Double win for Surbiton Boys & Girls U16s

Double win for Surbiton Boys & Girls U16s
Surbiton Boy's & Surbiton Girl's were crowned National U16 Club Champions at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

The final day at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre got off to a lightning start in Boys' pool B, with Marlow confirming their place in the final with a robust 4-1 win over Canterbury. Nicholas Winter got the first 2 goals through short corners despite solid defending efforts from Canterbury. Whilst over on the other pitch Guildford and Leek had a nail-biting game to qualify for 3rd/4th place playoff. An early goal from Kieran Smith meant Leek took the lead but Guildford sealed the deal thanks to a 50th minute field goal from Charlie Taylor. 

In Boys' Pool A Surbiton were hunting for a win to gain the coveted final place against Neston South Wirral. A final score of 5-2 confirmed it. Neston showed signs of a comeback in the second half with 2 goals from Tom Russell, but the final goal from Hantian Wang for Surbiton confirmed their place in the final. Leicester versus Havant got under way on the other pitch this time Leicester looking for the 3rd/4th play off place. A goal fest victory of 4-0 saw them qualify to meet Guildford in the place playoff. 

The Girls' Pool D started with Isca versus Beeston, and an early goal for Isca from Rose Francis looked to be a promising start. With the score 1-1 at half time it was a close game. Final score was 3-1 with a second half goal from Georgina Brownhill securing Beeston’s place in the playoff game. On the main pitch it was a tense game between Stourport and Southgate both needing important wins. Maddy Wray scored in the second half to secure the 2-2 draw and booking Southgate’s place in the final. 

Girls' Pool C had a battle at the top for its first game. Surbiton versus Reading – both matched on 6 points going into the game. A brace of goals from Izzy Peter early on put Surbiton into the lead with no look in for Reading from there on, with the final score reading Surbiton 4, Reading 1. Reading’s robust performance on the first day of the tournament had guaranteed them a place in the playoffs already. On the other pitch both Cannock and Leicester were keen to get some important points on the board both looking for their first of the weekend. An early goal from Maeve Macdonald meant that Leicester won 1-0. 

The 3rd/4th Playoff game for the boys was intense from the start. With end to end action from both Guildford and Leicester it was a tough game to call. Guildford took the lead early with 2 goals from Josh Powell, but Leicester came fighting back with 3 goals from Rohan Bhuhi, the last on the 35th minute to put them into the lead at half time 3-2. A less eventful second half meant the score remained. Leicester taking 3rd place and Guildford 4th. 

The highly anticipated Boys' final meant the clash of Surbiton and Marlow. A game of heart and pride from both teams from the whistle ensured a good game. An early mistake from Marlow meant that Surbiton were awarded a penalty stroke converted by Morgan Males in the first 4 minutes. With some excellent hockey from both sides it was still an evenly balanced match. A couple of break-aways and top corner shots kept Surbiton in the lead with 2 more goals to Males to ease the nerves of the supporters. 4-0 win to Surbiton at full time crowns them U16 Club Final Winners – with Marlow proudly taking 2nd place after a hard fought battle to the end. 

The Girls' 3rd/4th Playoff game was a tale of 2 halves. A half time score of Reading leading 3-2  was thanks to the double goal from Abbie Dixon to put them in the lead going into the second half with confidence. What was unexpected was the comeback of all comebacks from Beeston. A total of 3 goals in the game, 2 in the second half from Georgina Brownhill put them into the lead. A late goal from Reading by Captain Olivia Lee-Smith gave hope for a late charge but time ran out, sealing 3rd place Beeston won 6-4. 

On the other pitch the Girls' final was well under way with both teams willing to give everything to take home the coveted trophy. Hard defending from the off for Southgate didn’t put them off charging for the goal at every opportunity but eventually Surbiton got past. Izzy Petter started with the 1st of her 6 goals to put Surbiton into the lead. The 2nd half was a similar story but Southgate held their own and held their heads high to limit a smaller score than the first half and got 1 back from Zoe Ramsey. Surbiton eventually took the win 7-1 and took the title of U16 Club Champions 2016 to make the double with the boys. 

A great weekend of hockey had by all with fantastic skill, sportsmanship and atmosphere on display. Well done who all who took part.