Canterbury HC Annual In2Hockey Tournament

Canterbury U10 boys collecting medals at the 2014 junior tournament

Last Sunday, Canterbury Hockey club ran their annual In2Hockey tournament and it was another great success as the event was blessed with a warm and sunny day.

The club played host to 42 teams from Ashford, Bromley & Beckenham, Holcombe, Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. This included teams from Canterbury club and also three clubs from the London area - Surbiton, Teddington and Old Loughts. The organisation was second to none on Sunday, running over 150 hockey games for over 300 children in five different age groups as in U8 mixed, U10 boys and girls and U12 boys and girls all competing at a high level to win gold and silver medals at Canterbury’s 2014 Annual In2Hockey Tournament.

All games were run in a round robin format to play each other in competitive hockey, and none of clubs who took part could say that their future isn't bright with the standard of hockey on display. In the U12 sections the skills weren't far from those seen by the older teenagers playing the game, but seeing a lot of those skills in the U8s was astonishing, especially the two sides that came out on top - Sevenoaks, who won gold, and Canterbury Pumas, who by one point over Old Loughts got the Silver medals.

U10 boys and girls had the biggest groups with nine teams in each of their groups with the Canterbury Sharks winning and Tunbridge Wells coming second in the boys group. The U10 girls section was a very close affair, with Sevenoaks winning gold on goal difference over Teddington.

As you might expect there were goals aplenty in both sections of the U12s. Both Canterbury girls (Wasps) and boys (City) sides came top in their groups with the boys scoring 30 goals and conceding none and the girls putting away 29 goals again with none conceded over the seven games they played. Sevenoaks won silver in the boys and on goal difference over an Invitational VII, Brombecks U12 girls also won silver.

It was a great day in the sun, topped off with everyone staying behind for the presentation of medals from Sally Hayes (Former Canterbury Ladies Ist XI Player, Junior Treasurer and Chair of Ladies Club), Stand-in Junior Chairman Nick Parker and In2Hockey lead coach Annie Hare.

Canterbury U12 girls collecting their medals at their annual junior tournament 2014

Canterbury Hockey club would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who volunteered their precious time.

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