Bees Fly Through to Junior Indoor Finals

The events were held at three different venues across the country with a total of 40 teams competing for a place in the final at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham on Sunday 31st January.

Trojans and Beeston were the first qualifiers to make the National Finals this weekend in the Girls U16 competition. Both teams qualified from the same pool, playing three pool matches, the first against each other resulting in a tense 2-2 draw. 

Trojans scored the most goals with a total of 18; beating Bowdon 4-2, Pelicans 6-1 and Wycombe 8-2 in the semi final. Beeston scored a modest 14 goals; beating Bowdon 6-0, losing 5-3 to Pelicans and beating Havering 3-1 in the semi final. After drawing in the pool stages, both teams will be analysing each other’s game to gain that slight off the pitch advantage to lift the trophy. 

Beeston also qualified for the Girls U18 final, although they are joined by reigning champions, Belper. Beeston scored a total of 21 goals; beating Clifton 7-1, Harleston 3-0, Wakefield 4-3, Surbiton 4-2 and Horsham 3-2 in the semi final. Beeston conceded a penalty corner as the full time whistle blew in the semi final but Horsham failed to capitalise, keeping a stroke competition at bay. 

Belper scored a few more with a total of 30; beating Horsham 8-1, Doncaster 7-3, Plymouth 7-1, Canterbury 4-0 and Harleston 4-2 in the semi final. A special mention has to go to Harleston Magpies who soldiered on despite a broken arm, a broken hand and two head injuries to reach the semi finals, missing out only by two goals to a very strong Belper team. 

The Boys U16 competition saw a flurry of goals from all teams, with Bromley & Beckenham and Havant pulling ahead of the rest of the pack with 34 and 32 goals respectively. 

Bromley beat Driffield 6-3, Old Loughtonians 8-4, Team Bath 6-4, Beeston 8-3 and in the semi finals Taunton 6-1. 

Havant had a much tighter qualification margin, drawing 5-5 with Cannock in their first game but going on to beat City of Peterborough 7-2, Doncaster 9-4, Taunton 5-4 and Old Loughtonians in the semi final 6-5. 

The Boys U18 competition turned out to be the most nailbiting of them all with both semi finals going to penalty strokes. Beeston again came out victorious with Old Loughts joining them for the final next Sunday. Beeston scored the most goals in the qualifying stages netting a total of 25; losing to Old Loughts 3-8 in their first game, beating Reading 3-2, Stockon 5-1, Ashmoor 7-1 and drawing with Bowdon 7-7 in the semi final. 

The stroke competition went to sudden death with the Beeston GK saving Bowdon’s last effort to get the last place in the junior finals. Old Loughts scored a total of 18 goals; beating Ashmoor 3-2, Beeston 8-3, Stockton 1-0, Reading 5-2 and drawing with Havant 2-2 in the semi final. Havant pulled the semi final back to 2-2 in the last minutes of the game, but missed their second stoke, leaving Old Loughts to slot in their third in a row. 

Thanks must go to Man Group plc for their sponsorship of this event as well as to the army of officials, umpires and venue managers.