Boys' Schools Finals

Tuesday 06 May

Framlingham College won the Boys U14 Schools championships on Tuesday to secure their first national schools title after their feeder prep school Brandeston Hall took the U13 In2Hockey crown last year.

Framlingham came through a pool featuring Whitgift, Trent and Dean Close unbeaten before facing Repton in the final which they won 1-0. Repton had reached the final after coming top of their pool beating Claday Grange, Bishops Stortford and Kingston.

Whitgift beat Kingston 2-1 in the 3/4 game.

Framlingham U14s   
Framlingham U14 winners

Friday 02 May

Oakham won the U18 Plate after a shootout success against Millfield.

Oakham took the lead on 7 minutes when Jules Roper scored from a corner. Ed Horler equalised for Millfield with a great solo effort  seven minutes later. Oakham pressed strongly but after a flowing move of their own narrowly failed to come to fruition Horler took advantage of indecision at the other end to put Millfield 2-1 up at the break.

Oakham were quickly out of the blocks in the second half and Oscar Bennison finished off a good move to square things up at 2-2. However this didn’t last for long as Horler showed strength in the D to force the ball home and claim his hat trick. There we few chances at either end but Oakham captain Monty Jefferson put his back on level terms with a cool close range deflection with 10 minutes left.

The score remained 3-3 at the end of play to take it to strokes. After four strokes each it was 4-4 but Oakham keeper Charlie Claisse saved Millfield’s fifth. This left Oakham’s Joseph Kendall  needing to score to win the game which he duly did.

Oakham win U18 Plate, 2014
Oakham, U18 Plate winners

In the Under 16 final Trent beat their Derbyshire rivals Repton 1-0 to lift the trophy. In a tight match Trent’s Alex Bunz scored the only goal of the game with a low dragged penalty corner early in the first half.  Trent had more chances but Repton were always dangerous and enjoyed their best spell of sustained pressure in the last five minutes but were unable to convert a couple of chances.

Kingston beat Kings Bruton 3-1 in the bronze medal match. Ben Park (2) and Owen Williamson on target for the victors with Miek Stride converting a corner for Kings.     

Earlier in the day Trent booked their final place with a 4-1 win over Kings Chester in Pool C. They finished ahead  of Kings Bruton on goal difference after they had beaten RGS Guildford 3-1. Repton took top spot in Pool D on goal difference from Kingston after the teams fought out an exciting 4-4 draw.       

Trent U16 final 2014
Trent, U16 winners

Thursday 01 May

Whitgift proved victorious in the Boys U18 Schools Cup Final with a 5-1 win over Canford.

After sustaining early Canford pressure Whitgift took the lead on 5 minutes with a straight strike from a corner by Rory Patterson.  It was another set-piece that saw Whitgift go further ahead after 30 minutes,  a Jack Waller deflection putting them 2-0 up at half time.

Some great individual skill from Rhys Smith made it 3-0 on 42 minutes later but Canford got back in the game almost straight away with Hugo Trafford netting from a corner.  There were a couple of nervous moments in the Whitgift D as Canford looked to build on this. Whitgift also looked dangerous and likely to go further ahead however they were thwarted by Canford’s keeper Tom Popplewell until the last five minutes.  Louis Gittens made the game safe for them in the 65th minute and a Rhys Smith strike with two minutes left secured the win.

Whitgift therefore retain the U18 title but having won through this year’s inaugural knockout competition by winning seven matches starting out in Round 1 leading to today’s final success. 

Whitgift U18 winners 2014
Whitgift, U18 Cup winners 

In the Under 16 competition, Derbyshire rivals Trent and Repton lead the way on goal difference in their respective pools at the close of Day 1.

In Pool C Trent and Kings Bruton played out a 2-2 draw with Trent equalising through Will Doleman with just a minute left on the clock. Kings had taken a second minute lead through Chris White and held on until eight minutes left when Alex Bunz equalised. A Mike Stride stroke restored Kings advantage before Trent’s later equaliser. RGS Guildford beat Kings Chester 2-1 with Charles Spence and Eddie Way on target for the Surrey side and Will Dodd-Moore replying for Kings.

In the second round of matches Trent powered past RGS winning 7-1 which included four for Alex Bunz, two for Sam Apoola and one for Conor Marshall. Bruton emerged 4-1 winners in the battle of the Kings against Chester thanks to OG and goals from Max Behm, Josh Hope-Kibble and Chris White. However they trail Trent on goal difference.

The Pool D openers saw Repton beat Ipswich 4-1 and Kingston beat Canford. Ipswich took an early lead against Repton through Ed Hughes but goals for Ollie Rogerson and Finley Saunders quickly turned things round. Goals after the break from Eliot Hibell and a second for Rogerson sealed Repton’s win. Kingston also came from behind  to beat Canford who led at the interval thanks to a Tom Minall goal. However an Andrew Wickerson strike and a stroke from Owen Williamson with four minutes to go gave Kingston all three points. 

A hat trick for Repton’s Eliot Hibell helped his team to a 5-1 win over Canford. Anthony Cheng and Ollie Rogerson were also on target as Repton top the table on goal difference. Kingston beat Ipswich 4-1 to set up a huge match against Repton on Friday morning which they need to win to get into the final. Two goals from captain Owen Williamson and one each for Joe Huges and John Miller secured the three points.   

For further details of the competition click here.