating the leaders in the last pool game. In the semis Old Loughts narrowly overcame Bath 2-1 and Beeston beat Wycombe 4-2.  The final saw Old Loughtonians take a quick 3-1 lead over Beeston after six minutes with Megan Wells and Hannah Patient (2) on target for Loughts and Mimi Tarrant responding for Beeston. However Beeston were unable to make any more headway and Isabella Minks made the game safe for Old Loughtonians with a fourth midway through the second half.

Old Loughtonians U16 G

Old Loughtonians U16s

Beeston gained some revenge by winning the Under 18 title against last season's winners East Grinstead. East Grinstead finished top of Pool B despite only winning 1 and drawing 3 of their games. Again goal differnece was no more than +1 or -1 as teams took points of each other. Bowdon finished second heading a group of three teams on five points. Beeston took top spot in Pool A with 10 points, a point ahead of Ipswich. In the semis EG overcame Ipswich and Beeston beat Bowdon 2-1 on strokes after the game ended 2-2 in normal time. The final saw East Grinstead take a two goal lead through Alice Caillard and Georgia Frett with Erica Sanders pulling a goal back before half time. Sanders was instrumental in a second half turnaround scoring another four with Flora Peel adding a sixth to give Beeston a 6-2 win.

Beeston U18 G 
Beeston U18s 

For full results and standings from the tournaments use this link