Double delight for England Red at School Games

England Red celebrate their titles

It was double delight for England Red at the UK School Games this weekend as they scooped both men’s and women’s titles in two keenly contested tournaments.

The School Games provides a crucial environment to nurture top young athletes who come through the NGB talent systems. The four-day spectacular is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. Lottery funding from Sport England supports not just the sport and event delivery, but also a full athlete education programme, which gives the young athletes an insight on life at the very highest level of sporting competition.

With three England teams (Red, White and Blue) plus teams from Scotland, Wales and Ulster the competition was fierce.

In the women’s competition, England Blue raced through to the final with two wins from two in the pool stages, besting Wales 3-1 and England White 4-3. England White had a tough time of things, going down 4-0 to Wales and losing out to England Blue, meaning they would play in the 5th/6th playoff and Wales would compete in the 3rd/4th match.

The other pool went right down to the wire with England Red, Ulster and Scotland all posting one win each, but England Red reached the final by virtue of their superior goal difference, leaving Ulster to fight for 3rd/4th and Scotland in the 5th/6th match.    

The final was a keenly contested match with England Blue going ahead through Alice Blades. It stayed that way till the stroke of half time when Paige Gillott levelled the scores. Further strikes from Emma Bickley and Holly Dean extended England Red’s lead before Gillot nabbed her second to put the gloss on the scores and take the title.

All the women’s results, scorers and standings can be found here.

In the men’s competition England Blue won two from two in the pool stages, defeating Wales 8-1 and Scotland 2-0 to book their place in the final. The other pool was far from straightforward. With England Red defeating England White in a tense 4-3 thriller and Ulster posting the same score against England White it all came down to England Red vs. Ulster. A tense 2-2 draw followed and with goal difference and goals scored unable to separate the sides, a shootout was needed to decide the finalist.  England Red held their nerve to win 4-2 and book a place in the final, whilst Ulster had to be content with the 3rd/4th place match.

The final, between England Red and England Blue went the way of the Reds as goals in each half from Owen Williamson and Ronan Harvey-Kelly settled matters, sealing a 2-0 win and allowing captain Imre Gerrits to get his hands on the trophy in an England Red double triumph.  

All the men’s results scorers and standings can be found here.

For details on the School Games, visit the official website.