Boys Schools Finals

The National Schools Championships for Boys, sponsored by Man, will be held at Cannock HC on 3-5 May 2011. 

You can see all the results on a day by day basis by visiting Fixtures Live and then searching for Hockey and Selecting National Schools Championships for Boys
Report from Day 3

Whitgift U14s succeeded where their U18s had narrowly failed the day before in lifting the U14 trophy in the National Schools Championships sponsored by Man at Cannock Hockey Club.

Whitgift sailed through Pool E beating Rossall 4-0, Repton 2-0 and Ipswich 3-0. Repton earned second place by beating Ipswich 2-0 and Rossall 2-1 and Rossall and Ipswich drew 1-1.

Pool F was a closer affair. Canford and Caterham drew 1-1 and newcomers Chigwell beat Oakham 3-0 in the first matches of the day. Chigwell then went on to beat Canford 1-0 and Caterham beat Oakham 2-1. This left Caterham needing to beat Chigwell to pip them to the final place but Chigwell saw them off 2-0 and with Canford beating Oakham 2-1 they took the runners-up spot.

Repton overcame Canford 2-0 with goals fromAlex Needham and Marcus Schneck to clinch 3rd place whilst Whitgift showed their strength in beating the strong Chigwell side 5-0. Samad Suleman (2), Jack Kite, Will Goodall and Louis Gittens were their goalscorers to take thier tally up to 14 for the tournament whilst their defence was not breached in two hours of hockey.

eport from Day 2

There was a thrilling climax to Day 2 of the Man sponsored National Schools Championships as the U16 and U18 tournaments came to a conclusion.

In Under 16 Pool A Canford and Cranleigh were tied on four points going into their last games with Canford having the better goal difference. Cranleigh went 4-0 up at half time against QEGS but found the Wakefield side in determined mood in the second half and they pulled it back to 5-2. A Canford win would therefore put them in the final but an equaliser from Trent’s Derryl Rafter with the last hit of the game made it 2-2 to put Cranleigh in the final and Canford in the 3rd place play off. In Under 16 Pool B RGS Guildford reached the final with their third win, 3-0 win over Watford and Millfield came in second having beaten Wirral GS 2-1.

In U18 Pool C Cranleigh U18s also reached the final thanks to their third straight win, 2-1 over Kings Chester, Repton were second despite losing 2-1 to Dean Close. Pool D saw a straight fight for top spot as Whitgift and Ipswich met and it was the former who booked their place in the final with a 3-0 win. Plymstock and Bromsgrove both picked up their first point of the tournament in a 2-2 draw.

The U16 final between RGS Guildford was a repeat of both the Surry and South final and a great case for two teams qualifying through each round of the competition! RGS had won both their previous encounters and they made it three out of three, winning 1-0 to give them their first national title. Their captain Chris Way scored the only goal in the second half. Canford emulated their U16 girls winning the bronze medals by beating Millfield 3-2.

The U18 final was also an all-Surrey affair with Whitgift taking on Cranleigh. Cranleigh’s Tom Batchelor gave his side the lead mid-way through the second half and they held on until three minutes from the end when Luke Taylor scored. A perfect set of strokes saw it 5-5 moving into sudden death and after Hugh Jolly converted for Cranleigh Whitgift’s Rob Farrington saw his stroke saved by Cranleigh keeper Owen Quant to secure the title for Cranleigh . Repton won the 3rd place play-off beating Ipswich 5-2.

Report from Day 1

In U16 Pool A Canford hold the advantage on goal difference over Cranleigh. The teams drew 1-1 in the first match of the day to trail QEGS Wakefield who beat Trent 2-1. However Canford then beat QEGS 6-0 whilst Cranleigh had to come from behind to defeat Trent 2-1.

U16 Pool B has clear leaders in National Finals newcomers RGS Guildford with two wins out of two. Guildford enjoyed a 3-0 win over Wirral GS whilst Millfield beat Watford GS 3-1. The two winners then met and Guildford came out on top 2-1. Wirral got their tournament going with a 2-0 win over Watford.

Cranleigh are front runners in Pool C. They beat holders Repton 4-3 with the winner coming seconds before the hooter and then saw off Dean Close 3-0. Kings Chester beat Dean Close 2-1 but then met a Repton side determined to put their loss behind them and they won 8-0.

Pool D sees Whitgift lead the way from Ipswich on goal difference. Whitgift opened their account with a 6-0 win over newcomers Plymstock, the only state school in the event,

whilst Ipswich overcame Bromsgrove 3-0. Whitgift went on to beat Bromsgrove 6-0 whilst Plymstock bounced back to give an excellent account of themselves against Ipswich. They held their illustrious opponents 0-0 at half time before falling 2-0.

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