Beeston Boys’ and Surbiton Girls’ retain U16 Titles

U16 Club Finals 2015 Surbiton

Beeston Boys’ and Surbiton Girls’ became National U16 Champions for the second year running, following narrow victories at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre yesterday. Canterbury claimed third spot ahead of Wycombe in the Boys’, with Reading finishing third in the Girls’, beating Wakefield in the playoff.

Saturday’s pool results meant that it was all to play for in the final matches on Sunday. The first match of the day on Sunday was a rematch of last season’s Boy’s Final as Beeston took on Canterbury in Pool B for a place in the Final. In another close encounter, Beeston once again got the edge of their Kent counterparts, coming from behind to win 4-2. The other Pool B match saw Deeside Ramblers & Bournemouth play out a 1-1 draw to finish third and fourth respectively. Boy’s Pool A had an equally thrilling finally, with Surbiton coming from a goal down to seal a place in the final from Wycombe. Cannock edged out Neston South Wirral 2-1 in the other match to finish third.

The final Pool C matches saw Beeston secure their place in the final with a 100% record, defeating Alderley Edge 3-1. In what was a very close pool with three teams finishing on three points, Reading sneaked a place in the 3rd/4th playoff by beating Wimbledon 1-0. A draw would have been enough for Wimbledon but they couldn’t find the back of the net. The final pool matches of the day saw Surbiton and Wakefield go head to head for a place in the final, with Surbiton coming out on top to make it a double Surbiton v Beeston final in the Boy’s and Girl’s. Belper won their final match against Epsom to finish level on points with Wakefield, but the Yorkshire club took the final spot at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre by having a superior goal difference.

The finals of both competitions demonstrated how little there is to choose between the countries top four teams, with two of the four matches going to penalty strokes. Beeston managed to hold on despite late Surbiton pressure in the Boy’s, with Ollie Rogerson scoring Beeston’s winner. The Boy’s 3rd/4th Playoff was decided on penalty strokes after Canterbury’s Hugo Creaney-Birth cancelled out Harry Bennett’s earlier goal for Wycombe, with Canterbury winning 2-0 on Penalty Strokes. Reading secured third spot in the Girl’s from Wakefield with a 3-0 victory, with the Girl’s Final providing an excellent end to the tournament. In an end to end final, Alice Huddleston struck Beeston into an early lead before Yasmin Chahal equalised eight minutes later. With no further goals, the game went to penalty strokes. Louisa Bray was Surbiton’s hero as she made some fine saves to give Surbition the 6-5 victory.

Final Pool Standings & Results

Boy’s Pool A

Boy’s Pool B

Girl’s Pool C

Girl’s Pool D

Finals & 3rd/4th Playoffs Results & Scorers

Boy's U16 Final

- 2
Ronan Harvey-Kelly 28 (F)

James Sookias 4 (F)

Ollie Rogerson 32 (PC)

Boy's U16 3rd/4th Playoff

- 1 (0)
Harry Bennett 19 (F)

Hugo Creaney-Birch 39 (F)

* Canterbury won 2-0 on Penalty Strokes

Girl's U16 Final

- 1
Yasmin Chahal 11 (F)

Alice Huddlestone 3 (F)

* Surbiton won 7-6 on Penalty Strokes

Girl's U16 3rd/4th Playoff

0 - 3 (2) READING

Annalise Whitehead 12 (F)

Samantha Petch 24 (F)

Anna Gutierrez 39 (F)