National Schools Indoor Hockey Championships

Boys Schools Finals 2015

2015 is less than two weeks old and the first national champions of the year have been crowned after the finals of the National Schools Indoor Hockey Championships. These were staged with great support from our hosts at Bromsgrove School (Girls) and Whitgift School (Boys).

In the Girls’ competitions Repton U16s and Ipswich U18s ran out winners and in the Boys’ event it was Trent U16s and Whitgift U18s who proved victorious.

Repton Girls U16s secured top spot in Pool A with wins over The Perse, Queen Elizabeth (Cumbria) and Sir William Borlase. A loss against Millfield was not enough for the victors to pip The Perse for second place. Kings Bruton ended with a 100% record at the top of Pool B after defeating Cranleigh, Bromsgrove, Ipswich and Richmond (Yorks). The crossover semis both went to strokes after finishing level at the end of normal time. Perse overcame Kings 1-0 and Repton beat Cranleigh 6-5.

In the final Perse were looking to avenge a 4-1 loss in the pool but in the end Repton went one better. Early goals from Amelia Tarrant (2) and Izzy Emmett gave them a 3-0 lead at the break. A Molly Brearley goal in the first minute of the second half boosted their lead and although Anna Trahenre pulled one back from Perse it was Repton captain Esme Burge who rounded things off with her team’s fifth before collecting the winner’s salver.

U16 girl's national schools indoor winners 450

Repton’s win made it three successive titles for their U16 girls however their U18s hope of a sixth consecutive crown were ended by Ipswich . Earlier in the competition the teams met in Pool C with Repton running out 8-4 winners. However a draw against Beaconsfield and a loss against Queen Elizabeth saw them pipped for top spot by Ipswich who beat those two teams as well as Exeter.

Pool D saw Millfield through with a 100% record and Sir William Borlase take second place on goal difference from Kent with Trent and Wakefield three points back. The semis saw the Pool C temas run out convincing winners – Repton beating Millfield 7-2 and Ipswich overcoming Borlases 4-1. Ipswich captain Sophie Sexton proved to be their inspiration in the final scoring just before half time to give her team the lead and followed this up with a second. Although Repton skipper Erica Sanders pulled one back the Ipswich girls were not to be denied their first indoor title.

Repton Girls U16s 2015

In the Boys U16 competition Whitgift raced through Pool A with four wins out of four against Trent, Dean Close, Perse and Egglescliffe scoring 23 goals and conceding just 3 along the way.Trent finished runners up in the pool and the other three teams all won once. Pool B proved tighter with Repton top with two wins and two draws. Ipswich finished second with two wins, a point ahead of newcomers Kings Edwards Bath. Kings Chester were a point further back and Cranleigh finished bottom despite three draws including holding Repton.

In an East Midlands derby it was Trent who beat Repton 5-3 in the first semi before Ipswich produced a great performance to deny Whitigft a place in the final thanks to a 3-2 win. The final was a tight affair with Ipswich holding a half time lead through a solitary Henry Hills strike, However second half goals from Josh Pavis and Victor Haebel turned things in Trent’s favour and they ran out 2-1 winners.

Trent Boys Indoor U16 2015

Whitgift also topped U18 Pool C with three wins against Perse. Rossall and Dean Close and a draw with Trent who finished runners up on goal difference from Rossall.. Pool D provide very tight with only three points separating the top four sides and top spot decided on goals scored with goal difference identical. Exeter pipped holders Sir William Borlase for first place with both teams on nine points, two ahead of Ipswich and Oakham.

Wins in the semis for Whitgift, 5-0 v Borlase and Exeter, 5-3 v Trent brought the 2014 U18 and U16 champions together in the final. Whigift drew first blood with Rhys Smith scoring after four minutes but Luke Crocker levelled a minute later and it remained 1-1 at the break. Whitgift then took control with a three goal burst in five minutes Cameron Johnson, Rory Patterson and Samad Suleman netting to give them a 4-1 win and their fourth title in five seasons.

Whitgift Boys U18s 2015