Winners Determined at Futures Cup

The Mercia Lynx and the Saxon Tigers shared the honours in the Under 18 Futures Cup Girls and Boys competitions respectively, with the Saxon Tigers and the Mercia Lynx taking the titles at the Under 16 level.

The Lynx U18 Girls fought back from going a goal behind to beat the Saxon Tigers 3-2, with Hayley Turner scoring the winner in the second half on her home Astroturf at Cannock Hockey Club.

The Tigers had their revenge in the Boys competition, beating the Wessex Leopards 2-0 in the final with goals from Tom Batchelor and Harry Kempe securing victory.

In the Under 16 Girls competition, the Saxon Tigers collected the honours in a close run competition, beating the Mercia Lynx as three teams went into the final round of matches with the chance of winning.

With the Wessex Leopards having beaten the Pennine Pumas 4-0 in the first game, the Tigers knew they couldn’t afford to slip up, while the Lynx would have to win and vastly improve their goal difference.

Goals from Lucy Hyams, Lucy Wood and Izabelle Wood gave the Saxons a 3-1 win and the Cup, while in the Boys competition, the Mercia Lynx saw off the Tigers 3-2 in a winner takes all encounter.

In the other match the Wessex Leopards beat the Pennine Pumas 2-0 to finish third in the standings.

In the U16 boys competition the Mercia Lynx impressively came from a goal behind at the break to win 3-2.  Jack Baker and Ted Bennett had turned the game in the Lynx’ favour but the Tigers’ Gall netted an equaliser with seven minutes to go and it looked as if the points would be shared.  Tom Morris had other ideas though and he did well to draw the goalkeeper out before coolly slotting hom the winner.

Lucy Hyams and Olivia Chilton, who picked up a hattrick in her final game, shared the top scorers prize in the U16 Girls competition, while Tom Morris collected the Boys award with four goals.

Penalty corner specialist Andy Bull of the Pennine Pumas scored four goals to win the U18 Boys top scorer competition, while three players shared the honours in the U18 Girls contest, with Emily Court and Belper duo Alice Sharp and Joanna Leigh all finishing on three goals.

For many of the players the 2009 Futures Cup will be a stepping-stone to an international hockey, with players being notified in the coming week as to whether they are lucky enough to have been invited to National Age Group Squads assessment camps.

England Hockey would like to thank Cannock Hockey Club for hosting the Futures Cup, and all the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators who made the tournament a huge success.

For all the results, reports and standings, go to www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup