Investec Girls' Schools victories for Truro and Wells Cathedral School

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No fewer than 44 games took place across a single day at Reading HC as the Investec Girls' Schools U16 T3 and U18 T4 tournaments were played out under largely sunny skies.

Having finished the group stages with a 100% record, Truro High School then overcame Cundall Manor School in a thrilling final to win the U16 T3 title, with Lucy Day's double proving crucial.

Martha Lacey's late strike then saw Wells Cathedral School dramatically claim the U18 T4 trophy after a tense final against Bancroft's School.

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Investec Girls' Schools U16 T3 Championships

Pool A
Truro eased their way into the final by recording four wins from four games in the group stages and barely looked troubled. They started with a 3-0 win over Abbotsholme School, with Katie Day scoring twice and Jennifer Wilson grabbing the other, before Day found the target again in a 2-1 win over King Ecgbert School.

They then overcame Bromley High School 1-0 in their third game before finishing the group off in style with a 2-0 win over Priors Field School, with both Katie and Lucy Day on target.

Bromley finished as the runners-up in the group, winning three of their four games, to qualify for the third/fourth play-off. Their standout performance was a 4-0 win over King Ecgbert, with Amelie Allen bagging three of the seven goals she scored across the day.

Pool B
The second group was a much tighter affair as Cundall Manor School qualified for the final on goal difference from Cokethorpe School.

Heading into the final round of games, it was Cokethorpe who topped the group on seven points but they had finished all their games, whereas Cundall Manor were just one point behind. However they already had a goal difference of +2 whereas Cokethorpe's was level, meaning that all Cundall Manor had to do was draw their last game to reach the gold medal game.

They were indebted to Amelia Pollock for securing the point too as she bagged  a hat-trick in a brilliant game against Moreton Hall as they lead twice before having to come from behind to secure a 3-3 draw.

Bromley High School 1-1 (4-2 SO) Cokethorpe School - Third/Fourth Play-Off
Amelie Allen scored in both regulation time and the shootout to inspire Bromley High School to the bronze medal. The tournament's top goalscorer registered her seventh strike of the day to give Bromley the lead in the ninth minute, only for Isobel Kirsty to send the game to a shootout. However Bromley were imperious under pressure, scoring all four of their efforts to take some silverware back to south east London.

Truro High School 3-2 Cundall Manor School - Final
Having come from behind to draw their final group game 3-3 and reach the final, Cundall Manor couldn't quite repeat the feat this time as Truro took home the trophy.

Naomi Cooke had given Cundall Manor an early lead before Sarah Roberts equalised in the 11th minute. Lucy Day then scored twice in three minutes in the second half to put Truro firmly in the ascendancy. Pollock gave Cundall Manor hope late on but they left themselves just too much to do.

Investec Girls Schools' U18 T4 Championships

Pool A
Three wins from their first three games were enough to secure Bancroft's School a place in the U18 T4 final. They started off with a 2-0 over The Maynard School, with Grace O'Malley-Kumar on target on both occasions, before following it up with another 2-0 win, this time over Hymers College as Eleanor Channer grabbed a double of her own.

A third successive 2-0 win over King Edward VI School then secured a top-of-the-table finish with a game to spare, with O'Malley-Kumar on the scoresheet again alongside Emilia Nygaard-Parsons, although they did lose their final match 3-1 to St Mary's School Ascot.

Hymers College booked their place in the third/fourth play-off with a 1-0 win over King Edward VI in their final game after also beating St Mary's and drawing with The Maynard.

Pool B
Wells Cathedral School proved too good for anyone else in their group as they won all four games with ease, not conceding a single goal. A hat-trick from Megan Taylor and goal from Martha Lacey saw them thump Harrodian School 4-0 in their opening game before the latter's goal saw them beat Parmiter's School 1-0.

A 2-0 win over Rugby 2nd XI followed, with both goals coming in the final two minutes from Taylor and Lily Webb, before they hammed Barnard Castle School 5-0 with five different scorers finding the target.

Harrodian overcame their disappointing start against Wells Cathedral by finishing second in the group to reach the third/fourth play-off, recording a 2-1 win over Barnard Castle before drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Parmiter's and Rugby respectively.

Hymers College 1-0 Harrodian School - Third/Fourth Play-Off
Gemma Woods' fifth minute goal was enough for Hymers College to overcome Harrodian School and depart for Kingston upon Hull at the end of the day with bronze medals draped around their necks.

Bancroft's School 0-1 Wells Cathedral School - Final
With less than two minutes remaining, Martha Lacey scored her fourth goal of the tournament as Wells Cathedral ended off a perfect day by taking home the U18 T4 trophy.

Having eased through their group, the team from Somerset were made to work hard by Bancroft's in a tense and nervy affair. But Lacey stepped up to the plate when it really mattered, scoring in the 23rd minute to send her team-mates and supporters into raptures.