Bees, Surbiton and Harleston reign supreme in junior Super 6s

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Beeston won both the U16 and U18 Girls Junior Super 6s.titles with Surbiton victorious in the U16 Boys tournament and Harleston taking the U18 Boys title.

In the U16 Girls competition at Aldersley Beeston flew through Pool A with four wins out of four. Behind them teams all took points off each other. Horsham ended on six points after losing their last game to Preston, who up to that stage hadn’t won a game. A win for either Ipswich or Isca in the last pool match could have given them the runners up place but a 3-3 draw meant it was Horsham who finished second. In Pool B Surbiton came through on top despite drawing their first game with Leicester. Three wins after that put them on 10 points. One of these was against Harleston but they beat Leicester to end in second place on 9 points.

The Pool winners came out on top in the semis, Surbiton beating Horsham 6-1 and Beeston winning 3-1 against Harleston. The final saw Beeston run out winners 4-3 in a game where they were never behind. Hannah Davey (2), Fenella Scott and Nina Apoola were on target for Beeston, Izzy Petter, Sophie Rigg and Fifi Thompson replaying for the runners up.

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Surbiton however went one better in the Boys U16s which was also held at Aldersley. They sailed through Pool B with a 100% record. Behind them all four teams remained in contention. A 3-3 draw between Thirsk and Cannock ultimately helped neither side and the last pool game saw Ashmoor take on Norwich with the winners to take second place. It was Devon team who achieved this with a 3-1 victory. Pool A saw Marlow top with four wins out of four and Leicester second three points back. The semis were both decided by the odd goal in seven, Surbiton beating Leicester and Marlow beating Ashmoor. Scott Jones gave Surbiton an early lead in the final and there were no more goals until the last four minutes when Harry Gough and Morgan Males (2) took the game out of Marlow’s reach despite a consolation from Nick Winter.

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The Girls U18s at Whitgift saw Beeston retain their title but only after a very tight competition. In Pool A Beeston finished top on 9 points, one ahead of Clifton who beat them but drew with East Grinstead and City of York. Wakefield won Pool B with 9 points and beat Isca 2-1 in the last game to pip the Devon team to top spot. Isca finishing ahead of Stourport on goal difference. Beeston beat Ica 4-2 in the first semi but the Clifton-Wakefield game ended 3-3 to set up a penalty stroke competition which Clifton won 2-1. In the final Mimi Tarrant and Maddie Pearce put Beeston 2-0 up but they were pegged back by two Zoe Cullum corners, the last in the final minute, to set up another stroke competition. This time it was Beeston who proved victorious with Mimi Tarrant wining it in sudden death after the initial phase ended 1-1.

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In the Boys U18s at Nottingham Trent University Harleston took the title for the first time. They topped Pool A winning all of their games with an impressive +15 goal difference, including a 5-3 defeat of second placed Surbiton. Pool B saw Beeston and City of Peterborough well clear of the rest. The teams were both unbeaten and drew 2-2 when they met, but another draw against Cheltenham meant Peterborough ended on two fewer points. The semis went to form with the Pool winners coming out on top. Beeston beat Surbiton 3-1 and Harleston defeated City of Peterborough 5-2. Harleston took a two goal half time lead in the final thanks to Zaman Ahkter (PS) and Toby Price. Ollie Rogerson pulled a goal back for Beeston from a corner but Ahkter made the game safe for Magpies with two minutes left securing a 3-1 win.

For further details of all the competitions click here.

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